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arv Aug 11, 2006 06:48 PM

I am going to be in San Francisco on Sunday August 20th. I like to eat and i like good food, i don't care if it is a street taco for a dollar or a tasting menu for $100 as long as it is good. I have the entire day to myself on Sunday and have never been to SF. I would like to eat and drink my way through the city. My plane doesn't leave till wee hours of monday morning. Please guide me.

w/o wax


  1. Robert Lauriston Aug 11, 2006 10:51 PM

    Seafood places with better seafood than Tadich:

    Hayes St. Grill
    Hog Island Oyster Bar

    Other places with better seafood than Tadich:

    A16, Acquerello, Aziza, Bacar, Bar Crudo, Best Panda, Canteen, Delfina, Farallon, Gary Danko, Incanto, Jai Yung, La Folie, Michael Mina, Piperade, Ritz, Rubicon, South Sea Seafood Village, Zuni Cafe ...

    1. Robert Lauriston Aug 11, 2006 08:53 PM

      Tadich is great for the overall old-SF experience but definitely does not serve the best seafood in town.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        niki rothman Aug 11, 2006 10:24 PM

        OK, R.L., I'll bite (ahem...), who serves the best seafood in town? (under $30 per person please)

      2. n
        niki rothman Aug 11, 2006 08:50 PM

        Really, my all time fave SF restaurant is Tadich Grill on the north side of California just north of Market. You've probably heard of it. Classic old SF, old waiters, wonderful fish (NOT old). If I were you, I'd try to order the cioppino, and grilled sand dabs if they have them. Go early for lunch and no reservation needed, otherwise you might have to wait.

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        1. re: niki rothman
          wally Aug 11, 2006 09:21 PM

          I don't think Tadich is open on Sunday.

          1. re: niki rothman
            rtmonty Aug 11, 2006 09:24 PM

            Tadich is not open on Sunday.

          2. c
            Calvinist Aug 11, 2006 08:34 PM

            Based on the post above I'm going for the shortest distance itenerary: Breakfast strolling at the Ferry Building, Dim Sum for lunch at Yank Sing, Dinner at Boulevard. Do I win?

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            1. re: Calvinist
              rtmonty Aug 11, 2006 08:43 PM

              I certainly don't think you could go wrong with that itenerary. All three are winners.

              1. re: Calvinist
                Chris Rising Aug 11, 2006 10:06 PM

                Not bad for food, but certainly not a great itinerary for someone who has never been to the City.

                Breakfast at the Ferry Building makes sense. Pastry from Frog Hollow and Pete's coffee while sitting by the bay. Take the California Cable Car to Chinatown and stroll down Stockton and Grant stopping at Golden Gate Bakery for custard tarts and any of the appetizing dim sum to go shops (search for board faves- I'd trust Melanie Wong's recs.) From there you're in North Beach, our Italian neighborhood. Plenty of options for grazing, espresso and canolli where the Beats once hung out, gelato, or pizza from Tommaso's or Osteria del Forno. Daytime is also the best time to visit the Mission. Walk down Mission St from 16th to 24th (Bart mass transit stations) and grab a burrito at one of many super taqurias. I like Pancho Villa on 16th.

                On Sunday's late night dinner is a little tougher with less open late, but Zuni Cafe is open til 11 pm. Call now for a reservation.

                One last question- can I tag along? mmmm

                1. re: Chris Rising
                  nancyhudson Aug 11, 2006 11:02 PM

                  Fabulous suggestions, but I agree w/Chris Rising - ARV has a full day and has never visited The City. I've been away for 5 years so I don't know the latest and greatest, but somehow you HAVE to squeeze in Boulevard!

                  1. re: nancyhudson
                    Robert Lauriston Aug 11, 2006 11:07 PM

                    Boulevard's a great choice for an only-in-SF splurge meal.

                    Other candidates in that category, Zuni, Canteen, Aziza, Delfina.

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                rtmonty Aug 11, 2006 07:24 PM

                Dinner for one at the bar at Boulevard would be great. Excellent food, great views, good atmosphere.

                1. Robert Lauriston Aug 11, 2006 07:03 PM

                  Where do you live?

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