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Mar 31, 2007 08:32 AM

Chicago Hound seeking French near Union Square

We'll be staying in Union Square and are looking for a good, not too fussy French place on our first night in town. What's nearby?

We ate at Fringale during our last trip and enjoyed it, but would like to try somewhere new.

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  1. Anjou
    Cafe Bastille
    Cafe Claude
    Cafe de la Presse
    Le Central
    Rouge et Blanc (wine bar, new)

    Lots of reports in the archive.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      You are close to Russian Hill, I think Hyde Street Bistro would be a better choice.

    2. Anjou is the most authentic French place near Union Sq. Not fussy, either. And, Fringale's single best customer eats lunch at Anjou every Saturday. If that didn't convice you, Robert's list is a very good summary of the choices in the area.

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      1. re: Paul H

        I did not mean imply that Robert did not have a good list, I hope it did not sound that way. I was thinking more SF neighborhood style for our Chicago friends. Although, the last lunch I had at Le Central was very mediocre and I am not a fan of eating at Cafe de la Presse, nice for a coffee or drink and people watching or maybe breakfast.

        1. re: Lori SF

          I'm not recommending any of those places, just mentioning the French places I know of that are near Union Square. Hyde Street Bistro's quite a schlep, a dozen blocks with some serious grades.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Yeah, it's a bit of a schlep. But when guests come to town, it's a nice trip on the cable car up to Hyde Street. The food and neighborhood feel might make it worth the trip.

            Otherwise, Plouf would get my vote.

      2. Restaurant Jeanne d'Arc is in the Cornell Hotel on Bush St. (@Powell). The food is classic/retro French fare and prices are moderate.

        1. We have Thursday reservations for Plouf (DH was wowed by the mussels prepartions listed on their website) and Friday reservations for Indigo's Ultimate Wine Dinner. I'll be sure to report back!

          1. I know this isn't exactly right in Union Square, but I think Jeanty at Jack's is pretty nice. It's on edge of Chinatown and close to Financial district at 615 Sacramento Street at Montgomery. It's a bistro so not fussy French food.