First of all, thank you for your collective wisdom on this board, it's kept me eating well all week! Tonight's (Thursday) dinner is my last before heading home and I'm wondering what I just can't miss before I leave. Keep in mind that I'm likely to be eating alone. I'm in a hotel downtown, but am happy to walk/metro/BART/or even bus if need be.
So far this week, mostly thanks to you all, I've been to:
o Café de la Presse: not my choice. Respectable but not great, although it was Sunday night.
o El Farolito, twice: a fantastic burrito, one of the best I've ever had, and a pretty good chile relleno. I'll probably pick up something from them on my way to the airport tomorrow. Good for solo, of course, but even better for taking back to your hotel room, and only a couple of stops away from downtown on BART.
o Tajine: very very good couscous, addictive in its butteriness. The pepper and tomato salad was excellent too, but the other salads were just ok, without the strong flavors I associate with North African cooking. I've had much more Tunisian than Moroccan, though, so it may be a regional thing. Good for solo dining, especially lunch. No bar and very small, so a singleton taking a whole table at dinner may be tough.
o CAV: a lot of fun and good wine, of course. Perhaps I didn't make the smartest food decisions, though. Fried smelts (an odd dish for a wine bar; I had beer) were superb, but the mushroom "tartare" was strangely lacking in flavor. A poor choice of cheese (the smoked one; it just tasted like generic smoked cheese) when they were out of my first choice, but the cheese plate was very nicely put together. Great atmosphere for solo dining.
o Petit LuLu at the ferry building: an ok salmon sandwich. Good salmon flavor but no kick in the salmon salad. I thought I saw preserved lemon in the ingredient list on the menu, but its flavor was totally lacking from the sandwich. The bread was buttered which, in addition to the mayo in the salmon, made a pretty greasy sandwich. Nice to eat in the sun in Justin Herman Plaza!
o Breakfast from Frog Hollow Farm at the ferry building: WOW! excellent hot chocolate and the best scone I think I've ever had. They charge like $4 for it but it's worth it, at least once.
o Original Joe's: perfect for solo dining.
Sorry, that was rather longer than I intended, but if you've made it this far, please let me know what I'm missing. Potential choices for tonight are Pece, Luella, Delfina, Incanto, etc. Where should I go???