Saturday, February 5, 2011


Frances, a cozy neighborhood restaurant with friendly service.  I was especially impressed with the house wine service by the oz.  It encourages wine culture.  Every table had at least a carafe of the easy drinking house wine on the table.  Wine list is perfect for Frances' cousine with Anne Gros white burgundy by the glass and Anne Gros Richebourgs.

Roasted Beet & Rainbow Carrot Salad
sauce gribiche & wild argula

Grilled Calamari
preserved lemon, shaved fennel, radish & wild argula

Apple wood Smoked Bacon Beignets
maple creme fraiche & chive

Panisse Frites
crispy chickpea fritters & calabrese chili aioli
Thin crispy crust with moist tender chickpea.  So good that I did not want the aioli sauce to ruine the texture.  I had the whole plate for myself.

Chicory Lettuce Salad
persimmon sunchoke fennel olives & ricotta stagionata

Dungeness Crab Salad
little gems, tarragon vinaigrette, owari satsuma mandarin

Roasted Chestnut Soup
pearl onion, lacinato kale & bacon

Spugnole Pasta & Cotechino Sausage
black trumpets & moliterno pecorino

Five Dot Ranch Bavette Steak
toasted farro ragout, maitakes & fava greens

Liberty Farm Duck Breast
Italian butter beans, braised endive & sicilian olives

Chicory Root Panna Cotta
satsuma mandarin, espresso gelee, chocolate sea salt cookies

'Lumberjack' Cake
sierra beauty apple, medjool dates, maple-walnut ice cream

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