Hidden gems? Suggestions?
Will be in the SF area for five nights starting on a Wednesday and ending Monday morning. Taking the train up dfrom LA and transferring from Oakland to down to the Larkspur Hotel. On my preliminary list is Chez Panisse, Ferry Terminal Bldg on Saturday, Boulette'sLarder, Alcatra (turisty but never been there), Yoshis in SF (maybe eat there), new museum in Golden Gate Park. So ... any hidden gems, suggestions, tips of small but great places to eat in or see? Appreciate your suggestions in advaance.
Lately, I've been a fan of Old Jerusalem in the Mission. Order half of what you think you will eat, there's a lot of lagniappes and the portions are huge, and if you like Turkish-style coffee (grounds at the bottom), the Arabic coffee is stupendous. Also in the Mission, try Beretta for casual Italian, Dosa for south Indian, Range for just great food. Try Foreign Cinema or Maverick for brunch on Sunday. If you go to Maverick, have the Andouille Benedict. At Foreign Cinema, the eggs with balsamic are incredible. Also, if you want to see a neighborhood that is not a "destination," go to Glen Park (there's a BART station there, very easy to get to) and eat at Chenery Park or Gialini. You'll get to eat with locals, there isn't a tourist in sight.
And if you're coming here, go to Alcatraz. It's the only tourist attraction I ever bother with, and I go at least once every year. Take the first boat out, there's a lot fewer people there. You won't find anything like it anywhere else.