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Stella_Blue Jan 10, 2011 08:06 AM

Hello all,
I'm going to be in town for a couple days at the end of the month and am looking for some lunch/dinner recs.

For lunch: I'm attending a conference, so I'll need some places close to the center (it's at the Intercontinental, at Howard & 4th) that I can get to, get fed and get back in <1 hour. I get to have 3 of these!

For dinner: I have reservations at Flour & Water, and I only have one more night so I'm looking for the can't-miss moderately-priced SF locale. This doesn't have to be close to the conference center, but I'd like to be able to get there via public transit if possible.

A little about what I like: um, everything! Allergic to or afraid of: nothing!

Thanks!! I'm hungry already!!

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    bobpantzer Jan 10, 2011 08:54 AM

    Here are a couple for lunch:
    Mochica (Peruvian) - on Harrison near 5tj
    Zero Zero - on Folsom between 5th and 4th
    54 Mint - in Mint Plaza near 5th and Mission
    Chez Papa Mint Plaza
    Out the Door (Vietnamese) - in Westfield Center lower level (enter on Mission between 5th & 4th

    937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

    54 Mint
    54 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Zero Zero
    826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    2 Replies
    1. re: bobpantzer
      Robert Lauriston Jan 10, 2011 02:23 PM

      I'm dubious about getting to Mochica, eating, and getting back in under an hour. Or are they more efficient at lunch?

      937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        bobpantzer Jan 10, 2011 02:30 PM

        I work just a few blocks away and have only been there for lunch. It has never been crowded and I think if OP told them she was on a schedule, she'd have no problem. Probably she needs to be a fast walker, though, because those south of Market blocks are kind of long.

    2. steve h. Jan 10, 2011 02:20 PM

      Some places I like:
      Cotogna, at the bar. Wonderful pasta, drinks and wine.
      Bar Crudo. It's small, noisy, crowded and very good if you like seafood small plates. Service is spotty but I don't care.
      Barbacco. Sitting at the bar, chatting with server/neighbors is good. Food and wine is very good.
      SPQR has wonderful food, very good wine. Small, noisy but well worth a cab ride.
      I get to most of these places by mass transit.

      Edited to add: Pizza in San Francisco is undergoing a bit of a renaissance.

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