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Need restaurant suggestions! Looking for Michelin Star(s) & hole in the walls!

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Dear fellow Chowhounders,

I'll be visiting San Fran with my significant other at the end of March. We're both in our mid-20s. We'll be staying at the CLIFT in the financial district.

We're looking for suggestions as to where we can eat for all 4 days! We're not early risers, so brunch/lunch, and dinner would be the times we will dine. We're looking for great food whether it's in a hole in the wall, mom & pop type place, a trendy restaurant, or a fine dining establishment.

Since we're from Toronto and have yet to experience a Michelin Star restaurant, we're extremely excited to do so. Unfortunately, we will only be able to afford a 1 star (2 may be wishful thinking). Excuse my ignorance, but can I enjoy a great Michelin Star meal for around $125? If so, please offer me your suggestions!

Any suggestions of great bars/lounges for a drink after dinner would be much appreciated as well.

Looking forward to your responses!!!
(this is my first CHOWHOUND posting)

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    1. Chez Panisse is $50 to $85 prix fixe depending on which night you go, and in addition to having one of those stars it's a unique experience.

      La Folie is $70 to $105 depending on what you order but you might have more or less similar French places in Toronto.

      As discussed on the Food Media & News board, the Michelin inspectors' criteria are somewhat baffling to many locals:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/453058

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        1. I think you can enjoy a Michelin 1 star experience at Range in SF for about $125 for two with a few drinks mixed in. Here's the link: http://www.rangesf.com/about.html

          1. Wow! I am pleasantly surprised that you guys have actually recommended Michelin star restaurants for the price of $125 (and cheaper!). However, I think I may have been misunderstood. I meant $125 per person. :)

            Hopefully that will widen the recs. Thanks!

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            1. re: Lynn88

              Chowhound suggestions for casual dining for visitors from Toronto.
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483274