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Feb 8, 2011 06:50 AM

solo traveler gets one dinner in SF -- on the holiday Monday

I have one afternoon/evening in SF between planes and would like to treat myself to a reasonable, unfussy dinner. Haven't been to SF in years. Specs:

comfortable for a solo diner

open on the president's day holiday, Monday 2/21

not more than $50 (and less is fine)

near a BART stop in SF that is safe for a female traveler alone (will probably start out in the Mission district, need to end up at the airport, and don't want to get lost or waste a lot of travel time)

not exotic or fussy. I love seafood, bistro, American, northern Italian; not a huge fan of Asian (I know, I know), but except for sushi I could be persuaded.


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  1. Roughly what time will you be getting on BART and when do you need to be at the airport?

    5 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I need to be en route to the airport by 8 pm or so.

      1. re: ajt13

        And you'll be done with whatever and arriving at some BART station when?

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I'm very flexible and free as of early afternoon, just want to spend a leisurely day strolling (maybe the Mission district, where I've never been, or a drop-in at SFMOMA if it's rainy). The point is to enjoy a leisurely and spontaneous afternoon in the city that doesn't require a lot of hopping on and off public transit, and I can time my dinner for whatever gets me en route to the airport by 8.

          1. re: ajt13

            Valencia St. from 16th St. south with a detour west on 18th (Tartine, Bi-Rite, Delfina) would be perfect. Dozens of options for dinner, lots of places to snack, lots of non-food shopping in between snacks. Since it's a sort-of holiday the neighborhood should be hopping. The BART station plaza itself is sleazy but there's so much pedestrian traffic there in the evenings that it's as safe as anywhere in SF.

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