If you’re looking for comfort food at a San Francisco restaurant, Q is the place to go. Located in the Inner Richmond, it has been serving up large plates of delicious comfort food for more than a decade. Clement Street is experiencing a major renovation, and Q helped start the movement.
I met some long time friends and family there for a delightful rendezvous of food, wine and great chat.
We started with the sweet potato blue cheese croquettes with chipotle citrus aioli and red cabbage slaw. They were light and flavorful, and the sauce really brought out the sweet potato taste. We shared a beet salad with goat cheese and toasted pepitas with a fresh tarragon-apple cider vinaigrette.
The beets were cooked perfectly, and the vinaigrette was a nice addition, along with the crunchiness of the pepitas. Q may be a good value, but they don’t scrimp on ingredients. All of the products they use are seasonal, fresh and sustainable.
You’ll find lots of comfort food options as well as many specials. The menu changes daily. Southern fried chicken, Smilin’ Andy’s Ribs, beer-battered catfish, and meatloaf are regulars on the Q menu.
We each chose different entrees in order to taste a variety of menu items. Beef medallions with port demi glace on a bed of sweet potatoes was a special offered our night at Q. The medallions were tender and delicious, and as you can see, the accompaniments were plentiful. Blackened salmon with mango salsa on a zucchini cake was another special.
My nephew has been faithful to his low-carb diet. So, he ordered the 1/2 lb. all natural beef angus burger, but protein style. Here you see it without the awesome bread or fries, but accompanied with a delightful salad.
Guy Fieri visited Q a few years back, and chef/owner Andrew Gillen showed of the preparation of duck confit with dried cherry-pinot noir reduction and cypress grove goat cheese on griddled polenta and seasonal veggies. Therefore, I just had to have this dish. Duck confit is such a long and involved process. I’m amazed that the folks at Q still make time to prepare this dish. The duck confit was amazingly flavorful, and there’s nothing like cherries and a wine reduction to show off the flavor of duck.
Go to Q for an awesome comfort meal, and you’ll find great value, and, for sure, you won’t leave anything but satiated.
- Great value
- Generous portions
- Excellent service
- Parking is difficult
- Can be very busy late night - a good thing