San Francisco’s sky-high landmark gets its “Cheers,” courtesy of Thad Vogler.
Named after the customary spot of brandy served by the French, Trou Normand offers far more than a nip. Sure, there are carrots done two ways with tangy apricots and almonds, a roasted halibut, even ice cream—but salumi and charcuterie reign supreme in this urbane setting at the SoMa epicenter: the 26-story historic beauty at 140 New Montgomery. A mural by New Bohemia Signs of an Ebecho Muslimova painting is a focal point, while throwback metal fixtures, concrete tiling and honeyed leather barstools add textural interest to the restaurant/bar. This being the second project of James Beard Award nominee Thad Vogler (Bar Agricole), any liquor’s going to be small-batch on the classic cocktail list, and all of the Armagnacs, Cognacs and Calvados are found “nowhere else in the world.” 140 New Montgomery St., S.F., 415-975-0876; trounormandsf.com.
Written and edited by Alison Clare Steingold.