SF-expat, one dinner in Financial District
Will be in town visiting for a week from Boston catching up on some old favorites and new gems. Will have one dinner with friends in Financial District near 555 California.
Any great spots to recommend? Suggested guidelines:
- Food quality and overall experience is primary
- Good ambience for conversation and catch-up with friends, but not too sedate
- Very or somewhat unique to SF
- Not sushi
- New or innovative a bonus
- Mid-range prices
I'd go to Myth if I was in the financial district. Just don't overdue it like I did by having the sweetbreads, foie gras pasta, and seared scallops all in one sitting--well the martini might have had something to do with it. I went with two friends and we all loved it like many other chowhounds. It isn't a pricey as some of the other upscale spots.
I'd go to Piperade, a Basque restaurant on Battery between Union and Green. It's a little bit of a walk, but worth it! Very low key, mid-priced, great flavors and great service. The wine list is interesting. You can do an entire selection of small plates, and they have larger entree-sized dishes as well. If you go, make sure you get the terrine with sheep milk cheese and ham.
Can you put a number on "mid-range prices"?
Except for the location, Winterland would be perfect.
Tadich is great for the overall experience, but you can get better food elsewhere.