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Feb 11, 2010 01:46 PM

Escargot in SF?

Before I die, there are three things I'd like to try: Escargot, Caviar, and Truffles. I'll be in SF in several months. Can anyone suggest a place that serves "good escargot". (Whatever that would be.) Hopefully near Union square which is where I'll be staying and not too pricey. I'm on a budget and traveling alone. Bistro Central Park sounds good pricewise, but is not close to my Hotel. The caviar and truffles can wait for some other time. Thanks.

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  1. For Escargot try Chapeau. It is also on the menu at Moussy's and Rue Saint Jacques but I haven't been.

    1. You could try the Escargot puff from Chez Spencer's take away truck. http://spenceronthego.com/home.html

      There are a couple buses near Union Square that can take you to Bistro Central Park too. It'd probably be about a 15 - 20 minute bus ride.

      300 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Bistro Central Parc
      560 Central Ave, San Francisco, CA 94117

      1. Bistro Central Park is very new, it could be great but we don't have many reports yet. There are actually a number of pretty good French cafes and bistros around Union Square that should have escargot in a traditional preparation. I like the escargot lollipops at Spencer on the Go, but for a first experience I'd go for the original version.

        Cafe de la Presse has escargot on the dinner menu right now. I'd imagine Chez Papa Resto or Cafe Claude may have it too. The only one of these that I have been to is Cafe de la Presse, which I have certainly enjoyed. All 3 of these suggestions are walking distance from Union Square, you could even do an escargot crawl if your stomache was up for all the butter and garlic!

        1. I really enjoyed the escargot at L'ardoise, and the place is so charming. J Church would get you there from union square in under 15 min.

          1. Anyone tried them at Le Central?

            Escargot are sort of a texture thing and an excuse to eat melted butter. The one time I had them without butter they tasted ... green ... like something muching on grass.