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New place in Cow Hollow: Abigail's

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New place in Cow Hollow: Abigail's

pani | Mar 25, 2006 04:40 PM

Walking around today during lunchtime, I noticed a new shingle had been hung in the Cow Hollow--Abigail's, on Greenwich between Fillmore and Webster, replacing what used to be a Thai restaurant, I think.

From what I overheard, this restaurant/pastry shop is owned by chinese siblings who own a couple of non-food related businesses in the city.

The restaurant is bright and clean, with an upbeat, friendly staff and surprisingly well-spaced tables. A pastry case and a couple of baskets near the door proffered scones, muffins, brownies, tiny lemon tarts and such--they did fairly brisk business selling baked goods to passersby.

They were serving brunch when I arrived at 1. The menu had a couple of salads, two omelettes (champagne and truffle), croques monsieur and madame, and a steak sandwich, which I chose. Prices ranged from $8-$11.

The steak sandwich, topped with melted gruyere and carmelized onions, was delicious. The fries were crispy and perfectly salted, with a nice tang--perhaps they were cooked in duck fat? I was too stuffed to even consider dessert.

There were a few blips in service. My food took about 20 minutes to arrive, though there were only two other diners. I was surprised to find the pile of fries parked next to my sandwich; based on the menu, I had expected a salad, and wanted something green and crunchy. I asked with the waitress, and without checking, she informed me that the sandwich was served with fries. I could see the menu propped up on the pastry case, and a salad it was.

I think they've got some new restaurant kinks to work out, but it seems like a place with a lot of potential. Go before it gets too crowded.

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