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Aug 20, 2007 02:25 PM

Slanted Door or Maverick?

If we can only pick one. Ideally, we'll do both (only going to be in town for 3 days on a trip up the coast).

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  1. Should you wish to make your way to Slanted Door, please be advised that reservations are notoriously hard to come by. For instance, it's frequently on Open Table's top reservations list... and almost always is booked in advance. I'd recommend trying to secure a reservation as soon as you're sure of your travel dates.

    1. I personally love both, but for different reasons.

      Slanted door has great views, great bar, and amazing top quality Vietnamese food. (Some people will say its not authentic, but I'm Vietnamese and its pretty close.) Reservations are hard to come by so that might prohibit you from going here. Alternatively, you can show up around 5 for an early dinner at the bar and they will likely take you.

      Maverick - I've been here twice in the last month. Totally different neighborhood - the Mission. IMO the best food neighborhood in the city. Not much to see though. The fried chicken is one of their best dishes. Very small location, very cozy. You might also find reservations hard to come by for this one too, because its so small.

      If I had to choose only one while I was visiting SF, I'd choose Slanted Door for the amazing views and location. Food is amazing at both.

      14 Replies
      1. re: lamster

        Thanks for the feedback - I'll try for both! : )

        1. re: lamster

          I agree, both offers different things, so depends on what you're looking for. Slanted Door has the great view. Maverick is small so I'd recommend reservations there too. Has a great brunch menu.

          1. re: singleguychef

            I made reservations at both! What about getting from Marin to Marverick and then the SF airport afterwards - doable? That's the Sunday plan.

            1. re: Jel212

              It's doable... depending on how much time you have to do the above.

              1. re: jrhsfcm

                I guess it would depend how much time is needed. Thoughts on that?


                1. re: Jel212

                  The Mission has easy access to the freeway, usually around Cesar Chavez. So it's doable to go from Marin, to the Mission, to the airport. Is this on a Sunday? I ask only because I think it'll be easier to find parking at the Mission on a Sunday, and I would do it earlier because like most cities, people don't wake up until later. Then that's when things get crowded.

                  1. re: singleguychef

                    Yup - but going to the place for dinner....
                    Thanks for the details!

                    1. re: Jel212

                      So is your question, how far is the mission to SFO in terms of time? On a Sunday night, I would estimate about 30 mins. So make sure you leave the mission about 2.5 hours before your scheduled flight? That way, you can take about 30 mins to drive there / drop off your rental car and then you still have plenty of time to get on the shuttle to your terminal, check in, get through security, etc.

                      1. re: lamster

                        Perfect. We're actually sleeping over near the hotel, since we have a super-early flight, so we'll be all set with time. Thanks!

              2. re: Jel212

                Maverick for sure. Go for the Maryland crab cakes and be sure to have Mike pick out an unusual wine for you (last time it was a Michigan wine that was deelish).
                After dinner, you should say your goodbyes at the 16th st. BART station and take a train to the airport. It's only $5.00 and drops you right at the International terminal. The United domestic gates are a short walk, and the other airlines are a quick tram ride away. Check a schedule, though, as the Sunday trains can be very far apart. You'll get there before your friend gets back to Marin.

                1. re: foodiegrl

                  Thanks! We'll have a rental car, b/c we're spending the last night at a hotel near the airport and dropping it off there, so it should work out fine.

                2. re: Jel212

                  I think folks were distracted by thinking you need to catch a plane Sunday evening and thus wanted to make sure you had enough time to get from Maverick to the airport. But that isn't really an issue since you are spending the night, and anyway, as others have pointed out, Mission to the airport is easy. The HARD part is Marin to Maverick! Maverick is about ten minutes closer to Marin than my house, and it is not unusual on a Sunday evening for it to take me an hour to get from Marin to my house. Unlike the trip to the airport, once you hit SF there are no freeways from the north side to the Mission. You will need to use surface streets and on Sunday there is lots of traffic in the afternoon. Also, if this trip is by any chance over Labor Day weekend be aware that the bay bridge will be closed. You won't need to cross the bay bridge, but it will mean potentially heavier traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge, which you will need to cross, and on the surface streets in the area. Give yourself plenty of time, plus some extra, to get to Maverick for your reservation. (I'd allow at least an hour, an hour and a half if it is Labor Day weekend).

                  1. re: susancinsf

                    Thank you for all of that - GOOD TO KNOW!

                    1. re: Jel212

                      Ended up just having time to keep my Slanted Door reservation - and I was glad I did! So good, loved the laid-back atmosphere and the not-NYC prices. We had an excellent bottle of white wine for $40, the unbelievably melt-in-your-mouth fantastic squash/rice cakes, the not-that-special, but very good, ribs, the very tasty shrimp with peppers and the famed shaking beef, which liked a lot, but didn't go bonkers for. The dipping sauce on that was great. So...THANKS! It was perfect, after a long day on the road, finally getting to indulge a bit.