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Canteen, San Francisco

817 Sutter St.
San Francisco , CA , United States
(415) 928-8870

Comfort food is taken to new heights at this retro-hip diner, run by wunderkind chef Dennis Leary in the neighborhood known as the TenderNob (where upscale Nob Hill meets down-at-heel Tenderloin). Here, in a tiny kitchen wedged behind a lime-green Formica counter, Leary whips up constantly changing menus of hearty, inspired dishes: recent choices include pork-shank confit with chickpeas and mint; roasted duck breast with red cabbage, quince chutney, and lentils; and chestnut soup with porcini oil. The wine list is short and sweet, with six whites, five reds, and one sparkling, and there are usually only a few desserts to choose from (if it’s available, don’t miss the heavenly, light vanilla soufflé)—but nobody leaves here unsatisfied.

Tip: Prepare to wait for a seat—there are only 20.

From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List

A cross between an American diner and an English pub, Canteen reworks English classics like pie-and-mash (minced-beef pie and mashed potatoes) and bubble-and-squeak (cabbage and potatoes) so that they're totally delicious.

We loved: Deep-fried plaice (fish) and chips.

Last updated 2012-02-21 22:45:26 UTC
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