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fullabeans Apr 24, 2007 10:55 AM


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!

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    kresge86 RE: fullabeans Apr 24, 2007 11:09 AM

    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).

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      fullabeans RE: kresge86 Apr 24, 2007 11:17 AM

      hey! thanks very much, I love the diversity of your tastes :-) The only food I can do without is French as we are spoiled in Montreal....any good other recs for good drinks / beer?

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        rworange RE: fullabeans Apr 24, 2007 12:22 PM

        Here you go. Scroll down to my reply. I had the first link wrong in the OP.

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          fullabeans RE: rworange Apr 24, 2007 01:09 PM

          excellent! looks like I'm set up nicely with this and the other posts. Looking forward to it!

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            rworange RE: fullabeans Apr 24, 2007 01:53 PM

            Hope you'll report back on what you ate and how you liked it. If you find anyhing that interests you in these links, you can get more info by searching on the restaurant name that you might like to visit.

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          kresge86 RE: fullabeans Apr 24, 2007 12:35 PM

          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)...

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            Pistou RE: fullabeans Apr 25, 2007 08:44 AM

            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.

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              Robert Lauriston RE: Pistou Apr 25, 2007 08:59 AM

              The Big 4 is sort of semi-pseudo-historic. Despite the 19th century look the restaurant was built in the 1950s.

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                Pistou RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 25, 2007 10:22 AM

                Oops! Thanks for the info. For me, it still beats the Tonga Room or Top of the Mark for Nob Hill drink spot, though.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: Pistou Apr 25, 2007 10:39 AM

                  Fake heritage becomes real after a few generations. Like the Playland - Cliff House fake rocks.

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          whiner RE: fullabeans Apr 25, 2007 03:56 AM

          I'd do a search but you might consider...

          Slanted Door

          (my two go-to places when out-of-towners come) and also

          La Ciccia
          Ton Kiang (for dim sum)

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