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Apr 19, 2010 08:55 PM

Would appreciate some input on trip itin

My husband are arriving in San Francisco from San Diego in a couple of weeks and I would love to get some input on our dining itinerary.

We arrive at our hotel (Nob Hill area) - figured quick breakfast close to hotel - Farm:Table
Rest of day will be spent venturing out into the city. Some things we are interested in seeing are Golden Gate Park, Filmore Street, Chinatown, Coit Tower and Panama Exposition. We are visiting for three days, so they don't have to be done in one day. Any suggestions on sequence to avoid fatigue and backtracking? Any must do eats near any of those places? (Im talking treats and snacks, here.) Also, in Chinatown- my husband has his heart set on eating lunch there...but after reading through the board, I am put off. Is there a good Chinese bakery there instead, where we could pick up some steamed pork buns or a snack to hold us over until dinner?
We have dinner planned at La Folie. Would love a rec. for after dinner drinks/music close by. We are celebrating our 10th, and in our late 30's, so nothing too trendy or rowdy.

Taking Ferry to Sausalito- Either going to go casual and eat at Fish, or might try to check out Cavallo Point and eat at one of their restaurants (maybe even book a spa treatment) Open to other suggestions for where to eat here/things to do. We were going to try to hit Muir Woods, but transportation from Sausalito seems to be a problem. So day might be open for more city exploration. Has anyone ever done/or recommended the Chocolate Tour or Taste of the City tour?
Dinner will be back in the city - Im thinking Bocadillos

Ferry Building Farmers Market for breakfast
Chez Panisse for late lunch , also going to check out original Peets Coffee location
Dinner in the city- Flour and Water or Range

Two places I would really love to go to our Tartine Bakery and Bi-Rite but Im not sure which day I'll do this yet.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

La Folie
2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Cavallo Point
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA

Flour + Water
2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. Your decision on dinner places could be made for you based on availability. F+W and Range are both tough tables to get 2 weeks out.

    You've got quite an ambitious list, but I suppose you could lump Coit Tower and Chinatown into one day. Other than that, these places are in opposite areas of the city.

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    1. re: Absonot

      I'm sure there are others but we enjoyed Washington Bakery in Chinatown for milk tea, coconut buns and other goodies (including full meals) in March. The interior is nice and bright and it was quite busy even at 3 pm on a Tuesday...

      Washington Bakery & Restaurant
      733 Washington St, San Francisco, CA

      1. re: Absonot

        Yeah, you were right about Flour +Water, nothing for 8 weeks, I really want to go there. I did get a reservation for Range though.

        1. re: nmrios

          Flour + Water does accomodate walk-ins if you don't mind waiting. My husband and I arrived at 9pm this past Sunday without reservations and waited for about 45 min. Well worth the wait, though. The osso pizza with roasted bone marrow and fontina was sublime, and the minted tagliatelle was irresistable...

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        1. Just wondering, since I rarely hear of the Palace of Fine Arts referred to as the Panama Exposition, if this is because San Diego's concurrent Panama-California
          Expo in 1915 which also left an historic building or 2.

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          1. re: wolfe

            I really don't know, that is what my husband called it from his Eyewittness Travel Book. He' s the history buff, not me...sorry.

            1. re: wolfe

              born and raised in sf, and didn't have any idea what the OP referred to as the "panama exposition" was. i figured it was something down at the wharf, along with many other things i'm unfamiliar with ;). you learn something new every day, thanks wolfe.