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apseals Nov 10, 2011 05:47 PM

Headed to the city the first week in December with three great friends for good food and some relaxation. We have four nights and each gets to choose their restaurant of choice. We have reservations at Bix for a Sunday, my choice on a Monday, Gary Danko on Tuesday and Slanted Door on Wednesday. I would like to find a place that does not really repeat what we already have reserved. We are open to most anything that is open on a Monday evening. Staying at Stanford Court but can drive, cab if needed. Maybe a neighborhood type place that is relaxed and casual with personable service? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Gary Danko
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

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  1. Scott M RE: apseals Nov 10, 2011 06:01 PM

    A place like Range, Delfina or Firefly may work for you

    842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Firefly Restaurant
    4288 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

    1. Ruth Lafler RE: apseals Nov 10, 2011 07:20 PM

      A lot of neighborhood places are closed on Mondays. Since you don't have any Italian on your list, I'd suggest Perbacco. You can make it even more of an occasion by taking the cable car from your hotel.

      Or since all your other choices are clustered in the same area, it might be a good change of pace to head out to the Richmond to Aziza.

      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        MeredithR RE: apseals Nov 11, 2011 04:22 PM

        Locanda, Flour +Water or NOPA if they're open and if you can get a table. NOPA will be easier.

        557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. artychokeasana RE: apseals Nov 12, 2011 04:26 PM

          What about Cotogna..it's almost like a neighborhood place....but downtown. Food is excellent and less tricky than Danko or Slanted Door. I haven't been to Bix in so long I no longer remember what their food is like so I can't compare contrast for it.

          Slanted Door
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

          56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. Robert Lauriston RE: apseals Nov 12, 2011 04:45 PM

            Incanto's open Mondays.

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

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              artychokeasana RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 12, 2011 04:52 PM

              I thought about suggesting Incanto too-it's definitely neighborhoody-but they have become so whole beast it isn't for everyone. I'm also bummed that their sommelier Edward has moved on. I loved that man's food and wine pairings.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: artychokeasana Nov 12, 2011 05:13 PM

                Incanto is famous for serving a wide variety of offal, but it has never been more than a small part of the menu. The current sample menu (from Nov. 9) has offal in two of 19 dishes vs. nine with no meat.

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                  steve h. RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 12, 2011 07:07 PM

                  Wine selection is pretty good at Incanto, pastas too. Taking the j-church from downtown up to Noe Valley is a wonderful ride.

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                    artychokeasana RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 12, 2011 09:24 PM

                    I actually had dinner there on 11/9...while I can see why you think there were only two-in actuality the Salumi had head cheese, the duck sugo had duck heart in it and the spaghettini had cured tuna heart. There was also a blood soup special is blood offal? So at least 5/19-not 2/19 more than 25% and since 1 on the 19 is olives and 1 is a contorno of cauliflower it's more like 30%; so I'll stand by my statement that they have become very whole beast oriented.

                    I only see 6 dishes that have no meat: olives, wild greens, chicories,pappardelle, sformati and cauliflower what am I missing?

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: artychokeasana Nov 13, 2011 09:51 AM

                      Tuna heart is fish. Heart is meat, i.e. a muscle, and has no offal-ish flavor.

                      I usually go to Incanto with people who won't eat offal, and that's never been a problem. More headcheese for me.

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