Rave for Zuni Cafe
Some of you may or may not remember my plea for SF restaurant recommendations for my boyfriend, who wanted to take me out for my Christmas present - we got shut out of a few places for making reservations too late and ended up at Zuni Cafe last week.
The food was great: fried baby artichokes, a salad with shallot vinaigrette, almonds, and Manchego, perfect little clams in lemon, butter, and leeks, and the roast chicken for two with bread salad and greens. To finish, we had two wonderful cheeses and a chocolate-and-meringue dessert with cocoa nib brittle. The atmosphere was warm, comfortable, and welcoming. Service was friendly, without being intrusive, and totally unsnobby, even though we didn't order wine (I thought I was allergic for a long time and am still not a big wine drinker).
I would highly recommend it to any SE'ers in the area, and thanks for all the thoughtful and helpful suggestions from everyone! :)