NYC Foodies headed out for a long weekend and looking forward to some excellent eats. 2 vegetarians and 1 pesce-tarian in our group. Budget is flexible.
Need a few recommendations...
1 dinner in San Fran, preferably somewhere close(ish) to SF Jazz
I've been reading about a few; Rich Table, AQ, Bar Tartine, State Bird Provisions...
1 dinner in the Healdsburg area (other dinner will be at Farmhouse)
1 dinner in Mill Valley (fun & casual) I was thinking Mill Valley Beerworks but reviews look pretty iffy since the renovation?
Thanks in advance!
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Bar Tartine is very vegetarian friendly, both in their lunch and dinner menus. It's a quick cab ride to SF Jazz.
I've yet to hear of a positive report of AQ from a vegetarian. With two vegetarians, I think you'd be better served going elsewhere.
Look at State Bird Provisions' menu. Reservations are tricky. It changes frequently, but there are about 6 or so vegetarian dishes, and several pesce-tarian: http://statebirdsf.com/provisions/
I did SBP last week. Reservations are nearly impossible - although some reservation holders were quizzed - "I got this through a friend in the industry". They are cultivating this "stand in line at 5:30 and get your seating time" thing. Be there at 4:45 and not much later if you want to make the first seating.
Few SBP dishes "on the cart" were fully veg. Maybe 1/4. Maybe. The veg dishes were somewhat limp and lifeless - more spice would have helped. SBP knows fish well, and other meats decently, seems a little lost without a focal protein. And, with three you can't really sit at the counters, so you'll have to wait for a table. Go elsewhere - it's not _all that_.
I find SF notoriously bad for vegetarians. The style of menu we've cultivated tends to have one veg entree. I went to Zuni a decade ago with my sister (veg) and we literally walked out - Zuni was setting menu trends around that time, as was Boulevard, which had a very similar one-app, one-entree style.
I would look at Zare at Flytrap. I really liked the freshness, combinations, amount of flavor, style should translate just fine without meat. Not sure if they really have enough veg entrees, but it's a great SF mid-range kind of place with a nice feel, tends to get mostly locals due to its lack of food-channel-type buzz. I've also found the eastern end of the Med is best for veg, for some reason, between various tangines, slow cooking, highlight of couscous / garbanzos, dates, mint.
Yeah, SBP has gotten even more jammed if that's possible. I walked in at 915p last Thurs and was told I could put my name on a list for to eat standing up at 945p. I think this is the first restaurant in BA where I've encountered literal standing room only. Contrast this to my last visit a number of months ago when 1/3 of the DR was open at 8p (even after it had gotten a lot of favorable buzz).
We had a super lunch at D'Angelo's in MV but since you're coming from NYC I'd probably not suggest Italian.
As an aside, does the name The Big Apple turn off locals? I believe Cali started in Southern CA and spread. So when it's used, it's just kinda labels the user. That's all. Both are better, IMO, than Frisco!!!
ETA: forgot the link. http://www.piazzadangelo.com/
Yes, I will get on the reservations! I just looked online and Rich Table is booked up but I will call them tomorrow when they re-open. State Bird assured me that they have plenty of offerings for vegetarians, but it is fully booked for the next 60 days :( Bar Tartine also is booked.
I am open to other suggestions besides the ones previously mentioned for this last minute trip!