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342 Howard Street (at Fremont)
Cuisine: New American
Pluses: fun, casual atmosphere in an up-and-coming neighborhood; 14-foot communal table where people can make new friends; cream wainscoting, stained wood floors the color of dark chocolate, handmade wooden tables and chairs and the original brick add to the inviting mood.
menu includes: seafood chowder with house-made sourdough crackers; warm frisee salad with Smithfield ham, poached egg & cider vinaigrette; cedar planked salmon with shoestring potatoes, watercress and sherry vinegar aioli; peanut tasso crusted pork chop with celery root apple puree and buttered sugar snap peas.
Prices: Appetizers $7.00-$13.00; Entrees $15.00-$25.00
Overview: Lunch Monday-Friday; Dinner 7 nights a week
Street parking & parking lot across the street on Fremont
Major credit cards accepted
Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome
Communal table seating 14
Private function room seats 40
Non-smoking except on patio
Postrio veteran chefs Mitchell and Steven Rosenthal and front of the house man Doug Washington are offering a unique sense of fun and style at their South of Market venue. Pastry chef Janet Dalton adds to the fun.