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Apr 12, 2010 08:01 PM

End of Month Trip- review ideas and add more


Thanks to all of the hounds for ideas and suggestions so far.

We will be in town Wed-Sat at the end of the month. Our suggested itinerary is as follows:

Wed- Need a dinner near Union Square (our flight gets in at 6) Casual as we will be tired from traveling and the time change

Breakfast- Tartine
Lunch/Snacks/Daytime Meals- We want to hunt down some food carts and trucks. Open to suggestions.
Drinks-Cav Wine Bar or Hidden Vine
Dinner- Frances

Breakfast- suggestions?
Lunch/Snacks/Daytime Meals- Ethnic Cuisine of some sort- Indonesian, Peruvian, Burmese or suggestions or all of the above(we like to eat)
Drinks- Bourbon and Branch

Breakfast on the way to Glen Ellen

I'd love your suggestions and ideas!

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  1. Dinner Wed, please consider Lefty O'Douls, just southwest of U.S....casual (at best?) and unique, steam-table fare n'est plus ultra, and I type that as a fan of the hofbrau experience on the Peninsula in the 70's and 80's...

    Friday Dinner, maybe Nopalita, Herbivore, Burma Superstar, Neecha Thai, or Lers Ros...

    Neecha Thai
    2100 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

    Burma Superstar
    4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

    1. Starbelly wouldn't be my choice for dinner; it's fine, but there are plenty of other good places to go in that style. I'd go to Flour + Water, A16, or Pizzeria Delfina instead if you want pizza, or you could go to Lers Ros Thai for Friday night dinner instead, since it's not far from Bourbon and Branch, and have pizza as one of your daytime meals. Or Lers Ros Thai could be your Wednesday night meal, it's not far from Union Square and it's very casual (though all of San Francisco is pretty casual, with the exception of a handful of places). On Thursday, you should go to the Thursday afternoon farmer's market at the Ferry Building -- it's mostly food stand focused (as opposed to produce) so you can get porchetta, great sausages, and a range of other snacks.

      Do you want a sit down breakfast on Saturday? You could go to Canteen, which is right near your hotel, or you could have your sit down breakfast at Dotties or Mama's on Thursday when the line will be less, and save Tartine for Saturday and get pastries to have on your drive up. And actually, Canteen would work for your Wednesday night dinner, too -- you could get the late seating, and it's a nice introduction to California. It's a tiny little place, very market focused and chef driven (you'll see the chef cooking in the tiny kitchen).

      2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

      Pizzeria Delfina
      2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

      Lers Ros Thai
      730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

      2 Replies
      1. re: JasmineG

        Wouldn't recommend Flour + Water and you may not be able to get a reservation - they're booking 3-4 weeks out because of the overhype. For your arrival Wednesday, I'd say just walk over to Belden Place - it's a Euro-type alley full of restaurants, it's an easy walk, it's casual, the weather should hopefully be nice by then, and you have your pick of food. It's just a nice casual but fun spot. I do agree about the Thursday Farmers' Market - I believe the food stands start serving at 11:30 a.m. I like Cav for dinner, too, not just drinks, and they're only a wine bar, no cocktails. not sure if you can get a res at Frances... Totally agree with going to Canteen for dinner, if you can squeeze that in. Another favorite is Range, in the Mission, that has great cocktails and good food. For lunch, consider Poc Chuc, for a take on really good inexpensive Mayan food.

        Belden Place
        44 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

        Poc Chuc
        2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. re: mariacarmen

          I had a great meal at Flour + Water, so I'd definitely recommend it. It and Frances are both hard to get reservations, but if you get to either early enough you can get a seat at the counter (and for Flour + Water, I know they hold some of their seats for walk ins), and at Frances, if you get there on the late side they may be able to get seats at the counter too (that is, if they don't already have reservations, which is possible). Poc Chuc is a great recommendation.

          Poc Chuc
          2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      2. if near union square, walk to katana-ya for a simple decent light shoyu ramen
        belden place is close and you could go for mussels from plouf
        if it's late, you could walk over to gitane for a dark date atmosphere
        breakfast places: tartine, bar tartine weekend brunch, ti couz buckwheat crepes, olea french toast, dottie's, brenda's french soul food, or casual foreign cinema brunch
        some suggested snacks: food truck scene not the level of LA yet, try cups and cakes mini-cupcakes, bi-rite/humphry slocombe ice cream, fruit/polly ann ice cream crepe from crepe temptations, roli roti porchetta sandwich (thurs/sat farmer's market), kitchenette lunch food stand, SO chicken wings in SOMA, thorough bread and pastries, lers ros for pork belly basil or sai jai for pork shoulder fried rice, and an ike's place sandwich, chilaquiles verde from la oaxaquena, torta from torta los picudos, go to philz and blue bottle coffee...
        dinner is too many good choices to narrow down...unless by price level, cuisine type, or location...

        1. Yall are awesome! Thanks for the support. We don't need a sit down breakfast but will take the recommendations you have provided. Since dinner is already booked at Starbelly, we will probably keep it since a friend suggested it and I have to give feedback :)

          We would also be open to any "underground" dining operations in the area too.

          Farmer's market moved to the top list for Thursday.

          Any suggestions for peruvian food or Indonesian food?

          Any suggestions for a place we can get really dressed up to dine? I don't want to stick out, but we would like a special meal possibly Thursday night.

          2 Replies
          1. re: rubyslippersnola

            the best peruvian nouveau is probably fresca,
            also limon is popular, including limon rotisserie (but it's salty imho)
            lots of people like la mar, esp. its location
            to me, a special meal would mean coi

            1. re: ankimo

              Second Coi for special meal. I like Limon Rotisserie better than Fresca, personally, but agree on the salt issue. If you got to LR, do not pass up the anticuchos!

              Fresca Restaurant
              2114 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

              Limon Rotisserie
              1001 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110