Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review of Tadich Grill in San Francisco, California

Tadich Grill in San Francisco, California

The Tadich Grill is a tasty San Francisco landmark which opened in 1849 as a tent-covered coffee stand serving the massive rush of gold miners. Owned by three Croatian men, it flourished along with the city, changing locations and its name a couple of times as it developed into the stellar dining emporium it is today.

Tadich Grill in San Francisco, California

Fine Dining in San Francisco at Tadich Grill
The first thing one notices is that the white-uniformed servers are all men old enough to be grandfathers. Most of the customers are male, too, dressed in business suits. Waiters hustle up and down the long bar extending the length of the narrow building while patrons watch the chefs working in the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant. For more intimate dining, tables on the left side are sectioned off by mahogany walls to provide more privacy.

The decor is masculine, warm and inviting, with a rustic plank floor, high ceilings and dark wood walls topped with stained glass. Fancy mirrors seem strategically placed to give the long rectangular room the illusion of more width.

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The dinner menu is pricey with entrees starting at $20, appetizers $12 to $25 and desserts $7 to $8. Fresh baked sourdough bread and butter appear on the table while one peruses the menu. Everything looks good and it is hard to pick, but we finally select dishes from the roster of "Today's Specials." I have Jumbo Seafood Ravioli with Rock Shrimp and Light Creme Pesto. When the plate arrives, the fish is drenched in a parmesan flavored sauce alongside tender-crisp broccoli and carrots. The shrimp is cooked to perfection, not chewy, and the color is great. It is a fabulous dish.

Private Alcoves at Tadich Grill
My friend orders Pan Grilled Cod, Curry Crab Aioli, Rice and Vegetables. The cod tastes very fresh, and is nice and hot. The aioli is a welcome change from tartar sauce and is not too spicy, even though it's laden with curry. The entree portions are so ample, we pass on dessert.

After all these years, 162 to be exact, Tadich Grill is still operating under Croatian hands. One senses the tenured management has inspired loyalty among its employees and customers who regularly fill the place. San Francisco is known as a Mecca for foodies, and Tadich Grill must be one of the reasons for this deserved reputation. Located at 240 California Street, it's easy to find and within walking distance of the Embarcadero Bart Station. Anyone who ventures in to try their fare certainly won't be disappointed.

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