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Jul 20, 2010 05:15 AM

Quick lunch near Westin Market St?

My wife and I are flying in to SF tomorrow. Our plan is to head to our hotel (the Market St. Westin, which is near the intersection of Third and Market) around noon, drop our bags, and get lunch before we head out to do some sightseeing. I'm looking for a quick lunch option (counter service would be great) but would prefer not to have to resort to a national chain. Any tips on good places to go in that area? A few blocks' walk is fine. Thanks!

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  1. There are numerous options in the area, none of them requiring resorting to a national chain. If you're looking for fast and casual, you can try Grove, at 3rd and Mission. Alternatively, Yank Sing's Stevenson St. location is a short walk and the dim sum is excellent and very fast (you can be in and out in 15 minutes if you're so inclined, and still have a great meal). Or you could get take-out from Sentinel (New Montgormery btn Mission and Market) and walk over to Yerba Buena Gardens to eat. Very nice if it's sunny, not so much if the fog's in.

    Yank Sing
    49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

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    1. re: johnq

      Thanks for the recommendations! These all sound great.

      1. re: chuckl

        Not sure Anchor & Hope meets the requirement of being "quick." Good food, however, at least if you like seafood. Good beers, too, though that's probably not relevant in this context.

        Anchor & Hope
        83 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

      2. You could always combine sightseeing and lunch with a trip over to the Ferry Building -- fifteen minute walk, plenty of eating options (many of which are quick). But by your hotel:

        Mixt Greens for salads.

        The Sentinel for sandwiches.

        Muracci for Japanese curry.

        Katana Ya for ramen (the big caveat is that you have to go early or go late, the lunch line can be long).

        Barbacco for Italian.

        Another possibility is to go to a place en route to sightseeing. What is your first stop?

        Mixt Greens
        114 Sansome St Ste 120, San Francisco, CA 94104

        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        1. re: david de berkeley

          As a fellow tourist, I can vouch for how wonderfully salutary a corned beef sarnie from The Sentinel is when eaten while reclining at Yerba Buena Gardens with all the lunch time sun worshippers. Fog caveat as per johnq above applies of course. Very close to several tourist-worthy sights/sites including SFMOMA and the Jewish Museum...

          1. re: grayelf

            It's not fog it's San Francisco's own SPF 100 sun screen and it's free.

            1. re: wolfe

              It's our natural air conditioning, set by God at Hong Kong restaurant levels.

          2. re: david de berkeley

            Thanks for the tips!

            We're heading out to the California Academy of Sciences for the afternoon. But since we'll still be on East Coast time, I anticipate needing to get lunch sooner rather than later.

            1. re: blink617

              Oh, good call on the Academy, it is great. There is a decent cafeteria there as well if you can hold out but I say grab the sandwich of the day from Sentinel and take it to GG Park and eat it in the esplanade-y thingy between the Academy and the museum. That way you'll get to spend some time outdoors before you head into the excellent but all indoors exhibits. If you take transit there you can get a discount on your entry too BTW.

              1. re: grayelf

                The Academy Cafe is in fact by Charles Phan and Loretta Keller, so it has come name-dropping cachet. I haven't tried the food, but the setting is striking.

              2. re: blink617

                If you're going to the Academy of Sciences, you should strongly consider the Impressionist exhibit at the DeYoung, acrossfrom the Academy of Sciences. The Conservatory is very nice also. Keep in mind, it can be a bit cooler in the park than it is downtown. Having something to eat before going to the park is a good approach. If not, Sam's chowdermobile (lobster rolls) is often parked near the Tea Garden, which is in the same concourse as the DeYoung and the Academy.

                1. re: chuckl

                  Thanks so much for mentioning this! Lunch was kind of a bust (we wound up grabbing sandwiches at Sellers Market because we were running late and it seemed too windy to eat outside) and when we got to the Academy of Sciences around 2 there was a mile-long line to get in. We went to the DeYoung instead and really enjoyed the Impressionist exhibit.

            2. This post suggests that I post a caveat to visitors. I was at first confused by your reference to the Westin Market Street hotel. Over the years, visitors to SF tend to refer to established hotels by the chain that owns them. It is no help to tell a local that I'm staying at the "Sheraton". You MUST learn the traditional name of the hotel...or many older locals will be confused. It is the Palace, Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Clift, etc. The St. Francis is not the "Westin".

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              1. re: OldTimer

                Now I'm confused since the Westin St Frances is on Union Sq. and blink says their hotel is on 3rd near Market.

                1. re: wolfe

                  The Westin San Francisco Market Street Hotel is on Third St, just below Market St. It opened some years ago as a Meridian and is now managed by Westin. Some friends stayed there recently, and when they said they were at the Westin south of Market, I assumed they were at the Hotel W on Third & Howard!

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    It was also the ANA and then the Argent before becoming the Westin Market St. (which, of course, is not on Market St.). No wonder people get confused.

                    1. re: soupçon

                      Locals seem more confused than the tourists. FWIW, the hotel's restaurant is Ducca. That may have more resonance on this board than the generic hotel name.

                      It is correct, however, that you have to be specific in talking about Westin Hotels in this town. There are two of them, and they're relatively close to each other, so it's entirely possible to end up at the wrong one. In my experience, cab drivers will generally ask which one you want, but, as we've seen above, even knowledgeable locals may get it wrong.

                      50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

                      1. re: johnq

                        It is understandable, since the mother chain touts it's trademark. The similar mistake is made by outsiders, who want to know the best place to eat in Napa. They really mean "Napa Valley". Or Sonoma.

                      2. re: soupçon

                        I had my prom at the ANA over a decade ago. I didn't realize it was a Westin now. Confused locals indeed.