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please critique my 5-dinners-in-SF list (from visiting seattle hound)

Fatman | May 5, 2008 04:03 PM

I stupidly didn’t plan ahead and am now in your gorgeous city for 5 nights. I just got some great advice on lunches on another post (, and now I’m asking for help with dinners. Would you guys mind critiquing my list?

SUNDAY (last night) – Nopa

(I went 1 for 2; my marinated squid appetizer (a salad, with olives, chickpeas and orange) was phenomenal, but my pork chop was just OK – they changed the preparation 2 days ago, apparently, and it’s now with a maple butter sauce and carrots and peas and mint. I thought the chop and the sauce were way too strong for the carrots/peas; but the chop itself was delicious and perfectly cooked.)

MONDAY (today) – Delfina vs. L’Osteria del Forno vs. SPQR

(Does anyone have strong views among these three, given the rest of the week? I ate at Delfina 2 years ago and loved it; I was slightly scared by the recent post on SPQR but I know a lot of people have still had great experiences so I’m open to trying it. And Osteria del Forno seems well regarded and some friends swear by it. I may end up at Osteria del Forno just because I don’t have reservations anywhere yet, but wanted to put this up for the group’s input.)

TUESDAY – Zuni Café

WEDNESDAY – [dinner w/ friends at their house]


FRIDAY – Bar Tartine

The only fixed point is Quince on Thursday night; I’m open to making any other changes. A friend swears by Antica Trattoria, and I see it’s well-regarded on this board, but it’s already a very Italian-heavy week, and they’re not open Mondays. Is it a huge mistake to miss it?

Could you all let me know if there’s anything you feel strongly I should swap in or out? I know these are all in SF, and I’m not averse to an easy BART trip if there’s something in Berkeley or elsewhere that I should hit.


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