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!
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!
Be sure to go to the upper right-hand corner of this page and do searches for Healdsburg and Mill Valley. You should be able to access to good number of past threads with many helpful recommendations for you to review.
I like Local's Corner, but the menu is rather small so I'd take a look ahead of time, especially for the vegetarians.
You might also take a look at the Zuni lunch menu. I think that Zuni at lunch, with wine and oysters, is a great SF experience. Plus, I took my vegetarian brother there a few years back and he was very pleased.
Depending upon day of the week, I'd also consider Bar Tartine.
Healdsburg Scopa is probably my favorite. Had a great lunch at Barn Diva last summer, Dry Creek Kitchen is a little more upscale but is consistently very good.
Here's where we ended up:
Dinner at Kokarri
Brunch at Larkspur Inn
Nicks Cove for oysters, fries, and beer
Dinner at Farmhouse Inn
Breakfast at Farmhouse Inn
Sandwiches & sides at Dry Creek General Store
Dinner at Scopa
Lunch at SolBar in Calistoga
Nicks was a favorite with a beautiful location on the water. Meals at the Farmhouse were all very special...in retrospect we would have rather ate there twice than trying Scopa (which was fine but didn't blow us away).
The Dry Creek General Store had delicious sandwiches and was a cool spot to check out - if you are in the area I'd highly suggest a stop there. SolBar was also really nice. We were there in between meals so ordered a bunch of salads and small plates which we enjoyed on the outside patio soaking in the views.