Went to Sam's for lunch and had the clam cocktail for an app and the Petrale which was wonderful, simply charbroiled and a huge portion; two large pieces that I could not finish. The clam cocktail surprised me in that it was already taken out of the shell and the cocktail sauce was on the bottom of the cup. I much prefer it on the half shell where it is fresher, hopefully not opened too long before my order and where I can control the amount of cocktail sauce that I put on each piece. The boiled potato, while I understand is a tradition was not to my liking; no taste at all. We sat in a booth which was interesting, but very cramped. I was so full that I had no room for the pancakes and could not convince anyone else to order it so I could sample it. I did taste the rice pudding and only thought it was average.
Dinner at Farallon was an experience. The décor is absolutely over the top. I had the lobster and potato gnocchi which was average. My entrée was the striped bass with cabbage, apples and diced potatoes and carrots. Very interesting combination of ingredients and I thought the contrast was very tasty. However, the fish was definitely undercooked and I did not eat the middle for fear of becoming ill. My dessert was great, chocolate crepes with bananas; I just love the combination of chocolate and bananas.
Dinner at Watergate was good too. My app was crab salad over some greens, mostly fricassee. I like the crab, but not the greens and tried the thinly sliced tuna with avocado which was very good. I had the duck breast which was fantastic and I sampled the monkfish which I did not like too much. Dessert was a warm chocolate torte with prune puree on the side and some cream which was ok, but which could have been moister.
Also went to Rubios at the SF Centre and had a mahi mahi taco and a grilled chicken taco which were both great considering it was basically fast food. Wish we had a Rubios in NYC.
Looking forward to doing more eating on my next trip. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions, especially Ruth who answered both my posts.