I can’t believe it, but it’s my first year participating in Dine About Town – a two-week dining extravaganza where select restaurants in San Francisco offer either a two-course lunch or three-course dinner (or both) prix-fixe meal for about $18 and $35 respectively. These are generally pricey restaurants so this program is such a good deal.
M picked Garcon tonight in the Mission on 22nd and Valencia. Pro – the waitress was wonderful. I just read this article on the NYTimes about how aperitifs are the next “it” drink and making a come-back, but had no idea which drink to order since I’ve never had anything in their “Aperitif” section other than the classic Mimosa. The waitress suggested a Dubonnet Rouge which ended up being a lightly sweet, very refreshing red wine drink with an oddly nice dirt aftertaste. M laughed and looked at me like I was nuts when I remarked on the drink’s earthiness. But after he had a sip, he agreed with my “dirt” description. Almost like a more adult sangria.
(P.S. I’m debuting my new glasses up there!)
Everything else was kind of meh. M got the tuna tartare for an app and the hangar steak frites for his main. I got the petrale sole. Dessert was strawberry crepes for him (yuck – the strawberries weren’t sweet and there was way too much mint) and an almond semolina cake for me which was actually pretty yummy. Only complaint was that I think they microwaved the cake to get it hot and it was scalding in the middle.
I don’t know that we’d be back. Nothing against the restaurant, service was wonderful, I think that the food just isn’t our kind of chow.
See you tomorrow chickies!