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Le Charm French Bistro
- Appetizer: baked escargots with garlic-parsley butter
- Entree: coq au vin with mashed potatoes
- Dessert: apple tarte tatin with caramel sauce
- Wine: whatever your waiter recommends
When to Go: Swing by on a summery Thursday night—there’s usually live jazz on the garden patio, so you can watch the flowers dancing.
- It received the Michelin Guides’s Bib Gourmand award in 2013.
- SF Weekly praised it for “guileless food, flawless service, and a peerless croque madame.”
Beurre blanc: literally, “white butter”; besides the butter, this French sauce typically contains white wine, vinegar, shallots, and lemon juice.
Cassoulet: a slow-cooked dish of white beans, duck, and pork sausage from southwestern France; it was named after the earthenware dish it’s traditionally cooked in.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Stop into the French-inspired Ensoma (352 6th Street) for a relaxing foot-reflexology session.
After: End the evening with a final glass of wine at Jamber Wine Pub (858 Folsom Street).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Grab some beef bones and white wine and try replicating the restaurant’s recipe for french onion soup at home.