San Francisco-Financial District
May 11, 2018
Trou Normand, the new bar and restaurant from Thad Vogler and Erik Johnson, the guys behind Bar Agricole, is all about the meat. Chef Salvatore Cracco has crafted a menu that revels in flesh and features a range of hearty mains, charcuterie and sausages. Located in the historic Art Deco Pacific Telephone building, it’s a handsome space with a retro modern vibe and large brown leather booths in which to sit. The drinks list features well-crafted cocktails, including a delicious tequila number licked with vermouth, and the Jersey City which blends calvados, sourced by the barrel directly from France, with pineapple gum syrup, and a dash of absinthe. It works beautifully with the house salumi and the ciccioli. You should also try the head-cheese, the creamy lardo and the sausage plate. (That sausage plate, featuring the plumpest Bratwurst is all kinds of excellent). Good as the food is, and it’s seriously good, this place is also serving up some of the best drinks in the city.
What their peers say
“The best cocktail I’v ever had was a variation of the classic Jersey City at Trou Normand. The drink is a simple mix of calvados, pineapple gum syrup, and absinthe, but That Vogler and Eric Johnson source their own brandies directly from French producers and taylor their drinks to showcase them. Here, the tropical and herbaceous qualities in the brandy get highlighted, yet is to well balanced that is is hard to tease out where one ingredient ends and another begins.” WBB Writer Lou Bustamante