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by Leith Steel

3324 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415 ) 567-9588

Cuisine: French small plates to be shared

Pluses: the food, outdoor patio dining, one of the city’s best cappuccinos

Minuses: dessert menu lacks inspiration, parking, prices add up quickly

Don't Miss: superlative mussels, sauteed sweetbreads

Prices: from $6 - $18 per plate, assume at least 2 plates per person

Overview: Hours: Dinner only, Tuesday – Thursday 5:30 – 10:00 pm, Friday – Saturday 5:30 – 10:30 pm.

Credit cards accepted

Street parking or in nearby lots

On a restaurant row littered with lots of tempting options, Isa stands out above the rest. Earning a James Beard award for Rising Star Chef of 2002 and honoring plenty of acclaim from Food and Wine magazine chef Luke Sung prepares French-style small plates. His mussels are exemplary, simply steamed with white wine, garlic and parsley, the dish sings of the sea. Buttery toasts of baguette accompany the dish to sop up the succulent juices. Many restaurants attempt this dish, but none of them execute it so well. By contrast many restaurants avoid sweetbreads, but Sung sautés them to a slightly crisp exterior encompassing a tender center and sets them atop creamy mashed potatoes, a luxurious combination. With a kir in hand, and a series of fine dishes to come, sitting on the heat-lamp warmed deck in the back garden outside is a gorgeous way to pass an evening.


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