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Explore the Symbiotic Relationship of Cordon Bleu Restaurant & Encore Karaoke

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Cordon Bleu

The symbiotic relationship that exist between a restaurant and the bar next to it don’t get much better or more mutually beneficial than the one that exists between Cordon Bleu and  Encore on California Street, just off Polk.  One serves cheap, delicious and hearty food, the other is a karaoke bar that allows you to bring in and consume said food on their premises.  I’ve rarely encountered a more elegant and harmonious confluence of purpose.

Cordon Bleu is a counter-only Vietnamese restaurant with simple food cooked in plain sight by a skeleton crew of Southeast Asians expats.  The dish to get is Vietnamese Five Spice Chicken or the grilled pork chops.  Eat there if you like or pack it up and take it next door and up a flight of stairs to Encore Karaoke, where no one’s likely to cast aspersions upon you if you can’t carry a tune more complicated than the  beautiful music made by the death rattle of an ancient,bigoted and toothless  Southern Democratic Senator.  From three to seven, well drinks are 3.50 and domestic beers 2.50.   You’re eating like a Siamese king for less than 15 bucks and drinking like a hump-less camel for a pittance.  Need I pontificate further? Fin.

Cordon Bleu
1574 California St.
Encore Karaoke
1550 California St.
[Nob Hill]

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Fatt Mink

Fatt Mink

I was born into a family of bookworms and staunch pinkos in downtown San Jose, California.
I lived in San Francisco from 2002-2016, during which time I studied music and Italian at S.F State and worked as a waiter and bartender in restaurants and bars both foul and divine; I credit my considerable experience in the industry with birthing my eternal burnin' love for food and booze, still a driving force in my life. I lived in Rome for 8 months in 2016 and then moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, where I currently write for a newspaper and play music.

1 Comment

  1. Barrett Horne
    October 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    I ate there last week and for the first time in 1976. Never been to the bar though, have to check it out .

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