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Hi SF Chowhounders,

My wife and I will be celebrating our anniversary this upcoming weekend 9/8. SF is one of our favorites cities and we try to go at least 1 or 2 times a year.

I wanted to ask if I could get some input and opinions between Wayfare Tavern and Town Hall or any other recommendations that might be available for Friday night.

We currently have a reservation at AQ for Saturday night and plan to go to our must stop Ferry Market Building on Saturday morning.

Another must stop for us is Tartine Bakery. Is Knead worth skipping Tartine for this time around?

Not looking to break the bank on this dinner. I don't drink alcohol and the wife is pregnant with our first so no alcohol for us. We were thinking about $125 to $150 or so.

In the past we've been to:

Zuni
Range
Bar Crudo
House of Prime Rib
Slanted Door
Bar Tartine
Cotogna
Flour + Water
Delfina
Aziza
Commonwealth
Canteen
NOPA
A16
SPQR
Foreign Cinema

Thanks for any help you can provide!!

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  1. AQ's a great choice.

    If you liked those places, you'd probably like Bar Tartine.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Robert Lauriston - Thanks for the confirmation on AQ. Any thoughts on Wayfare Tavern or Town Hall? Kind of leaning towards Wayfare at this moment. I will check out Bar Tartine's menu again.
      Thanks!

      1. re: TNT Adventures

        Umm, my wife and I weren't all that impressed with Wayfarer . . . Town Hall was good but VERY loud.

        Bar Tartine is a solid choice. I'd also look at Perbacco and Piperade . . .

        1. re: TNT Adventures

          Wayfare was very average to me. Competent but didn't stand out in any way.

          1. re: TNT Adventures

            I like Wayfare, if the menu appeals I think it's a good choice. Best steak tartare I've had in SF since Jeanty @ Jack's closed. Downstairs is kind of a scene but the upstairs dining room's very nice.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7165...

        2. In case you can't get in to Wayfare, right next door is Wexler's, where I've had some exceptional tastes. Subtle smokiness permeates the dishes but it's not BBQ. Nice room, not too fancy not too plain, good for conversation. It's a nice contrast to what you'll eat at AQ. I'm also loving Locanda (Cal-Ital) right now.

          1. zin1953 and goldang - Thanks for your thoughts on Wayfare.

            ruba - exactly why I was thinking Wayfare or Town Hall something very different from AQ. Thanks for your Wexler rec.

            I have been to Bar Tartine a few years ago and possibly wanted to try something new.

            Robert - Thanks for the input and the link.

            Even more confused now with the varying opinions.

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            1. re: TNT Adventures

              Bar Tartine has changed so much from what it was a few years ago that they should have changed the name. New chef, radically different menu (sort of Cal-Hungarian), new bread oven, expanded into the adjacent storefront. Some of the best and most original food in town.

              http://www.bartartine.com/dinner.pdf

            2. I just got back! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866470

              Definitely hit up Craftsman and Wolves if you want a Gougere throwdown with Tartine and get the Pomme d'Amour at Knead. If you still want Tartine, it's up the street and you can walk off the butter....

              You'll really enjoy AQ, highly recommend the small plates section. Please report back, I'd be interested to hear another LA/OC hound's perspective compared to mine.