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 US food world, chef Nancy Oakes’s eatery was named Outstanding Restaurant Monday night.
Boulevard restaurant is housed in the only structure to have survived the devastating 1906 earthquake that destroyed major portions of San Francisco.
Since opening in 1993, Boulevard has become a local institution. The menu is “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.
Last year’s Outstanding Restaurant winner was Eleven Madison Park in New York, whose chef Daniel Humm was also named Outstanding Chef this year.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Best New Restaurant
Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Outstanding Wine Program
No. 9 Park, Boston
Outstanding Bar Program
La Grenouille, NYC
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Mindy’s HotChocolate, Chicago
Tom Douglas, Tom Douglas Restaurants
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC