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Chez Maman - Goat Hill - Thumbs UP

Waterboy Sep 8, 2007 10:59 AM

This narrow and not terribly presentable place hit the spot - flatiron steak and chicken sandwich were a bullseye, as was the very French server.

Cooks (2) are Mexican. It works.

Lips were smackin' all 'round - both thumbs way up....not crowded but only a seat or two available 5:15 pm Friday. Don't expect Gary Danko - do expect the unexpected: good to excellent chow quick and freshly prepared as you watch.

There's something about Goat Hill, it's mild funk carried over to the interior of Chez Maman, maybe giving perspective to and highlighting the good chow. It's a pleasant neighborhood, mostly of single family homes, but nearly every address needs a fresh coat of paint. Has the air of safety nearby at night.

$45 for two with beer and soft drinks. Next door is Petite Patisserie where we scored a pretty good walnut tart.

1453 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 824-7166

We were headed for a newish restaurant by one of the guys who ran La Suite If I cound only remember the name....thinking it was Chez Maman, our GPS unit delivered us to Goat Hill. Glad it did actually.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: Waterboy Sep 8, 2007 11:03 AM

    Chez Maman moved into the old Goat Hill Pizza space?

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      Waterboy RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 8, 2007 11:12 AM

      Chez Maman seems to have been there some years. Goat Hill Pizza is on Connecticut at 18th street - maybe 1/2 block West?

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        Robert Lauriston RE: Waterboy Sep 8, 2007 11:26 AM

        I've always heard that neighborhood called Potrero Hill. Never heard Goat Hill outside of the name of the pizza place.

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          Waterboy RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 8, 2007 11:57 AM

          I've heard Goat Hill Pizza has some history of the place.

          Potrero Hill, or pasture hill, used to be called Goat Hill as goats were grazed there. About 1850 it was a place for cattle grazing. Maybe 60 years back the name moved to Potrero Hill.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: Waterboy Sep 8, 2007 12:05 PM

            Supposedly there were three hills (Goat, Poppy, Holy) in the "nuevo potrero," but in 30 years I've never heard residents call it anything but Potrero.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              Waterboy RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 9, 2007 02:47 PM


              My wife, doing stained glass restoration off 16th St. & Connecticut, hit Goat Hill Pizza a few years back. It's been Goat Hill for us since though that's many years out of date.

              Potrero Hill it is....

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                ML8000 RE: Waterboy Sep 9, 2007 04:56 PM

                Goat Hill Pizza...use to have an all you can eat Monday. Great deal.

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                  grishnackh RE: ML8000 Sep 9, 2007 06:19 PM

                  They still do, though it is a bit of a mob scene unless you go quite early or quite late.

    2. BernaDiva RE: Waterboy Sep 8, 2007 12:01 PM

      This Chez Maman is sooooo tiny....I prefer to go to the one located on Union Street - the food is equally as good, and you have a little more space to stretch your limbs. I love their burger with Roquefort....delicious!

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        Waterboy RE: BernaDiva Sep 8, 2007 04:33 PM

        Wha? Where? Is there a small dark dining room upstairs?

        Believe I WAS going to Chez Maman, but the Union St. location wasn't listed on our Magellen GPS unit. Still, we sort of made it....but our friends were in a parallel universe, Union St.

        No wonder....Dang!

        Union St. needs sound deadening walls, don't you think?

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          Mick Ruthven RE: BernaDiva Sep 9, 2007 10:19 PM

          Any more info on the Union St. version of Chez Maman? It's much closer to me than Potrero Hill.

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            BernaDiva RE: Mick Ruthven Sep 9, 2007 10:51 PM

            The Union Street location has the exact same menu as the Potrero Location, really the only difference is that the restaurant is bigger with indoor and outdoor seating. The waitstaff is French too. I believe they have a website at http://www.chezmamansf.com

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              Atomica RE: BernaDiva Sep 10, 2007 07:41 AM

              They haven't updated that website in a good long time. They mention just opening a Bernal Heights location

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          ML8000 RE: Waterboy Sep 8, 2007 04:57 PM

          Chez Maman is in the old "Just For You" space.

          Supposedly a new Chez Maman is going into a new pedestrian only street near the Mint Bldg on 5th/Mission, soon to SF History museum.

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