san fran old school
- Chump Mar 31, 2003 03:07 PM
Delicious with good service and maybe a little romance thrown in too. Where should we go if wanting to eat in one of the classic dining places of SF? Some of my ideas are Masa's & Fleur de lys... is the food still good? Any other suggestions?
Ernies, maybe? Every time I watch Vertigo, I rue the confluence circumstances that kept me away from the City until it was too late to eat there. (Though, I did get to eat at La Bourguignon, which I seem to recall was somewhere on the flanks of Nob Hill).
But, more to the point, and more seriously, what do you mean by "old school"? Is the romance you are looking for, the "romance of the past", or is it a quiet upscale restaurant with some privacy?
re: Paul H
Forgive the correction, but since La Bourgogne was one of the greatest restaurants I've ever had the pleasure of visiting and I made it a habit to visit often during the glory years when the opening chef was still there, I had to point out the correct name of that culinary landmark.
The original location was on Mason, between Geary and O'Farrell. In later years it moved a few yards away into the alley.
Ernie's was bigger on atmosphere than excellence. When I first ate there, it was "continental." Later, it managed to have a couple of well-trained French chefs, but always remained, in my estimation, more dedicated to the kind of expensive showmanship it believed, perhaps rightfully, its clientele preferred than to first-rate ingredients and preparation.
In those days, most restaurants in that rarified price category knew their customers and catered "down" to them rather than trying to thrill or educate their palates. That was one reason La Bourgogne was such a revelation when it opened in 1961.
how about alfred's? old time steak house. it has moved from it's original location, but still seems like a classic.