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The French Invasion

Zach Georgopoulos | Jul 31, 200202:51 PM

Due to work constraints, I've been extremely derelict in my Chowhounding of late (though I did have an excellent pork torta at La Tapatia on Grand Ave. in So. S.F. last night, that I might report on later). On the other hand, my sister and brother in law keep sending me e-mails about their discoveries because they're (apparently) too shy to post (I suspect they lurk here, though...). Since I don't see any reports on it so far, I'm passing along Fred's report on Chez Maman on 18th Street:

OK, we've been working too much so we hadn't looked up at our hill in
a few weeks. Last night, we went out for an evening walk... walked
past Chez Papa, with its tables up and down the sidewalk on both
sides of the corner full of well dressed people as usual, then a
little farther down, we walked past another French restaurant...
What? Another? Sure enough, owned by he same people. Called Chez
Maman. I think the French are taking over the whole block. This one
is less formal. It opened up in the space where the Just for You
Louisiana style/breakfast place used to be and they did very minimal
remodeling. Kept the same counter from Just for You. We ate at the
counter. The food was excellent. Prices a bit lower than Chez Papa.
In addition to roasted dinner items (I had great lamb with excellent
cous-cous ), they also have crepes (both sweet and savory), so now we
no longer have to go to the Mission district for crepes. The
manager of Chez Maman, Olivier, was very talkative.

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