Chez Papa Bistrot
If you’re looking for a classic French bistro in San Francisco, Chez Papa Bistrot, is the place to go. French waiters, French feel, classic bistro dishes, all at Chez Papa Bistrot. We were on our way to Hawaii when United informed us of our four hour delay. Packed, ready to go, and dog sitter in place, it was either the airport or some good foodie investigative work. Chez Papa Bistrot is in a three-block neighborhood in the Potrero District. The community is teaming with all kinds of restaurants from Thai, Italian, Sushi, Breakfast, Spanish. It’s a great spot to just show up and choose whatever you fancy at the moment. With steak frites and trout almondine, we compromised with a Tempranillo Rose. Tempranillo is much like a Spanish Chianti. The grape has deep flavors but a short finish. This rose was dry enough to go with the steak and perfect with the trout. The French LOVE rose in the summer – it’s their go-to drink.
Steak Frites is one of our favorite French dishes, and Chez Papa Bistrot prepares it perfectly to the desired doneness. Chez Papa Bistrot calls it Grilled Flat Iron Steak on their menu. The steak is covered with a rich cabernet sauce and accompanied by a bourdelaise sauce and, of course, frites. Called Lemon Trout, the Trout Almondine was crispy on the outside with an almondine butter sauce, slivered almonds, and green beans. It was a delightful meal and just enough to satiate the appetite, although I must say the desserts looked quite appetizing.