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The Three Faces of Frances Daily Changing Menu The food at Frances changes daily. It reflects what chef Melissa Perello gathers from local markets, farms, and purveyors with whom she's developed personal relationships. Because of this ever-changing nature, the menu here is truly simple—it's broken into only four categories: appetizers, entrees, sides, and bouchées (small, tapas-style plates). In the past, the entree section has listed everything from Monterey black cod to chicken roulade with brown-butter vinaigrette. House Wine by the Ounce Frances' beverage director, Paul Einbund, blends all of the restaurant's house wines at a nearby winery before bringing them over in kegs and serving them on tap. The staff then delivers them to tables in elegant 16- or 20-ounce carafes, which are marked in 2-ounce increments so diners only pay for what they drink. A word of warning: don't get too attached to any one house wine, as Paul's blends change frequently to complement the menu and season. Functional, Intimate Space Tucked away in a residential slice of Castro, Frances squeezes every bit it can out of the space it occupies. Less than 50 seats are available, and most are on a bench that runs along the outer wall. There's also a 10-seat countertop in the bar section that’s available on a first-come, first-served basis. To separate these two areas, a partition, which doubles as a functioning wine rack, divides the restaurant down the middle. Such limited space means that the largest party Frances can typically accommodate is four.
3870 17th St
San Francisco,
CA
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In Focus: H Cafe Opened: 1999 Claim to fame: H Cafe was one of the first internet cafes in San Francisco. Food: pastries and freshly made sandwiches Drinks: fair-trade organic coffee Amenities: free WiFi and outdoor seating Regulars rave about these: the affordable prices and friendly owner Best animal-related boast: “internet so fast it would make a hare cry”
3801 17th St
San Francisco,
CA
US
Your senses seem stronger inside Samovar Tea Lounge. Warm sunlight streams through tall windows and hushed conversation mingles with the sound of tea flowing from nubbly iron kettles, their contents perfuming the air with hints of herbs, smoke, toasted rice, flowers, and revolutions in Boston. This is owner Jesse Jacobs' vision, what he describes on his website as "an escape from the overflow of information" into an intimate space for human interaction, carved out by the global ritual of sharing tea. This global emphasis inspires an artisanal menu of small plates and sandwiches that could conceivably be served during tea services in India and Morocco, or, in a playful turn by the chef, the Paleolithic era. It is the tea, however, that enables guests to get acquainted with international terroir without sneaking small shrubs through customs. Small, family farms in countries including Kenya, Paraguay, and Nepal, many of them organic, send their whole-leaf brews to fill Samovar's carefully curated collection. Each of its three locations serves the entire menu, which is comprehensive enough to classify oolong and pu-erh separately and boast vintage blends dating back to 1989.
498 Sanchez St
San Francisco,
CA
US
Pick up a batch of birthday cookies or opt for a classic cake at Urban Bread, a rich bakery sure to hit the spot. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Urban Bread's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. Parents appreciate Urban Bread's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Urban Bread's free wifi. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Urban Bread's beautiful outdoor seating area. You can also grab your food to go. null Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15. You can leave the credit cards at home when heading to Urban Bread — it's strictly cash-only.
3901 18th St
San Francisco,
CA
US
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Cafe Flore in San Francisco. Your pals with special dietary considerations — including those who avoid fat, gluten, and animal products — will still find plenty of tasty and suitable items on the menu. Be sure to complete your meal at Cafe Flore with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour. You'll find lots of space for you and the whole gang to spread out at Cafe Flore, which accommodates plenty of large groups. For comfortable outdoor service, Cafe Flore sets up a seasonal patio. Wifi is on the house at Cafe Flore, so you can stay connected on your mobile device. Your pooch is also welcome at the restaurant. Cafe Flore can get packed on weekends with its no-reservation policy. Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Cafe Flore, known for its laid-back ambience. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go. Parking spaces are available curbside near the restaurant. Dining at Cafe Flore will set you back about $30 per person on average. You can stop by at almost any time, since Cafe Flore offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
2298 Market St
San Francisco,
CA
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451 Castro Street
San Francisco,
CA
US
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