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Sep 23, 2010 12:18 PM

Best meals early in the week?

My husband and I are coming to SF this weekend and are trying to find a great place for lunch/dinner on Monday and Tuesday. We are pretty adventurous when it comes to what we eat, but always have trouble finding a GREAT meal on these off days. The only thing that I ask is that, as we are coming from New Orleans, please don't bother with Southern or Cajun restaurants (though spicy food from another region/country is obviously welcome!). These are often pricey remakes of what we can get any night of the week out of my own kitchen. Other than that, please suggest away! We are happy to drive a little further for a better meal and are OK to spend more for a memorable experience. Thank you!

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  1. Not sure what New Orleans is like, but there are hundreds of restaurants in San Francisco that are open on Mondays, including many excellent ones, and I'm not offhand aware of any that are closed on Tuesdays, though there may be a few. So you shouldn't be concerned about finding good meals on those days. I'd advise doing a search on OpenTable to see what's available.

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    1. re: johnq

      doesn't really change the post; but just for the record, aziza, dottie's, yuet lee, una pizza napoletana, and tony's are all closed on tuesdays, so they do exist, as do a few that are closed on wednesdays. i believe jai yun is the only restaurant i know of closed on thursdays; and i can't think of any closed on fridays. quite a few financial district lunch-time only places closed on weekends.

    2. Many restaurants are closed Mondays, but there are still lots to choose from, including 54 Mint, Ame, Angkor Borei, Aziza, B44, Bar Agricole, Bar Bambino, Bar Crudo, Barbacco, Bix, Bocadillos, Boulevard, Chez Papa Resto, Coco500, Farina, Flour + Water, Hayes Street Grill, Incanto, Jai Yun, Kokkari, La Folie, Lers Ros, Marlowe, Maykadeh, Mochica, Nombe, Nopalito, Perbacco, Piperade, Poc-Chuc, Quince, Range, and Thai House Express.

      Only a handful of places are closed Tuesdays.

      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Jai Yun
      680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Thai House Express
      901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

      La Folie
      2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

      1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

      937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

      44 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

      Bar Crudo
      655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

      Bar Bambino
      2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

      56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

      598 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Hayes Street Grill
      324 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

      54 Mint
      54 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Bar Agricole
      355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

      2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. As Robert's list attests, there are plenty of options on Mondays and Tuesdays. I travel to New Orleans annually for a food pilgrimage, so I have some idea of what's available to you there. I find that Nola is sorely lacking in great Asian cuisines (with the possible exception of Vietnamese outside Nola itself), so that would be something to consider. Jai Yun is amazing Chinese, and there are often coupons on, but you will find the portions very small as compared to what you are used to. Koi Palace, if you have a car, would be another great Chinese choice.

        We have no Southern or Cajun food that compares with New Orleans, period.

        Definitely consider Aziza, Incanto, Piperade, or Ame for something more upscale, or Flour and Water, Lers Ros, Nopalito, or Poc-Chuc for something more downscale and still great.

        Koi Palace Restaurant
        365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

        Jai Yun
        680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

        Flour + Water
        2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110