On 30 December, I visited the De Young. We hit the cafeteria shortly for the lunch-time rush. It appears, having overheard a cashier, that the menu was new that day - no more burgers or fries.
I had the duck sausages and duck confit with creamy polenta and asparagus spears. When it was brought to the table, it was in a soup bowl (the kind salads or pasta are served in).
(Where did this conceit come from? A dinner at Rue St. Jacques also was served in a bowl.)
Meat/chicken in pieces are extremely difficult to cut when the dish has slanted sides; things tend to slip and slide. My first cut of an asparagus spear drove it into the polenta, which promptly slid up the side of the bowl. I solved the spear problem by not cutting merely picking them up whole.
The dish was quite tasty, but I had to search for the confit, which I was told was buried in the polenta.
Here's a comment I made on the NOT ABOUT FOOD board about meals in bowls.