SF for 1 foodie + 1 non-foodie
My friend from Boston is coming to visit, and she loves formality and atmosphere more than food, but I'm just the opposite. I've already taken her to Farallon and Aqua, which she enjoyed, but now that we're having a girls' night w/o our hubbies, I'd like to take her someplace less formal. I know she'd love WaterBar and Epic, but I just can't bring myself to pay those prices for non-foodie fare, and Cyrus (my all-time favorite) is out of my budget right now. Can you suggest anything "showy" for her, but affordable and yummy for me? TIA!
Showy but casual but very good food. Showy is subjective but if you're using Epic as a price reference, you could do The Dining Room at the Ritz and do the prix fixe (non tasting menu).
The food would be at least good, although yeah, maybe that's an odd/old/formal kind of showy. Any way, a friend mentioned the prix fixe meal for $75 bucks (starter, entre and dessert) and when you compare it to places like Epic, it's in the same price range. Funny how new places with overhead changes things.
Otherwise, a third on Aziza.
Thanks for the great suggestions, everyone! I love Chowhounds. You guys are right about Aziza: showy , delicious and well within my price range, but am I the only one who gets tired of sweet food after just a few bites?
With a precarious job situation, my budget these days is only about $100/person, including drinks, so I'm surprised about the Dining Room since we dropped a bundle the last time we were there (albeit with wine, and completely worth it). I'll have to check it out.
I love Kokkari, too, but I'm already taking her to Dio Deka in Los Gatos, which has a great party atmosphere to match the food. (What is it about Greek restos? I love Evvia, too.)
Showy but casual seems like somewhat of a fine line to toe.