After moving to California, I’ve always been amazed by how great the weather is (despite being in a drought), and sunny weather really is great because it motivates me to get off my butt and go somewhere more “adventurous”…which leads to the purpose of today’s post.
A couple of friends and I decided to be a little more active and we spent the train in the city to bike across the staple icon of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge. In fact, if you are a tourist or live in NorCal, I highly recommend it! The weather is always extremely co-operative and the agenda for biking works so well for an entire day activity, with lots of photo spots, stopping by to capture the beautiful weather and scenery, and of course, hitting up the good food spots.
Upon biking across the bridge into the city of Sausilito in the blazing afternoon, the workout was really calling for some refueling of food. The bike between after the bridge and into the city was the most tiring..my legs felt like they were jello! I decided I wanted me some good food as a reward, which brought us to Fast Food Francais.
I guess one thing that hinders people from finding this place is that most people are here for the view rather than the food, so they hit up spots with a great view of the water. Not to say that the vibe at Fast Food Francais wasn’t good though, it was really nice to just sit outside, relax in the quiet chill neighbourhood with some good food.
To start things off, we ordered some appetizers, which really set the bar quite high, specifically those potato totes (or pommes dauphines if we’re being french..haha). I wish I had a picture of them after they’re split in half, but the crunchy outer appearance really fools you…GOOD! The insides are filled with creamy mashed goodness that makes you wonder how they got the outside so crunchy and light to begin with. The combination of light slightly bitter brussel sprout chips with the fries/potato totes really kicked it off to a good start.
The charcuterie platter was pretty good too! I would say it’s a pretty good portion size for it’s money’s worth and although pate isn’t really my thing, I managed to appreciate it balanced as a spread on the bread. The other sausage (which is out of focus ._.), which I’m guessing is the chorizo was a bit spicy, so not for my palette, but I really enjoyed the other sausage slices.
Not sure if it was only me, but I found it a bit funky that this place served burgers. My friends and I all agreed that we weren’t really in the mood for burgers but at the end of our meal, we all changed men – we loved them! We ordered different burgers, each of which we said were all good. Juicy (and I mean JUICY), soft, cooked to order, and high in quality, these burgers were some gourmet! The most “french” resembling burger that I would say is the French Onion burger, which was also my favourite. The beef patty was made to perfection, medium rare in our case, and all burgers were not overwhelmed in sauce but managed to ‘sauced’ to perfection.
Although I didn’t really try this burger, T said that he really felt that this burger really brought out the bacon flavour in the burger, which isn’t common. There was a good balance of flavour between all the different ingredients.
I had the quack burger. The duck confit was really soft and tender, which I enjoyed a lot, seeing that it’s not conventional to have a duck confit burger. One thing I would have wished wasn’t so overpowering was the goat cheese, I think it was, which I found overpowered the flavour of duck.
My personal favourite was the french onion burger, which I also found was a good representation of France and their french onion soup. I looooved the gooey cheese that accompanied every bite of the burger, saucy burgers are always a plus for me.
All in all, we were all stuffed at the end of the meal, and satisfied. It was a delightful surprise and hidden behind the tourist area, in a quiet but hip street. I would definitely recommend if food > view if you’re ever in Sausilito!