Have we got a tip for you!
On your next trip to San Francisco, you’ll be tempted to eat at State Bird Provisions, named the best new restaurant in the country. You’ll either wait a month or more for a reservation or wait what feels like a month or more outside, in line, hoping for a table.
We ate there but didn‚Äôt like it much at all. The combination of ingredients and spices in most dishes made little sense to our eyes or our taste buds. And featuring Rice Krispies as an innovative ingredient left our dining experience less than impressive.
But. Right next door is its sister restaurant, The Progress. No line, no breakfast cereal. And seriously wonderful food. The chef knows his ingredients, the bartenders know their mixology, the waiters know their menu. It‚Äôs a delight.
Not a cheap delight. Oysters are $3 each. Halibut is $32. Abalone‚Äôs $36. And deserts run $10-12.
But. It‚Äôs a worthy splurge. Your taste buds will tingle. Your stomach will thank your mouth. You’re in the hands of true professionals who are intent on giving you a memorable experience, a memorable San Francisco experience.
Of special note: the bowl of forest gifts‚Äîroasted morels. Perfect taste of woodland wonder for $23. Stinging nettle & ricotta ravioli with black trumpets and apple cider ‚Äòsaba‚Äô. The ravioli is melt-on-your-tongue tender, and you can taste each individual ingredient in the dish. Alaskan halibut with fava beans. It‚Äôs as tasty in your mouth as it is beautiful to your eyes. $32. And the chocolate torte with strawberries and pistachio. Meal-ending sweet deliciousness.
Three more tips: If there‚Äôs just two of you, skip the platters so you can taste more dishes. And sit at the bar. Conversation with the mixologists and the lively patrons just adds to the pleasure of the evening. And order with sharing in mind. The servings may not look large, but they‚Äôre rich and filling, and the tastes are to be savored, not gorged.
The Progress: ¬†(415) 673-1294, 1525 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, http://statebirdsf.com.