Chez Maman - Goat Hill - Thumbs UP
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.
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.
Union St. needs sound deadening walls, don't you think?
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.