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Cafe Jaqueline

kevin Dec 26, 2011 08:56 PM

What you all think of a stalwart like Cafe Jacqueline?

Also, do you like Swan Oyster Depot? Or just a tourist trap, once i was there and i saw canns of seafood... cans of seafood, ??? I had to do a double-take, any truth that some of their specimens canned and not exactly fresh

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  1. wolfe RE: kevin Dec 27, 2011 05:46 AM

    I'm not sure I would classify Campbell's Clam Chowder as cans of seafood and whatever they add to it does make it not taste what you make at home but all those people in line are not from out of town. Everything but the soup is fresh.

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      rubadubgdub RE: kevin Dec 27, 2011 11:24 AM

      Hooboy, that's kind of an incendiary post about SOD (which is not even the topic of this thread). I love their chowder, their seafood, their entire operation. Not a tourist trap, which I define as all show and no substance. IF their chowder has canned clams it's still plenty delicious and filled with tender clams. But why didn't you just ask if you were there? And did you try anything that made you think it was a trap? I'm reminded of the time I tried to make seafood marinara by buying all fresh and it cost $70. So maybe there is a good reason not to do it that way.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: rubadubgdub Dec 27, 2011 12:10 PM

        The cans of Campbell's soup at Swan are old news.

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          stanbee RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 28, 2011 08:14 PM

          they sure know how to doctor Campbell's nice strong clams. What about the house smoked salmon at SOD?

      2. mariacarmen RE: kevin Dec 27, 2011 11:51 AM

        Sorry, don't know anything about Cafe Jacqueline but love love love SOD. Definitely not a tourist trap, an old school San Francisco institution, wonderful food - fresh or not.

        1. rabaja RE: kevin Dec 28, 2011 12:54 PM

          I love CJ. Love it, really.
          I love the savory souffles, the slightly surley waiter, the old-school chablis glasses with the good french chablis - natch.
          It is to me, very romantic.
          I love to get the butter lettuce salad, and a nice chantarelle or truffle souffle.
          I never have room for the sweet souffles, but they always look good.
          This is probably the one place I would go to if I wanted to go out on NYE or Valentine's day, which is truly saying something.

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            mariacarmen RE: rabaja Dec 28, 2011 02:15 PM

            Rabaja, you've sold me. I'd never heard of it before. Now I want to go!

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              rabaja RE: mariacarmen Dec 28, 2011 03:08 PM

              The souffles are surprisingly filling. If you want dessert go with another couple so you can all taste one. I have really fond memories of this place, and may need to re-visit it soon.
              Happy New Year Mariacarmen!

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                mariacarmen RE: rabaja Dec 28, 2011 04:21 PM

                And to you!!

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                  kevin RE: rabaja Dec 28, 2011 06:47 PM

                  Is this a joint where I can go on my own, just for the dessert souffle if I'm in the area?

                  Because I've heard some much about them making especially great souffles for dessert.

                  But was just not really sure.


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                    Robert Lauriston RE: kevin Dec 28, 2011 07:34 PM

                    I imagine they'd be happy to accommodate a solo diner for dessert at the beginning or end of the evening.

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                      kevin RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 28, 2011 07:38 PM

                      Sounds good, that woud work out with a dinner then at L Osteria del Forno or Tomasso's and then dessert at Jacqueline.

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                        vulber RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 28, 2011 10:37 PM

                        yes but $30 is a lot to spend on a dessert for one

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                          kevin RE: vulber Dec 29, 2011 06:45 PM

                          No worries, I've spent about 12 or 14 bucks for a shitty dessert in LA.

                          But if the Jacqueline are even somewhat like the ones in French, it will not only be worth the $30 bucks but a bit more.

                          But yes, if it is just decent, it won't be worth more than 12 bucks for me.
                          I guess I'll split the difference by going somewhere more reasonably priced for dinner and then splurge excessively for Cafe Jacqueline.

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                nocharge RE: kevin Dec 28, 2011 09:33 PM

                The potential problem with Cafe Jacqueline is the long time it may take from ordering to actually getting the food. Last time I was there on a date, that was a real negative issue (given that we were both hungry). Other than that, the food and ambience lend themselves to romantic dates, as others have noted.

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                  rabaja RE: nocharge Dec 29, 2011 10:34 AM

                  I don't remember having an issue with timing. At least not so much that it's deterred me from wanting to go back...
                  As I said before though, I am usually enjoying my wine, and a salad and making trips to the outdoor bathroom just to see Jaqueline herself at work with all of those eggs. She's always very gracious.
                  The thing is, the dessert souffles are as big as the savory ones, so rather than hitting CJ after dinner elsewhere, I'd go for a dessert souffle after the theater or a show. It will be after their evening turns, most likely and you wan't have such a full tummy.

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                    nocharge RE: rabaja Dec 30, 2011 12:26 AM

                    Well, a lot of Yelp posters talk about 2-3.5h for dinner which obviously must include a lot of wait time if we are talking about a 2-3 course meal. Clearly, that has a variety of implications (like whether you are going there with someone with whom you can sustain a long conversation). I don't think there is anything wrong with a long dinner provided that the diners know what to expect and that's why I brought it up. Setting the expectations right can prevent first-time diners at a restaurant from having a needlessly disappointing experience.

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