I ate lunch at Anabelle's yesterday, a friend had recommended trying it after eating a great burger. I sat at the counter so I could talk with the owners, it is owned by Anabelle and her brother Isaac who remodelled it and is helping her run it.
I asked Isaac to serve me whatever he recommended and he served homemade vegetable soup and a French dip sandwich. I read through his newsletter while I ate which has the menu in it and noticed the beef and ham are Niman Ranch, so I asked about the french dip, the beef is Niman Ranch and he explained how he took the bones and put them in the oven at 400 degrees and then lowered the heat and roasted them until they were black, then he used them to make the stock/jus. It was served on a chewy chiabatta bread.
This was served with handcut french fries which had the right amount of crisp on the outside to steamed on the inside for my taste.
The decor is cool. He imported some wrought iron chandeliers from Cuba. They have eight arms that go out to hold white globes, there are about a dozen of them hanging over red upholstered booths. The counter is stainless steel with Cinzano drain mats on the bar side. Isaac described what he is trying to accomplish as a "Gourmet Diner".
The prices are under $10 until you get to the steak and seafood where it averages around $10.95.
310 Broadway, Millbrae