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Best Croque Monsieur in SF?

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lmarie Jul 14, 2008 03:40 PM

Looking for best high quality bread, cheese and ham, hot and crispy on the edges.....

Thanks 'Hounds!

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    zfalcon Jul 14, 2008 04:53 PM

    I don't know about best, but Baker Street Bistro makes a delicious one.

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      Michelle Grinnell Jul 14, 2008 04:57 PM

      I don't know if my suggestion is the absolute best in SF, but the Butler and the Chef in South Park make an excellent one.

    2. Husky Jul 14, 2008 05:06 PM

      I don't know if my suggestion is the absolute best in SF, but Cafe Claude makes an excellent one.

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        sugartoof Jul 14, 2008 05:49 PM

        That would have been my suggestion. I like the one at Tartine as well, but it's not really a croque monsieur.

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          dinnerout Jul 15, 2008 07:26 PM

          This was my thought as well.

        2. JulesSF Jul 14, 2008 06:06 PM

          South Park Cafe has a Croque Monsieur and a Croque Madame (a Monsieur with a fried egg) on their lunch menu - in my opinion the closest to the real thing in France, especially if you can score one of their sidewalk tables along with a glass of rose ...

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          South Park Cafe
          108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107

          1. VanessaItalyinSF Jul 14, 2008 11:47 PM

            I'll take it outside the city limits: Cesar in Berkeley makes a stunning one- really, really memorable!, and Bouchon in Yountville... delicious!

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              Agent 510 Jul 15, 2008 05:55 PM

              I love the one at Bistro Liaison, also in Berkeley. Really, really good.

            2. The Librarian Jul 15, 2008 08:37 AM

              Foreign Cinema at brunch...

              1. Robert Lauriston Jul 15, 2008 09:03 AM

                Eccolo in Berkeley makes a great one, but it's more like what Parisians call a croque Poilâne, and the ham has more flavor than in a traditional croque.

                1. Glencora Jul 15, 2008 09:41 AM

                  If we're including Berkeley, I'll add La Note. It's pretty traditional.

                  1. Ruth Lafler Jul 15, 2008 09:56 AM

                    So did anyone try any of these yesterday in honor of Bastille Day?

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                      SteveG Jul 16, 2008 12:12 PM

                      I love Arlequin's Croques, nicely pressed/grilled/toasted with high quality ingredients. They also have fantastic bacon, I keep meaning to figure out where else to find that bacon.

                      The back patio is nice on warm days, something I usually forget when I'm thinking of eating breakfast or lunch outside.

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                      Arlequin Cafe & Food To Go
                      384 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                        junesix Jul 16, 2008 04:38 PM

                        Brenda's does a nice croque monsieur. The sourdough bread is a bit unconventional but still very tasty.

                        1. sondrac Mar 8, 2009 10:20 AM

                          I've tried Brenda's and Butler and the Chef and IMHO, Cafe De La Presse makes an excellent Croque Monsieur / Madame.

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                            grayelf Mar 8, 2009 08:42 PM

                            Here's a link to rworange's recent "Croque off" that might be of interest if you haven't read it...http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589139

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                            pumakat Mar 12, 2009 12:12 PM

                            Tartine's is the best, but Cafe La Presse has a pretty good one too.

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