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Jan 31, 2011 09:17 AM

SF visit this weekend

We’re considering moving to San Francisco later this year and are taking a “check it out” trip this weekend. We’re hoping to eat similarly to what we eat at home. We’re focusing on 3 neighborhoods we might live in, Mission, Noe Valley, and Potrero Hills, but we’re OK with anything nearby those places. Just like at home though, we wouldn’t drive forever for a meal. We’re staying at Le Meridien if that helps anyone at all, but we’re not too concerned with eating in that area since we wouldn’t live there. Here’s what we’d eat at home:

Healthy breakfasts: think oatmeal, egg white veggie omelets, etc
Sushi: even better if there’s some sort of special, all you can eat, happy hour, etc
Vietnamese: not fancy fusion, down and dirty original, we like bun and pho
Middle Eastern
Great delis

We also plan on checking out Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Atherton since my job would be in Silicon Valley, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to stomach the burbs. Either way, feel free to give suggestions for those areas as well. Thanks!

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  1. Here is a link to a VERY lengthy thread on dining & food shopping options in various SF neighborhoods. It is a good place to start your research:

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    1. re: DavidT

      Here is a link to a thread on dining & food shopping in various cities on the SF Peninsula:

    2. Thanks very much! Unfortunately I don't have a ton of time to search threads, so feel free to give specific info.

      1. Tataki South (1740 Church) for sushi. Happy hour 5-7.

        I'm not sure there's any good Vietnamese in that area. Angkor Borei is great for Cambodian. Yamo is a Burmese dive.

        Old Jerusalem for Middle Eastern.

        Bi-Rite has a great deli in the sense of cold cuts, cheese, and prepared foods for takeout.

        Angkor-Borei Restaurant
        3471 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Bi-Rite Market
        3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Old Jerusalem
        2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. You might want to try the commute from SF to the Silicon Valley (on a weekday) before you decide you can't stomach the 'burbs'. You won't drive forever for a meal but you are willing to put up with a very, very long commute? Apart from that issue, VIetnamese and Sushi in the South Bay tends to be better overall with more options than in SF proper, particularly in the SF neighborhoods you mention.

          For Vietnamese in the Outer Mission/Bernal Heights, I do like Lotus Garden. They only serve pho at lunch, however, not dinner, so that doesn't do you much good with your potential commute.

          Fattoush on Church is very good for Middle Eastern.

          Just FYI, this board does get a lot of requests that are similar to yours, so it really would help if you take some time to look at the suggested threads and narrow it down a bit.

          Lotus Garden
          3216 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          1. re: susancinsf

            Everything depends on whether the OP can take 280 or has to take 101. My office is right next to 101, so driving from SF to 101 in PA took about 45 min at 7:10am, and 60+++ if I left any later than that in the morning. It took 90 minutes if I left at about 7:50/8. Plus the nightmare of driving home. I couldn't stand it, so I moved to the mid peninsula. OTOH, my friend lives in the southwest corner of SF and can take 280 to her office in PA - in bad traffic it takes her an hour to get home, but usually not more than that, and 35-40 minutes if she times it well.

          2. Palo Alto area has a nice vibe and a lot of good restaurants due to Stanford University. I would definitely spend some time down there before committing to the commute to SF.

            Just for you Cafe

            So many breakfast places to choose from. Usually something walking distance from where ever you settle.

            Are you looking for California Deli's or NY Style? There is an abundace of these in the city.

            Polk Street Deli

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              1. re: myst

                I'd say more California. We try to eat somewhat healthy during the week and do the calorie splurges on the weekend.