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Jun 12, 2009 02:41 PM

foodie from toronto

my wife an i will be in SF july 3-6 - first time to SF
if anyone could point us in the right direction for diners, much appreciated??

looking for quality, fresh, local, and good service.........


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  1. Hey TO_Arch! I skulk around on the SF Bay Area board a bunch, and noticed there have been a lot of requests similar to yours lately. You might want to have a browse through these links from TO types in the last year:

    I stopped at a baker's dozen but there were plenty more. You'll get better and more responses from the overloaded local 'Hounds if you can narrow your focus a bit eg what's your price range and what kind of cuisine do you fancy...

    Have a great time (I have to live vicariously till our next trip in November so be sure to post back with where you end up!).

    A fellow Canuck on the Left Coast,

    5 Replies
    1. re: grayelf

      Oh elfin one, I hereby dub you the official SF Chowhound liaison with Canadians.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I tried that last year and got blasted. I was told that suggesting Vancouver/Toronto advice was ill advised due to national stereotyping.

        1. re: wolfe

          I have a hunch that there are a few east vs west "issues" stateside just as there are in Canada. I've lived in both TO and Vancouver, and it seems to me they both have their strong and weak points on the culinary side. The one thing that brings us all together, be it cross-provincial or cross-border --hunting for good chow --and we gotta stick together to avoid bad meals wherever we are :-). I get value out of reading posts from tourists and from local SF Bay area 'Hounds. Guess I'm a bit of a Chowhound omnivore!

      2. re: grayelf

        i am obviously a newbie
        realize I did not give enough details, so thank you for your kind reply and the links
        when we travel we like to find the best each city has to offer,
        have been lucky enought to experience places like Fat Duck, Per Se, Jean Georges, L'Apreg. Le Louis IX........not to say it has to be expensive to be good, was in Chicago last fall, went to Charlie Trotters, actually had diner with the man himself, everything was perfect, but somehow lacked soul.......the best meal was at Avec... Blackbirds sister restaurant...simple cool great service......
        anything similar in SF??

        Thanks Again

        really looking forward to our visit, also heading down to Post Ranch Inn for a few days so will get to experience Big Sur,
        Saving Napa for another trip

        keep you posted.

        1. re: TO Arch

          This pretty much covers it in SF

          The best of SF fine dining

          If you are driving down to Big Sur, you might consider stopping at Manressa in Los Gatos in the South Bay ... and it would probably be best to book one hotel night nearby as it is a bit much driving back and forth from SF Here's the Chow restaurant record which has the website and many linked Chowhound reports

          Not fine dining, but this should give you a few more ideas

          Visitng SF. Eat like a local not a tourist.