You forced yourself out of your warm bed—in the pitch dark—only to dodge passing rain clouds and slip quietly into the office.
It's Monday. You need something to look forward to. Something that warms your soul, like a solid home-cooked meal.
Allow us to introduce Restaurant Ducroix, the Financial District's new casual bistro serving hearty heirloom dishes like what you'd find on countryside tables in France, opening tomorrow.
The locale, on the border of Chinatown and North Beach, might seem out of place for a French restaurant, but you'll want to give the brothers Ducroix—who are sibling chefs hailing from generations of cooks in Burgundy—a chance. You might've seen Remy most recently at Amélie, and since Etienne was the personal chef to the French consulate here, we can say he can whip up a mean Steak Frites Beurre Maitre D'hotel.
If you're looking for something to grab for lunch, stop in for the French version of a quarter-pounder sandwiched on a baguette (just don't call it "Le Royale with cheese"). When you have more time, take a stool at the four-seat bar for Quiche Loraine made with ham cooked on the bone in cider from an old Ducroix family recipe.
And like any good Financial District hangout, they're focusing on lunch and happy hour to start. So, after a long day, come here for beer, lots of French wine (plus a few from California) by the glass or in flights paired with cheese plates.
Or as they say in France, dinner.