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Nov 12, 2008 04:34 PM

Any good choucroute garni in Bay area

Ok here it goes.. is there anywhere in the bay area to find a truly good (great is too much to ask ) choucroute garni in the Bay Area?
It is fall and I'm jonsing for it and don't feel like searching out all the ingredients.
PS I have done a search on the board and zilch.

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  1. Le Club has it on their on line menu. I checked based on a comment I found about their beautiful choucroute garni. Check before you go.

    Le Club
    1250 Jones St Ste 100, San Francisco, CA 94109

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    1. re: wolfe

      Oh and by the way that is just a tenderloin of pork with sauerkraut, not an actual choucroute garni.. it is traditionally served with many meats and sausages..

      1. re: jason carey

        Have been so informed by my son, the bacon, sausage maker. However, neither is the bratwurst with sauerkraut mentioned below. They do describe it as Tenderloin of Pork a L'Alsacienne choucroute garnie. Perhaps a discussion with their chef or menu writer is in order.

    2. I recall a version I liked at L'Express but that was some 30 years ago...

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      1. re: Xiao Yang

        Are we going to start another one of those " the best choucroute garni I ever had was in Strasbourg in 1946, just after the war. I had it with a 1938 gewurztraminer. It was swell" threads?

        1. re: wolfe

          The best choucroute I ever had was La Choucroute aux Saucisses de Gibier at Les 3 Brasseurs, Rue St. Denis, Montreal circa 2005. It was accompanied by the the house bière ambrée.

          No, L'Express is in San Francisco. It still exists, and MAY be stil serving the same recipe choucroute., hence the suggestion.

            1. re: wolfe

              OK, you got me. It was Le Central I meant, not L'Express (Montreal on the brain, I guess -- Choucroute = Les 3 Brasseurs = Rue St. Denis = L'Express)

              Le Central did indeed have a good choucroute garni depuis 30 ans and may still today:

              Le Central Bistro
              453 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94108

              1. re: Xiao Yang

                Their on line menu still shows choucroute garni and their cassoulet has probably been simmering away on a back burner all those 30 years.

                1. re: wolfe

                  I had it at Le Central last year I think. I thought it was a good rendition. The cassoulet here is okay, but Jeanty at Jack's has ruined me for cassoulet. I have also had choucroute garni in the past at Luka's in Oakland but they definitely do not have it all the time. I think I've had it one or two other places, but I can't remember and am not sure.

      2. The Irish Bank (on Mark Lane, off Bush St., downtown San Fran) has bratwurst & sauerkraut on the menu at both lunch and dinner. I have not had the dish, so I don't know if it is the real deal. The food there is usually hearty and good.

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        1. re: DavidT

          thanks, I will try that , but I am really looking for the traditional real deal

        2. Le Central, already mentioned, is the one place I'm aware always has it. Haven't tried that one though. Chez Panisse does it once or twice each winter (downstairs), usually in Jan or Feb., and it's been excellent. But hard to know in advance when it might pop up.

          1. It's not quite the same thing, but Chopin in Pleasant Hill has a very good bigos that might scratch your itch if you're in the East Bay.