Quick Near Airport & Lunch Near Sebastopol
Okay, so we arrive Thursday early evening at SFO. We've decided to stay with family in Sebastopol Thursday night. Best idea seems to be to get something to eat, miss a bit more traffic, then head up.
So we're looking for something either close to the airport or easy to get to along the way up that will still be close enough that we're not going to waste time in idling on the highway. The interest here would be really good "ethnic" food. See here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/522421 Especially love Thai, regional Mexican, Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Japanese. Hopefully it won't be a place where we'll have to wait too long to get in.
Okay, so second task is lunch the next day. We'll be leaving Sebastopol around lunch time and will want to get a meal within an hour, probably. A round about trip is not out of the question. We don't have to be in a hurry to get anywhere. So travelling along the coast, through Napa, or anything like that is fine. Obviously, given the location, ethnic isn't a high priority. Given the weather, I'll probably be forced to bring pants, dammit, so we could hit a place that is business casual if it's especially good. I don't want to spend $40 a piece on lunch that's pretty good, though. I'd rather spend $100 a piece on lunch that's fantastic.
Thanks for any help...
The area right around the airport (Millbrae, San Bruno, SSF) has pretty good chinese food (Millbrae). Nothing else really comes to mind for me.
Friends of mine have praised Mingalaba in Burlingame, just south of the airport. It's Burmese - I haven't been there myself, but I like its sister restaurant (Mandalay) in SF.
Poc-Chuc would be easy to get to off 101 as you're driving through SF.
I had a good lunch at Rosso Pizzeria in Santa Rosa a few months ago, although it sounds like you might be looking for something more upscale, to take advantage of your pants-edness :)
perhaps, on your next visit, you'll have time for St. Rose in Sebastopol
for lunch: West County Grill
in Sonoma: La Salette
if wild boar is offered, it's a must order... or, the fish of the day on grilled corn/collard greens is also wonderful... the bread on the table is the chef's mom's recipe and I'd return just for that bread alone...
wood oven baked sardines ... fresh housemade cheese!
if I were flying from PDX to SFO, I'd make my dinner stop at Everyday Beijing in San Mateo:
637 South B Street
San Mateo, CA 94497 (650) 373-7878
I would order the fish dumplings - 2 orders because I love 'em
cold braised beef
cucumber salad - garlic cucumber
marinated pig ears
thousand year egg and bean curd
eggplant and pork noodles
Sichuan cold noodles
Why leave Sebastopol for lunch? See if K&L Bistro or the new Saint Rose location on Bodega Highway are open for lunch. (Oops, I don't think Saint Rose is, just on weekends. Looks like K&L is open though) Or just start with dessert: Screaming Mimi or patisserie Angelica.
If you want Asian and near 101, Bear Korean in Cotati and Hana in the Doubletree complex in Rohnert park. There's plenty in Petaluma too.
6902 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Bear Korean Barbeque
8577 Gravenstein Hwy, Cotati, CA 94931
Cafe Saint Rose
9890 Bodega Hwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472
6821 Laguna Pkwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Hana Japanese Restaurant
101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
K&L is where we're headed. That was my grandfather's choice (and he's buying, so....). Saint Rose was the other he enjoys, so you two must be on the same page.
We ended up at Poc Chuc for dinner and had a good meal. I'll report in more detail later when I'm on my own computer.