thanks for the vacation help!
Just a quick thanks for all the great advice I got from all of you a few weeks ago on my trip to sf! We had lots of great food, and really only one not-so-good experience that we didn't see coming.
We went to thai house express (twice, actually, we liked it so much!) and had one of the homestyle pork stews, a spicy tofu and veg saute, cucumber salad, duck noodle soup and green curry tofu, and it was all just great. Also had the fried bananas, which were delicious, but how can you go wrong with those?
We also tried greens (super disappointing) and millenium (pretty awesome). The service at greens was just so bad (totally ignored for almost 20 minutes when we were seated--no menus or drinks, and drinks were only refilled once over a couple of hours, and our server was kind of obnoxious), and the vegetarian cooking there is straight out of 1986, like, oh, you're vegan, want some quiche, oh wait, you can't eat that, here, have some plain couscous (I'm exaggerating, there was tofu and a sauce, but still, it's not at all interesting and the execution is just ok). My boyfriend literally had quiche, which was fine, just not at all worth the price. And there were flies everywhere which was just gross.
Millenium, on the other hand, had much more interesting food (the little gems salad--lettuce, limes, smoky tofu bits--is delicious and unusual, the lentil and mushroom roullades were good, and the stuffed artichoke with seitan sausage was really great, and the chocolate almond midnight is perfect), and the service was very pleasant. We've actually made their seitan sausage at home to use in cornbread stuffing at thanksgiving and it's nice to see that theirs, while somewhat better than ours, is clearly a close relative of what's published in their cookbook.
Zuni was good, best hamburger ever (as reported by my boyfriend), and I had a really refreshing salad with farro and kumquats. They were actually very nice about me being a vegan, and I even had a couple of choices on what to eat, which I wasn't expecting.
We flaked out on many of the other places we planned to try, largely out of laziness, but we did find a place by accident that was great. We went to saha on our last night, and it was lovely. The mint and mushroom ravioli in mango sauce were interesting (though the pasta was a bit thick), and the main courses (a layered veg and tofu dish with a chimichurri-type sauce and beef rib couscous) and dessets (knaffe and a fruit and chocolate phyllo pastry) were just great. They also have a rose soda that I really enjoyed, it's not too sweet and not at all perfume-y.