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Visiting Sausalito from June 29th - July 4th...HELP!

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elektrikaz Jun 6, 2010 05:28 PM

Hey Hounds, this is my first post, but I've read the board often when I'm visiting a new city. My wife and I will be staying at Inn Above Tide in Sausalito. We're really looking forward to it, and anytime we travel our number one objective is to eat great food. We're visiting from Nashville (sadly a culinary wasteland).

I generally don't have too much trouble aggregating reviews and opinions on Chowhound about a particular city's food scene, but SF is proving difficult. There are SO MANY RESTAURANTS! Hence the post. We want every meal to be great, but here's an overview of kind of what we're looking for: 1 great Dim Sum experience (from all the reading I've done, I think we're going to try Koi Palace even though it's a ways away). At least 1 expensive, tasting-menu type dinner (we tried to get into French Laundry, but couldn't, even trying to book almost 2 months in advance.) A great seafood experience (we're thinking Oyster Depot?). They only other restaurant we have plans to visit is The Slanted Door. That name has continued to pop up in my reading and I love good Vietnamese.

Other than that we don't really have any other ideas. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Any kind of food. We love authentic Mexican, Thai, Chinese. Not crazy about Italian, but really we're just looking for great and unique food experiences. We can probably only afford a couple big $150 a person dinners. We also want to devote a day to wine country. Suggestions on that would be great as well. We drink primarily red wine. We drink quite a bit of Syrah/Shiraz and Malbec. Thanks in advance!

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. Sarah RE: elektrikaz Jun 6, 2010 05:48 PM

    Sausalito is home to one of the best Japanese restaurants in the bay area -- Sushi Ran on Caledonia Street.

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    Sushi Ran
    107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

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      waldrons RE: elektrikaz Jun 6, 2010 07:03 PM

      For your tasting menu dinner, try Coi... somewhat cutting edge, playful, a bit molecular gastronomy-ish but truly wonderful food.

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      Coi
      373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

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        OldTimer RE: elektrikaz Jun 6, 2010 09:18 PM

        If by "oyster Depot" you mean Swan Oyster Depot, someimes this board can be misleading. It is an excellent seafood market, a bit pricey, but top quality. Iy is NOT a restaurant. It is a seafood retail store with a long counter, excruciatingly uncomfortable stools, and most of the food is cooked but served cold. They do serve hot clam chowder that some hounds swear is canned Campbell's. I used to live in the neighborhood and ate at Swan 3 nights a week...but I have to warn my friends who expect an elegant sit-down restaurant.

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        Swan Oyster Depot
        1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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          alfairfax RE: elektrikaz Jun 7, 2010 07:29 AM

          For oysters and chowder plus other fine food frolicking, go next door to Inn at the Tides and take the ferry to SF. In the Ferry Building is Hog Island. Not to mention Acme Bakery, Cowgirl Creamery and the most pleasant way to get into the city. In Sausalito, walk, rent a bike or take a cab to Fish (seafood, as the name implies) and/or Le Garage (French bistro) to see the real Sausalito waterfront--where ships were built during WW2 and now art studios, boat oriented businesses and more--as opposed to the visitors' promenade which is downtown. And second the Sushi Ran rec.

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          Sushi Ran
          107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

          Le Garage
          85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

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            Mick Ruthven RE: alfairfax Jun 7, 2010 08:50 PM

            Le Garage has very good food!

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            Le Garage
            85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

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            annalou RE: elektrikaz Jun 7, 2010 09:33 PM

            In Sausalito, don't miss Fish for an authentic local and delicious (and casual) experience. Cash only , so plan ahead. Le Garage, Sushi Ran are also fabulous. If you'd like to try some fresh and great Chinese in Sausalito, try Tommy's Wok. They have great lunch specials as well (save some $ for those expensive dinner nights). For something unique in SF you might try Burma Superstar, it's on Clement, and a pretty easy place to stop on the way back to Sausalito after a day in SF.

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            Sushi Ran
            107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

            Le Garage
            85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

            Burma Superstar
            4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

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