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Urgent - Lunch today - Dining Alone & Need to Kill Time in the Rain...

Just found out my friend's flight isn't getting in until later, can't check into the hotel until 3 & need to kill a lot of time & enjoy a great lunch today somewhere around Union Square/Market area. Would like a place where I'll be comfortable dining alone & won't be rushed out (& where I can get in this late without a resv). Already having lunch tomorrow at Scala's. Mid-budget/great food - any kind, although upscale comfort food in this weather would be nice!

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  1. Tadich Grill
    240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111 ยท 415-391-1849
    Mon-Fri 11am-9:30pm, Sat 11:30am-9:30pm
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    1. You could also take a cab down to the Ferry Plaza and wonder in there and have lunch.

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      1. re: Lori SF

        The Ferry Building's a great place to kill a few hours.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          true. no need to walk back to Citizen Cupcake or anywhere else for dessert. Just walk around and see what appeals...

          1. re: susancinsf

            I third the Ferry Building suggestion. Hopefully you can leave your bag at the hotel so you won't have to lug around too much. Hop on a trolley or take a cab and you'll be at the Ferry Building in no time. I kill several hours there every time I go without even meaning to!

            1. re: Dave MP

              You can always take the Muni Metro to Embarcadero -- that way you don't even have to wait in the rain. I think the Muni Metro is a vastly overlooked way to get around downtown -- it's the same price as the surface transport, runs every couple of minutes, and is faster. If you're coming back within a couple of hours you can use a transfer and get a roundtrip for one fare.

              In other words: go to the Ferry Building.

      2. Then on to dessert at Citizen Cupcake, 3rd floor of the Virgin Megastore, 2 Stockton Street.

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        1. re: Margot

          That's a bit of a walk from the Embarcadero in the rain, and I found it not at all comfortable as a place to hang out, with a shortage of comfortable chairs (not to mention that the cupcakes weren't that great).

          Unfortunately, most of the Union Square/Embarcadero places that come to mind for me when I think of upscale comfort food aren't open for lunch on weekends. If you like oysters, the Hog Island Oyster Bar down at the Embarcadero is a fun place to eat alone. Another option closer to Union Square is Canteen, which I think is still open for lunch weekends (?), though you might not get a seat on short notice....

          One more thought: if your idea of upscale comfort food is steak, then the counter overlooking the kitchen at Lark Creek Steak in the Westfield Center would definitely fill the bill, plus you could walk the mall afterwards....:-)

        2. I'd go to the Westfield Center -- certainly a drier walk than to the Embarcadero. Also, just around the corner is Annabelle's [68 Fourth Street (between Market & Mission] which is a great place for a quiet, solo lunch. My personal fav in the neighborhood.

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          1. re: Carrie 218

            Westfield Center is a horrible plastic mall. Depressing and very un-San Francisco scene.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Amen to that. Ugh, that 'wichcraft needs to go away. Ferry Building Marketplace is the place to go, even in the rain.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                There is nothing in there that I would eat, plus a hate food courts in Malls.

            2. don't go to Westfield, might as well be in anywhere USA.
              Tadich would be great on a rainy day, you could sit there & read the paper, have a leisurely lunch I don't think it's as crowded on the weeked so they wouldn't rush you out.