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Mecca (SF)

Cecelia | Apr 7, 200601:33 PM

Ventured to Mecca in the Castro for Thursday’s Ladies Night Out. The place was hopping, especially as the night wore on and the alcohol continued to flow.

I chose a small sampling of Hangar One Vodka for the night. Tasted the Mandarin and the Kaffir Lime. Both of these infused vodkas were great, but I preferred the Mandarin as the Kaffir was a bit mediciney. Mecca serves the vodka straight up which was perfect as the drink came icey cold.

Kristan and I started with the Mecca French Fries while we tried to figure out the main eats. The fries would have been great--thick and nicely salted--but they arrived at the table lukewarm. The aioli that accompanied the fries rocked, though. Mecca’s bread was a delight—whole pieces of garlic, yeasty, warm and served with an herbed butter.

I started with the mixed greens salad with goat cheese and candied pecans. The mixed greens were mostly frisee, which I am not a particular fan of, so I was not overly enthusiastic. The vinaigrette, however, was sharp not bitter and very flavorful. Kristan went with the fois gras. If you can surmount the ethical issues, this is a great dish. Currently served with a lovely quince paste and toasted bread, this version rivals General’s Daughter in Sonoma which I had previously thought was the best I had ever sampled.

My entrée was the Liberty duck breast, surrounded by sauteed plantains and spicy lentils. I just loved the juxtaposition of the sweet meat and the sweet and spicy starches. Very good. Kristan enjoyed the halibut, which she said was beautifully cooked.

For dessert we shared the three cheeses served with what appeared to be those wonderful Spanish almonds and toasted bread. The Humboldt Fog led the way.

By the time we left the place was positively rocking. Does anyone remember the movie Blade with Wesley Snipes? The first scene with that pounding music? That’s Mecca on a Thursday night.


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