One Day in San Fran
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.
Dinner for one at the bar at Boulevard would be great. Excellent food, great views, good atmosphere.
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
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.
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 ...