San Francisco restaurant Boulevard, set in a historic building and designed in the manner of France’s Belle Epoque, has been named the best in the US.
At the James Beard Foundation Awards, an event known within the hospitality industry as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world, chef Nancy Oakes’s eatery was named Outstanding Restaurant Monday night, beating fellow nominees like Blue Hill and Balthazar, both of New York; Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alabama; and Vetri in Philadelphia.
Since opening in 1993, Boulevard restaurant, housed in the only structure to have survived the devastating 1906 earthquake that destroyed major portions of San Francisco, has become a local institution.
The menu at Boulevard is described as an “an expression of American regional flavors with a French influenced style.”
Menu items include wood oven roasted Angus filet mignon with fingerling potatoes, smoked red onion marmalade, broccoli di Ciccio, onion rings and sherry caramelized cipollini, sauce vert, green peppercorn beef jus, VSOP butter with foie gras for $42 (32 euros).
After eight consecutive nominations in this category, Boulevard restaurant clinched the award this year which goes to a restaurant that serves as a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service for the last 10 years or more.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.