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Where should I eat by myself tonight?

saeyedoc Oct 26, 2009 02:57 PM

In town for a conference, staying at the Westin at 3rd and Mkt. Would like to be able to walk. Was originally planning on eating at the sashimi bar at Ame tonight, but ended up going last night with a friend (I'll post my review at some point when I get back).
I've already eaten at Lers Ros, had lunch at Jai Yun today and have a reservation for Canteen tomorrow night.
I'm thinking of walking back up to chinatown and going to Z and Y , but am open to other suggestions as I'd like to make more of an evening out of it, maybe going to someplace more lively where I can sit at the bar.
Cost is not an issue, would like some variety and can get good Mexican at home. Perhaps Italian? Food is more of a priority than atmosphere.

  1. JasmineG Oct 26, 2009 03:12 PM

    If you want Italian, you could eat at the bar at Perbecco, which is an easy walk from your hotel. I had a fun meal at the bar there a few weeks ago with a friend, and there were a few solo diners there.

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      sfbing Oct 26, 2009 03:16 PM

      These would require shortish trips by streetcar, but how about Zuni or Incanto (further out but nice neighborhood feel, especially if you've been trapped downtown the whole time)?
      I also used to really like Quince, although I haven't been to the new location.

      A short BART ride away is Delfina/Delfina Pizzeria with dessert at Bi-rite creamery.

      Zuni Cafe
      1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar
      1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

      Bi-Rite Creamery
      3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Delfina Restaurant
      3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Quince Restaurant
      470 Pacific Av, San Francisco, CA 94133

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      1. re: sfbing
        saeyedoc Oct 26, 2009 05:29 PM

        The Delfina/Bi-rite combo is intriguing. I see there were some recent negative reports on Delfina, still worth going though? I'm assuming I'll have no problem eating at the bar?

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          sfbing Oct 26, 2009 05:48 PM

          I think it is still worth going. I find it less exciting than Incanto, but sometimes that isn't a bad thing. My sister went yesterday and gave a thumbs up on the mint tagliatelle and the roast chicken (sounds incredibly boring, I know. but everyone who orders it loves it--or maybe it is the olive oil mashed potatoes that come with). There is usually space available at the bar, I think. You could call in advance just in case.

          There is also Pizzeria Delfina right next door. No reservations, single diners can eat at the bar over the kitchen and they always have a bunch of non pizza choices if that isn't your thing. For the pizzeria, I recommend (if offered) anything with cauliflower, the fried seafood specials, and their panna pies.

          1. re: sfbing
            saeyedoc Oct 26, 2009 05:54 PM

            I think I'll head up that way. Looks like Range is close by as another option if Delfina is too crowded.

        2. re: sfbing
          sumi Oct 26, 2009 06:26 PM

          Zuni is a very good suggestion because you basically just catch any of the F Markets trains which will drop you right in front of the restaurant. And very yummy food.

        3. Robert Lauriston Oct 26, 2009 04:14 PM

          TWO's a nice place to eat at the bar, and it's nearby. (Also closing at the end of the year, when its lease is up.)

          22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105

          1. RichInMV Oct 26, 2009 04:22 PM

            We just had a nice dinner at Zinnia (the old Scott Howard location on Jackson) last week - nice bar there, and nice atmosphere. We really enjoyed the food. We also stopped by at Quince that same Friday night and they were pretty full. Not sure about the solo diner/bar scene there.

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              pauliface Oct 26, 2009 05:18 PM

              Is Le Charm still around?
              I think that was on 4th between harrison and folsom....

              Ooh, better, Boulevard is walking distance, near 1st and market....

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              1. re: pauliface
                DandySF Oct 26, 2009 05:41 PM

                Le Charm is still around, just ate there on 10/18. It was quite good.

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                saeyedoc Oct 26, 2009 09:48 PM

                Ended up taking Bart to The Mission and went to Delfina and Bi-rite creamery.
                Got seated right away at the food bar and had an excellent server who helped me pair wines with each course. Started with a salad of mixed bitter greens, shaved parmesan and walnuts which was excellent. Followed that with a 1/2 order of papardelle with with pork ragu then a slow roasted pork shoulder with farro and roasted peppers. All in all an excellent meal with friendly people to talk with.
                Walked over to Bi-rite and had salted caramel and vanilla with some other goodies in it.
                Thanks for the suggestions, turned out to be a fun evening with great food.

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                1. re: saeyedoc
                  vulber Oct 26, 2009 11:15 PM

                  I guess it's too late now, but I was going to recommend Spruce.

                  Haven't actually eaten there by myself, but it seems like it'd be a really cool place to sit at at the bar by myself; plus, I have been to the Village Pub in Woodside by myself and enjoyed that.

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