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Steve Kepple

San Francisco: Dinner and Drinks

As for where to sip before dinner: you’d be simply mad to miss the extensive Burgundies-by-the-glass list at RN74 (wine for two $32), a collaboration between wine-world phenom Rajat Parr and restaurateur Michael Mina. To impress the sommeliers, make your white a 2007 Louis Carillon Puligny-Montrachet and your red a 2007 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeau. The longer you linger here, spreading pain de mie with smoked-sturgeon terrine, the better your chances of scoring a late-night table at newcomer Flour & Water (dinner for two $80). From greenmarket-fresh antipasti and salumi to thin-crusted pizze singed in a 900-degree oven, the Italianate menu delivers everything we love about San Francisco cuisine. Actually, the same goes for the concise, crowd-pleasing menu at the intimate Frances (dinner for two $100), another notable debut, with superchef Melissa Perello’s haute comfort food and a cool $1-per-ounce house wine pricing policy. Whatever you order, start with applewood-smoked bacon beignets and raise a toast to the end of an incredible food day with a glass of vintage Madeira. —Anya von Bremzen


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