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Visiting from Sweden to eat in Bay Area.

Hello
Me and a friend are coming to SF in late september for two weeks. We are both chefs and will try to eat and drink as much as we possibly can manage. I've seen a few posts asking for recomendations but they all seem to be a couple of years old.

So we need recomendations, all kinds of places. But we do like the food of places (in the US) like momofuku, spotted pig, prune, Babbo and i believe own most cooksbooks by both jeremiah tower & Chez panisse. As well as the Zuni Café book, Paul Bertolli, A16. Just so you get an idea.

Restaurants we're thinking about is:
Chez Panisse (obviously)
Oliveto
Slanted Door
Zuni Cafe
Aziza
Farallon
Rivoli
French Laundry
Delfina
Tartine

So breakfast, lunch, dinner, after hours and so on. But also if You have any other recomendations of things to do. Or cheap places to stay in SF, Berkeley and Oakland.

And if any chefs/waiters/foodies/nice people would like to meet up for a drink or so we're up for anything.

thanks
/olle

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Farallon
450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Rivoli Restaurant
1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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  1. Hi olletagesson

    You have a really good start already - of your list, the only one I would definitely drop is Farallon. Also, while I like Rivoli a lot, it wouldn't top my list of places I'd recommend for you, since its style is pretty well represented in your list already.

    Places that I think you should definitely add to the list are Ubuntu in Napa, Canteen, Ferry Building on a Saturday, and Berkeley Bowl (I'm assuming from your list that you're planning to have a car?)

    For the rest, we could go in a few different directions (or a little of each)
    1. Go to more restaurants/bakeries/ice cream shops started by Chez Panisse alumni (in which case I'd add Pizzaiolo in Oakland and Ici in Berkeley),
    2. Explore the modern Californian movement - some of the younger chefs in the Bay Area have trained in molecular gastro techniques but still hew closely to the local, seasonal ethos. Consider Manresa in Los Gatos, Coi in SF, and Commis in Oakland.
    3. Explore Asian or Latin American cuisines you may not have much of at home.

    You should take a look at this thread - it was a research thread for two of the CHOW editors when they were looking to develop a food tour, but i think it's actually a great resource for all visitors:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7133...

    Grayelf did a nice job combining sightseeing and eating into one easy to follow itinerary that I plan on printing out one day, to play tourist in SF myself:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7031...
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7031...

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    Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
    1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

    Manresa Restaurant
    320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

    Berkeley Bowl
    2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

    Pizzaiolo
    5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

    Chez Panisse
    1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

    Commis
    3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

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    1. re: daveena

      Agree on removing Farallon from your list. CarrieWas218 just posted on a new place called Swell that sounds excellent for seafood: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7244...
      I'm a fan of Range in the Mission.
      Commis, Pizzaiolo for sure, Coi, Canteen... you're going to have fun here!

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      Pizzaiolo
      5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

      Farallon
      450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      Commis
      3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

      1. re: mariacarmen

        Second Range. Absolutely fantastic. And though I'm a very serious carnivore, the vegetarian entrees they serve are un-effing-believeable. My husband still has Gary Danko at the top of his list, but for me, a meal at Range trumps all in SF right now.

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        Gary Danko
        800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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        1. I would suggest looking at the 2010 michelin list. It covers a lot of the newer restaurants, your list seems circa 2000. For example, Commis and Coi. And somehow you've missed Manresa, which should be on the list of any chef's visits, given how seminal the kitchen has been (launching point for many great chefs).

          On this board, I would look for the user 'uhockey' who visits, eats in the range you're describing, and writes well.

          There's a huge range of what we call 'midrange restaurants' - like Nopa - that form the core of SF dining which, if you are here for two weeks, you should eat many meals within that range.

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          Manresa Restaurant
          320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

          Nopa
          560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          Commis
          3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

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          1. re: bbulkow

            >>> I would suggest looking at the 2010 michelin list. It covers a lot of the newer restaurants, your list seems circa 2000. For example, Commis and Coi

            Was that some sort of typo? Neither restaurant was open in 2000 and Commis only opened last year.

            I personally don't recommend Michelan which has a skewed view of the Bay Area.

            As to recent posts, search the board by 'newest' first or just scroll down and page through the boards. There are requests like this daily. The search function on the site is a bit odd which is why you may have gotten all those odd results

            1. re: rworange

              I assume he meant the poster's list seems circa 2000 because it didn't include places like Coi and Commis. I agree with you about Michelin -- its viewpoint is very narrow and thus doesn't reflect the breadth of the Bay Area restaurant scene.

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              Commis
              3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

          2. If you like Momofuku, Spotted Pig, Prune, and Babbo, you should probably check out Incanto's menu.