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Best place in SF to flirt with a fellow foodie...

...from the east coast, in SF 2-3 times a month for the work commute, and nothing would make SF feel more like home than suggestions for a spot where sitting at the bar an enjoying some sybaritic sip, sup and perhaps coruscating conversation with fellow patron. Suggestions?

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  1. Wine Bars known for good food...

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    Cav Wine Bar
    1666 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    Nua Restaurant & Wine Bar
    550 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. Delfina
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      Hotel Biron then Zuni Cafe would be my top picks...

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      1. re: raptor

        Delfina works for me, another solo business traveler. Two counters of ~5-6 seats for singles or parties without reservations.

        We'll see how long this thread lasts. Asking for open kitchens with hot cooks in DC got deleted tout suite.

        1. re: AreBe

          Boulevard qualifies.

      2. Two (old Hawthorne Lane) seems like a schmoozy kind of place to hang out.

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        1. re: ML8000

          Hawthorne Lane is no more?
          Now it's Two?

          that is a beautiful place, schmoozy or not!

          1. re: Cookiefiend

            Changed to TWO at the beginning of this year. It's had a pretty radical makeover, different atmosphere, more loungey (though not in a loud or annoying way), quite informal. Numerous reports linked to the Places entry:

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            Two
            22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Thank you Robert!

              I didn't know - I have/had a soft spot for Hawthorne Lane and was surprised to hear that it was no more. The bougainvillea outside, the bar inside... 'nuff said!

              I hope it's new incarnation is as special. It sounds as though it's still a nice place!

              Thanks for the link and the info!

        2. Check out the bar or community table at Nopa.

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          Nopa
          560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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          1. re: Chile Head

            I second Nopa.

            I'll also throw in Citizen Cake (Hayes & Gough), they've got a nice bar and there are lot's of folks who are into good food and drink. However, like so much of San Francisco they don't stay open as late as they should. It's a dessert-centric sort of place and they close at 10pm, seems kinda weird no?

            1. re: virtualguthrie

              Adding Citizen Cake

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              Citizen Cake
              399 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102