Boulettes Larder

Embarcadero Plaza 1 Ferry Bldg. San Francisco, CA 94111 • (415) 399-1155bouletteslarder.com

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I absolutely love the location of this place, tucked away in a corner of the stunning Ferry Building.. And the décor is awesome with the communal table right there in the kitchen. Plus, the tables outside with a majestic view of the bridge is pretty sweet too.

But the food, like so many other places in San Fran, aiming for clean and simple, nets out as basic and bland. It’s like some SF chefs think that just because the ingredients are local, organic and fresh, that that’s enough. But news flash, you have to actually do something with them!!! They have local, organic and fresh ingredients in Napa too, but they also actually bother to put some herbs, spice, sauce, or spin into the dish!

As a case in point I ordered the lobster and eggs, not realizing that it would be just that, pieces of lobster mixed into scrambled eggs. No herbs on top. No spice or marinade or butter on the lobster. In fact, I doubt they even used butter on the pan to cook the eggs. Or salt. I mean c’mon! Eggs without salt, why even bother? You might as well serve granola without yogurt or milk. Oh the humanity!

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Local

75 S Greeley Ave. Chappaqua, NY 10514(914) 238-0698chappaqualocal.com

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While there is nothing out and out amazing about Local, it’s name couldn’t be better suited. It is the perfect, charming little stop for locals to have a quick bite, share some post soccer ice cream (SoCo) with the kids or to grab and go some of their kickass vegetarian chili and cornbread during a polar vortex.

But apart from the chili and cornbread, the food is capable. Nothing that will have you running up and down King Street euphorically, but it’ll do, just like Babe, the pig. Honorable mentions should be noted for the coconut brownie and rocky road ice cream.

The other thing I like about Local is the owner, Adam. Such a nice guy you can’t help but like the place. And speaking of nice, his staff is always friendly as well, a touch slow sometimes, but always friendly.

And last but not least, the décor has a contemporary vibe to it, leaning into natural elements to cue the other meaning of its name, they source only local ingredients, and thus yet another reason to love the place, even if it isn’t flawless.

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