Looking for a fun, interesting meal on my birthday. A few years ago I went to Clarklewis (in portland, oregon) and really enjoyed the experience. I am looking for a restaurant that is casual, somewhat intimate (but not silent), with innovative food that i can't make at home, prepared with ingredients that are unexpected or hard to find (be they ramps, kidney, or a perfect, farm fresh strawberry).
I have reservations at both Bar Tartine and Delfina... but i have to choose one!
Delfina seems a little 'safe' because its Italian food, and I've eaten tons of great italian over the years. But i wonder if bar tartine is consistent? Also, how are the desserts?
Are there any other restaurants out there that I am missing? I am relatively new to the Bay Area... I know both these restaurants are booked up and blogged about by everyone in bay area, and i wouldn't mind going somewhere a little out of the way (in SF or the east bay).