A buddy of mine is coming in from Philadelphia. We haven't seen her in quite a long time and about 6 of us have a lot of catching up to do. We'll be getting together next Monday, so that will help somewhat, but several places that I'd like to go to are simply too loud. So help me think of a few places where a) our group will be able to actually hear one another and not shout; b) we won't be rushed in and out; c) has terrific food and nice ambience; d) isn't in the Outer Richmond.
Right now, all I can think is trying to get a corner table at Aziza (although I have to say, in the last couple of recent visits, food has been fine but not mindblowing and it's pretty far out in the Richmond); one of the nooks at Kokkari; ....umm, any more suggestions?
Zuni, A16, Delfina, Bar Tartine - way too loud. Anyone have thoughts on how loud it will be at L'Ardoise or Gitane?