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Traveling to SF with wife over Valentine's Day, but not FOR Valentine's Day. Always avoid the amateur hour of V-Day and cook at home, but since we'll be on vacation, we need something to do.

Thoughts on somewhere to go, likely close to Union Square?

Something that won't be packed with bozos or offering crappy set-course menus or overcharging on cheap Champagne would be great. Would lean toward uber ethnic to avoid the crowds, but would still like something with a little atmosphere.

Any ideas? Or is to be Naan-N-Curry on the hotel room floor with some sparkling Thunderbird?

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  1. Lers Ros Thai or Poc Chuc -- great ethnic places, won't have the big Valentine's Day stuff going on.

    1. I asked the exact same question last year!

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/590184

      We are headed to SF next week, so won't have this issue this trip!

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      1. re: DebitNM

        You very helpfully reported back last year. Would you recommend Sultan again?

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Alas, I have not been back to San Francisco since last year; we will be there next week.

          From our experience last year, I would absolutley still recommend Sultan. Unless there was a drastic change, it was a great choice for a night that I would much rather spend at home.

          Keep an eye out on Valentine's Day, towards the end of the day, for thousands of folks carrying pillows. :o)

          1. re: DebitNM

            That caused a huge ruckus, unlikely the police will be tolerant this year.

      2. Go see Justin Bond perform Carpenter's songs at the Castro theater, then get a bite at The Sausage Factory. :-)

        http://www.castrotheatre.com/s-events...

        1. Ha! Cracks me up that there was a post from last year, nearly identical. Didn't go back far enough! Thanks for the advice.

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          1. re: tmentzer

            GMTA

          2. To close the loop on this (five months later) we went to Lers Ros Thai and it was great. Some of the best Thai I've had. Went home stuffed and quite content. Thanks for the tips, and highly recommended.

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            Lers Ros Thai
            730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

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            1. re: tmentzer

              Just a note that one of the places recommended above, Sultan, has closed.
              http://www.chow.com/restaurants/10953...

              1. re: wolfe

                Too bad, it was good food at great prices.