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Mar 3, 2009 08:25 PM

SF with teens: asian, italian, seafood

We're doing a long weekend in SF soon (from SD so we're looking for some great local fare), my teens are very good about trying anything. Things we especially like that we can't really get in SD: asian noodles, authentic Italian, SF seafood. I've read about Slanted Door--worth it? Also, we love real Chinese food like from Chinatown in NYC. What would you recommend in Chinatown or SF in general. We're probably staying in the Embarcadero but will travel. We probably don't want any real high end stuff but will go from very modest food and up. Also, is the Farmer's Mkt on Sat in the Ferry Building a good place to try breakfast?

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  1. Go to Ferry Building and play it by ear. Lot to do/see/eat. Hog Island has great oysters and grilled cheese sandwiches.

    Go to Tadich (s/b close to where you're staying) and have old fashion SF style seafood.

    Wander around North Beach and have you can have a meal at Osteria Del Forno or Tamasso's, or just focaccia from Liguria Bakery.

    Chinatown is also within walking distance. If you want atmosphere, you might try having Dim Sum at some place like Gold Mountain. Z & Y is very good for Szchuan.

    But most of all.....have fun.

    Tadich Grill
    240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    L'Osteria del Forno
    519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Liguria Bakery
    1700 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Tommaso Ristorante Italiano
    1042 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Hog Island Oyster Bar
    Ferry Building,, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Gold Mountain Restaurant
    644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Z & Y
    655 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. New Asia on Pacific might be fun for a dim sum lunch, a large dining area, crowded and noisy. I'm also a Tadich fan, good for an old time seafood meal with classic preparations.

      As a late teen in college we used to go to North Beach in search of cheap, filling Italian food that was served at a number of family style restaurants like the Gold Spike, Green Valley, etc. One of the few remaining places is Capp's Corner which your teens may enjoy, especially if they are boys with hearty appetites. You sit on long tables and are served soup, salad, pasta and your choice of entree. Not the necessarily the greatest Italian food, but decent, reasonably priced and in a fun atmosphere. Here is a link to check out:

      1. Two random ideas that might fit in somewhere:

        Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store is a venerable N.Beach cafe with decent sandwiches, coffees, and wines by the glass. Might make a nice stopover or a lunch spot.

        And in a totally other direction: Heaven's Dog would be an interesting alternative to Slanted Door. Same chef, different idea. Very new, apparently very cool space. Search around for others' reviews.

        Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store and Cafe
        566 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Heaven's Dog
        1148 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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        1. re: BernalKC

          Thanks these are all great ideas! Last time we came with a whole Girl Scout troop so this time will be a different culinary experience!