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3 days with Baby on Union Street

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My husband and I are taking a quick vacation to SF with our 1 year old daughter and staying at our friend's house on the corner of Union and Steiner.

We will be there from x-mas day through the 27th and would love any suggestions of chowish food within walking distance that's also kid friendly.

I know it's a lot to ask - but figured it's SF - there's good food almost everywhere. Take out is fine too if need be.

All types of cuisine.


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  1. just to let you know that in the new westfield mall (bloomingdales) there is an incredible family lounge tucked in the corner behind the centre's food court. if you need a break with your baby or just need to change her diaper than this is the place to go. since this is a food blog, the food court in this mall will give you some impressive options for some gourmet food. not your typical food court here.

    1. Home Restaurant on Union Street is very close to where you will be staying and offers pretty good comfort food and it is very kid-friendly. I love the corn bread there.

      1. Dragonwell is our go-to spot in the Marina when dining with our 2-yr-old. It's on Chestnut and has healthy-style Chinese -- not authentic but consistently good and very child-friendly. Rose's Cafe is right near where you're staying and has a pretty good brunch menu.

        1. You are right by Rose's -- a very yummy neighborhood spot, especially in the morning. The baked goods are great. Let your daughter enjoy a muffin while you have the smoked salmon pizza with scrambled eggs and creme fraiche.


          1. Pop into Cocoa Bella on Union for hot chocolate.

            1. We have two kids under three years of age so we are faced with this dilemma regularly. I have found that many ethnic restaurants are some of the most kid friendly places. You can still get away with quite a bit with a one year old - pushing three years of age is another story. We just got back from Il Pollaio in North Beach where we can occasionally get by with both kids - gotta eat fast and keep moving.

              1. You have a TON of restaurants to chose from right where you are staying.

                On Union:
                Rose's (Italian), Luisa's (Italian), and Home (American Comfort food) should all work. I've been to Luisa's twice with a couple who brought an infant and they were great both times. Pan e Vino (Italian) should also work from an atmosphere perspective, although the servers there sometimes seem a bit rushed.

                Capannina (the best Italian on the strip) may work, or not, depending upon the kid. It is quiet and the servers are helpful, but it is not a quick dining experience.

                Betelnut is small plates modern Chinese. Very good, very popular, but a hipster scene- not certian it is appropraite. Lots of people in thier late teens, 20s and 30s, not really a family type vibe. Just mentioning it because the food is good and it is a popular place.

                On Steiner:
                Barneys- very kid friendly. Very good burgers, salads, shakes, curly fries. Cheap.

                Parma- Yet another Italian, I think the food is decent, not great, but they seem to be good with kids.

                On Lombard:
                Taste of the Himalayas- like Indian but less spicy. Very family oriented.

                Benjarong Thai- Thai. Short menu. Very good, friendly.

                On Chestnut:
                Drangonwell- see above.

                A16- awesome Southern Italian. Not for a 1 yr old, though.

                Mamacita- great modern Mexican. Like Betelnut and A16, a young crowd, but not that young ;-)

                1. You're going to be in a very kid-friendly part of town. Whenever my hubby and I hit the Marina, especially for brunch, we feel like we're in the minority without a baby in tow.

                  Pluto's for hearty smorgy food

                  Second Barney's for burgers and Home for comfort food

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                  1. re: megamalone

                    SF HOUNDS ROCK! Thanks for all the great recs - and keep em coming. Anything organic and yummy nearby? How about on x-mas day - anything you think will be open nearby?

                  2. Organic? Lettus, but it doesn't satisfy the yummy requirement. There is also a place called Alive! that is all raw organic foods but I've never eaten there. I believe l'Amour dans le Four (a tiny french bistro) on the corner of Lombard and Gough is open Christmas. Surprisingly, to me, anyway, many of the Asian restaurants are not.

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                    1. re: whiner

                      Here's my post on Alive! from a couple years ago, enjoyed it -

                      1. re: whiner

                        My best friend LOVES Lettus. She swears by their pancakes for breakfast and their curry veggy dish for lunch or dinner. Excellent coice for kiddos.

                        We take our daughter to Rose's when we have company and are looking for a little more pricy meal.

                        Take a hike up Fillmore Street and try Jackson Fillmore. It's a neighborhood favorite.

                        1. re: abe1329

                          Really? I've treid Lettus many times. I really like the concept but I just can't get behind the food.