Chef Melissa Perello spent her twenties collecting accolades at esteemed San Francisco restaurants like Fifth Floor and Charles Nob Hill. Within the narrow, black-and-white decorated Frances, a neighborhood bistro in the Castro, Perello changes her menu daily, but retains a clear focus on modern California cuisine featuring local ingredients. Frances earned a Michelin Star in 2011, thanks to dishes like applewood-smoked bacon beignets with maple crème fraiche and chive, and pan-roasted sablefish with summer squash, basil pesto, and tomato fumet. The house wines—red, white, and rosé—are blended by beverage director Paul Einbund, and are a steal at $1/ounce.
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From Food & Wine , OCT 2010
A mini cocktail's kind of like an amuse bouche—it makes your mouth water, and it costs three bucks.' This fall, he'll offer a drink with Gravenstein apples, pandan leaf and...MORE
From Food & Wine , APR 2010
Melissa Perello's new restaurant sells two house wines on tap, custom-blended by...MORE
From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Located in now-trendy Culver City, Fraîche’s menu is equally influenced by Italy and France; a bowl of hearty chicken in <em>brodo</em> might be followed by pear tartine. Owner Thierry Perez is passionate about his wine list, which has amazing deals, with several selections under $50.
We loved: Ravioli with peas, mint and ricotta; boudin with lentils.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.