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Where can I find great French Onion Soup?

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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.

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      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.

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        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.

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          Chez Maman
          1453 18th, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. lucymom Nov 7, 2010 07:51 AM

            Cafe Claude makes a yummy French onion soup.

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            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.

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              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!

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

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