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Old 12-10-2014, 03:50 PM   #1
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San Francisco (Foodie) Trip - not m/c related

My wife and I are considering spending a few days in San Francisco in January, maybe a Friday to Monday. The trip is about food first and sights second. Where should we eat and drink, and what should we see between dining/drinks. Some places I found online that looked like they were worth getting opinions (suggest others):

Boudin
House of Prime Rib
A-16 (gastro pub)
Tipsy Pig (near A-16)
Buena Vista Café (bar/restaurant)
Mission Rock Resort
Bottom of the Hill (bar)
Plow (farm to table restaurant)
Nopa
Spruce
Sanppo
Brenda’s French Soul Food
Seven Hills
Zarzuela
Bimbo’s 365 Club
Pier 45
La Trappe Club
Sotto Mare
Golden Gate Bakery

We'll (probably) be staying sort of close to the Wharf. I won't say money is no object, but it's not an object that will impact where we go or what we do/see (if it is money well spent).

Thanks.
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:39 PM   #2
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...food first...I won't say money is no object, but it's not an object that will impact where we go or what we do/see (if it is money well spent).
Then let Michelin be your guide.

From the 2015 annual San Francisco and Bay Area restaurant edition:

"THREE STARS
Benu, San Francisco
French Laundry (The), Yountville
Restaurant at Meadowood (The), St. Helena
Saison, San Francisco

TWO STARS
Acquerello, San Francisco
Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
Baumé, Palo Alto
Coi, San Francisco
Manresa, Los Gatos
Quince, San Francisco

ONE STAR
All Spice, San Mateo
Ame, San Francisco
Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
Aziza, San Francisco
Bouchon, Yountville
Boulevard, San Francisco
Campton Place, San Francisco
Chez TJ, Mountain View
Commis, Oakland
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Forestville
Gary Danko, San Francisco
Keiko à Nob Hill, San Francisco
Kusakabe, San Francisco
La Folie, San Francisco
La Toque, Napa
Luce, San Francisco
Madera, Menlo Park
Madrona Manor, Healdsburg
Maruya, San Francisco
Michael Mina, San Francisco
Plumed Horse, Saratoga
Solbar, Calistoga
Sons & Daughters, San Francisco
SPQR, San Francisco
Spruce,San Francisco
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Terra, St. Helena
Terrapin Creek, Bodega Bay
Village Pub (The), Woodside
Wakuriya, San Mateo"
http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog...h-three-stars/
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:53 PM   #3
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...sights second...
What interests you? The usual SF tourist destinations? Hippie history? Castro?
Photo ops? Shopping? The outdoors?
Will you have a car? Are you interested in day trips/overnighters outside SF?
How much driving/walking do you want to do?
Etc.
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:07 PM   #4
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My wife and I are considering spending a few days in San Francisco in January, maybe a Friday to Monday. The trip is about food first and sights second. Where should we eat and drink, and what should we see between dining/drinks. Some places I found online that looked like they were worth getting opinions (suggest others):

Boudin
House of Prime Rib
A-16 (gastro pub)
Tipsy Pig (near A-16)
Buena Vista Café (bar/restaurant)
Mission Rock Resort
Bottom of the Hill (bar) Not sure they have food, this is more of a music venue than anything else
Plow (farm to table restaurant)
Nopa I've heard good things. Make reservations.
Spruce
Sanppo
Brenda’s French Soul Food Yum, get to brunch early.
Seven Hills
Zarzuela
Bimbo’s 365 Club
Pier 45
La Trappe Club
Sotto Mare I liked it well enough, but was not wowed.
Golden Gate Bakery

We'll (probably) be staying sort of close to the Wharf. I won't say money is no object, but it's not an object that will impact where we go or what we do/see (if it is money well spent).

Thanks.
Made some notes on your list. Take my input with a grain of salt, I'm a midwesterner at heart.

Food:

Slanted Door - Asian Fusion. Very popular and highly rated, maybe overrated according to some but I've had a solid dining experience every time. Plus great view of the bay bridge. Look into reservations well ahead of time for evening dining.

Chapeau! - French food. Bit pricey and a little dressy. Tasty though.

Hot Sauce and Panko - Tiny little place to get really delicious chicken wings with some truly unique sauces/rubs/etc. Next to Chomp n Swig, a cute little bar that will let you eat the wings there.

La Mar - Peruvian/Seafood, tasty.

