Fillmore Fab 5 Restaurants
Next time you're in the City by the Bay, hit the Fillmore District and try on of these great dining spots:
2020 Fillmore Street (near California), (415) 921-1010, www.harrybarsf.com
Rick Howard and George Karas have been running this fun, comfortable spot since they purchased it from Harry Denton in 2001. Their easy menu of finger bar food includes memorable items like grilled Kobe sliders with fresh horseradish aioli; California blackened chicken sandwich; mahi mahi fish tacos served the healthy way--grilled instead of deep-fried. Two of Harry’s signature cocktails are the cucumber gin gimlet and the fresh fruit mojito.
2114 Fillmore Street, (415) 447-2668, www.frescasf.com
Julio and Jose Calvo Perez own Fresca, an upscale place serving nouveau Peruvian cuisine that is fresh, simple and full of intriguing flavors. Enjoy one or more of their eight types of ceviche; bocadillas that are much more than just sandwiches; oysters on the half shell; fresh-made empanadas, and an extensive wine list with top-tier Peruvian and South American blancos, rosados and rojos.
2301 Fillmore Street, (415) 614-1010, www.mehfilindian.com
The true test of a good Indian restaurant lies in the quality of their lamb curry, and Mehfil exceeds even the highest standards with their exemplary version. Ravi Singh, owner of this new location, has a lengthy menu featuring favorites from several Indian regions, like a flavorful chicken tikka masala; a tasty saag paneer (homemade cottage cheese cubes cooked with fresh spinach leaves); and a great selection of wines and creative cocktails prepared by top mixologist Shawn Shrout.
2049 Fillmore Street, (415) 67ELITE, www.theelitecafe.com
It’s Fat Tuesday every day on Fillmore Street at Elite Café. This upscale Cajun and Creole spot is well-known for its shrimp and scallion Johnny cakes with pepper relish a lime cream; New Orleans meets the City by the Bay in a big way with their California seafood gumbo with shrimp, scallops, oysters and crabmeat; and a red wine braised beef brisket with horseradish mashed potatoes are some of the more unforgettable bayou-sponsored delights.
2298 Fillmore Street, (415) 440-1700, www.longbarsf.com
New Owner Reza Esmaili has big plans for this great location. He describes his cuisine as sensible, practical American food, including notable items like an inventive Ahi tuna tartare; a personal pot pie with organic chicken; and classic favorites like “Freedom” fish and chips, mini fried chicken and braised short ribs. The restaurant has a laid-back relaxed atmosphere with tall ceilings and a bar with room to spare.