ISO early dinner in Hayes Valley tonight
In conjunction with our daughter's upcoming wedding, there's going to be an after dinner drinks and dessert gathering at Crimson Lounge downstairs from Indigo. I haven't made reservations as wasn't sure how/what we want to do. Any suggestions for any early dinner (6:30ish) that's low-key, not too heavy OR expensive, that we can either walk into or get last minute reservations? Any cuisine except Chinese as we've been overdosing on that since we arrived as we don't get good Chinese food where we live (Lake Tahoe). Thanks in advance.
I've got us res at 645 at Cav Wine Bar and Rest. on Market bet. Franklin and Gough. Sounds good and far enough away from the symphony action but close enough especially if we can find parking halfway between. I'm wearing SUPER high heels to these events so walking is always a consideration :) I'll report back.
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I love CAV! I didn't recommend it because it's not particularly cheap. But the new chef is really good, like the first. Except it's a dude now. Wine list seems to have shrunk a tad since the early years, but it's still v. interesting and thoughtful. Can't wait to hear what you had.
We loved Cav and told our daughter, the bride, about it since they live here. Since we were going on to a dessert thingy, we didn't want/need much. We shared the sweet bread cannelloni of which we would gladly have eaten TEN! Then a three-cheese selection of a double cream, a pecorino and a blue. Their snack pairings with that were perfect. Also a bottle of a red from Compania (?sp). The server was friendly and knowledgeable. A truly lovely place which we'll go back to and recommend to others.
Firstly, congratulations on your daughter's impending nuptials!
So the symphony is performing tonight at 8 p.,m. and that means the whole 'hood is going to be crazy packed with diners at an early hour, particularly Absinthe and Citizen Cake. Suppenkuche is a freaking madhouse, esp Friday nights. But they do walk-ins.
For quick good meals, I like Hayes and Kebab at Hayes and Gough. It's cheapish, close to Indigo and you cannot go wrong with the salmon kebab plate. Not fancy but not divey.
The new Frjtz on Hayes is cheap and has lots of seats with a hyper modern interior. Belgian fries, crepes and salads etc. for $8-12. Not as charming as the original, but what is?
Thepin thai on Gough and Fell is not my fave but you'll be sure to find a seat there :) I feel the same about the Essencia, the Peruvian wine bar/small plates place also at Hayes and Gough. Way overpriced. Pass on both if you can.
Bar Jules gets pretty nice reviews.
Absinthe, has a chef that's competing on next seasons top chef.
The pasta place on the opposite corner from Absinthe has fresh pastas
Citizen Cake has a dinner menu
Suppenkuche (sp?) has become a standard for healthy but hearty German food
There's also a Boulangerie location if you're pressed for time or budget.