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We arrive in San Francisco on Wednesday 1st April. After checking into our hotel (Nikko) I thought we would head over for a late brunch/early lunch at Dotties, as it seems so popular on this board. But, I cant see us (me, husband, kids age 7 and 9) waiting in line for hours after flying on a plane for 14 hrs.

So if there is a long line at Dotties, wher else is nearby (walking distance) for a nice, casual, inexpensive lunch for 2 adults, 2 kids? We dont want to go too far from our hotel as we will go back there straight after lunch.

All ideas appreciated!

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  1. How brunchy do you mean? There are plenty of lunch places: my picks are Thai or Pearl's burgers (get the buffalo burgers and sweet potato fries, and a few shakes). There is also plenty of Indian, but I don't know how adventurous you and your kids are about your first meal of the day. For a huge variety of easy to stomach choices near the Nikko, head down to the Westfield shopping center's underground food court. I know I said "mall food court," but they do really have some good food down there: an entire hot foods section inside a gourmet-y supermarket including sandwiches, pizza, soups, chili, pastas, sushi, chicken, etc; a seafood restaurant with good mussels or cioppino (Catch), a carvery with tri-tip, a soup shop with about a dozen selections, Mexican that involves more than tacos, a crepery with both sweet and savory choices, etc.

    But on Wednesday after noon, Dottie's should not have a line.

    1. Johnny Foley's is very close to your hotel - it gets pretty packed but its big so you get seated pretty fast. Plus its got a varied menu so everyone should be able to find something they like. And they've got a full bar and lovely Bloody Marys.

      Tian Sing is also quite close and the service is very good. They have good dim sum as well as nice, basic Chinese food.

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      Tian Sing Chinese Restaurant
      138 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      Johnny Foley's Irish House
      243 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102