Thanks for all the info. Of course didn't have time for evereything but here are a few highlights:
Lulu Petites at Ferry Market : egg sandwich was delicious . Its actually enough for 2. We each had one and it carried us through to dinner
A16: outstanding service, good pizza (not great...was expecting more but still very good. outer crust we perfect but rest if it was on mushy side. Excellent 1st if the season asparagus with pistachio sauce.
Dottie True Blue: great basic breakfast, eggs done perfectly, good quality bacon, cooked thoroughly, crusty home fries but a little heavy on the pepper. Service was very efficient and polite.
Sodinis: Good basic red sauce place, very cozy, very friendly staff. They made us feel at home. It was a great place for a Sunday night. Portions were reasonable as well, not "overflowing" as many old school places do.
Chez Panisse: excellent food & service
One night , after we had beenn touring on foot all day, we were exhausted and wanted something close to our hotel , the Omni. In the mood for Chinese, but a check here indicated it was Chinese New Year and everyplace would be crazy. Called a few other near by recommendations and every place had a wait. We ended up going to the hotel bar and actually had a very good burger so the night was not lost! Service was also very good. Downside was the wines by the glass are pricey for what they offered
Calzones: I think thats the name...in North Beach. Wouldn't necessarily eat here (altho the pizza looked good) but twice we stopped around 3pm ...they have little outside tables, and enjoyed a glass of wine and people watched
A16 pizza is notoriously controversial, as people tend to love it or hate it - Chowhounders are most definitely vocal about these opinions! A16 makes their pizzas in the Neapolitan style, which is what you're describing: crispy outside crust with what some see as a "soggy"-ish center. To each their own, really: at least you thought it was "good." :)
Glad to hear that things went well... and thanks for the report.
A16 pizza is certainly very good but like all handmade products, the crust can sometimes vary drastically depending on the kind of pizza you order. The verde pizza inevitably has a crispier crust and two slices within the same Margherita pie can vary quite dramatically. If you anticipate the droopiness, you can fold it all in half to prevent all your toppings from falling onto the plate. This explains why some people find it "too soggy". Personally, I like mine with a 25-33% droop (photo 1 below). A 50% droop (photo 2) is problematic because it dumps most of the sauce and mozzarella on the plate.