It's Friday, I'm in Love / by Katie Brightbill


Don Pisto's: 510 Union Street, San Francisco

I'll be honest, my husband and I don't get dates quite as often as we'd like, but about once a month we get out on our own to get some good eats and peaceful conversation. We're kind of foodies, so we like to try new things all the time, but some places are just so good we can't help but go back for more.

Our current rut is for Don Pisto's in North beach. So good they don't even need a sign out front! They don't take reservations, so if you get there any time past 6pm, just plan on waiting awhile... get there even earlier on the weekends! The interior is pretty small, but the tables aren't too close, so you can still enjoy a private conversation. I'd feel comfortable going in jeans and flats, but I prefer to dress it up when I don't have a stroller to push: a comfy short dress, tan suede booties, a denim jacket and some big earrings is a good north beach date uniform for me.

My recommendations: their guacamole is absolutely delicious, the tortilla soup is giant (serves 2 generous portions) and tastes unbelievable, and the al pastor tacos (pictured) are our favorites. Really, you can't go wrong.

Hope you get a chance to get out on a date this weekend!