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Brunch w/ BF's Parents - has to be more old school than trendy

This is bad news. They are threatening Fisherman's Wharf. I'm from San Diego, visiting SF for the weekend. I have all kinds of places I'd love to go (Canteen, Foreign Cinema, Chez Panisse, Zuni, Azzaria), but this isn't about me. Parent are SF natives. We went to Beach Chalet before which was very nice, but all this Fisherman's Wharf talk is making me gag.

Pretty traditional, they like nice restaurants but not too trendy or expensive (entrees topping out at 15-20). Brunch or lunch. And must be in SF proper.

How about:

-Town's End
-Mama's (which may be too much waiting and hassle for the fam)
-Canteen (would love to hear how this would go over)
- Cliff House (last resort)
-SPQR?

Help before I am eating fried fish with sea lions as my one nice meal in SF!

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  1. I love Town's End. Good ol' fashioned homey food, complete with a complimentary basket of fresh-baked mini muffins and scones. As with all good restaurants in the Bay Area, go early or be prepared to wait.

    I haven't been to the others, but Mama's and Canteen see to get good reviews.

    1. Well, I think the menu at Foreign Cinema satisfies traditionalists and fits the price range, I love the brunch there. What about Zuni (may be too expensive)? I caution against SPQR b/c of the wait.

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      1. re: Candice

        I'm not sure about that: I think someone who lives in San Francisco and is considering the wharf would consider Foreign Cinema way too trendy. I didn't think the menu was particularly traditional, and it is a mostly young, hiply dressed, loud clientele when I was there for brunch.

      2. I actually think that Canteen would go over well -- they have traditional brunch stuff on the menu (eggs benedict, etc.) just in a slightly upscale way, and the price point should be fine. However, if you want a booth and not counter, you might have to get there on the early side. Also, the reports of Foriegn Cinema for brunch seem to make it seem relatively traditional too (though the neighborhood might not be the BF's parents favorite, if they're more in the Fisherman's Wharf/Beach Chalet frame of mind).

        1. Give them Fisherman's Wharf but slightly upscale. Here is a lukewarm report by rworange.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/372180I

          1. If no meat is OK, how about Greens? A good parental place. Solid food, nice views.

            http://www.greensrestaurant.com/

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            Greens Restaurant
            Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123