Wayfare Tavern (San Francisco, CA)
558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
Dining date: 12/26/16
Each year, my cousins, brother and I take our grandmother out for a birthday meal. The timing is convenient as her birthday is around Christmas, so everyone is typically in town (except for my brother this year). Due to timing and scheduling we weren’t able to do a dinner, but were able to have a lunch the day after Christmas. Options were a bit limited for lunch on the 26th, but luckily Wayfare Tavern had room for the five of us.
Tyler Florence’s financial district restaurant has been going strong since opening in 2010. I’ve been here once, for lunch, and still remember the fried chicken and salmon I had that meal. We ordered both of those dishes again, as well as a bunch of others, for this post-Christmas lunch.
PETALUMA FARMS DEVILED EGGS salmon gravlax, everything spice, bagel crumb
PRIME BEEF TARTARE potato chips, petite herbs, dijon dressing, egg yolk
ORGANIC FRIED CHICKEN buttermilk brine, roasted garlic, crisp herbs, lemon
PAN SEARED KING SALMON caramelized parsnip & cranberry pilaf, confit persimmon marmalade, sauce beurre rouge
HERBED GNOCCHI roasted winter squash, kale and pumpkin seed pesto
ROASTED CAULIFLOWER sultana raisin, fried capers, vadouvan mousse
BURRATA WHIPPED POTATOES olive oil and chives
HOUSEMADE DOUGHNUTS seasonal dipping sauce, whipped crème fraîche
CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE tcho chocolate pudding, salted caramel ganache, devil’s food cake
We had a good meal here. The food was relatively simple and executed well. The fried chicken was great, served hot and crispy with fried fresh herbs. Beef tartare and salmon were also strong, while our favorite amongst the desserts was the rich chocolate cream pie. It was excellent with a rich crust and layers of devil’s food cake, salted caramel, chocolate cream, and whipped cream.
I love this tradition so much! And this meal looks SO GOOD. Sometimes, the basics done well is all you need.