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Friday, January 22, 2010

SFoodie's 92: Scallop Crêpe from Ti Couz

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 9:15 AM

As a windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here, a different one each day. Tweet your own nominations ― extra points for pics ― to @SFoodie.

No. 82: Scallop Crêpe from Ti Couz

There's a no-nonsense charm to Ti Couz Crêperie: Aside from the blown-up photos of ancient Breton women in giant lace headdresses, it's free of strenuous Gallicization, that compulsion that many French restaurateurs have to over-romanticize their home country. More remarkably, considering Sylvie Lemer's restaurant has expanded several times since its initial opening more than 15 years ago, the scallop "krampouz" is just as good as ever: The buckwheat savory crêpes are still a millimeter thick, still tasting of grain and earth, still crackly at the edges when they come off the crêpe iron. And we admit, we don't exactly order the scallop for the eraser-sized, creamy bay scallops inside, but for the pool of "sauce marée" spooned over top. We're still not sure exactly what's in it, but there's a little tomato, probably a little wine and seafood stock, and butter. Lots and lots of butter. That's romantic, and French, enough for us.

Ti Couz Crêperie 3108 16th St. (at Valencia), 252-7373; lunch and dinner daily

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 92: Cracked Half Dungeness from Swan Oyster Depot

No. 91: Pastrami Sandwich from Orson

No. 90: Coconut Bun from Out the Door on Bush

No. 89: Brown Sugar-Black Pepper Biscuits from Little Skillet

No. 87: Indian Pizza from Zante

No. 86: Tamales from All-Star

No. 85: Chilaquiles from Nopalito
No. 84: Poc Chuc from Poc-Chuc
No. 83: Chocolate Beignet from Arlequin Cafe

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