Growing up, most of us were told to follow our dreams and live our passion. As adults, not all of us can say we've reached this state of job nirvana. Find inspiration in Jacqueline Margulis, the French woman who, for 39 years, has been the heart and soul of Cafe Jacqueline. She specializes in fluffy soufflés — they're made to order from scratch, by her, since the cafe opened. A European attitude prevails here, encouraging you to chat and sip a glass of wine in the cozy space replete with dusty-rose walls, a classic chandelier and bud vases on each white-cloth-covered table. Whether you choose savory or sweet (or both), treasure each bite knowing that a true master crafted it just for you.


A dinner experience centered around the pillowy soufflé.
She's a one-woman band back there.
1454 Grant Ave., North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133
Weds.-Sun., 5:30-11 p.m.


By Mike Weiss

San Francisco-based marketer Mike Weiss has an undying love for sports, film photography and anything with gin. He's a firm believer that the West Coast is the best coast. Find him on Twitter @mikeini.