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Mar 10, 2009 09:25 PM

Best places from Portland to San Francisco

Hello all,
For spring break this year my best friend and I have decided to drive from Boulder Colorado to Portland Oregon and then down the coast to San Francisco/Berkley. We are both big foodies and are looking for the best places to chowdown along the drive. We should be in Portland for approximately 3 days, then taking three days for the drive down to San Fran and another 3 days in and around the bay area (San Francisco, Berkley etc.). Any great recommendations out there? Were not on a starving student budget but also don’t want to break the bank. I would love some restaurants that represent the cities and areas well.

Here are some questions I thought might help.
What’s the best sandwich place in Portland and San Fran? The best chinese place in San Francisco's china town? Best oyster bar or local seafood joints along the coast or in both cities? Best breakfast in both cities? Any crazy or just damn good dives?

- Kevin

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  1. This blog post will be of interest:

    For Portland:
    EAT Oyster Bar
    Broder or Screendoor or Simpatica -Breakfast (last two are weekends only, be aware of loooong portland breakfast lines unless you get there at the starting bell
    )Toro Bravo (not starving student but best bang for the buck, in my book)

    1. This page does a good job of outlining the sandwich options in Portland:

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      1. re: Nettie

        If your driving via Highway 1, plan to spend one night in Big Sur. One of my all-time favorite places for both lodging and food is Deetjen's Big Sur Inn. The breakfasts are fantastic. I promise you won't be disappointed.

      2. For sandwiches in SF, try this link:

        For seafood in SF or Portland, you almost can't go wrong. In SF, Tadich Grill and Hayes Street Grill come to mind. In Portland we love Alberta Oyster House.

        For breakfast in Portland: Tin Shed

        For Chinese in SF: The sky is the limit. Try to stay off of Grant in Chinatown, but there are so many little family restaurants that are good and very cheap. However, two of my favorites are Tom Kiang on Geary (?) and Yetwah on Clement, both further west in the city than Chinatown.