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The Grove Hayes Valley

SteveG | Jan 20, 2011 04:02 PM

I tried out the new location for The Grove last night. They also have locations in the Marina, Filmore, and I think he said Yerba Buena.

The "steak fiorentina" special was a fine dinner, a welcome addition to the neighborhood, but not destination worthy. Not remotely like a steak in Florence, but it was a nicely charred big slab of skirt steak for $14 smeared in a nice fresh pesto. Wonderfully rare inside. Unfortunately the side salad greens were not the freshest and the dressing oil tasted pretty low quality. The scoop of mashed potatoes was a scoop of mashed potatoes.

They did an impressively fast buildout, but don't have the keg system for the beer working yet. The available wines weren't of interest to me.

Arlequin Cafe has a much better alcohol program, and I think the salad components are much higher quality. Still, my steak had a nice char on the outside and was well-seasoned.

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