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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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  1. kellylee RE: bellemdm 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

    1. wolfe RE: bellemdm 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

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        mlutsky RE: bellemdm 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. BernalKC RE: bellemdm Nov 6, 2010 11:51 PM

          Ti Couz
          Butler and the Chef

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            bonapartefour RE: bellemdm 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. lucymom RE: bellemdm 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

              1. cosmogrrl RE: bellemdm 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. nicedragonboy RE: bellemdm 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

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                    ML8000 RE: bellemdm 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

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                      bellemdm RE: bellemdm Nov 18, 2010 10:00 AM

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

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