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lalawgirl Oct 17, 2007 05:54 PM

I'm an LA chow that will be in San Francisco for a weekend in November (the 2nd - 4th).

I've got the following reservations (best I could do on short notice):

Canteen (Fri)
1550 Hyde (Fri)
A16 (Sat)
Foreign Cinema (Sat)

Which two should I keep? Anywhere else we should try for lunch or dinner that where I could actually get a reservation

Also would love recommendations for breakfast (highbrow and lowbrow are both fine) and or a good coffee/pastry/bakery place for croissants, pain au chocolate and lattes.

The only breakfast place I know of in the city is Dottie's True Blue Cafe

Thanks for your help. We're staying at the Westin St. Francis, but are willing to take the bus/BART around if need be.

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    vinoveritas Oct 18, 2007 06:52 PM

    A16 and Canteen!!!
    buuut go to foreign cinema on sunday morning for brunch! It's not too hard to get reservations, and they make incredible house made pop tarts, amazing! That way you can try all 3, they are all essential san francisco favorites.

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      lalawgirl Oct 19, 2007 11:02 AM

      Thanks SF Chows! I feel much better about my trip now. Any wine bar suggestions for after dinner?

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        sassystella Oct 19, 2007 02:45 PM

        I would recommend Hidden Vine (http://www.thehiddenvine.com) or Hotel Biron (http://www.hotelbiron.com/location.htm) for wine.

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          moto Oct 19, 2007 03:08 PM

          greetings lalaw, if you didn't know already, A16's(I agree that the food and wine are quite good) normal noise level is almost off the charts loud, but it's a happy not chaotic buzz, and their wine list, incl. by-the-glass w. their front of the house wine bar, might make another wine bar 'gilding the lilly'. enjoy your visit, cheers

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        mrs bacon Oct 18, 2007 10:59 AM

        Another vote for Canteen and A16. I respectfully disagree that Canteen's brunch is better than dinner. I love Chef Leary's food -- his dishes always strike me as hearty, yet contain these lovely top notes which stop the food from seeming heavy.

        For breakfast, perhaps Pork Store on Haight (greasy spoon but above average fare -- try the hash browns). On the more upscale side, Foreign Cinema's brunch is wonderful too.

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          oakjoan Oct 18, 2007 11:46 AM

          So what's with Canteen and breakfast (start of thread) or brunch (lower down on the thread)? I thought they didn't serve breakfast anymore since the hotel was sold or something. Have I been missing that they've been open all this time? Settling for lesser food on both sides of the Bay in my monthly Breakfast With Old Friend ritual?

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          barndog Oct 18, 2007 10:41 AM

          Canteen doesn't take reservations for brunch on the few days they serve it, and it's so small that you'll be waiting for a while. Keep your Fri nite res. for Canteen, try Foreign Cinema for brunch, and stick w/ A16 for Saturday.

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            lalawgirl Oct 18, 2007 09:47 AM

            Sounds like you guys think Canteen is more of a breakfast place -- anything you'd put in its place for Friday night?

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              Porthos Oct 18, 2007 10:25 AM

              Canteen for breakfast is very different from dinner. I'd keep the dinner. A couple of us have been known to go for dinner the night before and then brunch the next day. Really what you need is another day. I personally would go Bar Tartine over A16 but A16 is great if you're coming from LA. Try the pizza so you can compare to Pizzeria Mozza. The crust at A16 is softer and more traditional neopolitan than Mozza's ultra crispy crust.

            2. Lori SF Oct 17, 2007 08:37 PM

              I am from LA so I think what would be more SF experience for you.
              Since you have Canteen for Friday night keep that, I am not a huge Canteen for dinner fan, better for breakfast.
              A16 yes and you could do Foreign Cinema for Brunch, nothing like it in LA.

              1. daveena Oct 17, 2007 07:09 PM

                I would keep Canteen and A16. Consider Bar Tartine and Pizzeria Delfina for lunch.

                Here's an extensive thread on croissants in SF that you may find helpful:
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/435277

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                  Porthos Oct 17, 2007 08:30 PM

                  I agree with daveena (surprise). Keep Canteen and A16. You could also do Canteen for breakfast or Ferry Building Saturday for breakfast (which would satisfy the pastry and search). I second the Bar Tartine consideration and upgrade it to highly recommend.

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                    dinnerout Oct 18, 2007 01:50 PM

                    My sentiments exactly - Canteen and A16!

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