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Sep 24, 2010 03:37 PM

Long weekend in San Francisco & Napa, any suggestions?

Arriving in October for a concert in Napa and meeting up with 2 other couples. My husband and I are flying in a night early for a quick stop in San Francisco before heading to Napa. Our hotel is in Union Square and we arrive SFO at 9:30 pm. Most of the restaurants I wanted for dinner aren't serving past 10 pm (Boulevard, Quince, Gary Danko) so I need a recommendation for a great late night bite. Not as concerned with the place as we are with the food, and a close cab ride from our hotel. So far, thinking Flour + Water. Looked at Zuni but its only open until 11 on Thursday, no good for us. Is there a better choice?
Next morning we want to walk and walk, and eat something great, but not fussy, for lunch. Just good food! We typically like anything so whatever your favorite recommendations for lunch. Sushi, street food, seafood, chinese- doesn't matter.
Rest of the weekend we are so lucky to go to an amazing concert 1 day and great wineries the next, with dinners at Bottega and Morimotto & a Sunday brunch at Bouchon's.
Just want our 24 hours in San Francisco to be great!

Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. Scala's Bistro is open until 12 am, and is close to Union Square.

    Scala's Bistro
    432 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

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    1. re: Scott M

      If you don't have it in Atlanta, Burmese is a good bet for lunch in SF. There are several options including my favourite as a visitor, Burmese Kitchen in the Tenderloin. Be sure to try the tea leaf salad there if you go, which we also enjoyed at Mandalay. Less successful were versions at Burma Superstar and Pagan.

    2. Bar Agricole, 1am daily
      Cafe des Amis, Thurs.-Sat. 1am, Sun.-Wed. 11pm
      Flour + Water, midnight daily
      Globe, Mon.-Sat. 1am, Sun. 11:30pm
      Heaven's Dog, 1am Mon.-Sat. 9pm Sun.
      Lers Ros, midnight daily
      Nopa, 1am daily
      Oola, 1am Tues.-Sat., midnight Sun.-Mon.
      Scala's Bistro, 11pm Sun.-Wed., midnight Thurs.-Sat.
      Thai House Express on Larkin, midnight daily
      Yuet Lee, 3am Wed.-Mon. (closed Tues.)

      Second on Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen for lunch.

      Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
      452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

      Scala's Bistro
      432 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

      560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      Oola Restaurant & Bar
      860 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      Yuet Lee Seafood
      1300 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Lers Ros Thai
      730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

      Heaven's Dog
      1148 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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

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

      Cafe des Amis
      2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

      7 Replies
      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Haven't tried Burmese- sounds like an interesting lunch.
        2nd recommendation for Scala's. Nopa sounds great too. Should I choose them over Flour + Water?
        Thanks for the suggestions!

        560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

        1. re: lakgrs

          For the next day, if you want to make like a local, walk your way through the Castro and eat at Ike's @ Lime. Amazingly good sandwiches to go (you must call in your order). You will never regret it. You will dream of these sandwiches upon your return home. The Castro's pretty cool too.

          1. re: lanapinkerton

            Checked out the website, and think we have a winner for lunch! Thinking we can pick up our sandwiches for our drive to Napa. What a fabulous menu, how will we choose? If there is a favorite, please share!
            Must confess that the best sandwich spot we've ever eaten is Mother's in New Orleans back before it became a tourist spot. Looking forward to the competition.

            1. re: lakgrs

              RE: Ike's
              Please don't make pick a favorite. It would be like in Sophie's Choice when Meryl Streep has to choose which of her children gets to live. Every sandwich I ever had at Ike's was great. Get two different sandwiches and share each other's halves. The ingredients can be your guide; go with the stuff you like. Not sure how well these sandwiches travel, though. The inside's soaked in delectable sauce, and the outside's buttered and grilled, so it could end up a soggy shadow of itself in no time.

          2. re: lakgrs

            I would pick Nopa and Flour + Water over Scala's. The only advantage of Scala's is that it's near your hotel, but the food at the other two is much better.

            560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            1. re: lakgrs

              That list is just from the one I keep in my phone as a reference for late-night dining. I haven't eaten at Scala's, Flour + Water, or Cafe des Amis yet.

              1. re: lakgrs

                My thoughts on F+W, Scala's and Nopa: There has been a pizza explosion in SF so for me F+W is good but nothing I would go out of my way to have. Now if Atlanta does not have a good pizza/pasta scene this could be a good choice. Nopa is very good but my concern for you is if you are traveling all day, do you really want to venture out to eat at midnight which will really be 3:00 AM EST. Scala's is solid and close to where you are staying and you won't have to hassle with making your way through the city at such a late/early hour. It is really up to you.

                560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117