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Washington DC Chowhound visiting San Francisco for the first time for 4 days

washdcrealestate Jun 20, 2007 06:00 AM

Any recommendations would be much appreciated. Me and my girlfriend will be staying in downtown SF near Yahoo's office in early July for a 4 day weekend and are looking for hip / trendy / cool venues. Its a little broad request I know, but with such little time we would love to experience as many of SF's culinary offerings as possible...


*Dinner Venues

*Day trips: Little Italy/ China Town Where & What Dish is recommended?


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  1. hhc RE: washdcrealestate Jun 20, 2007 06:12 AM

    Brunch: Canteen
    Dinner: Delfina
    Day trip: Golden Gate Bakery: egg custard, coconut macaroons

    Do a search on all the above, tons of mention on all these places.

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      hhc RE: hhc Jun 20, 2007 08:32 AM

      Another place I really want to try is:
      Town's End, sounds Great..check out Rworange's post:

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      whiner RE: washdcrealestate Jun 20, 2007 06:25 AM

      Do a search, there are a ton of threads like this, but... for your purposes, dinner I would reccomend:

      A16 and Slanted Door (top choices), Delfina, Range, nopa. Aziza, Fringale and Chapeau! would also be good, but not necessarily hip/trendy/cool.

      What sort of nightlife are you looking for? One of my favorite spots is California Wine Merchants (also known as California wine Star) on Chestnut in the Marina -- it is a CA wine bar.

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        washdcrealestate RE: whiner Jun 20, 2007 07:28 AM

        All sounds very interesting Wine Bar I have never been to one before? Are they popular sounds fun…

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          whiner RE: washdcrealestate Jun 20, 2007 10:01 AM

          Yes, quite popular. That particular one is in a young and trendy neighborhood. Lots of interesting wines by the glass and not too overpriced. (I mean, don't go if you don't like wine, but if you do...)

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        Bourdain Disciple RE: washdcrealestate Jun 20, 2007 08:35 AM

        Without a doubt for dinner- Gary Danko (if you can get in).
        As far as day trips- definitely visit Alcatraz and check out the sea lion on the peir. Also renting a car and doing a little winery hopping is a good time (recommend Sonoma/Russian River Vally over Napa).
        And if you're a sports fan, going to a Giant's game is a great time.

        If you go to Chinatown mnake sure you go to a place with dim sum and go with that.

        1. foodyonthego RE: washdcrealestate Jun 20, 2007 08:45 AM

          For brunch, it's not upscale and there's a line, but I recommend Dottie's True Blue Café. Worth the wait in my opinion. Town's End is also excellent for brunch. For dinner, all these options below are great. I'll second the Golden Gate Bakery res, but get there early before the egg custards are all sold out.

          North Beach (little Italy), I really like Firenze by Night for dinner. It's on the border between Chinatown and North Beach and a little kitsch and unassuming, but the food is great. For drinks Tosca is classic.

          1. washdcrealestate RE: washdcrealestate Jun 20, 2007 11:23 AM

            Sounds AMAZING!!! Im so pumped

            I hope there is enought time to try everything!!!!

            1. Lori SF RE: washdcrealestate Jun 20, 2007 11:54 AM

              For dinner are you looking for more upsale, casual and price range?

              Since you have not been to a wine bar- here is a good thread- my current favorite is CAV and they have good food, near Hayes Valley on Market. You could easily head over to the Mission Area where there are more things going on in the evening as far as nightlife.

              Universal Cafe
              Slow Club

              If you like raw fish and crudo I highly recommend going to Bar Crudo, excellent
              and there is a fun local bar near called Tunnel Top you can head over to after.. both casual.

              If you can give more info in terms of what you are wanting it would be easier and maybe some search tp narrow it down.

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                washdcrealestate RE: Lori SF Jun 20, 2007 11:59 AM

                I don't really have a price in mind I'm ok with any budget

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                  whiner RE: washdcrealestate Jun 20, 2007 12:31 PM

                  Oh, if you are ok with any budget but still looking for hip/trendy/cool you should deffinitely try Ame.

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                  Lori SF RE: Lori SF Jun 20, 2007 12:00 PM

                  I wanted to add this post for you to check out-

                  Day trip- would be head over the golden gate bridge to mt. tam and stinson beach, breathtakingly beautiful area. Stop in Sauaslito and have lunch outside at FISH, very fresh fish and nice setting especially if it's a sunny day. Oh bring layers the weather changes from neighborhood to neighborhood, micro climates.

                3. washdcrealestate RE: washdcrealestate Jun 22, 2007 07:00 AM

                  Thank You for the feedback!!! I will try all they look great!!!!!!!!!!

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