Dining our in SF late Oct- looking for reccos?
We will be in SF late October for a few days and I am overwhelmed by the restauarnt choices. Any reccomendations for authentic, unique to SF, exceptional dining choices? I am not a fan of overwrought food with precious ingredients - and prefer casual - moderate as opposed to really high end. We will be staying in the Marina area. Thanks in advance!
The dilemma with your request is what is unique to SF is precious ingredients (e.g. the vast/diverse amount of unique produce that is available). That's kind of what we're known for post-1980.
Tadich Grill is an SF institution, I'm not sure it's unique to SF in terms of food it serves. Similarly, House of Prime Rib could be an option.
Depending on how you define precious or casual you could try Zero Zero, Baker & Banker, Frances, Zuni Cafe, Nopa or Cotogna.
Thanks for your suggestions G195! I had checked out Zuni- I will look the others up too.
When I say precious- I mean 'food as art' chefs that combine so many obscure or trendy elements, you can't tell what you're eating- when the hipness takes precedence over taste- instead of letting the excellent, local, genuine ingredients speak for themselves. I guess I'm not a fan of molecular cooking or fusion so much either. I do like new food trends and innovations, but I also really appreciate tradition, authencity and honesty in cuisine - I like to seek out the genuine article. But I love to explore and cook all kinds of cuisines myself- I'm no meat and potatoes gal (except for maybe a good Bistro steak frites!)
San Franciscans in general aren't fans of modernist / molecular cooking. Lots of chefs use those techniques but with restraint, only to emphasize the natural flavors of the spectacular local ingredients. AQ is a good example of that.
Zuni and Bar Jules are good for rustic pan-Mediterranean cooking a la Chez Panisse.
Tadich is old-school in both good and bad ways. You can have a pretty sad meal there if you order the wrong things.