I've moved to San Francisco from NY after a quick 2 year pit stop in Virginia for my MBA. In NY I was a huge supporter and fan of chowhound reading and posting reviews of as many meals as possible to spread culinary knowledge among those who feel that food is the soul of a city. I hope to be as knowledge about the food scene in SF as I was in NY; although I'll be happy with half the adventures!
Friday night will be my first real food adventure in SF; right now I have reservations at Canteen, Absinthe and Town Hall - will also be a date night with someone who I think is pretty great so that's under consideration. One of the big reasons I'm so excited about the food scene here is the prevalence of local ingredients and clean cooking. I know Canteen would fit that bill but I fear it's not romantic enough for a great foodie date. Not as thrilled about Town Hall as I am about Absinthe. Would love to go to Range but reservations aren't available until about 10 pm.
Any other places you suggest I check out? Wine list is a must as is fun and inventive cooking - outside of some good ambiance there aren't any other restrictions (hole in the wall ethnic is great but won't work for Friday). And of course I'll report back with thoughts.
Look forward to chowing with you all!
Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105