[SF] Recs for one night's grazing
Posted 05 January 2009 - 08:56 AM
*Staying in the financial district but willing to go anywhere that it's easy to get a cab
*Will eat anything. No restrictions.
*Willing to go low end or high end or a mix
*Savory is far more important than sweet
*Food is more important than drink (but drinks are always nice)
Thanks in advance for recommendations.
Posted 05 January 2009 - 09:00 AM
Posted 05 January 2009 - 09:56 AM
Much of your one-night choice might depend on where you are coming from; i.e., what don't you get where you live? This is a great town for seafood if you live in the mid-west, but I might not suggest a seafood restaurant to someone coming from Seattle or Maine.
With that, here are general recs:
Boulevard; for me, it tends to be staid and boring because I have eaten there way to much and I think it has lost its spark over the past decade. However, for first-timers, Boulevard has a great deal of charm because of its ambience and it also has the benefit of great kitchen-viewing bar seating for singles.
Incanto; Probably one of the best restaurants in the city with highlight of Chef Cosentino's rising fame for fifth-quarter ingredients, the best house-made charcuteries and salumis in the city, and another great establishment for single diners because of their bar dining area. The detractor is the location; it is a bit of a cab ride. Can be better to dine there in groups so you can taste more food.
SPQR; From the owners of A16, this small-plate Roman establishment has become a fast favorite in its first year. Also the advantage for the solo diner with a bar area that can be easier to find a seat considering they don't take reservations. My detractor for this restaurant is that too many of the dishes are (for me) too salty and the general quality has decreased a tad since they first opened (but a first-timer would never realize that).
Anchor & Hope; My current favorite seafood restaurant in the city. Another with a bar (do we see a pattern? I dine alone quite often so this a crucial for me). I love the "fries with eyes" (fried smelt) and the sea urchin which is a must-order. Great oysters as well.
Ame; Another fabulous place for seafood but my hands-down favorite for Asian fusion. I've had full tastings but am always happier when I just stick with the crudo offerings.
Posted 12 January 2009 - 12:03 PM