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The sweet smell of success

All you have to do is follow your nose and it will lead you to the Stinking Rose—A Garlic Restaurant, one of San Francisco's most unique and entertaining restaurants.


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All you have to do is follow your nose and it will lead you to the Stinking Rose--A Garlic Restaurant, one of San Francisco's most unique and entertaining restaurants. The place has become famous for celebrating, what else but garlic. Named after a historical term for garlic, the restaurant offers sumptuous California-Italian cuisine prepared and adorned with garlic. It serves nearly 3,000 pounds of the pungent herb every month. It was started in 1991 by a group of people who had seen the success of the nearby Gilroy Garlic Festival, and wanted a place devoted to all things garlic.

Whether it's 40-clove garlic chicken, garlic encrusted baby back ribs or even garlic ice cream, there's plenty of the stuff to go around here. Nearly 40 tons of it are trucked in every year and all of it comes from garlic farmer Don Christopher of Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, which happens to be the largest producer of garlic in the country. And for a place that boasts, "they season their garlic with food," there's no place better for getting garlic than in the Golden State. The owners say they can taste the difference, and wouldn't go anywhere else to get their most important ingredient.

With the success of the Stinking Rose Restaurant, the owners have not only created a place where the smell of garlic is warmly accepted, but they have also built one of the most successful restaurants in the heart of the city.

For more information, visit www.thestinkingrose.com.


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