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Dec 20, 2012 01:25 PM

Matterhorn [San Francisco]

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

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    1. 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

        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

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

          1. re: BernalKC

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

      2. 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.