Lately we’ve seen a rash of excellent reports from visitors to the Bay Area whose experiences extend beyond the well-trod “Where should I eat in Union Square?” path.

baloney adored a visit to Atelier Crenn (which included $15 valet parking, to which I add another “?!” to baloney’s “??!!”).

On the chef’s tasting menu, top marks go to the “crazy fun and delicious” seared Kusshi oysters with smoked sturgeon pearls and the foie gras “log” with pickled morels and kumquats. (You can learn more about the restaurant’s chef, Dominique Crenn, in her CHOW Report video.)

baloney’s lovely and exhaustive report hearkens back to grayelf‘s spring 2011 trip review, which praised chef Dennis Leary for both dinner at Canteen and drinks at the remodeled House of Shields saloon. Her May dinner highlights included a mild, tender lamb loin and the deservedly famous vanilla soufflé.

Atelier Crenn [Cow Hollow]
3127 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

Canteen [Union Square]
817 Sutter Street, San Francisco

House of Shields [SOMA]
39 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco

Discuss: Please go to Atelier Crenn and La Ciccia
Leary love: Canteen and House of Shields

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