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Oct 25, 2010 12:02 PM

Walking distance restaurants recs? Staying at California and Powell

Will be in SF for a weekend in November. Would love to walk most places. 15 minute walk is fine.
Looking for a good spot for am coffee and light breakfast, casual lunch, nice but not over-the-top dressy for dinner. Thanks!

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  1. What have you liked on your other trips to san francisco? Did Frascatti work out for you?

    Did the Chowhound recommendations from those trips work out for you?

    What do you like to eat?

    Within a 1-mile walk from that intersection, Yelp lists over 2000 restaurants, so to get a good recommendation you'll want to be a little more specific.

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    1. re: bbulkow

      Thanks for the follow-up question from my last trip :-)

      We didn't go to Frascatti after all, we ended up at Nopa which I didn't like so much, but I loved Perbacco and Serpentine.

      I love good seafood, fresh veggies, local flavor.

      I know SF has lots to offer, just wondering if there's a must-visit spot in that vicinity.

      Will go to Serpentine again as I have not been there for brunch (not walking distance I know) and La Ciccia was also strongly recommeded which I have not looked up yet for the address.

      La Ciccia
      291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      1. re: trishpdx

        I was somewhat disappointed in a recent Serpentine trip. The food just didn't seem to have the same sparkle as a few previous trips. Hopefully I was unlucky, I look forward to your report.

        If/when you go, see if Mr and Ms Misellaneous, the ice cream store across the street, is open. SF has a good streak in new ice cream stores. Everyone uses the Strauss ice cream base (laws regarding treatment of eggs for avoiding Salmonella), so the difference is in flavor combination, which can be rather spectacular.

        If you're thinking of going all the way over there for brunch (a long haul from your location), you should consider the standard brunch recommendation of Foreign Cinema. I would think FC is closer in time than Serpentine. Food is in a similar palette.

        On another note, Jai Yun is very highly recommended within a walk from your hotel. Looks like about 5 blocks. It's a prix fixe place, so you don't have to know or understand chinese to get the chef's best dishes. You simply pick a a price point and get a personalized meal by the chef. Highly unlikely you've ever had chinese food with this level of freshness, simplicity, and taste.

        Jai Yun
        680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

        1. re: bbulkow

          Jai Yun sounds like a terrific recommendation. Thank you! There's not near enough Chinese restaurants (that are good) here in Portland.

          I was looking at Daffodil which is close by. Will search for reviews here and Yelp, but curious if you know anything about it.

          Jai Yun
          680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. re: trishpdx

            We've had lunch twice at Jai Yun, first the $18 then the $25 option (the second with a coupon courtesy of wolfe). Both were stellar and we felt a good value. We got an abalone and a pork dish extra for the price bump. You don't have to reserve for lunch (you should for dinner) but it's not a bad idea.

            Jai Yun
            680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            1. re: grayelf

              And greyelf's from Vancouver, where they know something about chinese food!

    2. You must have other criteria? There are many many options within a 15 minute walk - more if you are willing to take BART.

      Breakfast at the Ferry Building is popular, Blue Bottle coffee in Mint Plaza is great if you love good coffee (they have food as well including Polenta, eggs, fresh yogurt etc).

      Lunch there are many ethnic options (Thai Food, Banh Mi, as well as Irish Bank (Pub), Le Central (French)

      Dinner there are almost too many options to list without a cuisine hint.

      Irish Bank Bar and Restaurant
      10 Mark Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

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

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      1. re: myst

        Cuisine hint: I'm a huge seafood fan, love fresh locally sourced produce. Great wine selection never hurt either :-)

          1. re: trishpdx

            According to Google it is a 9 minute walk to Tadich Grill from California and Powell. Allow a few extra minutes for the walk back. San Dabs or Petrale Sole are a good bet.

            Tadich Grill
            240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            1. re: trishpdx

              Right. You do realize you're at the top of a very steep hill -- a walk from there may be short, but might still be strenuous. I suggest getting a Muni pass and taking the cable cars.

          2. Well, *at* California and Powell, Aurea in the The Stanford Court Hotel serves lemon souffle pancakes: it's by far the best breakfast I've had in San Francisco. If you are looking for a "light breakfast," the souffle pancakes are about as light as a cloud.

            905 California, San Francisco, CA 94108

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            1. re: ssfire

              Sounds amazing! Thanks so much.

            2. If you like raw seafood, try Swell on Bush near Stockton.