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2 New Orleans Foodies headed to SF

Two Foodies from New Orleans are on our way to SF for 5 days of fun and food. We are native New Orleanians and love giving recs on food&drink here in our fine, food loving village, so I’m hoping we can get some locals to give us some help with our plans in San Francisco.
We are arriving Sat, Oct 2 at 10:30 am and staying at the Hilton on Kearney. Love all kinds of food, and can get great stuff here in Nola, but really looking for some great Asian (Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Chinese) Hole in the walls, burritos and anything you think we can’t get in Nola. In addition to loving food, let’s not forget the cocktail or cold beer.
Here’s what I got so far:

Sat night: Planning to grab lunch near our hotel – think we are close to Chinatown and thought maybe some dim sum. 6:30 Tix to Beach Blanket Babylon. Need dinner for after???? Maybe L’Osteria or Pizzaria Delfina and beers at Versuvio?

Sunday: Thinking of renting bikes and going across the GG Bridge to Saulsolito. Breakfast at Canteen or Tartine. Need Lunch rec once we are across the bridge – thinking of Sushi Ran, Le Garage or Cavillo Point. Dinner at Foreign Cinema.

Monday: Playing tourist, Coit Tower, Castro, GG Park, etc. Dinner reservations at Slanted Door.

Tuesday. Playing Tourist. Farmer’s market at Ferry Building, Tour Alcatraz, walk the city. Then head to the Mission to walk the ‘hood. Planning to eat at either La Taqueria or Taqueria Cancun. Is there a place to people watch and grab a few drinks in the Mission?

Wednesday. Open. Leaving late.

Here are some random places to fill in the gaps, please give me your thoughts:
Bourbon and Branch – heard you need a reservation and password?
Yank Sing (the Spear St Location – xlb, sesame balls)
Tadish Grill for the cioppino and sand dabs.

Thank you all in advance for your help.

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Taqueria Cancun
2288 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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

La Taqueria
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Sushi Ran
107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

Le Garage
85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

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  1. It looks like you've done some homework and your picks look good. You might want to study maps just a bit more - L'Osteria is a good pick in North Beach, or maybe try Tony's neopolitan, or old-school Tomasso's, beers at Vesuvio and a night cap across the street at Tosca's- those are all good choices and easy walking distance; Delfina at either of its locations would require a drive. A couple more places that you might like to check out for a beer or a cocktail are 15 Romolo or Specs - you should expect that immediate area around Broadway/Columbus/Kearny to have a bit of resemblance to Bourbon St.
    There's another new bar/pub in the flavor of old SF on the corner of Kearny and Pacific, Comstock Saloon; on the opposite end of Kearney near Post is Rickhouse which is related to Bourbon and Branch and there's no password needed and the location is way less sketchy than the Tenderloin 'hood where B&B is located. In the Tenderloin, however, is where you find the Burmese Kitchen and Ler Ros Thai.
    When you arrive on Saturday, consider heading down to the Ferry Building farmer's market for lunch and etc. - the Saturday market is ten-times bigger than Tuesday. The other omitted item is admittedly not food related, but it's the SF version of NO Jazz Fest, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass free concert in Golden Gate Park is happening next weekend - and it's free, so it may be worth checking out for a little bit and moving your GGP visit earler - unfortunately it lacks the wealth of food booths at JazzFest....

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    Delfina Restaurant
    3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Vesuvio Cafe
    255 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    15 Romolo
    15 Romolo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Rickhouse Bar
    246 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA

    Comstock Saloon
    155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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    1. re: foodeye

      Foodeye -- thanks for your help - esp. with the logistics of the city. Will move my schedule around for the GGP concert on Sunday (we will be on island time) --- thanks for the rec. Guessing you've been to Nola for JF -- what an event! Checked the times on the Ferry Bldg Farmer's Market and we should be able to make it. Let me know if you need some recs for Nola!

    2. I'm not a huge fan of the Chinatown dim sum. For Saturday morning/lunch I'd head over to the farmer's market at the ferry building or to Naked Lunch, which is very close to your hotel. I second foodeye's recs for Saturday night after BBB.
      Sunday morning Canteen is a great choice, and I would also suggest Boulette's Larder in the ferry building (they don't serve brunch on Saturdays).
      For asian food in Chinatown, there's R&G Lounge, Golden Flower for pho, and the place I visit most frequently is Hing Lung for jook. These second 2 recs are quite divey. And a visit to Chinatown would not be complete without an egg tart from Golden Gate Bakery on Grant.
      Enjoy!

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      Hing Lung Restaurant
      674 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Golden Gate Bakery
      1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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      1. re: felice

        Felice -- thanks for the rec of a back-up plan on Saturday for lunch. We land at 10:30 and once we get to the hotel "hopefully" we can make it there before 2pm, when the Farmer's Market closes. Any specific food recs for Boulette's Larder?

        1. re: urbandog

          The menu at Boulette's Larder is small and seasonal, and you can't really go wrong. I would recommend getting a cannele as you leave or for dessert - they are the best in town.

