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Sf itinerary - your thoughts please

ladybugthepug Sep 15, 2010 06:56 PM

My husband and I are planning our 2nd trip to San Fran in a few weeks and here's our tentative itinerary. Any thoughts or comments regarding our choices would be greatly appreciated. The first time around we ate at Gary Danko, Nopa, Perbacco and Boulevard. This time we're changing it up...hubby is on a pixxa mission and I'm a dessert freak. Of course, we're going to squeeze in some other choices along the way. Thanks in advance for your input!

Dinner (we have to go to Oakland one night to meet up with friends who live there)

Slanted Door
Pizzaolo in Oakland
Burma Superstar - prepared for the wait
Flour & Water
Una Pizza Napoletana - if it's open; also prepared for the wait
Pizzeria Delfina


Tony's in North Beach - for pizza
Ferry Building Farmer's Market on Saturday
Rosamunde(a carry over from our last trip)
Old Jerusalem (I love falafel)
In-N-Out burger?
Cheeseboard in Berkeley?


Bi-Rite Creamery
Humphrey Slocombe
Ici in Berkeley
Paulette Macarons
Thorough Bread & Pastry - heard they have good macarons
Dynamo Donut
Some guy called the Pizza Hacker (maybe for a late night snack)
On the fence about Mitchell's ice cream

Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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

Old Jerusalem
2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Pizzeria Delfina
2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Burma Superstar
4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

Una Pizza Napoletana
200 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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    ladybugthepug Sep 16, 2010 08:34 PM

    I forgot about Saigon sandwich - any thoughts? I've never had Banh Mi before

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    1. re: ladybugthepug
      mariacarmen Sep 16, 2010 08:42 PM

      It's right up the street from Burmese Kichen, on Larkin.

      I've had lots of bahn mi sandwiches, and tried Saigon's for the first time today. It was very good, though i wish they had a grilled pork option (i know they can't have a grill in that tiny space) as opposed to just the roast pork. The grilling, even on the chicken, takes it to another level. But if you've never had one, get one there. Get the pork, the chicken, or maybe the combo so you get a taste of a few different fillings - i think it's pate, meatball, and something else.... The line at 11:45 today was 8 people deep, and I think I waited about 15 minutes for my sandwich, but those two women hustle!

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      milklady Sep 16, 2010 10:27 AM

      If you're a dessert freak, I'd definitely recommend adding Masse's Pastries and Chocolotier Blue while you're in the East Bay!

      Masse's Pastries
      1469 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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      1. re: milklady
        Tony Calgary Sep 16, 2010 10:45 AM

        The one that I would add is a quick stop to some of the crab stands on the west end of Fisherman's Wharf (by the giant Fisherman's Wharf sign). Having some fresh crab either in the shell or in a poorboy sandwich is a quintessential lunch that's delicious and cheap. It's also something that you can't get in Ohio!

        1. re: Tony Calgary
          mrs bacon Sep 16, 2010 11:33 AM

          Our crab season doesn't start until around Thanksgiving, so until then, you won't be getting local crabs from Fisherman's Wharf or anywhere else.

          1. re: mrs bacon
            c oliver Sep 16, 2010 03:54 PM

            Yes, but fresh Dungeness from Alaska is still available, isn't it? And if OP has never had it, I'd still do it.

        2. re: milklady
          ladybugthepug Sep 16, 2010 03:08 PM

          Unfortunately we won't have a car in Oakland, so I'm afraid we'll miss out on the bakeries.

          1. re: ladybugthepug
            JasmineG Sep 16, 2010 03:42 PM

            How are you getting to Ici? Masse's is closer to BART (right near the Ashby stop) than Ici.

            1. re: JasmineG
              wolfe Sep 16, 2010 04:12 PM

              Masse's is at 1469 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley just north of Chez Panisse. about a mile from Downtown Bart. Crixa Cakes is .4 miles from Ashby BART. Ici is 1 mile from either Rockridge or Ashby BART.

              1. re: wolfe
                JasmineG Sep 16, 2010 04:19 PM

                Oh, I was thinking of Crixa, my bad. But Crixa is still a good stop to make!

                1. re: wolfe
                  ladybugthepug Sep 16, 2010 05:45 PM

                  Hard for me to make the call on Masse's as I didn't see any info at all on their website. What are they known for? On a "what a small world" note, I can't believe Crixa cakes is right there. I found their site awhile back and was very intrigued by their Amaretti Cream Cake. I'm super excited that they sell it by the slice too!

                  1. re: ladybugthepug
                    bbulkow Sep 16, 2010 05:48 PM

                    What I always buy at Masse's is a pile of their cookies. Best cookies anywhere. I'd put Crixa ahead for everyday cakes and pies. Haven't used either for special creations.

                    1. re: ladybugthepug
                      wolfe Sep 16, 2010 05:54 PM

                      Here is a Masse's cake. They have beautiful individual creations and good normal bake stuff.

                      1. re: ladybugthepug
                        milklady Sep 16, 2010 08:49 PM

                        I love their cookies, but their cakes are divine. They all come in individual sizes, which is perfect on a food tour. I love them all, but the passionfruit is not to be missed!

              2. mariacarmen Sep 15, 2010 08:50 PM

                Only thing I'd really change is switch out Burmese Kitchen f(near Civic Center) or Burma Superstar. Not as fun an area of the City, but the food is far better, and probably no wait.

                Also if you want another quick to-go lunch, you can try Golden West, which is Dennis Leary (owner/chef of Sentinel)'s lunch take-out place in the Financial District, if that's more convenient.

                definitely go with Piazziolo in Oakland - so good.
                If you want another good pizza in the City, skip Flour & Water and take Bart to Glen Park, to Gialina's.
                Also, Una Pizza Napolitana opened today, i believe.
                And yes, recommend Cheeseboard highly.
                I like Mitchell's very much, and I think I'd do Bi-Rite over Humphrey's. Humphrey's has some really different flavors, but for me they're only good for a bite or two, and then i get tired of the gimmick.

                2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

                Burma Superstar
                4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

                Golden West
                8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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                1. re: mariacarmen
                  pauliface Sep 16, 2010 10:22 AM

                  If you go to Burma Superstar, make sure to order the ginger salad.
                  I've gone there just to have that one dish, it's amazing.

                  Burma Superstar
                  4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

                  1. re: pauliface
                    mariacarmen Sep 16, 2010 08:45 PM

                    Ok, I would do that, if I was in the area. not sure if Burmese Kitchen has the ginger salad, but their tea leaf salad is better than Burma Superstar's. Although it's a small portion (sold only as an appetizer). I think I'll get two next time....

                    Burma Superstar
                    4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

                    1. re: mariacarmen
                      grayelf Sep 17, 2010 10:31 PM

                      That's the second time I've read that BK is doing a smaller version of the tea leaf salad. Since I can't control myself when I eat it, that is probably a good thing. The last two times I've had laphet thoke at our local Burmese joint, I've been up all night. There is a serious amount of caffeine in that salad! But I'll still eat every speck of it...

                      1. re: grayelf
                        mariacarmen Sep 17, 2010 11:46 PM

                        Grayelf, I've only been to BK at lunch, so maybe the portion is smaller then than at dinner, but the waitress told me that as a salad they don't consider it filling enough to be a main or entree so they only serve it as an appetizer. (again, at lunch, i don't know about dinner.) But i'm with you, i could eat tons of it. I never noticed the caffeine aspect... and i don't drink coffee. (but i am guilty of a diet coke habit.)

                2. wolfe Sep 15, 2010 07:00 PM

                  Here's a deal at Rosamunde good for only a few more hours.

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