Thanks to all whose chowhound postings here led me to make some excellent solo dining choices when I was in San Francisco last week. I'm from Boston, where people are not all that friendly, so I appreciate the kindness and warmth that were extended to me along with some great meals.
Chez Panisse Cafe for Friday lunch was superb and spur of the moment. In addition to the wonderful food, those folks really know how to treat a single with care. I loved the whole experience.
Tommy's Joynt for Friday dinner. No-nonsense and a lot of fun. I met two other out-of-towners (Seattle) behind me on the line and we wound up eating together. Not the haute cuisine that I'd had at lunch that day, but a great time nonetheless.
Pancho Villa Taqueria for Saturday lunch. What can I say? I wanted to see the Mission. And I wound up eating it, too. Honest food, great scene, easy for a single.
Anchor Oyster Bar for Saturday dinner. Sat at the counter and had three kinds of West Coast oysters to start. Then some local scallops. Good food. And again, the staff knew to "chat up the single."
This was my first real visit to San Francisco and I loved the place, the people, the food. Thanks, and see you again sometime soon.