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Mar 28, 2008 10:46 AM

4-day eating plan

Thanks so much to everyone who helped me out with my eating plans for my upcoming trip-I really appreciate it! I think I will not try and score the xiao long bao this trip-sounds like a little too much work even for me.
I'll be arriving at noon on April 3 and I did look into the possibility of renting a car for a half a day to get out to the "good" ramen outside the city-but I just couldn't bring myself to drop $50+ to get out to a bowl of soup. Soooo-here goes
Day 1-arrive noon, trek to hotel (Hilton O'Farrell St). Ramen at Katana-Ya? Tanpopo?
DInner -Crab at Great Eastern or R&G (Opinions on which?)
Day 2- Meeting eats during the day, but Ame at 6:30 (cancelled orginal Myth reservation)
Day 3 (Saturday) Work doesn't start til 11-so it's off to the farmer's market early-then 8 p.m. dinner at Bar Crudo
Day 4- Looking for a neat breakfast place-something where I could take my computer and work would be great (wireless would be nice but not 100% necessary).Anything with a view of the water? I can linger this morning.
And so far I have no plans for dinner, but I'm thinking I might be ready for something non-Asian-someplace kinda cheap and casual? Where I can wear jeans? Maybe followed by a cool bar or coffee/dessert thing?
I gotta be at the airport at 7:30 a.m. the next day to fly all the way home to Va. To my hometown where literally the best restaurant is the Golden Corral, and there can be a 2-hour wait for IHOP.

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  1. There's a new dessert-bar place called Candybar that might be fun to check out. My first thought when you said "casual non-Asian" was Peruvian (although you can wear "nice" jeans anywhere). Maybe Mochica? I'm partial to Great Eastern over R&G -- a little less expensive and a little more casual, and the crab is just as good.

    Boulette's Larder in the Ferry Building might be nice for Sunday brunch on the water, although I don't think there's any WiFi in the Ferry Building (and if not, why not?).

    I don't see much Cal-Cuisine on your itinerary. According to my friend who lives in the Newport News area, there's no such thing as moderately priced Cal-Cuisine in Virginia (at least, outside of metro DC), so if you can stand one more change, how about doing a place like Town's End on the day you get in and R&G/Great Eastern on Sunday? That will also spread out your Asian meals more.

    Town's End Restaurant & Bakery
    2 Townsend St Ste 2, San Francisco, CA 94107

    1335 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      OMG! Town's End! Yes it's looks perfect-what a great suggestion! and I'm all about changing things up-as a matter of fact I think I'm already subbing Oyaji for my ramen choice-apparently Katana-Ya doesn't have the egg? -I think that's a definite must-do, and at least a couple people commented that Ojayi's broth is amazing.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Peet's provides 2 hours with a drink (ask for the code).

        However, I sat at the tables outside Peet's and found a strong free signal.

      2. Where in VA Missy?

        For breakfast on day 4, Canteen gets almost universal applause for breakfast; but its a very small place so I'm not sure lingering would work out. Seems like going there for the food and then finding a nearby coffee shop to linger might be worth it, though.

        For dinner that night, you might consider Colibri depending on how big an eater you are. My wife and I ate there and found the guacamole (made fresh to order) to be just excellent and the freshly made tortillas to be first rate. We weren't impressed with the tortilla soup or the tamales, but if a large bowl of guacamole and dessert and some margaritas work for you, it could be a good option that gains a lot for being close to your hotel. If you're after more of a full dinner, then I wouldn't suggest it as a cheapish option nor as top notch food.

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        1. re: ccbweb

          Hi ccbweb-I live in Boyce in the northern Shenandoah Valley-a town of 500 (no restaurnt, but there is a Sheetz down the road where you can get live bait AND capuccino!) The nearest "big" town is Winchester. Not much going on there, although a Thai place opened up recently (gasp!) and I had the best drunken noodles of my life there. Other things are "ehhh"
          Unfortunately, I guess I've been spoiled-I travel a lot for work and I ahve been abel toe at some amazing food ove the past 6 eyars-so much so that now I am a notorious malcontent at most places. My husband says he feels sorry for me.

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          1. Hey Missy - Union Square to Oakland Chinatown is incredibly fast and easy - it's a 14-minute BART ride. Then a 5 minute walk from the BART station to Shanghai Restaurant. $2.90 each way. Considering that it was one of your initial cravings, I would put it back on your itinerary.