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Feb 2, 2011 12:04 PM

Getting lost in SF restaurant info

My husband and I will be in San Francisco for 2-3 nights in March. We are staying near Union Square and I have started my usual quest for restaurants. I am looking for some California chef owned, local product driven restaurants but am confused about locations. Can someone give me a quick list or overview of reasonable locations for me to consider? I have read reviews of places which mention 'going over the bridge' (I guess in Oakland?) which especially coming from Cape Cod mean to me that it is not a reasonable place to consider. We will be traveling by BART so what neighborhoods would be reasonable for me to concentrate on. I will do my homework from there I promise! TIA.

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  1. Chez Panisse is the original and worth the 10-block walk from BART.

    "Where to buy" lists on local sustainable farms' Web sites are a good place to find those restaurants:

    1. Going over the bridge to Oakland is a much less daunting task than going over the bridge from/to Cape Cod. And, BART takes you "over the bridge" seamlessly. Don't let crossing the bay stop you from considering Berkeley/Oakland.

      Having said that, there's no reason to not spend 2-3 in the city. Union Square isn't the most attractive location for SF restaurants, but BART, Muni and cabs will get you to almost anything you read about here.

      The Mission is especially favored with excellent places that meet your criteria and fairly straightforward from downtown by BART.

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      1. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie

        Plum is just three blocks from BART and might be more bang for the buck than any chef-owned local product place in SF, including the chef's own Coi.

      2. Greetings from an ex Fodorite~travelling by BART is relatively easy. I would absolutely recommend you try Pizzaiolo in Oakland's Temescal District. It's casual and delicious. The chef is a Chez Panisse "grad". I'd recommend taking the Rockridge stop on BART and taking the cab(a very short ride) to the restaurant from there. The food is market driven and locally produced. Cocktails are inventive and the wine list is very good. They are closed on Sundays.
        The prices are right!!

        5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

        Chez Panisse
        1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

        1. Canteen is a unique little place not far from Union Square. It is tiny, but takes reservations. Might make for a memorable experience.

          1. Incanto is pretty good. Take the J-Church out to Noe Valley. The ride is almost as good as Chris Cosentino's food.