Some days the only things I want in life are french fries and a drink. Such was the case yesterday, and I happened to be in Laurel Heights for a meeting, so I met a friend and ate at the bar at Spruce.
We'd both been to Spruce before for business meetings and been impressed by the quality of the service, the selection of wines, and the size of the tab. Probably I won't return to the dining room when I'm footing the bill, but I very much enjoyed our snack at the bar.
Spruce serves a lovely version of my favorite drink, the Aviation, with Creme de Violette, so it has a pale purple hue with an almost phosphorescent glow from the bar lighting. I have known and loved Aviations at Nopa, COCO500, and Range; both this version and the one at COCO500 rank at the top. Perfectly balanced, nice gin tang.
The french fries were amazing. Perfectly crispy and fatty, served alongside a deliciously garlicky aioli. Really, this was french fry perfection. I think they are cooked in duck fat, which seems like a unifier among fries I like best.
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