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Tadich Grill
  240 California St./Battery St., Financial District.  Begun in another location in 1849 as a coffee stand, this San Francisco institution has been here since 1967 and is California’s oldest restaurant in continuous operation.  It is the third-oldest restaurant in the U.S.  With dark wood walls, a long wooden dining counter, and private enclosed booths, it has an old-fashioned clubby feel and is a cozy place to be on a rainy day.  The wait to get in can be long, but persevere.  Then be wise and order simple, unsauced dishes.  Pan-fried fish (my favorite is the petrale sole) is particularly good and served with housemade tartar sauce.  Everyone gets a hunk of the classic sourdough bread.  Steaks and chops are on the menu, Hangtown fry--scrambled eggs, bacon, and oysters--is available, and the housemade rice pudding has been on the menu for more than 100 years.  Old fashioned drinks made from scratch include Manhattans, martinis, and Bloody Marys. 

 

 

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