Michael Bauer just released his top 100 restaurants. It's always fun to remember a great meal, and a good reminder of places you've yet to try. How are you doing on this list? Here's my HONEST number - 22/100. I think I have some eating to do.....
Boulevard - We went for my birthday dinner about five years ago. My husband took me here as we were moving into the city. We stayed at the Griffon next door for the weekend. It's a great spot for people watching. I do remember being hungry after and asking if we could go to In-N-Out....
Chez Panisse - Another birthday dinner. This one was last year on a Monday night (they offer a more affordable menu around $75 pre fix - fyi). It blew me a way. The service was what you used to get everywhere in SF, but is now so special. It's a really romantic spot and the food is so fresh and un-fussy.
Coqueta - We've been here a couple of times. It's fun to sit on the patio for happy hour.
Cotogna - Fantastic neighborhood spot and always delicious. When it's nice out, they'll put patio chairs on the sidewalk. Cocktails and pizza are delicious along with the ricotta dumplings.
Foreign Cinema - What can I say? We had our wedding reception here, and I think it's the best wedding fare I've ever had. I could write an entire post on this spot.
Kokkari - Another great neighborhood spot for us. The moussaka is my favorite!
La Folie - I've only been to the bar next door, but they popped us some delicious truffle popcorn. Need to go back!
Marlowe - The myth is real - the burger and fries are amazing, and the desserts by Emily Luchetti are out of this world. She never makes things too sweet - that's her secret. Their brunch is delicious as well. Order the head-on jumbo shrimp cocktail, kale and brussel sprout salad, and the bacon - which is extra, extra thick and salty sweet. The bloody mary was fantastic with the perfect amount of spice.
Nopa - Most memorable meal here was with my best friend. We sat at the chef's table and felt like rock stars. I recall the cocktail du jour was Aperol Spritz.
Nopalito - Ooh - I need to go back. I remember it was really great and fun with a large group.
Park Tavern - We go quite a bit for happy hour. It's a solid North Beach spot.
Perbacco - A now classic FIDI spot for client entertaining.
Piperade - Not a lot of people know about this restaurant unless you work in the area. Totally underrated in my opinion. It's great for groups, or to sit at the bar for yummy Spanish fare.
Prospect - I LOVE their burger. My husband used to work right around the corner and we'd often go for happy hour.
Rich Table - Fun date night spot. Their house made bread is delicious, although I remember the entrees being meh both times.
Slanted Door - I'm craving this right now. I actually love sitting at the bar after a day of shopping. Too many good things to write about. I always get their seafood and fresh salads.
State Bird Provisions - Okay, I'm going to make some people mad, but I just thought it was OK. But, I don't love Dim Sum service - I always have order envy, like "I should have waited for those dumplings"!
Tosca - Again, might make some people mad, but we had really poor service and haven't been back. The bar is so narrow, I hate getting bumped all night too.
Trestle - Went here with my best friends and we had a magical night. I love the idea of a reasonable pre fix.
Wayfare Tavern - I used to frequent this spot when down in the FIDI. The restaurant itself is just gorgeous and their fried chicken is always spot on.
Z & Y - Meh. My husband and I love Hunan Homes 1,000 times more.
Zuni - This has a special place in my heart. We've celebrated a lot of events here, my favorite being our engagement. I remember they poured us some on the house champagne to celebrate and I felt so special and loved. The chicken is amazing and I've adapted the recipe and make it at home quite frequently. Check out Smitten Kitchen's recipe for it here.