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Galette 88 - SF

Real Breton-style galettes & crepes. The galette batter is just buckwheat, water, and salt. Previous discussion:

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Galette 88
88 Hardie Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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  1. Went for lunch today.

    I had a "basique" galette with Emmenthaler and caramelized onions ($6). Best I've ever had, better than in Paris (I haven't had them in Brittany). Good buckwheat flavor. Also got a nice bottle of brut cider ($11).

    They comped us a dessert crêpe (egg and white flour) with apples and caramel. First-rate, barely sweet nice bitter finish from the caramel.

    They'll be closed for vacation next week. Probably start extended hours sometime next month (currently just 11-3 M-F).

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    Galette 88
    88 Hardie Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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    1. Went also for lunch last week. I agree very good and well priced I think. I have had much more mediocre crepes for much more - especially in France! On par with our favorite local creperie in the town we lived in (Vence). The crepes are a bit smaller than many in France. I'll upload photos as soon as I can find a cord.

      I had the goat cheese wtih fig jam. The goat was a nicely aged crotin and wonderfully caramelized onions. Fresh barely dressed arugula on top. High quality toppings. My little guy was to share with me, but didn't like the cheese. His loss : ). He made up for it with la Palma tortillas.

      Other son had meat lover's with sausage. Full of meat and red peppers. He was very excited because he has Celiac and it felt decadent and delicious all at once for him. He didn't like the salad chock full of radicchio. I did like it, but it might be too lightly dressed for some.

      Other son had the smoked salmon with creme fraiche and capers. The salmon was a bit saltier than I prefer but he loved it. He said he'd order something else next time.

      Agree, just the right crispness, not oily, really good buckwheat flavor. The service was good. Hope it catches on - it was very quiet despite being next to the holiday bustle.

      1. Reopening tomorrow, lunch M-F 11-3, dinner W-F 5-9.

        1. I went for lunch today and had the "basique" as described by Robert above. I thought the crepe had good flavor, not as good as Ti Couz in the mid 90s when it was amazing, but still pretty good. Interesting that they say the batter has no flour in it, as the texture was so light to me such that I would have assumed it had a little bit of wheat flour. The room is a little bit too dark for my liking, making it a bit hard for a solo diner to read. Friendly and quick service means this will be in my regular rotation for a quick tasty and inexpensive lunch.

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          Galette 88
          88 Hardie Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

          1. Had lunch here today with two friends. I liked that it's a little off the beaten path and therefore was not overrun/impossible to get a seat. I had the "Goat Getter" (the crepe names are playful), goat cheese and caramelized onions and fig jam. I was in a more savory mood so at times found the fig jam to be a little too overwhelming, but in the end its sweetness was actually perfect for breaking up the richness of the cheese. I would've liked a much larger serving of salad for the same reason: The greens and dressing were a nice (and necessary) foil for the richness of the crepe.

            Friends had the Other Mushroom crepe and the Lumberjack crepe; both were pleased with their choices. We were comped a dessert crepe because one of our three dishes took much longer to arrive, a very nice touch by the proprietor. We had the Nutella--how can you go wrong?

            This was tasty and perfectly priced and a nice little lunchtime getaway. I'll be returning to Galette 88.

            1. Finally got to go back. First day I've had off work when they weren't closed. Business was slow so they might not be open next Presidents' Day. They said they've been thinking of maybe opening for dinner one night a month.

              Still the best I've had (still haven't been to Brittany). You can really taste the earthy buckwheat.

              1. Now open for dinner 4-9PM Wednesdays and Thursdays.

                1. I tried an "Alsacienne" special: smoked ham, sauteed leeks, fontina?, crème fraîche, fennel seeds, really great combination. Kicked the complète (Emmenthal, ham, and egg) to the curb.