In a city like San Francisco, food choices are abundant. The number of insanely good food choices in San Francisco, whether it be a small walk up counter or a fine dining restaurant, is staggering.

A few weeks ago my husband and I were presented with the opportunity for a rare night out, rare because our two-year-old son has dramatically altered the landscape of our social life since arrival. Prior to becoming parents, date night could have been any night. Now it is carefully planned with considerable effort given to how we’ll use our few precious hours together.

On this particular date night, we had a blue light (early) dinner planned followed by some holiday shopping. Our good friends had just told us about their favorite local spot, Frances in the Castro. We headed down and arrived as they opened, which meant we sat down immediately with no reservations, a rare experience.

We perused the menu as we settled in and I immediately knew we were in for a treat. The first appetizer on the menu was Applewood Smoked Bacon Beignets with Maple Chive Crème Fraiche. Let me repeat that, Applewood Smoked Bacon Beignets. What? Combining the deliciousness of smoked bacon with beignets, a stroke of culinary genius.

The menu took at least 10 minutes to review, it seemed that each dish led to a few moments of fantasizing. The excellent waiter gave us some much-needed insight and perspective, as it was clear making any choices was going to be tough.

We decided on a Star Route Kale salad with roasted grapes, a Chickpea and Winter Squash Tagine and the Five Dot Ranch Bavette Steak. Of course, we started with the beignets.

As each dish was served and savored, my husband and I tried to talk about life, but the food was too riveting. Just the right amount of creativity mixed with simplicity in a fantastic environment, Frances was a huge hit. We will be returning again soon to try more of this spots incredible food.

Submitted by Layer Cake Wines fan, Tara Hardesty