Got word of a new wine bar on Valencia near 19th with an Alsacienne owner from Ribeauville, where she had word for the local wine co-op, the oldest in the region she says.
I figured that someone from Ribeauville would likely know their tarte flambee/flammenkuche, and indeed they are making the real thing as one offering, along with some more creative, "regional" variations. If you are thinking this is pizza --don't. The crust is thinner, stretchier -- more like a cross between a thin crust pizza and a strudel dough than even a thin crust pizza. With excellent double-cut smoked bacon, onions, and a bit of creme fraiche, the Alsacien version reminded me of some good ones from that region, if a bit paler in the bake than the ones from the wood-fired ovens there. We had two, and will definitely be back for these; if not the best rendition, certainly the most authentic by far in the Bay Area. Alexandra, the owner, says she even has the pastry shipped in from Alsace as she can't get the right flour here.
The wines -- an excellent and long list of interesting world wide selections, including several from the Ribeauville Coop to represent Alsace. Many bottles under $30.
Other food ranged from the aforementioned internationally influenced flammenkuches, a daily selection of tapas (all $4.95), charcuterie plates, a long cheese list, and a small selection of other starters, salads, and a pasta and ristotto for "large plates".
Nice room -- long bar, plus a number of sofas, low tables and other comfortable seating. When we arrived for the first hour there was even live jazz guitar softly playing.
Nice, we'll be back.
795 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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