Celery, fennel and frisee salad – Petit Crenn

Celery, fennel and frisee salad - Petit Crenn
Orange, white balsamic. Tasting menu $87
Petit Crenn, San Francisco CA

This salad was really refreshing and bright! It was simple and beautifully assembled. Noms!

Salade frisee aux lardons – Le P’tit Laurent

Salade frisee aux lardons - Le P'tit Laurent
Frisee salad with bacon and poached egg, croutons, sherry vinaigrette. $11
Le P’tit Laurent, San Francisco CA

This salad was very tasty! I loved the poached egg and the crunchy croutons. Perhaps some people would think this salad was a bit tart from the sherry vinaigrette but I enjoyed its brightness.

Pinot Noir - Le P'tit Laurent

Pinot Noir, Tarrica, Monterrey, CA, 2011. Bottle $34
Mmm, nice and peppery!

Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach, Great Highway.

Smoked sturgeon pancake – State Bird Provisions

Smoked sturgeon pancake - State Bird Provisions
Horseradish schmear, “everything” pancake, frisee, pickled onion. $12
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco CA

Omg, I love State Bird! Their American dim sum fare is fun and delicious and they have amazing service. The hipsters who work there are super friendly and accommodating. This smoked sturgeon pancake was my favorite dish during our first visit. We’ve been there a couple times now, and this dish is still one the best!

Red Calibrachoa
Red Calibrachoa ‘MiniFamous Vampire’ flowers (Solanceae).

Crisp duck leg confit – Foreign Cinema

Crisp duck leg confit - Foreign Cinema
Poached eggs, frisee, endive, five spice cracklings, croutons, sherry vinaigrette. $17
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

Crisp duck leg confit - Foreign Cinema
Omg, this was SO good and everything was cooked beautifully! The duck was delicious as were the poached eggs. The five spice cracklings were a fun and yummy addition.

Branded paper towels - Foreign Cinema
I thought it was cool that Foreign Cinema had branded paper towels in their bathroom. So classy, lol!

Marinated grilled calamari – Fish & Farm

Marinated grilled calamari Fish & Farm

With orange zest, garlic, shallots, parsley, olive oil, arugula and frisee. $12
Fish & Farm, San Francisco

This was SUPER good! When I read the menu item, I thought it was going to be more like calamari a la planxa – something whole and more dry. I was pleasantly surprised when this more salad-y dish arrived! I will say that there was A LOT of dressing on the squid, but I really didn’t mind because it was so good. It’s some of my favorite flavors and I’m gonna admit that I even used some bread to soak of the leftover dressing at the end, lol! The squid had a nice texture that wasn’t rubbery and the dish was quite large for an appetizer portion, heck yeah! I would definitely order this again.

Bread and butter Fish & Farm

Bread and butter. Complimentary. Crusty bread with real butter = happy me!

Autumn salad – Fish & Farm

Autumn salad Fish & Farm

Red endive, frisee, red pear, candied walnuts, pomegranates, and Humboldt Fog goat cheese with mustard vinaigrette. Menu says $11 but receipt says $12 – BOO, LAME!!!
Fish & Farm, San Francisco

So the price discrepancy is totally lame! I don’t know if the menu wasn’t updated or out server was completely brain dead. I did mention during dinner that our server wasn’t very good compared to the server at the next table. Ours didn’t even give us the specials before we ordered. I didn’t even know there were specials available until the server at the adjacent table told her guests! Whatevs, our server was definitely “slow”, if you know what I mean.

This salad was tasty, but not very original.

Red bell pepper soup Fish & Farm

Red bell pepper soup. Complimentary. I really liked this shot of free soup. It was hot and very flavorful.

Escargot and mushroom – Bisou

Escargot and mushroom Bisou
Snails in Belgian endive leaves with seasonal mushrooms, tomatoes and bacon cream sauce, topped with frisée.

Bisou, San Francisco

This appetizer has a great combination of light and rich elements.  The bright endive and frisée help to balance out the richer escargot and cream sauce.  I particularly enjoy the use of endives for appetizers.  They provide the perfect bite sized boat to stuff delicious ingredients into!