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Nov 5, 2009 12:48 PM

Feedback on Food Plans for 11/6- 11/8 weekend

I am staying in Union Square Area... I have printed out many many directions, bus routes, BART maps, etc so I am prepared the haul myself all over the city for good eats and scene. I really am in town for a conference BUT... I want to explore so we will see...

Your feedback on my plans/decisions would be awesome...

-Arriving and heading to Dottie's Blue Star Cafe for breakfast
-Lunch at In and Out (haven't been in 10 years +) and some sourdough at the huge Sourdough tourist trap + Ghiradelli Square for a Sundae? or a few tourist things...
-Walking through Northbeach (eating along the way- Victoria Bakery?)+ Climbing the Coit Tower... Suggestions in Northbeach?
-Wandering/sitesee Chinatown
*Nighttime occupied with conference

*Conference all day!
-Doing Ferry Building and may sneak away to walk Golden Gate Park

*Brunch time taken by conference
-Travel to Ike's for sandwich and call ahead with order
-Walk to Bi-Rite & Tartine
-Eat food in Delores Park
-Walk Mission- Murals Tour- Walk 24th and hit Humphrey's & Dynamo
-Head back to BART stop areas and hit either Pacho Villa for burrito or another
-Hitting up Citizen Cake on the way 5pm (required in order to get to airport) Dinner by hotel or sort of by/close to the BART(don't mind walking)- Have reservation at Absinthe and Zuni's for the sake of being proactive (already ruled out NOPA, rn74, Fluer De Lyse, Michael Mina, 1500 Hyde, Canteen, Gary Danko, Flour & Water, and a few others due to first seating time, menu, location, etc)

Help! I am leaning towards Zuni's- or at the bar at Absinthe.. I am a solo diner and requested a table(bar menus too limited). Suggestions for eats I need to add in Castro or Mission? Or routes to take/streets not to miss? Suggestions for quick bites or places to stop at in Chinatown? Things not to miss in Ferry Building? Suggestions for Friday activities of Warf area and Northbeach? Tips?

Thanks for the feedback!

Ferry Building
One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

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  1. Nice plan! The only thing that immediately jumps out at me is Victoria Bakery. I might get out-voted, but it's always seemed so ho hum to me. If you love Italian cookies it's one thing, but the cakes are every day (not necessarily in a bad way, just not exciting). I would go to Stella Pastry just a few blocks away instead. One of the best tiramisus in town, but what really stands out there is the sacripantina (custard and cake layers lightly doused in rum--I've converted many a tiramisu lover to the sacripantina).

    Zuni > Absinthe

    Also, it'll be easy for you to sneak away from Union Square to the Ferry Building for an hour or two on Saturday, but quite difficult for you to walk to Golden Gate Park. Even if you bus there from downtown it'll take over half an hour to get there, and it's a BIG park! Other than that, it seems like you've done your research and are going to have a fantastic trip!

    Stella Pastry
    446 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Ferry Building
    One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

    1. In the Castro: Starbelly
      3583 16th Street; (415) 252-7500

      Friday: At 1360 Montgomery (at the very top of The Filbert Steps), the Malloch Building, constructed in 1939 - art-deco design, this apartment building was in the Humphrey Bogart film Dark Passage.

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      1. re: Cynsa

        I think you need a hyphen between california and travel.

      2. Order ahead your favorite bread at Tartine Bakery as they run out. Also, don't sell the bread until later in the afternoon/early evening. Not sure if that works with your timing. But, my glory, what fantastic country bread, my favorite being just the plain or with walnuts.


        Tartine Bakery
        600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        1. re: Cecelia

          I'm not disputing that Tartine makes some bread. Some really, really tasty bread.

          But since she's a solo visitor with only so much stomach space, I would suggest eating other things at Tartine (specifically anything with lemon in it, the bread pudding, banana cream pie, one of their sandwiches, or their many many pastries--let's just say the only thing has not been great in my experience is the chocolate cake). And then get bread and/or cheese rolls at Acme Bakery in the Ferry Building, where there are no pastries or desserts.

          Ferry Building
          One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. re: Pei

            I know it's probably nit-picking but don't buttery croissants and apple turnovers qualify as pastry?

            1. re: wolfe

              True. My post was nit picking to begin with. Tartine and Acme are both fantastic and the only real solution is to of course go to both. But Tartine does have many more desserts and Acme does have many more bread choices.

            2. re: Pei

              Or get a snack at Bar Tartine, where they serve the bread.

              They make only one kind of bread with minor variations (plain or with walnuts, sesame seeds, or olives).

              Acme, get a loaf of levain to take home. Keeps well until you cut into it. I've often made delicious toast from week-old loaves.

              Bar Tartine
              561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

              1. re: Pei

                May be I'm just not buying the right bread at Acme? I just don't get it...too dense. Did have brunch at Bar Tartine not too long ago & loved the bread.

                Bar Tartine
                561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

            3. Ooh, I plan on being in SF for my birthday this weekend as well! And I think I'll be at Tartine for lunch Sunday too, unless I get a craving for a burrito or something. I'm as overwhelmed and inundated with choices as you are, natalie. Hope you have a fun weekend!