What would Calvin Trillin eat for lunch in SF?
Calvin Trillin is only in San Francisco for one meal, then back to NY. Sure, the wharf might be out. But some part of this meal certainly should have only very recently been alive, happy and well in a nearby body of water.
For the sake of variety, Tadich and Sam's have lines out the door, and he's very very hungry (plus wasn't too interested in those anyway).
For some reason, Belon came to mind first, a restaurant which no longer exists. Swan Oyster Depot mentioned by Ruth, perhaps.
I don’t think he’d specifically go for seafood for the one meal in San Francisco.
No doubt he would head to Chinatown to hunt for new delicacies, the Tenderloin for Vietnamese or Pakistani. The Mission. Perhaps Clement Street in Richmond. He might even settle for the Ferry building.
A young Calvin Trillin might have ventured into, of all places, North Beach, in an attempt to find that ONE restaurant with the elusive soul of Old San Francisco.
He has been interviewed on this topic, since he's in SF frequently, and has said that he gets burritos.