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Omniverous Oct 7, 2012 11:50 AM

I'm usually pretty self-contained in doing my own research, but I've got a curve ball that some of you plugged-in SF aesthetes may be able to hit. Does anyone have a suggestion for where a non-costumed late 30s out-of-towner ought to dine solo on Halloween night that will be chow-worthy but neither a full-on costume party nor a full-on bore entirely sheltered from the spirit of the evening? I stay locally in upper Montgomery, so near-ish would be nice but location isn't my primary concern and I don't mind venturing wherever for the right spot. I spend 30-45 days a year in SF and have eaten at many of your outstanding restaurants at least once (but certainly not all - and I don't need to try someplace new to me). Bar or counter seating is a must and budget isn't really a consideration (but value always matters and please don't send me to Saison in a Maybach zipcar). Fine-dining, burgers in bowling alleys, or anything in between are all fair game as long as it conforms to the above criteria.

Left to my own devices, I was thinking about taking the opportunity to try Quince, where I've never eaten despite its proximity and the fact that I've been to Cotogna 20+ times and counting. But that would fit my definition of a "bore". Or, more pruriently on the costume-party (or lack thereof) end of the spectrum, I remember reading someplace that the Penthouse club had recruited an acclaimed chef and was going to offer real food...and a solo Halloween in SF seems like the opportune time for my once-a-decade patronage of such an establishment in the unlikely event that report was correct.

Obviously, better ideas than my own are needed. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

  1. wolfe Oct 7, 2012 01:25 PM

    Anyone been to Txoko?
    http://www.txokosf.com/

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      Omniverous Oct 7, 2012 03:50 PM

      I have, lol, but not in the last year. Its good (and a good idea). Thanks.

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      goldangl95 Oct 7, 2012 04:22 PM

      So I haven't been during Halloween, so I couldn't explicitly say what the vibe would be, but I think someplace like Tacolicious may be fun -- with a fair amount of people enjoying the holiday and a fair amount not. Extending that theme - the mission area and the marina area generally will be pretty busy (perhaps a little too crazy - depending on your tolerance).

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        Omniverous Oct 7, 2012 04:33 PM

        Thanks - Tacolicious has never crossed my radar. And one of many things I love about San Francisco is that when you look at the website of a Mexican restaurant there, you find headlines that read "Three-Michelin-Star Chef Slings Tacos for Tacolicious". My kind of place...:)

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