7:27 p.m. Monday: Best Roadside French Take-Out 


It's after 7:00 p.m. on a Monday. Where in the world are you going to find four-star-quality, cooked-to-order, fresh French take-out? We're talking Freedom food here, the kind of freedom that allows you to dash home from work at the very last minute and still pull off a full-blown dinner party without raising a sweat. There's no other place like Grégoire. After calling in your order, you can pick up everything -- including appetizers and desserts and drinks -- and have it on your table just a few minutes after you get home. Chef Grégoire Jacquet, formerly of SF's Ritz-Carlton, uses fresh, locally grown, organic, natural ingredients in his daily selection of twelve different entrées that includes everything from red meat to fish to vegetarian. Try the marinated Montana New York steak in anchovy butter ($16) or the baked Sea of Cortez scallops in puff-pastry torte with tomato sauce ($15). And don't forget dessert; the bread pudding ($3.50) is to die for. It ain't the cheapest, but it's certainly the best.

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