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Quick help, please? Looking for Frenchy, Bistro-ish for tonight

mariacarmen Apr 12, 2012 05:04 PM

Price point - similar to Lers Ros (where we were going to go but had change of mind) - near Civic Center a plus, but not necessary. I'm doing searches as i write this, but I don't have much time.

Thanks much!

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    pauliface Apr 12, 2012 05:12 PM

    Le Charm ?

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      mariacarmen Apr 12, 2012 05:24 PM

      i was looking at that, do you like it? Never been....

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        JoLong Apr 12, 2012 05:25 PM

        I love it and have recommended it many times to others, who have all enjoyed it.

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          pauliface Apr 12, 2012 05:47 PM

          I do like it, very much. Not over the top. Solid, delicious, traditional French food at fair prices. Last time I believe I had pate followed by duck confit, and they were excellent. My friend had a fillet mignon which was also excellent. Delicious potatoes if I recall.

          Quiet enough for conversation. I am a fan.

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        nickis Apr 12, 2012 05:28 PM

        In addition to Le Charm, I'd also recommend Garcon! in the mission. One of my favorites.

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          mariacarmen Apr 13, 2012 11:16 AM

          I live a block away!

        2. Cynsa Apr 12, 2012 05:54 PM

          Bistro Central Park
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/687192
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/bistro-centra...

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            mariacarmen Apr 13, 2012 11:16 AM

            Thanks Cynsa, never heard of this place! it looks really, really good.

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            ML8000 Apr 12, 2012 06:40 PM

            Fringale use to be good at a reasonable price.

            Also The Butler & The Chef and South Park Cafe in South Park.

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              mariacarmen Apr 13, 2012 11:15 AM

              I love South Park Cafe, forgot about that place.

            2. mariacarmen Apr 13, 2012 11:15 AM

              ohhh, thanks all, sorry i didn't stop this, but it's very good to have for future reference. out-of-town guests decided to stick with Lers Ros, and the dinner was fantastic. But i love having all these other recommendations! Thanks again.

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                escargot3 Apr 13, 2012 11:49 AM

                ps- tho i used to love going there, my last few experiences (and granted, it's been a long time) at Fringale were not impressive. perhaps my palatte has changed? or it never recovered after there was an ownership change some time back. I'd be curious to hear from someone who's been there recently to give an update.

                Le Charm has been a fave go-to spot when I have an event in the area (YBCA) but it's not a destination per se. I haven't been to South Park in a while. would love to hear any reports on them as well.

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                  Robert Lauriston Apr 13, 2012 12:15 PM

                  Fringale's menu is quite different than it was before Hirigoyen moved to Piperade, but it's good old-school French.

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                  Calvinist Apr 13, 2012 11:53 AM

                  L'Aardoise was really good the one time I was there: http://www.ardoisesf.com/index.html

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                    mariacarmen Apr 13, 2012 12:08 PM

                    that menu looks great, too. thanks.

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                      pauliface Apr 13, 2012 08:03 PM

                      The chef at L'Ardoise used to be at Fringale, when it was better. His wife is the chef at the equally good Le Charm!

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