Disclaimer: As my moniker explains, I am decidedly opinionated about food, but I'm hoping you could still help!.
We come to SF every March and , in between time spent in carmel and elk, we have maybe 4 or 5 dinners in SF area. Would you take a look at my list of good experiences and not good, and if you seem to have my taste, offer away any suggestions you are generous enough to share? I would really appreciate your time:
Positive: Aziza, Foreign Cinema ( we always eat at these two) ;B44, Postrio, Azie,
Cafe Kati, Beetlenut, Yank Sing for dim sum,Sea Salt and Gregoire in Berkeley, Fog City Diner,Cortez, Hog Island Oyster Co., taquerias on mission,Elizabeth Daniel (no more), Chez Nous( no more)
Not positive enough to return:Masa, Michael Mina, la Folie, Quince, Slanted Door, Limon, Plumpjack Cafe, Chez Panisse downstairs, Boulevard,Jardiniere, Buddhukan.
In the past,I have been tempted by what I read of: Farallon,Luca, Coi, Bocadillos,Gary Danko, 5th Floor,MC squared,.A 16, Campton Place, Zuni Cafe, LuLu. O Chame, Oliveto, Furenzu, Zarzuela , Bay Wolf.
In the Napa area, we are huge fans of Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen( and not of Terra.)
To explain further, I am just not interested in 'the best simple roast chicken'(which is why I can't get myself to try Zuni.) I am interested in robust flavors, unusual ingredients and combinations/fusion,particularly Mexican, Spanish and Asian. Boston is Italian saturated so I stay away from Italian if there are other choices. I do like small plates. Every time we have spent the BIG bucks, we have regretted it, so I think we have had our best experiences in more bistro feeling places. We dislike haughty , stiff, over- fussy service and we really enjoy friendly people.
O.K , I'm done!. We arrive in SF this coming Sunday and all our SF area meals will be weekday, not weekend.
I really do appreciate your time on this.Thank you.