Marina Area in August
Hi - coming to SF for the Craft show at Fort Mason in August and staying on Lombard in the Marina and I won't have a car. Any good recommendations within walking distance besides Greens. Also I'm thinking of heading to Wine Country for a couple of days after that weekend and looking for recommendations for a really good meal but not one that I need to take out a home equity loan for.
Chestnut Street is your friend. TONS of good food and restaruants.
A16 gets high marks on this board.
Emporio Rulli is great for breakfast pastries.
Judy's has good breakfasts as does Bechtellis.
I'm sure that other Chowhounds will have lots of good suggestions for this area.
Union street is nearby with some good restaurants, but the higher ratio of good food is on Chestnut and the side streets near it. Much closer than Greens to Lombard
Much closer than Greens to Lombard but not to Fort Mason!
I always like to know folks' food preferences and what they can or can't get close to home before making recommendations.
I live near Chestnut and Union and think of most of the restaurants in the nabe as convenient rather than "worth a detour." I find some of the ethnic places more watered down than they might be in areas with more patrons of the same ethnicity, and I'm no fan of either Cal cuisine or Fusion.
That said, we've had two decent meals our last two visits to Mezze, though prices add up very fast indeed.
I keep returning periodically to A16 because I WANT to like it more than I have liked it to date.
I do like Alegrias, even if its tapas not on a par with Spain's, and enjoy many items at Betelnut if not the sometimes too-loud and drunken scene.
Has anyone tried Chez Maman on Union? (It seems to have snuck in when I was looking the other way!)
Thank you. I eat everything but salmon. I plan on eating at Greens one evening, Friday or Saturday. I'm setting up on Thursday so I can go anywhere in SF. Sunday night I'll probably be at Fort Mason until 8 or 9 packing up and doing paperwork to ship my stuff home so I'll probably only have a chance to grab a quick bite before I get back to the motel to pack up. I'll check out some of the places on Chestnut.
I would second A16- also between Chesnut and Lombard is Isa's- great back garden area and a small plate format that can really work if you are dining alone. The foie gras dish is always good and well priced for the size.
in the Marina check out Steiner St.there are several good restaurants in one short block. Isa is definitely a destination restaurant for me. I like breakfast at Home Plate on Lombard or Lettus Organic rather than Judy's. Mamacita also gets rave reviews. Also on Steiner is Bistro Aix which is good solid California/French.
For a reasonably priced but very good meal in Napa I like Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St Helena.
Personally I would put A16 on the top of the list. There is bar dining for solo diners if you can wrangle spot. At lunchtimes it is a lot more chilled and always space for walk-ins. (Closed monday and tuesday lunch I believe)
I think the food at Mezze is very good too. Tasty middle eastern offerings. Excellent flavours, good meat, tangy yoghurt sauce, mmm. Not trendy. Closed for lunch.
I would not recommend eating IN at Rullis, since I had a very medicore lunch there. Stick to the pastries. Be warned, if you do decided to eat in, they also include service in the price even though you have to order at a counter.
Years ago, I used to like Dragonwell but on my last visit it was dire.
I like the healthy sandwiches and other options at Lettus Organic, a good place to lunch alone, but there are others on this board who will swiftly poo-poo that idea.
In contrast Lucca's Deli is a more traditional, Italian way to get hold of a takeout sandwich lunch.
I also like Mi Lindo Peru a lot. Very friendly, and the Peruvian food is not bad either. Nothing trendy about this place. Very welcoming, open for lunch, good for solo dining.
Strongly recommend against Fuzio - had such a terrible first time experience there would never go back. Yuzu is another place to which I probably wouldn't return, not particularly bad, just not worth a revist.
I have heard great things about Mamacita and Isa and am looking forward to trying them both one day.