      2. Being from New Orleans myself, I third the suggestion for the Saturday Ferry Building farmers market. Have anything - my favorites are Primavera and Rose's Pistola. For restaurants, other suggestions are Burma Superstar on Clement and Nopalito on Divisadero. Fances in the Castro is fantastic. A taqueria I'd put on the list is Papalote - either location. Good pizza at Little Star. Millennium is a fantastic restaurant not far from your hotel with great drinks and all kinds of fun with vegetables in season. (Farmer Brown is aiming for your heart, but similar to what you might find north of New Orleans and south of Ohio.) You ought to have Indian Food - hello ChowHound - recommendations for Indian food in the Tenderloin.

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        1. re: fltdk

          Ahh,... fltdk --- you must feel my pain as I plan a food tour of SF, being from Nola!!! Burmese Superstar and Millenniem will go on the list -- too little time, too much to eat . No Indian for us, but appreciate your recs. Any thougths on Ike's Place? Need a beer from a fellow local, let me know.

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          Ike's Place
          555 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood Shores, CA 94065

          1. re: urbandog

            Burmese Superstar was my first experience and love at first bite of the cuisine, however it seems that its popularity of late may be bringing down some consistency and/or quality. You might want to factor in how much time you are willing to spend a) finding a place to park and b) standing in line for a niche in the sardine can. I'd say go visit Dennis at the Burmese Kitchen on Larkin.

            Cheers,

            Dave

            PS Love doing the food and beverage crawls in your lovely hometown.

            PSS Biking across the GG and down into Sausalito sounds wonderful, it's the hike back up the grade to bridge level that would give me pause. Perhaps there's a bus with bike racks that could get you there?

            1. re: PolarBear

              You take the ferry back to the city. :)

        2. For Burmese I would op for Mandalay, more authentic less flavor dilution. Mandalay special noodle and the tea leaf salad are of note.
          Both Sushi Ran And Le Garage are great choices for Saulsolito.
          Pagolac or Bodega Bistro for Vietnamese over Slanted Door any day.
          I think if do a search on this board about XLB there are much better ones than Yank Sing as for Yank Sing itself there is much debate on this board.

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          Slanted Door
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Bodega Bistro
          607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

          Pagolac
          655 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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

          Sushi Ran
          107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

          Le Garage
          85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

          1. Chefj - As far as XLB, if there is a much better place than Yank Sing in the City, please post it as I'm always on the hunt. While the xlb at YS are not the best I've ever eaten, I find them better than SDK, BUND and Shanghai House.

            Urbandog, your schedule looks good. On the day you are biking across the bridge, it might be a little easier to breakfast at Canteen and save Tartine for when you are in the Mission.

            Thai: Thai House Express, I like the one on Larkin best. I second, Lers Ros as mentioned above.

            Korean: For BBQ I like Brothers, but haven't been a long while. Less crowded is Korean Village on Geary. I also like Jang Soo BBQ, but it's a bit far from where you are and slightly pricier.

            Burmese: Pagan order carefully (see board) and not from the Thai side of the menu. I second Mandalay and Burmese Kitchen.

            Mexican: You'll be well served by La Taq or Taq Cancun. I like the carne asada and the spicy green salsa at Cancun, but prefer the tacos at La Taq. If you want to go regional Mexican give Poc Chuc a try.

            For Indian you could try Lahore Karhai or Udupi Palace (veg). If you want a curry dive Naan & Curry, Shalimar and Pakwan in the Mission are all decent.

            Mission - People watching: Dolores Park or Tartine. There are a plethora of indoor drinking options in the Mission. If you want to do outdoor people watching w/ beer: Cafe Revolution or Ti Couz. They have beer and aren't particularly known for their drinks, but they are good for people watching.

            Good luck, I love your city and I hope you enjoy SF.

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

            Jang Soo BBQ
            6314 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

            Korean Village Restaurant
            4609 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

            Poc Chuc
            2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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            1. re: wanderlust21

              I am also am on a constant hunt for Great XLB. As I am sure you are aware there are quite a few threads already running on this board about them. I Like SDKs quite a bit though inconsistent sounds like Bund has the same problem (have not been)and I know Shanghai in Oakland does.
              That aside I find that most Dim Sum houses (Cantonese ones) do not do them well or even serve them with the proper vinegar and i have a natural aversion to Yank Sing (-:.

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

            2. Hey guys - frequent visitor to SF from the Irish Channel here. I discovered an excellent seafood restaurant this visit (August 2010) It is called Sotto Mare on Green St in North Beach. Trust me on this one we don't have places like this in NO - well not with these fish anyway. Very friendly staff very good fresh seafood. Go here for sand dabs (I had them) and cioppino (voted best in SF).

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              Sotto Mare
              552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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              1. re: sporkpie

                Hearty second on Sotto Mare. It's an old place, but slightly off radar. It took me years to find out about it, but it's one of the best bargains in SF. Dare I say, it's one of the few places serving NOLA portions at NOLA prices.

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                Sotto Mare
                552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

              2. I would definitely add Lers Ros Thai to your list, that might be a good Saturday night spot. I would change your Sunday night reservation, though -- I've never been thrilled by dinner at Foreign Cinema, it's fine, but nothing special. You could do Burmese that night or Lers Ros. If that was going to be your fancier night, maybe do Nopa instead; that same style of food, just done better. Definitely get to the Ferry Building as soon as you can, great food to be had there, and you can eat lunch and then pick up snacks for pre BBB.

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                Nopa
                560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                Foreign Cinema
                2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

                Lers Ros Thai
                730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA