At Chez Maman in Potrero Hill, you can get things like mussels and fries, French onion soup, and, because we’re in SF, a roast chicken to go with your garlic mashed potatoes. None of the food is overly showy, but it’s a level of comfort food that’s hard to beat, and the restaurant itself feels like the neighborhood restaurant that everyone should be fighting to be close to their house. Head here for a low-key date that’ll impress whoever you’re with, even if you weren’t trying to.
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