Ryoko's - Sushi, in a weird underground restaurant. Get there before they open or wait in a long line. Popular spot.

Check into "Off the Grid." Food truck gatherings at various locations around the city. Some really great food can be found at these things.

Bars:

Vesuvio - In north beach and it's kind of a touristy thing to do and the bartenders can be crabby, but hey, Jack Kerouac used to hang out here.


Toronado - Divey (in a hipster way) bar with a ton of good beer on tap

Bourbon & Branch - Supposed to be a bit of an experience. I've never been but have heard good things. A bit of an "in" crowd thing.

Lucky 13 - Punk dive bar. Good beer selection, has an outside area with picnic tables that can be nice and sunny. Also a photobooth in case you're into that kinda thing.

Biergarten - I dunno if they operate year round, but this is an outbeer beer garden where you can get a boot of ale.


Greens - Supposed to be very good, I've heard from multiple trusted sources.
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Look into reservations well ahead of time for evening dining.
Bears repeating.
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We won't have a car and walking is part of enjoying any place for us. We appreciate what you learn about a place when you walk; although, we're likely to take a cab/uber for longer distances. Some tourist stuff would be nice. Shopping is always a plus for the wife. I don't care about photo ops.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:46 PM   #7
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Ooh!

For good Italian -

I really love pane e vino in the Marina district.
Spqr ($$$, get reservations)
Cotogna is great, owned by Mike tusk, who also owns ** restaurant Quince.

Delfina has great pizza.

Piccino is great California/Italian cuisine.

I've heard nothing but good about Zuni Cafe.

Any other questions, holler! I know many chefs.
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:51 PM   #8
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Thanks. For the wife and I, it's all about the food.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:09 PM   #9
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By the way, San Francisco fancy food show is in January. Google the dates. Maybe see if you want to incorporate that into your trip.

Stop by rainbow grocery and check out their cheese selection. Ho lee fook! Their cheese monger wrote a book a few years ago.
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Actually that is want of the reasons I picked that time Cheese or meat or any other mongers have my attention!
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Ahh, you need someone to carry your (saddle)bags?

A SF local recommended FANG for Chinese.

Then again, I've had FABULOUS chinese from innumerable holes-in-thewall in SF... dirt cheap...

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Actually that is want of the reasons I picked that time Cheese or meat or any other mongers have my attention!
Bar dogwood in Oakland makes her own charcuterie. Also check out boccalone.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:16 AM   #13
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We won't have a car and walking is part of enjoying any place for us.
Check out the gardens at Filbert/Greenwich Steps/Napier Lane.

http://www.andrewkeys.com/8-filbert-steps/

Parking can be difficult, but you can be dropped off at Coit Tower and get another ride at the bottom of the steps/Levi's Plaza. Coit Tower is a "storied 1930s-era building known for its WPA murals, 360-degree views & resident flock of parrots". - Google

http://content.time.com/time/travel/...844992,00.html

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/0Va8f



The Lyon Street Steps provide a nice view of The Palace of Fine Arts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Fine_Arts). The neighborhood has some lovely homes and embassies.

photo source

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/0Ltm2



The Palace of Fine Arts: "This Greco-Roman palace & architectural attraction hosts an ever-changing roster of performing arts. - Google" is a lovely place for a stroll.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_...Arts_SF_CA.jpg

The Wave Organ (http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/wave-organ) is within walking distance.

http://jellybeansofdoom.com/2014/02/...ee-jbod-style/

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/0GLfq


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We appreciate what you learn about a place when you walk; although, we're likely to take a cab/uber for longer distances.
Radio cabs in SF, so you must telephone for a ride. If you haven't yet, ride the cable cars, they're way fun.


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Some tourist stuff would be nice.
If you've never done it, walk or (rent) bicycle the Golden Gate Bridge.
The San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park is wonderful, as is the Conservatory of Flowers and California Academy of Science museum.
Chinatown has its charm, and dim sum.


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Shopping is always a plus for the wife.
Union Square and Fillmore Street.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:55 AM   #14
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oh for fucks sake

Thanh Long
4101 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

if you have to be downtown then the sister is:

Crustacean
1475 Polk St
Ste 6
San Francisco, CA 94109

See a show. Drink. Be Merry.
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:06 AM   #15
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Meh @ crustacean and co.


Edit:
If you want to do the garlic crab noodle thing, skip the expensive restaurant and go here: PPQ Dungeness Island
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