Jimtown Store is amazing for breakfast/lunch/coffee-- fantastic coffee and the baked egg sandwich is to die for. Also, very highly recommend Scopa for dinner (although it's pretty tiny and a large party of 6 will DEFINITELY require an advanced reservation). Spoonbar or the bar at Cyrus for cocktails.
Thanks everyone for your advice! After much deliberation, we have decided on Saison. I'll report back on our whole trip, for sure.
We're also going to make every attempt to visit the lounge at La Folie since everyone seems to recommend it so highly.
Luckily, I think we can definitely hit both! I only wish I could say the same about Benu & Saison! :)
I simply can't decide between the two. I'm up for doing both, but the husband is not-so-much on that idea. As much as we like Asian cuisine, I'm not sure that applies to our taste in fine dining, hence my slight lean towards Saison at the moment, but then I keep getting lured back to Benu based on Lee's pedigree and the general consensus that Benu's service is superior. Oh, decisions! I'm hoping to make a final call by this evening.
And, thank you, too! Your DC recap from 2010 really helped me choose the location for my 30th birthday dinner last summer. Restaurant Eve Tasting Room (amazing!) won out over Vidalia 24, but only because we decided to do PX in the same night and stay over in Alexandria. Any plans to travel east and check out RJ Cooper's new venture? We plan to go as soon as our SF food coma subsides.
Thank you! I had read that thread a couple of times and upon rereading it yet again, I am leaning towards Saison over Benu. If only uhockey's trip was before ours! His reviews are always incredibly helpful and have come in very handy in our other travels.
We will be visiting SF next week and are having a hard time selecting our "money no object" meal. Currently, have a reso at Benu-- a restaurant which seems to be a somewhat polarizing subject on this board. It seems most people either love it or hate it and given the price tag, I'm becoming a bit worried that we could end up among those that hate it. I keep reading "soulless" and that doesn't sound very appealing! We do like Asian cuisine and ingredients, but tend to not love meals that are all technique and no heart. So, I know this question is asked time and time again (though I haven't found any recent posts): What is THE meal to have in SF right now without budgetary restrictions? We are in our early 30s, so preferably nothing too stuffy.
We eat and enjoy just about everything and have several other reservations while we are in town. Our current itinerary is as follows:
Day one: We're going to start early evening and hit the bar at several restaurants that almost made the cut for a full dinner and have cocktails and a small plate or two at each. On the agenda and in no particular order: Prospect, Bar Agricole, The Alembic, Gitane, maybe Nopa and finish the night with a reservation at Bourbon and Branch
Lunch: Ferry Plaza to pick up some eats for a picnic lunch in Mission Dolores Park if the weather permits and then walk around the Mission eventually making our way to Humphrey Slocombe.
Dinner: Have Benu reso... this is where we need help! Saison instead? Quince?
Brunch at Canteen
Brunch at Nopa
Any thoughts for our blow out dinner? Suggestions and opinions will be much appreciated!
Gitane Restaurant & Bar