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SFO to San Francisco Proper around 10:30 AM Saturday - Good Coffee & Food

josquared Sep 1, 2010 11:03 AM

Hi all - I've been looking around these boards for the last week but I'm frankly stumped.

I have a friend who will be flying in fairly early Saturday morning who will more than ready to chow down by the time of arrival (she will have been up already at least 7 hours with probably no time to get anything subtantial for breakfast.)

If at all possible, we'd like a good-to-great cup of coffee or two to go with our food. I've found some potentials near the airport (mostly brunchy-type places) but they all seem to have diner-level quality joe. We're open to most things on the low-to-mid budget side just as long as the coffee is there.

First on itinerary for that day is the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, so any suggestions between SFO and the Conservatory would be great. I thought about detouring to the Ferry Bldg Farmers Market for the meal, but it seems like we'd be hitting the bulk of the crowds by the time we get there (would I be wrong?) plus it would be somewhat out of our way to boot.

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    mrs bacon Sep 1, 2010 12:27 PM

    You would be hitting the crowds at the Ferry Building, but it would be a great start for your friend's visit. For coffee, Blue Bottle is there in force (2 separate stands are open on Saturdays). It's not really such a long way from the Conservatory.

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    Blue Bottle Cafe
    66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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      josquared Sep 1, 2010 01:27 PM

      Thanks mrs bacon - That's what I was thinking in terms of the coffee. I know about the Marketplace vendors; what about the Farmer's Market vendors - what's chow worthy there?

      Also, what's the parking like around there? I typically don't have to worry about this because if I were to go to the Ferry Farmer's Market, it would be typically by transit since I would be coming from the East Bay. But this is one of those rare exceptions where I'll be in a car (with my friend's luggage stashed in back) and coming in on the SF-side of the bay. And I'd rather not, say, drive to the Colma BART station, BART in, BART back out, get back the car, and drive up to the Conservatory, especially with my friend already essentially up since 1 AM pacific time

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        johnq Sep 1, 2010 01:53 PM

        With all due respect, you'd have to be crazy to drop in at the Ferry Bldg. during the farmers' market for coffee, particularly Blue Bottle. Parking is impossible, and you'll have to wait 15 minutes to half an hour for the coffee. Don't get me wrong: I love the FB farmers' market. But this would be at least an hour out of your way for a cup of coffee. Good coffee, to be sure, but still and all a cup of coffee.

        If you're insistent on Blue Bottle coffee at the Ferry Buliding, my advice would be to spend some serious time at the farmers' market. Maybe get some oysters at Hog Island, or a shrimp salad sandwich and an Anchor Steam at the Ferry Plaza Seafood bar. Try the Conservatory of Flowers later in the afternoon, when it's more likely to be sunny anyway.

        Alternatively, there's a Blue Bottle outlet on the top floor of the MOMA. You can drink your coffee in the sculpture garden on the roof and then see the rest of the museum.

        And, if you're insistent on picking up Blue Bottle coffee on your way to GG Park, by all means go to the Mint Plaza location. A lot more convenient if you're driving from SFO to the park, and much less hassle in terms of time and parking.

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        Blue Bottle Cafe
        66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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          tvham Sep 1, 2010 02:13 PM

          I agree with johnq - while I see the Ferry Building as a must visit I'd hate the Saturday morning crowds to be the first thing to deal with after a long flight.

          One option would be to stop at Dynamo Donuts for a donut and some coffee - fairly easy on and off the freeway and if it's a sunny morning they have a great outdoor patio in back.

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            bbulkow Sep 1, 2010 03:35 PM

            Good rec - only point is the rooftop garden requires museum admission, yes? The garden is cool, and they have their own BB roast - MOMA roast - that is only available there. Deserts / pasteries are art themed, like a Thibaud cake when I was there.

            Mint is the right answer. I think BB is in a different category from Philz, but Philz is good, and Ritual is not recommendable.

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              johnq Sep 1, 2010 03:54 PM

              MOMA rooftop garden does in fact require museum admission. My thought was that the museum could be an alternative to the Conservatory of Flowers as a destination for the day.

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        celeryroot Sep 1, 2010 02:02 PM

        http://www.arizmendibakery.org/
        Arizmendi is great and on 9th ave near where your going in GGP

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          ML8000 Sep 1, 2010 02:10 PM

          Breakfast at Park Chow would be a good choice as well. Nothing super special just good, fresh, organic and reasonable in price.

          I also have agree...unless you get to the Ferry Building FM once it opens, it's going to be hell going and parking.

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          Park Chow
          1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

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          poutyhoney Sep 1, 2010 03:42 PM

          howdy... two ideas for getting your Blue Bottle coffee and some good food.

          1. go to the Ferry Building. park in the structure at Howard Street... $5 for 4 hours... maybe $6 by now..! go to Il Cane Rosso and try the slow scrambled eggs or the fried egg sandwich and have some Blue Bottle coffee in a little french press.

          2. go to the Mint Plaza Blue Bottle location and have the prosciutto and poached eggs with a siphon pot for two..!

          have fun..!

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          Blue Bottle Cafe
          66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Il Cane Rosso
          1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105

          1. steve h. Sep 1, 2010 04:00 PM

            Maybe have her take the BART from SFO to the Embarcadero. Meet her at the Hyatt (park around the corner). Grab a coffee at the nearby Ferry Building, stroll by the outdoor stalls, then walk over to Yank Sing for some dim sum. Yank Sing opens around 10 a.m. or so on weekends. After you and your friend have decompressed, caught up on things and had a few small plates, stroll back to your car and drive off to Golden Gate Park.

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

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              sfbing Sep 1, 2010 04:04 PM

              Yank Sing validates parking on the weekends.

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

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                steve h. Sep 1, 2010 04:06 PM

                Even better.

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                johnq Sep 1, 2010 04:15 PM

                Ferry Building to Yank Sing is a very pleasant walk on a Saturday morning. Be sure to take in the very cool WPA murals in the old Post Office building that's attached to Rincon Center. A nice way to relax after overindulging on the dim sum.

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

                Rincon Center
                121 Spear St # B18, San Francisco, CA

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                  steve h. Sep 1, 2010 04:20 PM

                  Rincon Center is pretty special. The murals are outstanding.

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                  Rincon Center
                  121 Spear St # B18, San Francisco, CA

              3. josquared Sep 2, 2010 09:00 AM

                Hi all - thanks for the responses! They were super helpful

                Sorry if the Blue Bottle mention got everyone going - it's not like we HAD to have BB when she got here, but if we were going to the Ferry Bldg, that would've been the obvious choice for coffee.

                But I think people here confirmed my suspicions that the FB Farmer's Market would've been too much of hassle, for at least this go-around and these circumstances. Also, we want to have a relatively easy day, as we'll be getting up early the next morning to start our long travels over the next several days (we're headed up into extreme NorCal/OR to tour volcano country and the coast.)

                I think ML mentioned the perfect spot this time around in terms of Park Chow, so that's where we'll be headed, especially since we're going to be hitting up Ubuntu for early dinner later on. The Conservatory is pretty much a done deal since we missed that on her last visit here (the half-off vouchers I got thru Groupon also help out)

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

                Park Chow
                1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

                Blue Bottle Cafe
                66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                  vulber Sep 2, 2010 11:23 AM

                  I would recommend Matching Half Cafe - it's not too far away and they're one of only three places in the city that serve the excellent Verve Coffee from Santa Cruz. They put a lot of love and care into making their drinks, and have very good homemade pastries.

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                  Matching Half
                  1799 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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