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Fog City Diner...is it really that good?

My first trip to San Francisco and everyone says go to the Fog City Diner.
Is it really that good? Or a tradition? Is it a tourist trap?

And, in Napa, is there anything "new & exciting" that New Yorkers may not have heard about yet?

Looking forward to this visit and all the good food!

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  1. I've been to Fog City Diner 3 times in the past two years and all of the meals were great. Good, casual comfort food.

    1. I haven't been for years and years, because the operation changed a bit and started feeling more like a tourist trap, but I used to swear by their lamb sandwich with apricot chutney.

      1. Fog City Diner is one of my favorite places to go for LUNCH, thanks or reminding me, I think I will go tomorrow. I LOVE the Red Snapper sandwich with coleslaw (served lunch time only). The bloody marys are my favorite, served strained with no ice, but nice and chilly and tasty. Mmmmm.

         
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        1. re: sushi1k

          Hope you report back. This place doesn't get mentioned much. It was a hot spot when it opened decades ago, then there were changes and not so great for a while from what I was reading. Lately I've been reading more positive things

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          Fog City Diner
          1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. re: rworange

            Yeah, I still like like it. Definitely would only go for lunch, so many other options for dinner. The bloody marys are still quite tasty too.

        2. I haven't been to Fog City Diner in years, but wouldn't recommend it to someone on their first trip to SF. There are so many other great choices. I don't consider it a tradition among locals but others may have a different view.

          Go to Ubuntu in Napa and see what all the talk is about. And report back!

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          1. I will dissent on Fog City Diner.... I've eaten there because it was near the office... but I wouldn't even get on a Trolley / Cab / BART to get to it... I don't think anybody should be recommending it to an out of towner.