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Matterhorn [San Francisco]

slew Dec 20, 2012 01:25 PM

So... Is the Matterhorn (on Van Ness) still the best place in San Francisco for fondue?

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  1. Robert Lauriston Dec 20, 2012 02:28 PM

    Fondue Cowboy is another option. I haven't been to either.


    1. chefj Dec 20, 2012 06:38 PM

      Matterhorn does a very good Fondue and have since the 80's I think. They also have a good wine list.
      I have not been to Fondue Cowboy
      Weird that Fondue Cowboy names theirs just like Matterhorn does I.E. "The______ " Sounds like they have some interesting combinations

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      1. re: chefj
        Robert Lauriston Dec 20, 2012 06:53 PM

        Matterhorn's Web site says the owners "proceeded to open the Matterhorn Swiss Restaurant in the fall of 1994," but it's been there longer than that. They must have bought it from the previous owner. I think I ate there in the 70s.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          BernalKC Dec 21, 2012 09:58 AM

          That older Matterhorn was on Noriega, no? I went there once in the '80s and it was an anachronism even then.

          1. re: BernalKC
            Robert Lauriston Dec 21, 2012 10:17 AM

            I have a 1991 restaurant guide that lists it on Van Ness.

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        tjinsf Dec 21, 2012 01:26 AM

        Fondue Cowboy is a hipster version of the Matterhorn. The fondue is about equal, the atmosphere is completely different. It's been a while since I've been to Matterhorn, went to Fondue Cowboy a couple of months ago. Fondue Cowboy doesn't do the meat to cook in broths.

        I like the cheese fondue at Matterhorn slightly better but the atmosphere at Fondue Cowboy is more modern and less stuffy. I like the dark chocolate with cayenne fondue at Fondue Cowboy better than the sweeter chocolate fondue at Matterhorn.

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