My partner and I ate at Tadich on Friday. As I posted then, I was concerned about how crowded it would be, as we had tickets to the Giants game. We got there later than expected -- a little after 5:30 -- and it was already crowded with a 25 minute wait for a table. Fortunately, there were some seats at the counter, which is far more entertaining anyway. The waiters banter and bicker at each other, providing quite a nice floor show.
The restaurant itself is beautiful -- old fashioned decor with mirrors and stained glass and metal lamps and lots of wood, with coat hooks and purse hooks at the counter. I wish more restaurants still looked like that.
And the food was great. We tried the recommended dishes -- the shrimp/crabmeat louie salad, sand dabs, and cioppino. My partner was amazed that the tiny little shrimp in the salad were so tasty, as they are usually bland. The sand dabs melted in our mouths -- I don't usually like plain white fish, but this was delicious. The cioppino was sensational -- the broth was exactly the right blend of fishy and tomato-y, and it was filled with perfectly-cooked, fresh shellfish and some sort of fish filet. I love fish stews, and this is one of the better ones I've ever tasted. My partner had the rice pudding for dessert. I was too full for more than a small taste, but I thought it was a little dull, although the caramel sauce (which came out of a crockpot on the counter that looks like it's been there for a long while) it sits in was pretty good.
All in all, a great meal -- much better than the baseball game, as it turns out (the Giants didn't even get a hit until the sixth inning and lost 1-0).
Thanks, hounds, for once again steering me right!