Best Of SF (need tips)
- Syphrite Mar 23, 2008 08:46 AM
Hi all -
I'm heading out to SF in a few weeks and I'd like to know some recommendations for the genre's below. I'm also gluten free and would love to know of any bakeries, or restaurants that cater to people with celiacs. I live in NYC and usually go to places like Risotteria and Sambuca for GF food, but I do no limit myself to eating at strictly gf places so please feel free to suggest anything. :-)
Looking for the best:
--Vietnamese (specifically Pho)
--Thai (looking for awesome Red Curry, but I'm open)
--Dosas/Uttapams (with coconut chutney)
--Mexican (I've been to Farolitos, but I don't know if that's the best place)
--Cocktail lounge (like Flatiron Lounge or Milk & Honey in NYC)
--Fine dining (I'm thinking of going to the Fifth Floor)
I'm also planning on going to Napa and Santa Cruz during my trip so if anyone knows of any places in those areas please let me know.
Thank you in advance! :-)
I was reading your post, thinking about answers, and then I saw that you were considering Fifth Floor! And that's when I decided to start typing. Don't do it! It's way past its prime. There are far better fine dining meals in the City, for example Masa's and The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton immediatley come to mind. I've been to both in the past year and had world-class experiences there. You might also consider Gary Danko, Michael Mina and La Folie. All are far superior to Fifth Floor, in my opinion.
As for Mexican, don't rush back to Farolito's. Instead, try Tommy's, Don Ramon's or Tres Agaves. If you want the best burrito-shop taco in town, run straight to La Taqueria on Mission (at 25th). Order a carne asada crispy taco "with everything" and then sit back and enjoy the ride. Be sure not to steal the bottle of green sauce on the table! It's housemade and it's the best hot sauce you'll find in SF, in my opinion. If you're an authentic crispy-pork carnitas fan, you'll need to head over to Oakland. Dona Tomas has some of the world's best carnitas, and some of the most delicious new-Mexican food in the Bay Area.
For brunch, I'd recommend Canteen hands down.
For dosas, you might try Dosa on Valencia. The place is always crowded and many of my friends swear by it. I've been a few times and though it's so-so, but it could be that I've ordered wrong.
I don't feel that I can offer you a true "best of SF" option on your other categories. So I'll leave that to others. Have a safe, fun trip!
Tres Agaves Restaurant
130 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107
817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109
995 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Tommy's Mexican Restaurant
5929 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
The Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton
600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Michael Mina Restaurant
252 California St, San Francisco, CA
648 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant
225 11th, San Francisco, CA 94102
The last time I was in SF, which was about 3 or 4 years ago, I ate a couple of small dishes at the Fifth Floor bar and I thought the food was phenomenal. I don't want to go back and drop $200 on dinner only to leave disappointed. I've done that too many times at places here in nyc.
Are there any places similar to Blue Hill or Little Owl in SF? Those are two of my favorite places and it would be great to find something similar.
Chez Panisse sounds awesome, but I'm reluctant to book a reservation until they release their menu for the week I will be in town. My gluten allergy makes it difficult to eat at a restaurant with a fixed menu for the night. Do you know if they are accommodating when someone has an allergy?
Although Ame is quite good, Coi is better. Better ingredients, better wine pairings, more creative. Coi was picked by Frank Bruni as one of his best 10 new restaurants outside of NYC & it was recently listed as one of the top 50 fine dining restaurants in North America in the Opinionated About survey ( http://oad.typepad.com/oa/oa_dining_g... )
I would have to say that FoodieSF's take of Fifth Floor is horrifically out of date if he/she there over six months ago. The re-vamped Gascony menu is stunning and significantly better than what was there in the past.
Also, I ate 18 courses at Ame last evening and was completely blown away - nary a mis-step with the most phenomonal wine pairing I've had in this city in ages (my experiences at Dining Room and Coi had some major problems).
I think Boulevard is one of the most over-rated restaurants in this city and Canteen is one of the best.
re: Carrie 218
I'm sorry I "horrified" you, Carrie 218. Six months is not usually out of date around here. I'm sure you've posted here based on experiences far older than that. Still, somehow, I'm "horrifically" out of date. Please accept my apologies. In my defense, however, please note that when it was pointed out that there was a concept change between my last experience and my post, I quickly acknowledged that and re-posted.
Surely it takes more than that to qualify as "horrific," don't you think? Maybe starving children or mutilated corpses...or something like that? Your post is dramatic to be sure, but decent or fair...not so much.