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La Folie vs Jardiniere vs Farallon vs Bix

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SouthernGent Aug 21, 2010 07:24 AM

We are in town for a long weekend and our plans fell through for Monday night. Now we are dining as just a couple and these are the candidate restaurants that have availability that meet our general criteria. We do have a sentimental attachment to France, but are generally adventurous eaters. It is a bit of a celebratory trip and we'd prefer something on the quiet/romantic spectrum to the hip/loud end, but by far the most important is great food. A nice tasting menu with wines would be a plus, if Jardiniere is *only* doing the 3 course prix fixe, that would be a minus.

Our relatives just moved back here from New York and we are excited to renew our familiarity with the Bay Area dining scene. Burma Superstar last night was a great start. Thanks for your help!

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Farallon
450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

La Folie
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Bix
56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

Burma Superstar
4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

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  1. wolfe RE: SouthernGent Aug 21, 2010 09:49 AM

    Scroll down hungryabbey's report and see what you think of her Monday night at La Folie.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7285...

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    La Folie
    2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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      SouthernGent RE: wolfe Aug 21, 2010 04:09 PM

      I had seen that and I was leaning towards La Folie, but I was having trouble finding recent reviews of Farallon. The newspaper gave it a nice nod a while back indicating that they thought it was back on form, but I couldn't find much buzz here.

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      Farallon
      450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      La Folie
      2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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        Glencora RE: SouthernGent Aug 21, 2010 05:55 PM

        The room is gorgeous. I've only been there once, but that time it seemed to be full of loud, jovial tourists. Not sure if that would be a problem for you. The food was good, but I haven't been to the other restaurants you are considering so I can't compare. People on this board seem to be down on the place, for whatever reason. The Chron, did give it a great review recently.

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          hungryabbey RE: Glencora Aug 22, 2010 05:13 PM

          I haven't been to the other restaurants.. but I can tell you that we have eaten in a lot of top restaurants in the States and Canada (and have a full time top chef at home) and our meal at La Folie was one of our favourite of all time (maybe THE favourite). Portions are very generous, flavours are spot on, the room is lovely, service is friendly and relaxed. We also went to The French Laundry, spent more than 3 times of what we spent at La Folie and both agreed, that we enjoyed La Folie much better.

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          The French Laundry
          6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

          La Folie
          2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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      whiner RE: SouthernGent Aug 21, 2010 06:03 PM

      This is a NO BRAINER - La Folie. By a mile. Ten miles. A lightyear.

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      La Folie
      2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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        ElizabethReed RE: SouthernGent Aug 21, 2010 06:09 PM

        La Folie!!!!
        The Arctic Char in a corn fondue special last summer may have been the best thing we ever ate!

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        La Folie
        2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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          SouthernGent RE: SouthernGent Aug 22, 2010 08:21 PM

          We booked La Folie. I'm so envious of those of you that live here. Every time I visit, I want to move. I enjoy New York, but San Francisco gets into my heart.

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          La Folie
          2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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