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New Yorker Solo on a Monday Night and More

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foodneb | | Sep 17, 2009 11:30 AM

New Yorker eating my way through SF in serial visits, with a few questions:

1) Dinner for two after Golden Gate Park - perhaps Aziza, but if not there (might not be my companion's style) - is Pizzetta 211 really that great? is Sutro's any good?

2) Which of the following for a solo diner on a monday night - Aziza (the most intriguing to me, though Moroccan is nothing new), Ame, Range, Foreign Cinema, La Ciccia, Oliveto (never been to Oakland), PIzzaiolo, or Michael Mina? Is Hayes St Grill a hidden gem (see my tastes below)? I'll probably be coming from the Embarcadero and will probably prefer a more casual (quieter?)/cheaper place, but will dress up/pay more if the food's worth it. Also don't usually eat much pizza/pasta (that isn't whole wheat), but will go for really great stuff.

3) If you could only go to one for lunch - Tadich Grill or Swan Oyster Depot?

4) Is Dottie's worth the wait?

By way of background:
Love Zuni and Chez Panisse Cafe
Been wowed by Gary Danko and The Dining Room (prefer the casual vibe at the former), slightly less so at Coi (sampling from both menus in the lounge)
Really like the food/vibe at Greens and outside at Hog Island
Have had more fun at the bar at SPQR than the one at Delfina, even if it's food may be better at the latter
Find Canteen (food good, not amazing) to be good-trendy, but Nopa as well as maybe Slanted Door (food only ok) bad-trendy
Enjoyed Boulette's a lot; found Mama's a bit of a waste of time

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