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Apr 5, 2010 09:47 PM

Visiting Hound looking for recs


Visiting from Boston and only in town for 1 night. Plane arrives at 4pm and my hotel is in Nob Hill. Looking for the following.

1. place to get fresh & tasty oysters. I was hoping to check out the Ferry building, but unfortunately I think it's closed by the time I get there.
2. pastry/coffee place to pick up some stuff for the plane ride the next day.
3. seafood inspired dinner that'll be less than $100 for 2 excluding drink/tip. i'm thinking abt R and G lounge at the moment.

SInce i'll only be in town for 1 night, i'm hoping the local Hounds can provide some recommendations that are unique to San Francisco.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. You'll have plenty of time to get to Hog Island at the Ferry Building for oysters if your plane lands at 4, you can get there by 5:30 or 6 (depending on how you're getting from the airport, and if you stop at your hotel first).

    What time is your flight the next day? If you have time the next morning, you could head to Tartine bakery in the Mission, if not, you could see what pastries Acme or Blue Bottle in the Ferry Building have when you get there (if you get there in time).

    Blue Bottle Cafe
    66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. In the Nob Hill area you have Hyde st seafood, they have Oysters and they should be open by the time you get there
      Otherwise still in the Nob Hill area Rue Saint Jacques usually has seafood and oysters on theire menu and they also should be open by the time you get here

      1. Here's the link to Hog Island Oyster Bar at the Ferry Plaza:

        Since you live in Boston, I guess you are thinking of seafood you probably don't have in Boston, so I'd say go to R & G for the crab. If you can take a little chili, ask for the Typhoon Shelter style crab, which is a kicked-up version of their excellent salt-and-pepper crab.

        As for pastry and coffee, I think the best place, if you can get there before 5:30 pm Mon.-Sat.. is Patisserie Philippe on Townsend and 7th. Pretty much everything there, except for the macarons, is excellent.

        Have a great visit!

        Patisserie Philippe (moving
        )655 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. Hog Island at the Ferry Building officially closes at 8 on weekdays and 6 on weekends, so it may depend on what day you fly in. However, it has happened to me that I've gone there well before their official closing time only to find that they had closed early that day. Near the Ferry Building, Waterbar would probably be my second choice for oysters. (But a first choice for ambience. Hog Island has a killer location, but other than that, it makes a lot of fast-food places seem downright comfy.) Other places with good oyster selections would include Zuni and the raw bar at Farallon.

          1. "stuff for the plane" reminded me of this blog post:

            The Best Way to Transport a Mission Burrito to Somewhere as Far Away as Berlin