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Three Days in SF (Mon-Wed) a few questions

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As I mentioned on another thread we will be in SF from Mon to Wed in mid March staying near Union Square. I have booked a table at Spruce for Tuesday evening for our more formal dining selection. Now to fill in the rest I am interested in some things I can't get at home:

For Mexican I would like something other than a burrito- which is better El Delfin or Nopalitos or is there somewhere else you could suggest?

Is this a good time of year to get Dungeness crab? How would a lunch at Swan Oyster Depot be for crab?

I am torn between a regional Chinese selection (on the spicy side) or dim sum. Any opinions with suggestions of places to try?

Then for one last dinner (before we roll ourselves onto the plane stuffed to the gills) I would a casual meal. Someone had mentioned Local Mission Eatery but for some reason it doesn't appeal to my husband. Any other suggestions?

Thanks

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Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

El Delfin
3066 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Local Mission Eatery
3111 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. You can kill a couple of birds with one stone: Z&Y, which I would recommend for Sichuan, has salt and pepper crab on the menu (always call first, though). And you can eat at El Delfin on the way to the airport (it's just a couple of blocks from 24th St. BART.

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    El Delfin
    3066 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Z & Y
    655 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      How does El Delfin compare to Colibri which was mentioned on a Mexican restaurant thread in Boston as being very good.

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      El Delfin
      3066 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

        I'd choose Nopalito for interesting and delicious Mexican. Colibri is good, but rather straight forward American approach to "nice" Mexican. Mission will be more straightforward, tasty Mexican.

    2. Z&Y in Chinatown has good sichuan; I usually go to China Village in Albany for sichuan dishes, but realise that might be too far for you.

      1. Swann's - go for the oysters, not the crab. Get your crab elsewhere.

        I'll say again: if someone in your party makes you go to fisherman's wharf, you'll find some of the restaurants have live crab on the sidewalk and big steamers. Pick a crab, watch while it's steamed, eat standing up. The best dungeness is fresh fresh fresh and no preperation.