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adler223 Jun 4, 2008 07:11 PM

I am travelling with my wife and and 12 year old boy for July 2-6. We will be staying at the Argonaut in Fisherman's Wharf. I d like to know the best places to have breakfast around there. And the most fun places to eat within commuting distance. Looking for great food but a place I can take a 12 year old. Thanks.

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    whiner Jun 5, 2008 12:23 AM

    Well, for lunch I'd hit Boudin at least once. The best restaurant an easy walk from the Argonaut is almost unquestionably Ana Mondara. Like everything in the area, it is overpriced for what it is because it is touristy. But the food is undeniably good, and the room is absolutely gorgeous.

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      klyeoh Jun 5, 2008 01:44 AM

      I was going to recommend precisely the same place - Boudin: the demonstration bakery may fascinate your 12-year-old.

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      Sharon S. Jun 5, 2008 02:30 AM

      Fog City Diner - very nearby

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        whiner Jun 5, 2008 06:16 AM

        *** It should be noted that my above post should say "...the second best restaurant an easy walk from the Argonaut is probably Ana Mondara..."

        But something tells me the best restaurant which is an easy walk (Gary Danko) is not in the cards ;-)

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          sfpizzalover Jun 5, 2008 06:16 AM

          My 12 year old would love In N Out Burger. Go on line for the "secret" menu.

          1. rworange Jun 5, 2008 02:17 PM

            On Saturday morning you can hop on the street car and stop by the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market which has lots of vendors booths and bakeries and have a great breakfast.

            You will probably see Lori's Diner ... it doesn't get high marks though I have never been to that location. Probably best would be going to North Beach for breakfast. Mama's is popular.

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              ceekskat Jun 5, 2008 02:44 PM

              I think kids would love strolling through Chinatown & eating dim sum. My 12 yr old just went last week on a field trip with her class (related to book they're reading) & they ate at the Oriental Pearl (all 72 of them but not sure if they had dim sum). My suggestion would be Great Eastern, good, inexpensive & both dim sum and a la carte available.

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                Junie D Jun 5, 2008 03:17 PM

                Gold Mountain (644 Broadway at Stockton) is another good Dim Sum option. There is a cool pet store a few doors down - lots of fish. Took two twelve year olds to both recently and they loved it.

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                hotnspicy Jun 5, 2008 05:36 PM

                what about the Rainforest Cafe? I've never been, and it's a chain that is probably known more for it's jungle-like ambiance than the food. I believe there is one in the Fisherman's Wharf area.

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                  dinnerout Jun 6, 2008 01:30 PM

                  Sadly, I can attest that there is a Rainforest Cafe in the Wharf area. My nieces insisted on going there for a bday dinner - they thoroughly enjoyed it, I was beside myself! I agree with the suggestion of Boudin. If you do a search for Fisherman's Wharf, you will find a lot of information. Chinatown always seems to be a big hit with kids - my nieces loved Yank Sing for dim sum. It is very "dim sum novice friendly".

                2. Glencora Jun 6, 2008 02:16 PM

                  Taylor's Refresher in the Ferry Building. Good for kids and the food's pretty good, too.

                  If you go to the Sunday morning plant market (not the Saturday farmers market) the booth with carnivorous plants is worth a look.

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                    jsaimd Jun 6, 2008 02:33 PM

                    Where is that booth? My 6 year old is really into carnivorous plants after getting a book about them from the library... Maybe that would change his mind about getting dragged to the farmers' market all the time.

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                    himbeer Jun 6, 2008 06:07 PM

                    There is a Fisherman's Wharf IHOP. If your family gets 3-day MUNI passes, then you have the F street car, the cable car and buses options. you can cable up Hyde to Zarzuela, Luella, Frascati, sushi, Za Pizza! and Swenson's ice cream. If the cable car line is too long, walk over to the Maritiime museum and pick up the 19 and go up Polk. Weekend brunches at Le Petit Robert, Polkers, Rex Cafe. Evening options are Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, seafood. Or the 30 bus to the Marina: Jake's Steaks, Izzy's Steakhouse, A16. My preferred breakfast would be at a Ghiridelli hot fudge sundae.

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                      rworange Jun 6, 2008 07:08 PM

                      Ah, himbeer ... one of these days i wll try that Ghiradelli hot fudge sundae. It is on my list despite the miserable reputation that Ghiradelli has.

                      Anyway, a little digression for you. Orson sells himbeer reisetbauer eau-de-vie. I thought of you when I saw that. Pricy little drink at $22.

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                        whiner Jun 6, 2008 07:38 PM

                        I wouldn't think a 12 year old would find much exciting about The Marina. It does have two incredible restaurants (A16 and Laiola) but I wouldn't take a 12 year old to either of those places... *certainly* not on a Friday or Saturday night. 16? Yes, would love it. 12? Not a chance, I think.

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                        OliveBelle Jun 6, 2008 07:31 PM

                        Slanted Door at the Ferry Plaza! Very kid friendly, and the food is ridiculously good. And then you can go along the marketplace for dessert like gelato, or a little cake from Miette, or chocolates. Fun to watch the ferry come in and out.

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