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Aug 16, 2010 07:59 AM

Narrowing list of restaurants

Good morning. Have been spending many hours on the board, with guidebooks, checking out menus etc. and think I am ready for further direction for our 5 night stay mid-September. I will be attending a conference, hubby will be sightseeing.

Dinner-Aperto (Bib Gourmand, Blackboard Eats 30% discount code)

Breakfast-Ferry bldg
Lunch-me at conference, hubby?
Dinner-near union square (have Shopping the Musical tickets), Colibri?

Wok Wiz tour & lunch for hubby, conference for me
Dinner-near union square (long day at conference)

Drive/tour for hubby, conference for me
Dinner- near California Academy of Sciences?

Drive/tour in am for hubby, conference for me
De Young/Legion museums in pm
Dinner-near De Young/Legion museums?

Not sure about Beach Blanket Babylon for either Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evening, so suggestions for near there would be appreciated as backup

Thanks so much

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  1. Capp's Corner as North Beach as it gets just around the corner.

    1. Near Union Square: Gitane or Bix; a quick walk will get you to Chez Papa Resto - for a little pricier but excellent - Fifth Floor at the Palomar Hotel

      Near Beach Blanket Babylon: House restaurant...asian fusion - small restaurant and great food...reservations are needed.

      56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

      Fifth Floor Restaurant
      12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

      Chez Papa Resto
      4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Gitane Restaurant & Bar
      6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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      1. re: vis

        Bix is fun, has a good bar, and the food isn't bad. It is 12 blocks from Union Square though. It's on the north edge of the Financial District closer to north beach.

        56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

      2. It's hard to make recommendations without knowing the styles of food you prefer and your price range.

        If you'd like to stick to french/italian, you could try right now to get a table at Frances for one of those nights. Eating at one of our more well known and more californian places - Delfina, SPQR, ... ) would seem a treat compared to Aperto, which is a fine neighborhood place but doesn't highlight anything local.

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

        1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

        1434 18th St, San Francisco, CA

        1. Saturday
          Breakfast-Ferry bldg
          Lunch-Depends--where he is headed? Maybe Chinatown - R&G Lounge or Takeout food - maybe grab a Banh Mi? What kind of cuisine does he like?
          Dinner-near union square: Colibri is a good place to have appetizer and quick margarita - not really a destination, but for a quick bite its fine. Where are you visiting from? Do you like ethinic food?

          Dinner-near union square: Ame, Perabacco

          For dinners out near Golden Gate Park it would help to know cuisine type/preferences.

          Beach Blanket Babylon is in North Beach. Were you interested in Italian food or something else?

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          1. re: myst

            I'm poaching off of this thread for my upcoming trip...

            Why is Saturday special at the Ferry Building? And where specifically is good for Breakfast there?

            1. re: steiny33

              Saturday at the Ferry Building is the huge farmers' market with (at this time a year) probably around 100 or so vendors. Lots of great breakfast stuff including Primavera's Mexican stall, Namu for Korean fusion, Hayes St. Grill, and others for cooked to order stuff, pastries from many other places, and lots more.

              439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

          2. Thanks so much for the comments and suggestions. Yes, we do like ethnic food and have traveled a fair bit internationally. We live in Silver Spring, MD--suburb to DC--and eat mostly ethnic food (Bolivian, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Italian etc.). We eat amazingly well considering that I avoid beef, pork, shellfish, wheat and corn (hive triggers) and hubbie avoids milk products. We don't need to stick to Italian or French. We are open to all kinds of food, however, hubbie is doing a Wok Wiz tour of Chinatown on Sunday which includes tons of food tasting so probably not Chinese. As a public health person, I won't eat raw fish/meat though hubbie loves sushi. He does avoid ceviche ever since he got horribly sick with food poisoning from ceviche at a supposedly good restaurant in Quito Ecuador. Would like at least one Mexican meal--but someplace that has items without wheat or corn. I love French (Paris is one of my favorite cities), but, would need to be someplace that offers options without milk products (e.g., cream, butter, milk, cheese) for hubbie. Hubbie particularly wants good seafood but it looks like SF restaurants often serve fresh seafood. Would prefer budget to moderate places that don't require dressing up--hubbie is retired 3 years and swears he will never put on a suit again. I already checked Frances--they are not available at that time. Does that help?

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            1. re: lacontessa

              Ahhhh lots of important information here. Thanks for the details.

              1. re: lacontessa

                You don't have to wear a suit anywhere in San Francisco. You might need to clarify what you mean by budget or moderate -- what is your price range? Gracias Madre might be a good choice for you; it's a vegan Mexican restaurant that recently opened.

                Gracias Madre
                2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110