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Foodies traveling to SF with non-adventurous eaters - recs?

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mling5000 Mar 30, 2010 12:34 PM

Very adventurous and enthusiastic eaters going to SF area for about 4-5 days soon with a group of somewhat picky eaters. Aside from Chinatown (which is a must in our book), any recommendations for restaurants where the simple palates will be satisfied and we foodies can still enjoy the delights that SF has to offer?

  1. BernalKC Mar 30, 2010 01:54 PM

    More info please: what price points, which meals, group size and ages, what neighborhoods...

    The town is lousy with excellent pizza places. If you give us some coordinates to work with I'll bet we can line you up on some excellent pies.

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      mling5000 Mar 30, 2010 07:37 PM

      Mostly dinner ideas needed but others are welcome. We will be staying in Nob Hill but will have a car, so driving isn't a problem at all. We have a group of 8 adults and 1 very well-behaved toddler who has dined in many a fine establishment. Price isn't a major concern, but we will probably stay away from the overly exorbitant restaurants because of the child. We anticipate splurging on at least one dinner while there.

    2. wolfe Mar 30, 2010 02:18 PM

      Assuming your taste hasn't changed in the last year and a half, Tartine Bakery and Citizen Cake.http://www.chow.com/restaurants/413/tartine-bakery
      http://www.citizencake.com/ Check this link for reopening.

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      Citizen Cake
      399 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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        Robert Lauriston Mar 30, 2010 02:21 PM

        Citizen Cake is temporarily closed while moving to 2125 Fillmore.

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        Citizen Cake
        399 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      2. daveena Mar 30, 2010 07:49 PM

        What kind of food do your picky eaters like? I know picky eaters who will only eat meat and potatoes, picky eaters who only eat Chinese, picky eaters who can't stand lettuce, picky eaters who get grossed out by certain textures...

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          mling5000 Mar 30, 2010 08:23 PM

          They're not quite that bad, fortunately. They are fairly comfortable with most types of European fare, but less experimental when it comes to "ethnic" foods (which we love).

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          ML8000 Mar 30, 2010 08:48 PM

          Capp's Corner (old school Italian)
          Zuni Cafe (high quality Cal cuisine...just have the non-adve types order the roasted chicken)
          Restaurant Lulu (like Zuni, more tables)

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          Zuni Cafe
          1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

          Capp's Corner
          1600 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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            Michelleoksf Mar 31, 2010 09:18 AM

            If you're staying in the Nob Hill area check out Vintecello an Italian fare of old school menu very safe when it comes to non adventurous food, there is the Nob Hill cafe right around the corner from the Grace cathedrale that serves an inexpensive option, there is also Rue Saint Jacques, a little French restaurant that is my favorite they have an early bird every day, also a very safe choice, if you're going to be there on the week end try to go to the ferry building farmer's Market on Saturday morning
            www.venticello.com
            www.ruesaintjacques.com

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              double11 Mar 31, 2010 09:49 AM

              Beretta would probably appeal to both groups. http://www.berettasf.com/

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              bgbc Mar 31, 2010 11:38 AM

              The Ferry Building would be a good bet for lunches too -- the fussier eaters can get anything from hotdogs to burgers to pot pies while there are still plenty of other options for the rest of you. And you can sit together outside and eat.

              It's been a while since I was there but A16 would also be a good bet.

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              A16
              2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

              1. melpy Mar 31, 2010 11:43 AM

                Fog City Diner

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                Fog City Diner
                1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                  Dcfoodblog Mar 31, 2010 12:30 PM

                  I'd recommend Delfina (pizza and pasta is always a good option) and Chow.

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                  Delfina Restaurant
                  3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                    Robert Lauriston Mar 31, 2010 01:19 PM

                    Note that Delfina does not have pizza and Pizzeria Delfina usually has just one pasta of the day. Either would probably work fine for a mixed group. Menus are online.

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                    Delfina Restaurant
                    3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                    Pizzeria Delfina
                    3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                    Pizzeria Delfina
                    2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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                    sugartoof Apr 1, 2010 01:29 AM

                    I wonder if Ti Couz for crepes might work for picky eaters. It strikes me as a good balance of non-threatening yet still exotic.

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