New and Venerable Institutions: Tadich Grill
Tadich Grill, 240 California Street, is a local institution that dates back to 1849, when regular steamboat service to California was inaugurated, the same year Abraham Lincoln celebrated his 40th birthday. Connoisseurs of great seafood will appreciate the Oysters Rockefeller, Crab and Lobster Thermidor, and Dungeness Crab and Prawns a la Monza here. The Tadich is a favorite of Vivian and Marion Brown, San Francisco's good will ambassadors. The term 'California cuisine' originated with the Tadich Grill, which began as a humble coffee stand. The restaurant is at the center of a legend from the late 1800's about local politician Alexander Badlam, who boasted at the Tadich - then on Clay Street - that it would be a cold day before he was turned out of office by voters. He soon was and the Tadich became known forever after as "The Original Cold Day Restaurant." 

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