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Entering the Grand Café's enormous and elegant dining room is like walking onto the set of a flapper fantasy set in 1920s Paris, except for the fact that few of the clean-cut, plainclothes patrons live up to the glamour and style of the place. All the same, it's a grandiose, gorgeous San Francisco landmark, and the food is great, so when you've got to dress up and impress, the Grand Café is a beautiful place to have dinner. For the passerby, the casual café in the front of the building offers a fancy bar menu, as well as plenty of stares from businessmen killing time over Irish coffee. Why killing time? Perhaps they are staying on business at the Kimpton Group's lovely Hotel Monaco, to which the Grand Café is attached.
- Excerpt from Grand Expectations, The Grand Café Enrolls a Star Chef by Tracie Broom