Looking for a San Francisco equivalent of a Portland American Dining Restaurant
My girlfriend and I ate at Wildwood restaurant in Portland, Oregon a few years back and really enjoyed it. Myself being not to keen on food, cannot seem to figure out what would be a comparatively good restaurant here in San Francisco.
Wildwood specializes in using pacific northwest ingredients locally, but other than that I can only guess that the type of food is "American" food. It doesn't seem to be French, Italian, or any other European type food. The items on their current menu that come closest to what we ate there a few years back are:
PAN ROASTED MUSCOVY DUCK
cauliflower gratin, lacinato kale, roasted plums and gypsy peppers
MESQUITE ROASTED SWEET BRIAR FARMS PORK
creative growers buttercup squash, golden raisins, baby turnips and brown butter harissa
The restaurant is linked here: http://wildwoodrestaurant.com/aboutus...
Here are a list of places I've been recommended both by these boards and by friends... I know most are obviously french.
Cortez, Canteen, Acquerello, Michael Mina, La Folie, Jardiniere, Chapeau, South Park Cafe, Clementine, Fleur De Lys, and Masa
Any help is much appreciated,
The restaurants you listed are wildly different in style, atmosphere and price. What kind of overall experience are you looking for?
The style of cooking you're looking for is called "California cuisine" in California. Chez Panisse Cafe (not the more formal restaurant downstairs) is the restaurant all the others are modeled on.
You should check out Boulevard. I think the food there is closest to your examples.
PEKIN DUCK (SONOMA) SLOW ROASTED BREAST & CONFIT LEG
Wild Rice with Chanterelle Mushrooms & Spring Onions
Roasted Red Beets with Pecans Foie Gras Sauce, Roasted Duck Jus with Calvados
1 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105
re: Paul H
It's been a few years since my own visit to Portland's Wildwood, but I think the local target is somewhere in between Zuni and Boulevard. Zuni is simpler food and a more casual room; Boulevard offers more detailed preps and a more special occasion atmosphere. Or maybe Jardiniere though I've not been there since the remodel.