See What The Press Has Said
"Everyone orders her (Joanna’s) famous, flaky, buttery, tall Meetinghouse biscuits. You’d be crazy not to. They’re perfect." "The look and the feel of the place clicked right from the start, especially with friendly service and a gracious greeting at the door. The place has been packed since it opened. I predict the Elite will continue to be the hottest spot on Fillmore."
- Patricia Unterman, San Francisco Examiner, February 2006
"Herb Caen clubbiness... reminiscent of the Tadich Grill"
- Josh Sens, San Francisco Magazine, April 2006
Since the remodel, the historic space feels like a spiffy and gleaming gentlemen's club, complete with secluded mahogany booths, lazy overhead fans and a friendly bar warmly lit with small lamps. The crowd embodies a classic San Francisco well-heeled mix, with couples both young and older; larger groups in the center add to the celebratory atmosphere. Joanna Karlinsky's homey bayou dishes exhibit a West Coast sensibility, so a N'awlins classic like gumbo includes scallops with yellow and red peppers, and barbecued shrimp arrive in a bath of seasoned butter instead of the traditional unseasoned margarine. Favorites from Old Meetinghouse (her former restaurant), such as the pork chop and hominy-crusted catfish, make an appearance.
- Citysearch San Francisco, 2006
"Great atmosphere with relaxed, efficient service... Elite’s version of jambalaya is about as good as you'll find, with light, almost fluffy rice holding coins of andouille sausage, shrimp and mounds of confit duck. The ingredients are nicely integrated, yet each element stands on its own, so there's always a new flavor sensation … Pleasantly spicy "California'' seafood gumbo, served with a mini bottle of Tabasco tucked on the side, blends the best of two coasts."
- Michael Bauer, SF Gate - Sunday, March 2006