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Last meal in SF - what would you do?

eventfarm Sep 12, 2006 08:54 PM

So I just found out that we are moving to Dallas in 1 month.

That means that all those dining experiences that I wanted to have in SF just aren't going to happen.

So, if you had $250 (for 2, one doesn't drink) what would be your last SF (or peninsula) fling?

(just to make it more personable - our favorite restaurant is Espetus, then Cortez, then the cheap places (back-a-yard, dee-dee's, etc).)


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    meesh Sep 12, 2006 08:58 PM

    1. Gary Danko
    2. Jardinare
    3. RNM

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      MuppetGrrl Sep 12, 2006 09:01 PM

      I'd spend a Sunday afternoon in the backyard at Zeitgeist and have a grilled gardenburger. I'd have a Rosamunde sausage, probably stop at Tommy's Joynt for a big ol' ham with au jus, and I think I'd even go down to the wharf for one of the giant crabs fresh off the boat. I'd get the seafood combo from Swann Oyster Depot and picnic out at Sutro Park.

      For evening meals, I'd pick between Incanto, Sanraku, Le Charm (or Fringale), or maybe hit a few places I haven't been yet, like Aziza and RNM.

      EDIT: I hadn't noticed the $250 price tag.

      At least you know you'll be getting great barbeque!

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      1. re: MuppetGrrl
        Robert Lauriston Sep 12, 2006 11:28 PM

        No crabs fresh off the boat this time of year.

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          MuppetGrrl Sep 12, 2006 11:38 PM

          While I'd personally wait until December, of course, I'm sure the crab they do have there would at least be fresher than what they get in Dallas. Although Dallas might be a real seafood town, for all I know.

      2. Robert Lauriston Sep 12, 2006 09:02 PM

        I'd order the Quinto Quarto or Whole Beast at Incanto.


        1. Chris Rising Sep 12, 2006 09:35 PM

          I'd invite my two best friends and go to Delfina. Dallas has some very good restaurants. I pine for tex mex cheese enchilladas.

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            Pei Sep 12, 2006 10:01 PM

            That was my last meal in SF, and I still drool just thinking about it. Perfect everything! Pasta, meat, seafood, wine, SF vibe...yum. But it won't be $250 unless you eat and drink a LOT. But who cares if you spend less; you'll have a great time.

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            Problem Child Sep 12, 2006 09:56 PM

            I would do Chez Panisse if you have never been. Make your reservations today as their reservation policy is 1 month in advance.

            $250 is more than enough if 1 doesn't drink. The other can do their suggested wine pairing.

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            1. re: Problem Child
              farmersdaughter Sep 12, 2006 10:12 PM

              That would be my choice as well. Unfortunately, I haven't dined enough in Dallas to have personal experience with the food there, but I think CP is probably hugely different from the restaurants in Dallas (including the difference between the local ingredients in the two cities).

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                Robert Lauriston Sep 12, 2006 11:37 PM

                I've never seen a wine pairing at Chez Panisse, is that a new thing? You can always ask for recommendations from the by-the-glass list, but often there's no great match.

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                  Problem Child Sep 13, 2006 01:07 AM

                  I did the wine pairing the last time I went. You might want to ask your server the next time you go there. The server brings the bottle to let us taste first and see if we like it before pouring a glass.

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                    Robert Lauriston Sep 13, 2006 01:36 AM

                    What's the charge?

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                      Problem Child Sep 13, 2006 02:47 AM

                      Can't reply to your msg so I'll reply to this. 2 $75 dinners, 2 wine pairings + tips + tax = $250. So I would say the wine pairing cost between $25-$30 each.

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                        Robert Lauriston Sep 13, 2006 02:57 PM

                        By "wine pairing" do you mean a preselected flight of three or four wines for a fixed price, or wines by the glass recommended by the waiter or sommelier?

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                          Problem Child Sep 13, 2006 03:06 PM

                          If I recall correctly, the waiter said that they have a set of wines already selected for the night. But that's 1 yr ago. Please let me know if you go again and remind me if that's the case.

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                            Robert Lauriston Sep 13, 2006 03:31 PM

                            They didn't last month, or in January, or at any of my other visits over the past 25+ years.

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                      ML8000 Sep 12, 2006 10:32 PM

                      I'd go with stuff you couldn't get in Dallas and then move on to sentimental favs.

                      On my list would be Cali cuisine (CP is at the top of the list), seafood (Swan's, Yuet Lee), inexpensive Chinese and Asian, ethnic cuisine that would be harder to find in Dallas, maybe a fusion place you couldn't see in Dallas. Sentimental favs would be of course be personal.

                      Oh yeah, I'd try to hit some good neighborhood places in SF. It's the high and low but also the nice reasonable-to-moderate neighborhood places (regardless of cuisine) that make SF different.

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                      1. re: ML8000
                        Chris Rising Sep 13, 2006 12:01 AM

                        ML is right on the ethnic especially as far as Chinese is concerned. You need to be ready for NO acceptable Chinese food.

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                        lettuce Sep 12, 2006 11:31 PM

                        It will be more than $250, but I would go to Manresa in Los Gatos.

                        Otherwise, Gary Danko, Delfina or the Cafe at Chez Panisse.

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                          jbeaux Sep 14, 2006 01:11 AM

                          Anybody know, does Delfina have a website?

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                          1. re: jbeaux
                            Robert Lauriston Sep 14, 2006 01:13 AM


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                            laurendlewis Sep 14, 2006 01:17 AM

                            My husband and I went to SF on our honeymoon last year - our favorites were:
                            Yank Sing (dim sum)
                            Farallon (seafood)

                            Maybe very touristy but .. hey.. you're tourists!

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                              eventfarm Sep 14, 2006 02:59 AM

                              Wow! I'm just getting back online after a killer couple of days of work. Nice to see lots of suggestions!

                              Gary danko was on my list and is right now the running favorite. Chez Panisse looks fantastic - I'm embarrased to say I've never actually taken a look at the menu.

                              I'll have to do a post when we decide where we're going.

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                              1. re: eventfarm
                                rworange Sep 14, 2006 05:04 PM

                                Please, please don't go to the BORING, grim Gary Danko as your last meal. I know, I know ... good fois gras, some souffle thingy ... but it is so ORDINARY for this type of restuarant ... and I'm sorry, that cheese cart doesn't do it for me. Just stop by Cheeseboard and buy some. The samples at Cheeseboard are almost as large as what GD serves.

                                DO please check out the menu at Chez Panisse.


                                Either the cafe or the dinner. There are ways to get in. The cafe is easier, but there are cancellations.

                                You won't find anything like that in Dallas and all GD is doing is a riff on what Chez Panisse does ... and not as well.

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                                  Robert Lauriston Sep 14, 2006 05:11 PM

                                  Food like Gary Danko's could be duplicated in Texas if there were demand.

                                  Chez Panisse's close connections with local farmers could not.

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                                meels Sep 17, 2006 02:50 PM

                                meesh (post #1) mentioned Jardiniere, which hasn't been picked up in the thread, but it's worth checking out - especially the chef's tasting menu. For a special occasion, an upstairs table (not too close to the jazz trio) really can't be beat. www.jardiniere.com

                                1. wchane Sep 17, 2006 04:55 PM

                                  i'd load up on as much cheap ethnic cuisine as i possibly could, as dallas has none of that. dim sum, mission burritos, small plates, slanted door, bissap baobab, all that and a bowl of san francisco clam chowder from pier market. i'd just spend a day or two eating everything and everywhere.

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