Good Eats in the Castro, SF
Castro has traditionally been a dining dead-spot but SUMI (formerly Ma Tante Sumi) on 18th nr. Eureka is a great little find.
Romantic, intimate space and attentive service.
Haven't been to the Anchor Oyster Bar in a while (on Castro nr. 19th) but it used to be great for wine, chowder & oysters. Ideal for pre or post-drinkies munchies.
Slim pickings but here are ones I have been to not so recently -
2223 Restaurant and Bar is pretty good a classic, good for appetizers and drinks.
La Méditeranée is pretty ok
Home- mainstream, reliable and simple food
Woodhouse fish place is liked in the past here but not by me.
Down the street is Destino- pretty good and fun.
Thai House Express, 19th & Castro, is quite good -- not as good as the first location at Geary & Larkin but still good. It also has a good-looking gay male clientele, so if you're looking for both good food and a Castro scene, I can't think of any place that win on both counts. There are more fashionable scenes at places like Lime, but the food isn't worth it.
Also, Eiji, for Japanese including homemade tofu. Not at all a Castro scene, but located right there at 16th & Sanchez, just south on Sanchez of the totally forgettable Tangerine.
A bit farther away, but also good, is Chow at 14th & Church. Nice BLT with avocado on the weekend.
re: david kaplan
Actually, I had quite a nice meal at Tangerine on Saturday night. Our party loved the sea bass in black bean sauce, and my short ribs with bok choy and mashed potatoes were quite tasty. We also liked a mixed green salad, the steamed mussels and clams, and the tangerine yam cakes.