I had a plan. My wife and I were finally getting back to my old home without kids. I was going to take her to Fog City Diner because: It used to be my fall back need an upscale but not expensive meal. Sitting at the counter by the kitchen alone was O.K. because I could pick up techniques and recipe ideas while waiting. I cook her stuff out of the F.C.D. cookbook pretty frequently. I've been there many times and many memories but she's never been.
But now she can't come this weekend.
So where would you go to dine alone on a Friday night that is quality but not expensive, not so oozing ambiance that being alone is uncomfortable?