Wayfare Tavern, Financial District, San Francisco

We are huge fans of Tyler Florence’s recipes including his creamless carbonara, steamed asparagus in a paper bag and roasted fingerling potatoes with herbs and garlic. Chef Tyler Florence’s new flagship, the Wayfare Tavern has an old world San Francisco quality to it. The design is full of masculine touches and the deep wood, red leather bar seats and antlers exudes elegance. The dining room has comfortable seating and a private dining area which emulates a library. One’s eye is drawn to the other design touches such as the wall paper pattern, lighting and large floral arrangement. First off, fresh popovers are rarely served at restaurants. Second, these were off the chain. We are pretty sure we each had two by the end of the meal and could have just filled up on these with a pat of butter. Amazing. The menu featured root beer, so we enjoyed makeshift Root beer floats at the beginning of the meal and really brought back the nostalgia. We enjoyed the warming spring carrot soup with roasted pineapple pulp, carrot fritters, shaved country ham ($13). It was a nice start to our meal. The earthy wild mushroom pappardelle featured tender whole grain pasta, swiss chard, a rich slow cooked farm egg and parmesan froth. It was a lovely dish for $19. The Irish lamb stew was hearty and layered. The Guinness braise was very flavorful and I enjoyed the bone marrow of the lamb bone. The stew was served with a luscious potato puree, carrots, peas, pearl onions, horseradish ($28). The organic fried chicken was some of the best ever eaten. The buttermilk brine tenderized the chicken and the aromas of the roasted garlic, crisp woody herbs, lemon really enhanced the flavor of the chicken. The spritz of lemon and enjoying the melty garlic cloves on the side was icing on the proverbial cake ($23). We couldn’t finish our chicken (because we deeply enjoyed the popovers), so we asked to take home the leftover buttermilk chicken. We received a claim check number to pick up our chicken all wrapped up to go at the entryway. Clever. The denouement of our meal was a complimentary plate homemade cookies. The cookies were melt in your mouth and had a touch of salt to balance the sweetness. This was a fantastic ending to a memorable meal Wayfare Tavern on Urbanspoon

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