SAN FRANCISCO ●Attractions●Neighborhoods/Shopping+Restaurants
UPPER FILLMORE STREET’s best
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Betw. Jackson St. & Ellis St., Pacific Heights.
Located in the second-wealthiest neighborhood in the U.S. (Greenwich, Connecticut is first), this popular shopping street is lined with trendy boutiques, restaurants, and coffeehouses. Thrift stores keep it real.
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Don’t miss D & M Wine and Liquor Co. at #2200 for the most mind-boggling selection of whiskeys and champagnes in town.
Elite Cafe 2049 Fillmore St./California St. Parties of four get the best seats here, in eight enclosed mahogany-wood booths left from the restaurant’s prior life as an old-time Chinese restaurant. In addition to Cajun martinis and other exotic bar drinks, a raw oyster bar offers several varieties and the menu offers a selection of contemporary spicy Cajun-Creole dishes that includes gumbo, jambalaya, and blackened salmon. And don’t miss the Meetinghouse biscuits. Live music is scheduled some evenings.
Jane 2123 Fillmore St. This small, narrow venue features high ceilings and windows, a variety of seating options, and a scrumptious menu. Diners order at the counter near a mouth-watering display of baked goods. You can’t go wrong with the combo plate, most especially the veggie chopped salad combined with a tomato-basil-mozzarella-pesto panini. More tasty possibilities include a Nicoise salad, Asian chicken salad, and Duroc ham-Gruyere panini. Oh yeah, those pastries. I thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate chip toffee cookie, and plan to try the chocolate cherry cake next time.
Jackson Fillmore Trattoria 2506 Fillmore St./Jackson St. Those who show up at this trattoria without reservations usually find themselves standing in a line that stretches out the door; complimentary bruchetta and wine are sometimes provided to take the edge off. Even those with reservations can wind up sitting at cramped tables or on a stool at the counter. However, the exceptional antipastos and pastas make it all worthwhile. Cloud-like gnocchi, fresh fish items, and truffle dishes are options. A stellar and now hard-to-find hot zabaglione classico fresh from the stovetop makes a heavenly dessert. Though made with just egg yolks, sugar, white wine, and Sherry, it is a show stopper. Don’t miss it. A cold version is also available.
La Mediterranée 2210 Fillmore St./California St. For description, see Berkeley location.