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May 27, 2008 10:22 AM

San Francisco To Napa From SFO........

If your flight landed at SFO @ 11:00 AM and you were headed to Napa Valley for 4 nights before returning to SF for 3 nights would you stop in Sausalito for lunch to view the sights or drive straight on to St. Helena for lunch near our hotel. I don't think my wife will be able to wait that long. Thanks.

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      1. re: Littleman

        Perfect timing to visit one of our top dim sum places:

        Koi Palace Restaurant
        365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

        Hong Kong Flower Lounge
        51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I'd scout Koi Palace carefully on the timing. Unless you get there right when they open, you could do some waiting. By 12 noon on Sunday it could be very, very crowded, a 2 hour wait. HK Flower Lounge might be less of a wait.

    1. If you are getting bags and then renting a car - I would stop in SF at the Stevenson Street Yank Sing for dimsum - great food and very quick - then get a move on to Napa.
      Should take you about an hour 25 from SF

      1. If you're really interested in stopping in Sausalito, try Poggio. It's right on Bridgeway and has some streetside seating which would be fun for people watching on a Sunday.
        If you're really hungry, I wouldn't wait until you get to St. Helena--on a Sunday the drive up highway 29 from Napa can be longer than usual.

        1. OK, trying to help to help you decide. I'm going to guess that you'll have a 2-3 hour time difference from your home when you arrive in the West Coast. Which means it will, by the time you land, already be past your lunchtime. You may be hungry when you land, incredibly hungry by the time you hit San Fran, and hypoglycemic by the time you reach St. Helena. So, definitely stop to dine before you make the trek north to Napa Valley.

          I'm going to guess that on a Sunday it will take you at least 2 hours to get from SFO to St. Helena. That's what it takes me on a weekday with no traffic. I figure more like 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Be sure you have exact directions.

          I like the suggestion of Hong Kong Flower Lounge in Millbrae. That's very close to the airport, and I think it would be fun. Otherwise, grab some sushi in the SFO International Terminal, just enough to tide you over. I like Poggio in Sausalito too, but think that stop may absorb too much time getting off the highway, and driving down into Sausalito. But that's just my guess.

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          1. re: maria lorraine

            There's always that old standby the In and Out Burger off the highway just after the Richardson Bay Bridge for a quick bite.

            1. re: wolfe

              I thought of that too. Actually, it's not a bad option if you take the Golden Gate Bridge. Our OPs will have plenty of lovely food in Napa Valley -- a little upscale fast food might be fine.

              (And that would be the Richardson Bay Bridge, wouldn't it, wolfe? [inside joke])

          2. Waaay too long a ride after a long flight from SFO.

            I'm surprised no one has mentioned Fish in Sausalito

            Easy on/off of the freeway (use Google maps). Lots of easy parking. Beautiful location on the water. Top of the line ... fish.

            Bring cash though