Our anniversary trip to San Francisco included a trip to Tyler Florence’s new restaurant, Wayfare Tavern. Opened only a few weeks ago, this restaurant was truly exceptional. We started the evening off with fresh popovers. I’m guessing that this is a nod to Tyler’s southern roots. Next, we shared a few appetizers: deviled eggs and grilled calamari. Both were excellent.
While waiting for dinner, we had the fortunate opportunity to be seated in a booth with a great view of the kitchen. The darker, lodge-like motif of the dining and bar area were nicely muted to set off the bright subway-tiled kitchen. You could see everything in action, including Tyler himself ensuring each plate was produced to his satisfaction.
We wound up having three separate mains (two had the same dish). The first dish was a fried chicken dish. In addition to our approval of the dish, I’ve seen daily nods to Tyler via Twitter indicating the same. Two had the salmon dish. Both liked the dish. Though I didn’t try the salmon, I did have a taste of the Kennebec potatoes underneath. If I come back, I’m getting the salmon dish just for the side, I think! My dish was a pork chop with roasted peaches, Marconi almond butter, and fennel (both shaved atop and pureed underneath). This was a marriage I’m going to have to recreate at home. Pork and fruit, peaches and almonds, juicy meat and crunchy fennel….need I go on?
I would highly recommend this very new, destined to be successful restaurant.
558 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94111