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SF--Newest of the New & Great?

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Annual dad/daughter weekend in SF coming up in a week or so. We are visiting from Portland where I keep up with all that is new and wonderful here.

Dad eats all; daughter (age 12), though worldly eats limited--and tends toward plain pasta, burger, steak, occasionally stepping out, but godferbid no fruit or veg. Even with these disparities, past trips have included a host of great meals: Quince, Coco500, Zuni, Farmer Brown, Boulevard, Town Hall, Ton Kiang, Incanto, A16, NoPa, Slanted Door, Tadich Grill and several others I don't recall.

This trip we are booked for Delfina and Chez Pannise,but need a couple more (plus a lunch or two). Hog Island Oyster has been highly recommended by a former San Franciscan and our hotel concierge has suggested Spruce, but I wanted to know of the latest and greatest from those of you on CH. Ideally, I'd love to try somewhere avant garde (I adore well-conceived and executed molecular cooking) or otherwise high-end (the niche lacking in Portland) that would somehow be able to please the kid too.

Realizing the ideal may be impossible, what are the 2009 openings you locals find to be the most inspired and/or of highest quality? No particular budget limitations, just want to stay in the city for these meals.

Abundant thx (and if I can ever assist with Portland choices, I'm happy to do so).

--mcz

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  1. For "avant garde" your best bet is Coi

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    Coi
    373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133