I've been wading through searches, but I'm getting a little swamped, so I thought I would ask for some chowhounder assistance.
My husband's birthday is next month, and he's asked for either local seafood (but not sushi), lamb or game. He'd be delighted with offal, which might be asking too much. The tricky part is balancing our restrictions.
1) We're both gluten free. It's a serious medical issue for us, but we're not really demanding about it. I don't care about gluten free bread, gluten free pasta, gluten free chocolate cake, whatever. I'd like to be able to explain myself, order a steak and have it not come out with a breaded onion ring on top, or with the remnants of breading after they've plucked off the offending onion ring. Anything else is a bonus.
2) I have a slew of other dietary "I shouldn't eat that's" - None of them are serious, and they can all be left at the side of the plate, but I need to be able to make a meal out of the parts I -can- eat, and a restaurant that's willing to make substitutions or has flexible side options would be a plus. (If it's relevant, no potatoes/beans, and I am limited to very small servings of most fruits/vegetables/fungi.) This has much more "give" than the gluten free. The worst case is that I have an excuse to indulge in dessert.
3) Since gluten free often means no sauce, no seasoning, no whatever (and then I leave even more aside) - we have a strong bias toward high quality ingredients that are well prepared. They seem to stand up better to having elements stripped away.
4) Location - He'll be in the Financial District, and I'll come up on Caltrain. Neither of us will have a car, so it needs to be relatively easy to get to via transit. Technically, anywhere near Caltrain as far south as Palo Alto or Mountain View is probably fair game, but there's a preference for in SF.
I'm not picky about price. I'm not picky about ambiance. Being able to get a glass of wine with dinner would be nice, but isn't required. I just want us to have some delicious food. Help? Please?
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