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Aug 29, 2010 07:26 PM

Eating-Centered Trip With Mom. Please Help Me Make It Perfect!

Hello again fellow Chowhounders! I have been reading reviews on this wonderful site in preparation for another eating-centered weekend in San Francisco this September 10-12. My husband and I will be bringing along mom for this trip and we will be staying at the Omni Hotel in the Financial District and have our own transportation. We don't have a set budget and enjoy all types of food, so I welcome additional restaurant suggestions if you feel I have missed something extraordinary. I would love your input/advice with regards to this rough eating itinerary as you have steered me to some real gems in the past! Thanks in advance!

Breakfast- Brenda's
Lunch- Will possibly be in Napa. Any snack/light lunch suggestions? Oxbow Market have any must try items?
Dinner- I am torn between trying something new (Kokkari, Nopa, or Aziza) or going back to Perbacco, which my husband and I loved during our last trip. I would have loved to try Frances, but the place is booked!

Breakfast- Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Lunch- Poc-Chuc or Saigon Sandwich
Dinner- Reservation at Canteen (Is this a must? We have had brunch here during our last trip and found it to be very tasty.)

Brunch- Ella's or 2223 Market?

Thanks in advance for your help with my ever-growing itinerary!

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Saigon Sandwich Shop
560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
One Ferry Building, 200 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

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  1. My two cents:

    -don't miss Bouchon Bakery. If you're too full, take a few to go. They are expensive, but a real treat both visually and tastewise. The pistachio and caramel are my favorites!

    -I love Kokkari but would not go with just two people. Other hounds please correct me if I'm wrong, but the entree portions are quite large, and there are a lot of really delicious appetizers. I just don't think you'll get a full experience. Nopa or Aziza would be my choices, Aziza especially if you are looking for something a little exotic and great decor. You'll be having a lot of California cuisine elsewhere, so maybe I'd give Aziza the edge here.

    -There's no seating at Saigon, if that matters, and it's quite a gritty street. There's also no compelling reason to be around there if your morning is at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Better to stay at the Ferry Building, enjoy the waterfront, and eat around there.

    -I like 2223 Market because it's easier to get into. Make a reservation and take it easy--the food's good. Ella's can get swamped.

    Bouchon Bakery
    6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

    560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
    One Ferry Building, 200 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

    5 Replies
    1. re: Pei

      Thanks for the advice Pei! I really want to make this trip special for my mom. Have you been to Aziza lately? If so, what are the must order dishes?

      1. re: Hopester

        I really like the cous cous and the lamb meatballs. I personally think their fish dishes are not as great as other dishes - others would disagree. The spreads that I see people recommending is good but not amazing either. Have a good meal!

        1. re: chocomel

          Hey Hopester! We went to SF with my parental units in March with the same goal in mind and had a great trip. The highlight of it for them (and us, actually) was our dinner at Canteen. I think reservations are pretty key. As you know, it is very small. Dinner is in three sittings and the turnaround time is relatively short but we didn't feel rushed and never have there (we've had dinner there 5 times out of 7 since 2000).

          FWIW I'd go for Poc Chuc for lunch. Took M&D there and they loved it too. It is quite a nice room actually and the staff are super friendly, in addition to the good eats. The fan favourite was the platillo Maya which makes a good share plate or could be your whole lunch. I think their lunch menu is the same as dinner but you might want to check (we've been for dinner twice).

            1. re: grayelf

              I am looking forward to trying Canteen for dinner and hope we enjoy it as much as you and your parents did. I made our reservation on OpenTable. I have been wanting to try Poc-Chuc for awhile now and was very disappointed to find them closed during our last trip. I will be sure to plan better this time! Thanks for your suggestions!