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3108 - 16th Street at Valencia
San Francisco, CA 94103 Phone: (415) 25-CREPE (252-7373)
Cuisine: French creperie
Pluses: Truly authentic food; homey, neighborhood feel; attentive service
Minuses: The neighborhood can be a bit dicey, consider taking a cab if you don't want to park your car "in the Mission"
Don't Miss: Homemade soup of the day; excellent savory crepe variety
Prices: Inexpensive; crepes from $1.95-$5.25, plus inclusions such as cheese, sausage, shrimp or mushrooms at an additional charge.
Overview: Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m-11 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-10 a.m.
Visa and MasterCard
On-street parking only
Beer and wine only
Ti Couz means "the old house" in French, and the feel in the restaurant is much like this. The space is actually two store fronts on 16th Street in the heart of the Mission. One side is devoted to the wine and beer bar, with "high table" seating for dining. The other side contains the main dining room and open kitchen (also with "bar" seating).
The menu is voluminous: a brief history of crepes and French cuisine adorns the front, a listing of savory crepes on one side, sweet on the other, fills the middle. There are 15 basic crepes listed (scallops; ratatouille; or ham, for example) and 15 "additions." Both the seafood crepe with parsley butter and seafood sauce ($5.25) and the ratatouille (vegetarian) ($4.25) were perfect. Starters include three salads - the basic is the tossed salad: baby lettuces, watercress with the house dressing ($4.95) and two soups. Particularly authentic is the French onion soup ($3.95).
The dessert crepes are a wonderful ending to a meal at Ti Couz and with so many variations no one's sweet tooth will go unsatisfied. Try the chestnut ($4) or for a special treat the flambe with Grand Marnier ($2.25).