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Gary Danko or Fifth Floor for solo diner

Dbird | Jun 21, 200409:21 PM     3

Sorry to pose the pedestrian comparison but am trying to decide whether to make an evening of one of these on my monthly visit from LA. I have been to Fifth Floor only once, back when George Morrone was chef, and was quite impressed. I never made it to Peacock Alley but remember Ruth Reichl's outrageous review of Laurent Gras. Gary Danko's on-line menu is a boring hit-parade of luxe inevitables, but of course I want my caviar and fois gras too and if the carte fails to convey the originality of the preparations, the excitement of the room and the Gary Dankoness of it all, I am willing to be swayed from my Fifth Floor prejudice. (I have stayed at the Hotel Palomar--twice-- and that is certainly an added dissuasion).

Back to the subject line: I will be dining alone and seeking the most congenial convergence of food, atmosphere etc. I do tend to prefer dining at the bar and don't recall if that's possible at FF (don't know if it is presently or anything about GD).

My SF usuals are Tadich, Boulevard, Piperade, Yabbie's, Aqua (still pretty good) etc. Based on current 'top 10' thread I think I'll make the other of my stops this trip Incanto-- or maybe Tablespoon....

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