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One Night in San Francisco/Two Nights in Half Moon Bay

Help! My husband and I are heading west (from Durham, NC) and need some wonderful Chowhound input for lunch and dinner. We have a Monday night in San Francisco and Tues/Wed in Half Moon Bay. We're dedicated and interested eaters and would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks so much!

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  1. Love taking newcomers to Boulevard. It's not the fanciest, not the most upscale but it just has something that is outstanding. It's on the bay, can have a good view if lucky. The food and service is excellent especially anthing from the wood fired oven. Try whatever pork dish or lamb dish, you can't go wrong.

    1. Sounds like you have a car. Aziza on Geary would be good for Monday in SF. It is unique, has good prices, unusual drinks and a lot of positive posts on this board. Zuni is also a place I often take visitors. Get the baked chicken.

      Cetrella in Half Moon Bay. If you are riding down the coast there's Duarte's in Pescadero with a lot of interesting nearby places like Harley's Goat Farm (goat cheese ... the goat cheese in olive oil would last on a trip home) and Phipps Country Store that has an amazing selection of beans.

      There's not lots of change in HMB, so if you search the board on Half Moon Bay or HMB you should get alot of hits about the most likely suspects.

      I like San Benito sandwiches for lunch mainly for the fresh baked bread that the sandwiches are made with. I also like Flying Fish Taco for the fish tacos. Both have zero ambiance.

      Cafe Gibralter gets lots of thumbs up, but I've never been.

      Hope you'll report back on what you tried.

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      1. If you have a car - definitely check out Duartes in Pescadaro and even the San Gregorio Gen Store (hwy 84 e.) just 1 mile off the Hwy one - a very interesting place to stop for lunch and maybe hear come west coast bluegrass!

        1. Mezza Luna in Half Moon Bay...

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          1. re: LPCagain

            I second Mezza Luna, although the service can be off sometimes, especially if it's really busy. Try to not get seated in the bar side of the restaurant. Be sure to go down the coast to Duarte's (artichoke soup) in Pescadero and Phipps, just further down the road, for beautiful dry beans.

          2. My daughter lives in Half Moon Bay and our favorite restaurant there is Pasta Moon. Their pumpkin raviolis will melt in your mouth!

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            1. re: Kaisgraham

              I second Pasta Moon. Reliable food, huge wine list, great room (with fireplace).