Wayfare Tavern

Reviewed by: Toni Kervina

558 Sacramento Street
at Taylor
San Francisco, CA 94111

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Opening Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Price: $$

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Fickle is for the birds. Espesh when you're talking eats. And you'll want to establish a lasting relationship with Tyler Florence's Wayfare Tavern.

It's what's inside that counts. Consider that three stories of Edwardian gent's club and Victorian parlor vibes. Lori Yeomans (of USA interior design) offered up her decorating smarts by adding cheeky bits, like vintages prints, maps, urns, and taxidermy. Bricks from the 1906 SF quake and turn-of-the-century wood floors up the authenticity ante. The first floor gets street cred with an open kitchen and chef's counter (for you and your seven besties, perhaps). Second floor is all about intimacy, with a small dining space and a period billiard table. And as for the third, it's the main spot with space for 50. Behold a floor-to-ceiling temp-controlled wine cellar and serious eats. Tyler means business as he's forking forth bits inspired by the 1800's SF resto scene. Start with a local selection of grilled asparagus and a petaluma poached egg. Or perhaps something from the raw bar. Yes, California crayfish is on the menu. Second course? Organic fried chicken shares the stage with crispy frogs legs (hailing from Sonoma, natch). As for sweets, you'll be thrilled to find the classics: banana pudding, warm chocolate cookies, and strawberry shortcake. Wash all of the goodness down with a Cali vino. Maybe one from Tyler's own label.
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