There's a conversation going on over at Chowhound and participants are separating restaurants into several categories. Here's my list, with a bit of a twist on the categories. There is no priority within the category - the restaurants are just listed how they came out of my head.
Restaurants that I know to support local farmers are marked with an asterisk (*).
You'll probably notice that I don't have a ton of super high-end restaurants on the lists. I feel much more comfortable at the mid-level places, especially in San Francisco.
I'm not a meme girl, but if I were, this would be a fun one to pass around - dontcha think?
My creme de la creme:
Favorite Hole in the Walls:
My Tofu House
El Tonayense Taco Truck
La Palma Mexicatessen
*Primavera Stand at the FPFM
May be a favorite, but I need to go a few more times:
Liked it better the second time
Underwhelmed by, but may retry given the overwhelmingly positive reports:
Maverick (I've gone for brunch only)
*Incanto (retried in 1/08. No longer underwhelmed.) *Nopa (moved up 12/2007)
Piccino (moved up 11/25/2007)
Underwhelmed by, and no plans to return:
*Bacar (pre Robbie Lewis)
Ozumo (pre Mike Yakura)
Cannot wait to go to:
*SPQR (Moved up, 10/1/07 then moved up again 11/7/07) Sebo (tried 02/08. Moved up.)
Haven't been, and want to go:
Ritz Carlton Dining Room
Nua (moved, 11/7/07)