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Foreign Cinema Continues To Rule for Brunch

opinionatedchef | Mar 10, 2008 11:31 PM

Every March we begin our Cal. vaca. by flying in from Boston, picking up our rental car, and heading into SF for our "Vaca.Kick-Off" Sunday brunch at Foreign Cinema. And every year, we are always rewarded by our choice, and our love of this place never wanes!!
Such consistency is really amazing; it's so hard to maintain, but maintain it they do.
What an inviting room- high ceilinged and sun filled with one wall opened up into that warm lovely courtyard...And all the handsome fresh floral arrangements. Every time there we sit at our fav banquette w a view to the back Bar wall. And way above that bar , on a shelf just below that high ceiling- are 3 tall fresh floral pieces. I mention this detail because I think it says worlds about Gail and John's philosophy- only the highest quality.
I.e.- no one would ever know if those 3 floral pieces- 15'? above the floor- were artificial or real- but the owners do know, and they want real. And, as a reward for braving the grungy ugliness of the street outside, they welcome you into their bustling friendly warm place through a long hallway again lined with fresh floral pieces(also in the bathrooms and by the oyster bar and in the midde of the dining room.)

That same philosophy and attention to detail is why those astounding 'home fries' w/ roasted garlic- are cooked in GRAPEseed oil and why only the best of produce, seafood etc etc. are used here.

Our always-order favs:
Fanny Bay and Stellar Bay oysters
Fried Eggs degalzed w/ Balsamic
Poached Eggs w/ Duck, escarole, currants, sherry vinegar
Chicken Sausage

I found out this time that Chez Panisse has their annual employee thank you party- there at FC, so that's also got to tell you alot, right?

What a wonderful way to start the day and our trip..

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