need resto recs !
I'm a Montreal chowhound - heading to San Francisco next week...I would love some local favourites (lunch and dinner), around the $30-50 range pp. (not including wine).
I'll be staying at the Fairmont which I believe is fairly central - but willing to travel for food! Anything goes as long as it's not too meaty.
Thanks in advance!
Not sure exactly what you're looking for, but there are lots of yummy restaurants within walking distance of your hotel. I like Colibri, a somewhat upscale Mexican restaurant in the theater district off Union Square. In North Beach, I'm partial to Michelangelo's - very casual, but it's gnocchi and bolognese are both excellent. If you want a water view, I like Butterfly - a pan-Asian restaurant right on the water. For an old San Francisco feel, you might try Sam's (Bush x Belden) or Tadich Grill (California St) - both seafood places in the Financial District. If you're here on a Saturday, I suggest checking out the Ferry Building Farmer's Market - incredible food selection, although very crowded. Breakfast at Boulette's Larder is also amazing, but they don't serve breakfast on Saturday mornings (eat in the kitchen for the best spot).
Hmm... not sure where to point you in terms of drinks/beer, other than the obvious Top of the Mark, or Tonga Room. The first is a beautiful place with a great view, and the second is total kitsch at your own hotel (Fairmont).
Add'l restaurants if you're willing to take a car/bus/BART to other parts of the city: Quince, Foreign Cinema, Limon (peruvian), Aziza (moroccan), Ton Kiang (chinese/dim sum), Dosa (indian), Medjool (mediterranean/n. african/middle eastern), Tartine (fantastic bakery), Firefly (great comfort food)...
Just across the street from the Fairmount is The Big Four, which I love to take out-of-towners to for drinks. The name refers to the four railroad barons who put big money into establishing San Francisco and especially Nob Hill--Crocker, Stanford, Hopkins and Huntington. The bartenders are versed in local history and the interior is a major step back in time.
I'd do a search but you might consider...
(my two go-to places when out-of-towners come) and also
Ton Kiang (for dim sum)