Friday, July 2, 2010
|Croque madame ($12).|
Its nighttime ambitions have grown over the years, but during the day, Le Charm
is as it always was ― an inexpensive place for a business lunch, with guileless food, flawless service, and a peerless croque madame. Credit the brioche: Buttery, eggy, ever-so-slightly crumbly, the bread absorbs the flowing yolk from the fried eggs on top without growing soggy. The layers of cheese, ham, and Mornay sauce are discreet, nothing like the greasy mash of bread and glop we've eaten at dozens of crappy French bars. And the potato chips come to the table still warm from the fryer.
Le Charm French Bistro
315 Fifth St.
315 Fifth St., San Francisco, CA