Hi everyone, I'm from Manhattan and had my first ever trip to Cali 2 weeks ago. I will briefly be back this weekend for work. Has anyone been to Swan Oyster for breakfast? Is it the same lunch menu? I'd consider any good dim sum places. I had a nice breakfast at Canteen and wouldn't mind returning, but is there anything else you can recommend? Thanks in advance. A lot of posts here have helped me in come up with my plans for the next few days:
Manresa for dinner
Aqua for lunch
Boulevard for dinner
Zuni Cafe for lunch
Ame for dinner
Slanted Door for lunch (open to other suggestions)
Quince for dinner (if I can secure reservations)
Yeah, I'm pretty much blowing my food budget every day :)
Saturday morning go the the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to pick up breakfast items from the vendors.
Swan's has the same menu all day.
Mama's in North Beach is a good breakfast place.
Friday you might want to stop by Sentinal for breakfast pasteries. Same owner as Canteen.
That's a nice list. I sense refinement in the selection and I don't think you'll have a bad meal. That said, I don't think you'll find anything at Boulevard that you can't find elsewhere. Travel out to the Richmond District is a hassle but maybe look at Aziza.
Thanks, everyone. I will certainly take a closer look at these places tomorrow.
ML8000, I had that same feeling about Boulevard. I sort of pushed aside Gary Danko for that reason (unless I'm completely mistaken).
Dinner at Manresa tonight was amazing. The tasting menu had 8 amuses and 12 courses. It lasted nearly 5 hours. I was given a tour of the kitchen and there were more workers than there were diners.
I would highly recommend going to Boulevard. I eat there every other week and out of the last seven years of going there I've only had what I would call 2-3 "not great" meals - one of which was the day after Christmas. Last week I had the truffled ravioli (amazing!) and their soft shell crab (to die for). I always recommend the tartar but if the tartar is still the set up with olives and greek sauces, I would suggest not ordering that. Plus, if you are going to Aqua their tartar is far better. That's my Boulevard plug for the day. Enjoy your trip.
Oh, I second the recommendation for brunch at Foreign Cinema.