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5 days in August: I've done my research, will you look over my itinerary?

I'm going to be in SF in August for a convention. I've put away a little stash of money so that when my boyfriend and I will be in town (from New York) we can have our own little culinary adventure. We don't get to go out too often so we plan to make this a big splurge of a week but want to make sure that we get it right. As of now this is what we have planned, if there is any glaring omission or something that shouldn't be there, please let me know. Also, I haven't looked at anything for breakfast, but if there is any "don't miss" place, I'd love to know. Thanks so much for any suggestions (and also for your incredibly comprehensive boards!).

Friday:
Lunch- Yank Sing
Dinner- Kokkari

Saturday:
Breakfast/Lunch- Farmers Market
Dinner- Azziza

Sunday:
Lunch- Mission (La Cumbre/La Tacqueria...), Bi-Rite Ice Cream
Dinner- Bar Tartine? Myth? Quince? Canteen? (Something Cal-ingredient driven)

Monday:
Lunch- Burma Superstar
(happy hour Hog Island)
Dinner- Slanted Door

Tuesday:
Lunch- Chez Panisse
Dinner-Tadich? Zuni???

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  1. That looks like a great itinerary...nice work on the research! For your last dinner, if you can get a reservation at Zuni, I'd choose that personally. I think the food is somewhat better than at Tadich, though both really are major parts of what I think of when I think of San Francisco restaurants.

    On the previous question mark, the Sunday night dinner, I'd vote for Quince because it is the finest meal we've had in San Francisco since we moved to town a couple of years ago. The pastas are creative and perfectly executed.

    Have a great trip and be sure to let everyone know how all of these wonderful places were!

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    1. re: ccbweb

      I agree, Quince (skips the entrees and have xtra pasta courses) and Zuni (must order the chicken)!

      Glad you've got Canteen and Bi-Rite Creamery. I also agree w/ the poster below who suggests you collect ingredients for breakfast/picnic...there are some really amazing items you can get just on their own (Acme bread, Bellweather Ricotta, Miette Macaron, etc.)

    2. I personally would scratch Slanted Door and go to Foreign Cinema in the Mission. or do it Tuesday night. it's to me the quintessential San Francisco experience - MORE SO than Zuni. excellent food, soothing yet fun setting, maybe a movie playing in the background (sit outside under a heat lamp.) you won't be disappointed! http://www.foreigncinemasf.com/
      their brunch is also killer - amazing things they do with eggs.

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      1. re: mariacarmen

        Your list looks great! Brunch at Foreign Cinema is the way to go; especially if the weather is nice and you can sit outdoors. You can also find a great breakfast at Boulette's Larder in the Ferry Building (I believe every morning except Saturdays). It never disappoints.

        1. re: mariacarmen

          I agree with the Foreign Cinema brunch. The food and the dining space are wonderful. I also enjoy the weekend brunch at Pomelo on Church Street. Unique flavor combinations.

        2. zuni is pretty good. not fancy. give it a shot.

          1. Not to make things harder but try to get both Bar Tartine and Canteen for dinner. Maybe replace Slanted Door with one of them. Plenty of asian fusion places in NYC.

            Given that it's summer in SF you want to hit as many market driven restaurants as you can. The bread at Bar Tartine is reason enough to go. The heirloom tomato and watermelon salad I had last summer was enlightening as was a winter dish of pork belly and seppia.

            The pea soup with mint and dungeness crab at Canteen last year was another highlight. His brioche dinner rolls are also reason enough to go.

            1. You are going to have a great time at Chez Panisse this time of year. Everything is so delicious right now. If you go to La Taqueria, my personal fave, hope you try the steak tacos, an order of guacamole and chips, and an agua fresca. Yum yum.