Hi SF Chowhounds,
I'm a student in Palo Alto and my dad is a foodie/wine merchant from Canada. Every time he visits we like to visit a few new spots in SF, and this time I'm a bit stumped as for what to try. A little about us:
SF faves: Zuni, A16, Range
Mentionable: Salt House, Perbacco
Won't go back: Slanted Door (I think Tamarine in PA does better anyways), Greens
Other criteria to keep in mind: Me & my boyfriend are students, my dad and his friend 50-somethings who are not turned off by a boisterous, fun room. We all really like the atmosphere at A16, for example, so nothing too stuffy. More important than atmosphere is focus on fresh, local ingredients and excellent wine.
Any of you out there with similar tastes have a specific recc? We are doing Fri/Sat/Sun, and right now my only leaning is to Bar Tartine for Friday. Sunday we might just do Zuni again because we have never been disappointed. For Saturday was thinking Orson (recent threads indicate this might be risky) or Town Hall (too stuffy?), but I'm not getting a good feeling from what I've heard that either of those are just right. I guess by the time we've combed the best of SF we should expect a few misses though.
He'll be out the weekend of Nov 21-23. Thanks in advance for anything you've got!