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Hello all,

Husband and I are taking our bi-annual week long "staycation" to San Francisco next week (we live in Santa Rosa) and are wondering if there are any fabulous finds that have opened in the last year or two. We want to make some additions to our favorites, so we're not looking for oldies but goodies, as we have a good sense of those.

We're looking for all types of cuisine, all times of the day, all manner of cost.

Thanks for the help!

Emily

PS: When things slow down I WILL arrange an Abyssinia chowdown, I promise. In the meantime, if you haven't been (Fourth and Brookwood in Santa Rosa) get thee there!

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  1. East Bay, Wood Tavern is newish (open for lunch and dinner every day except for Sunday, where they're just open for dinner) as is Ici (ice cream shop, open all day). Not sure when you were last here, but Sea Salt is on the new side. In SF, SPQR has gotten a lot of buzz, as has Orson. What places did you visit when you were last here?

    1. Corso is very new and very good, offspring of Rivoli.

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      Corso
      1788 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

      1. Laiola in the Marina is my new favorite.

        Loud and trendy but casual. Young. Awesome Spanish food.

        1. Camino
          Chai Thai Noodles (Oakland spinoff of Thai House Express)
          Corso
          Flora
          Mono
          Turkish Kitchen
          Wood Tavern

          Dopo's menu has expanded.

          Is the Piedmont branch of Cesar new to you? Much nicer than the Berkeley original.

          Trappist if you like Belgian beer.

          I'm sure I'm forgetting lots of places in SF, but:

          Beretta
          La Ciccia
          Larkin Express Deli (Burmese)
          O Izakaya
          Old Jerusalem
          Paladar
          Poc Chuc (formerly Popol Vuh & Chichen Itza)
          Sebo
          South
          SPQR

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          La Ciccia
          291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

          Dopo
          4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

          Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
          452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          Bar C├ęsar
          4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

          Sebo
          517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          Wood Tavern
          6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

          Paladar Cafe Cubano
          329 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

          SPQR
          1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

          The Trappist
          460 8th Street, Oakland, CA

          Flora
          1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

          South Food Wine Bar
          330 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

          Poc Chuc
          2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Old Jerusalem
          2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Turkish Kitchen
          1984 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

          O Izakaya Lounge
          1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

          Beretta
          1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Mono
          247 4th St, Oakland, CA

          Camino
          3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

          Chai Thai Noodles
          545 B International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

          1. Thanks for the suggestions!

            Last staycation we hit the usual suspects for dinner, Michael Mina (a favorite of mine), Farallon (I love the decor, but have a 50-50 track record with the food), Bocadillos, Piperade, and Delfina. Went to a fabulous Mexican place in the Mission, promptly forgot the name. Sigh. My favorite sushi in SF is Ebisu.

            Since I have a thing for Japanese breakfasts, we often stay at the Nikko and have breakfast there. Otherwise we head for Ti Couz.

            I have yet to find my "must go to" noodle, Chinese, dim sum and Thai places in SF.

            I'll post on where we end up.

            Thanks again for the suggestions.

            Emily

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            1. re: snarkygirl

              Fabulous Yucatecan in the Mission:

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              Poc Chuc
              2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

              1. re: snarkygirl

                I haven't been in a while, but SPQR was extremely good! I don't know if they still have no reservations, but it's worth the wait.