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SF This Week with Mom -- Ferry Building Recommendations Please

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Flying in to meet Mom on her way to a China tour in SF on Wednesday. Staying at the Prescott. Wed early dinner probably at Tadich if we can beat the crowds, Thursday dinner at Zuni.

Thinking on Thursday will spend noontime and into the afternoon at the Ferry Building. Sad to say, I've never been. I have read some reviews and blogs. I'd like your opinions of stands or shops that are not to be missed. Should I plan to stop somewhere specific and make a reservation for lunch or do a picnic kinda grazing thing?

Mom loves chocolate, so I don't want to overlook something special in that area. When over the two days can I work in a mission-style burrito? -- I've been jonesing for La Cumbre for years.

Thanks to the SF hounds for feedback on Tadich -- I know I have to be there by sixish at the latest to avoid a wait.

Anything special on display at some museum or the Exploratorium or a new store or shop or something that would be special for me and Mom to see?

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  1. If you can get over to Berkeley, you mom might enjoy touring the Scharffen-Berger chocolate factory.

    On a non-farmers' market day, there's less grazing at the Ferry Building. But I think Slanted Door is the only place that would require a reservation. Just go and browse and see what appeals. One thing to remember is that the wine bar allows you to bring food in, so if you decide to go the grazing route, you can take your booty and sit with it and a glass of wine and enjoy the scene.

    1. Go to Hog Island if you like oysters.

      1. I like going to Mastrelli's Delicatessin, getting a sandwich, and going to the wine bar for a glass or two. You can also get a few snacks there. Their marinated olive / cheese plate is great and comes from the creamery next door. Or, Taylor's Refresher is good for a burger and a beer. There's a Sharffen Berger outlet in the ferry building, as well.

        There have a smaller version of the Saturday Farmer's Market on Thursday evenings in the Summer/Fall with some vegetable stands and live music. Good timing on your visit...

        1. On a non-market day like Thursday, I would get a variety of cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery, some nice bread from Acme, and some fruit from the Capay store, then eat it all while drinking tastes or glasses of wine at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant. If you want something more substantial, Slanted Door To Go and Lulu Petite both have to go items that are yummy.

          Then for dessert, since she loves chocolate, go to Recchiuti and buy as many different flavors as possible and sample them all.

          Then, before you leave, go to Miette and buy the chocolate sable cookies for her plane trip. They are very chocolately, crisp like shortbread, with a salty finish. Addictively good.

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          1. re: celeste

            Thank you for your replies and great ideas so far. I will follow up on some of the chocolatier suggestions.

            We will be coming up from SFO by cab tomorrow around noonish. Should I ask the cabbie to stop along the way to Union Square to get a SF burrito at La Cumbre or get lunch after settling in at the hotel?

            1. re: nosh

              I would definitely stop in the Mission and get a burrito!

              1. re: nosh

                If you're near Union Square I would settle in and then have a lunch at always delicious Canteen.

                http://www.jdvhospitality.com/dining/...

            2. Here's a link to an illustrated tasting tour of the Ferry Building:

              http://www.bunrab.com/yummychow/Metro...