Where to Eat Right Now
Just getting into th city for the first time in a while and starving.
Can someone please give us some recomendations on must eats for a moment like this?
Our budgets are flexible, our minds are open and our stomachs are achingly empty. We want a surefire hit and a bit of adventure.
Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.
Wow, that's a really open question. It would help to know why you're in the city, which neighborhood you're probably heading to, and what type of food you really love because the city offers so many interesting potentially fun lunches.
If I wanted just a sandwich, then I would head to the Sentinel in SOMA just because I don't get to go there too often on a weekday and Dennis Leary does fancy sandwiches well (and soup).
If I was in Chinatown, I would go to Bund Shanghai just for the interesting Northern Chinese pastries and noodle soups.
If I wanted something relaxing and elegant, I might try Luce or St. Regis for the fine dining rooms with beautiful food.
If I wanted pizza, which is the latest craze, I would try Flour + Water (although I don't know if they're open for lunch) or try that new pizza joint in North Beach (the name escapes me).
See what I mean about the possibilities? ;-)
Luce - InterContinental San Francisco Hotel
888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105
640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA
Flour + Water
2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
A wait to order in Sentinel's line can sometimes take longer than three minutes, but it is not "just a takeout window,"--although there is nowhere to sit down, it is a pleasant little space, the people and the bustle are fun, and your food will often be ready in less than five minutes. The food is definitely worth the small wait, and you can take your food over to the steps at Market and Montgomery, down to Yerba Buena, or to the public spaces on Mission east of 2nd Street. Every out-of-towner I have taken here has loved it.
I believe that place in North Beach is Tony's Pizza Napoletana. A recent thread indicates that it's not destination dining: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/656357
Love Delfina pizza.
3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Porridge and fixings at Lers Ros thai
Chicken pho at turtle tower.
All you can eat buffet at Sultan.
Dim sum at Hong Kong Lounge (I like their duck jaws.)
Turtle Tower Restaurant
631 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
340 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Lers Ros Thai
730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA
Hong Kong Lounge
5322 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94121
First time in the city?
I say get exploring and eat outside.
Go to 14th and Castro, Courtney's corner store. Get a couple of their fantastic sandwiches, some green salad and/or potato salad and/or applesauce and/or other tasty little salad. They have other picnic materials too, dried fruit and nuts, hardboiled eggs, tasty juices.
Then drive to the northwest corner of the city, and picnic at the ruins of the sutro baths, or ocean beach, both located near the cliff house (where you should not eat).
You can also do your picnic in golden gate park.
Cold out, you say? This is SF. Just make believe it's warm.
re: Robert Lauriston
My dining partner is aching for a taco so we're going to hit Farolito and then Bi Rite, hopefully I'll catch one of those dim sum carts as that's more my craving. Is Tartine still good? Am wanting for something delicious and chocolatey...
Thinking about Nopa tonight and maybe Zuni for lunch on Friday.
Thanks again so much for allll the recs.
Now, to eat!