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hey all. i'm going to be in town for a week in early november for business. will be staying near union square and happy to make my way to berkeley and oakland as long as i don't have to drive (a dangerous proposition for me). i'm looking for any interesting, chic places for business dinners during the week plus any inexpensive restaurants/holes in the wall for great pho and mexican, plus good farmers markets and casual places serving local, seasonal foods for the weekend. once i'm off the company dime my expense threshold drops dramatically -- cheaper is better! thanks.

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  1. There are lots of posts in the last 2 weeks on just this subject! If you narrow down your questions you will get a lot of responses.

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    1. For business dinners - Myth, Town Hall, Boulevard (not as chic, but great great food), Ozumo, Slanted Door (a bit hard to hear, though).

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      1. re: AlleyCat

        I like the food at all of those places, but I would nix Town Hall for a business dinner, unless you all know each other very well and don't want to talk much. That restaurant can be very loud. I haven't had the same issue with Slanted Door, though. I'd also recommend Zuni (an easy Muni trip or cab ride), for dinner, and Limon in the Mission (but go early, it can be loud there too, depending on where you sit). Definitely stop by the Ferry Building Farmers Market on Saturday, and if you go there early enough, you could hop on BART and go over to the Berkeley Farmers Market for lunch.

        1. re: JasmineG

          For Zuni, it's best to ask for the upstairs room when reserving. Other parts of the restaurant can be noisy.

      2. thank you all! any thoughts on pho for the weekend? turns out i'll be staying near union square, but able to travel wherever.

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        1. re: awesomechoi

          http://www.chowhound.com/search/std?q...

        2. Try out Scott Howard for your business dinner.

          Budget meals:
          Saigon Sandwich - 560 Larkin St (Cross Street: Eddy Street)
          San Francisco, CA 94102-3326View Map
          4154745698
          Bodega Bistro (Vietnamese) 607 Larkin St (Cross Street: Eddy Street)San Francisco, CA (415) 921-1218
          Yummy Yummy - 1015 Irving St San Francisco, CA 94122-2215
          4155664722
          Park Chow (inner sunset) near GG Park for you to check out the DEYOUNG observatory (FREE) 1238 9th Ave San Francisco, CA 94122(415) 665-9912
          Yamo (Burmese food) - 3406 18TH St San Francisco, CA 94110-1725
          Taqueria Cancun - 2288 Mission St (Cross Street: 19th Street)
          San Francisco, CA 94110-1812 4152529560

          Farmer's market at the Ferry building on Saturdays
          Alemany Farmers' Market - 100 Alemany Blvd. near Highway 101
          Saturdays, Opens 6AM