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Where can I find great French Onion Soup?

bellemdm Nov 6, 2010 11:30 AM

My first inclination is a French restaurant, but I wanted to check the board to see if anyone here has a favorite place (it doesn't have to be French). Just to confirm, I am talking about the lovely slightly sweet and delicate onion soup. What disappoints me most are places serving this over salted and heavy "broth" stuff (like the last time I tried it at a steak restaurant, ugh). It begged my friend and I to ask the question, where do we find great French onion soup? Thank you for your expertise!

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    bellemdm Nov 18, 2010 10:00 AM

    Thank you everyone for these wonderful suggestions! I really want some now!

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      ML8000 Nov 7, 2010 04:52 PM

      If you go to the Butler and the Chef, you might walk across the way to South Park Cafe, French bistro food....I believe owned by the same people. Co-worker use to get it all the time. I had it a couple of times and thought it was good...but don't remember it, not an affectionado.

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

      1. nicedragonboy Nov 7, 2010 04:20 PM

        it isn't always on the menu, but when Wood Tavern is serving Onion Soup, it's very good.

        Wood Tavern
        6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        1. cosmogrrl Nov 7, 2010 03:49 PM

          Chez Maman's is more delicate than many. But it's usually offered as a special (fairly often). I also like the french onion soup at Absinthe, but it's a bit heartier than Chez Maman's. Delicious broth though.

          These are my favorites! And now I want some.

          Chez Maman
          1453 18th, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. lucymom Nov 7, 2010 07:51 AM

            Cafe Claude makes a yummy French onion soup.

            Cafe Claude
            7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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              bonapartefour Nov 7, 2010 06:38 AM

              If you care to venture across the bridge to Marin, you can treat yourself to an excellent french onion soup (together with lots of other tasty, hyper-local, dishes) at Marche aux Fleurs.

              Marche Aux Fleurs
              23 Ross Common, Ross, CA 94957

              1. BernalKC Nov 6, 2010 11:51 PM

                Ti Couz
                Butler and the Chef

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                  mlutsky Nov 6, 2010 11:13 PM

                  Star Box Food in Brisbane, open M-F until 2:30pm. Love their French Onion Soup and if you make the trip you must try the chocolate moelleux. They melt in your mouth.

                  1. wolfe Nov 6, 2010 05:20 PM

                    "over salted"
                    That would be the complaint of the francophile at our table the last time I ate at Liaison in Berkeley. Me. I liked it

                    1. kellylee Nov 6, 2010 12:17 PM

                      Nizza La Bella in Albany on San Pablo Ave. has great French Onion Soup and wonderful frites with aioli. Cold bottle of Champagne and you're all set!

                      Nizza La Bella
                      827 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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