The French Quarter

Two restaurants from the same part of the world colonize Mission District corners

Bistro Style: The décor at Garçon! is more pleasing than the food.
James Sanders
Bistro Style: The décor at Garçon! is more pleasing than the food.

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La Provence

1001 Guerrero
San Francisco, CA 94110

Category: Restaurant > French

Region: Mission/ Bernal Heights

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La Provence

Pissaladière $5.95

Lapin roti au miel de lavande $20.95

Tarte Tropezienne $6.95

Garçon!

Mussels "Mamie Tourenne" $9

Red and gold baby beets $8.50

Duck confit with potatoes Sarladaises $19

La Provence, 1001 Guerrero (at 22nd Street), 643-4333, www.laprovencerestaurant.net. Open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 11 p.m., and for brunch Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: difficult. Muni: 26, 48. Noise level: moderate to high.

Garçon!, 1101 Valencia (at 22nd Street), 401-8959, www.garconsf.com. Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for dinner nightly from 5:30 to 11, and for brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: difficult. Muni: 14, 26, 48, 49. Noise level: moderate to high.

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Both places felt sincere in their desire to please us and be authentic, in that the glories of French cuisine, provincial and as served in the capital, are not as easy to find as they once were. Duplicates of La Provence and Garçon! can be found in Marseilles, Nice, and Paris today: not exactly divine, never really brilliant, but good enough.

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