TBD, a restaurant in San Francisco's mid-market district, and the wine list has a great concept that other restaurants should consider.
I love the TBD list because of the wines on it, the generously small markups, and especially because of the format.
Most of the wines have simple one- or two-word descriptions. That one word adds a lot.
A longtime complaint of mine about restaurant wine lists is that you have to be a wine expert to use them. Sommeliers order great, obscure wines but don't tell us why we should buy them.
Look at the list. The descriptions aren't complicated. "Leaner Cabernet Franc" or "Riper Cabernet Franc." Do we need much more than that?
The by-the-glass list (shown on the next page) is particularly helpful.
"Fruity ends Dry Pinot Gris." "Lemon-Lime-Like Godello." "Full but Bright Chardonnay." This is exactly what I want to know in ordering a glass of wine, and what I can't possibly know unless I have tasted that exact vintage from that producer and that vineyard.
Sure, you can nitpick the verbiage, but that makes you a nitpicker. No Big Dried Fruit Sangiovese for you.
We had octopus ceviche with avocado, lime and hash browns: great
textural contrast. Steamed mussels, lamb sausage & tat soi: the earthy flavors made a soup so delicious we sopped up every bit. TBD "Royale" with American cheese & fries: solid burger, crispy fries with good level of saltiness.