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Yet ANOTHER Itinerary Review Request!

I’ll be taking a baking class at SFBI next week so will only have dinners open probably. I do have a car but would rather take public transportation. I’d appreciate any feedback about my choices, substitutions, rearranging, anything really! Please keep in mind that I will be solo(I actually quite like bar seating), so let me know if any of my choices are not conducive for a single diner. TIA!

Here’s the tentative itinerary:

Sunday Brunch - Bar Tartine for the famed French Toast

Sunday Dinner – Bix or Fish & Farm or Kokkari or SPQR (or if I’m in the mood for a quick nosh instead of a full sit down, maybe Nopalito or Pearl’s?)

Mon Breakfast – Pie or something smallish from Mission Beach Café

Mon Dinner – Perbacco or Marlowe(damn curious to try their fries) or Range

Tues Dinner – Dining Room at Ritz

Wed Dinner – La Ciccia

Thurs Dinner – L’ardoise

Fri Dinner – Nopa(have ressies)

Sat Brunch – Foreign Cinema

Early Sat Dinner – Una Pizza Napoletana (plan on just sharing one, maybe 2 pizza with my sister who will be joining me that weekend) and then moving on to another light dinner and dessert elsewhere later…maybe Aziza?

Sun Breakfast – Plow

Then I shall drive home, probably several pounds heavier and sad to leave one of my favorite cities in the world.

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La Ciccia
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Bix
56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Mission Beach Cafe
198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Bar Tartine
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Una Pizza Napoletana
200 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. Good work researching!

    Nopalito is sit down, just not formal. You can order takeout too if you're time-crunched.

    If you're dining alone at Nopa, there are 4 counter seats that face the kitchen for walk-in diners that operate on a separate list, unless they've changed their byzantine system. If I were you, I'd call 30 minutes before my reservation and ask for one of those seats instead of a seat at a regular table.

    Any particular reason you chose L'Ardoise? There are other french places in town that I find do a better job serving up either robust French food with heart, or refined French food. I feel like L'Ardoise tries to do both and doesn't really achieve either.

    Similar question on Foreign Cinema--it's a fine restaurant, but I think there are other choices around town that deliver a similar style of food but do a better job.

    All your other choices look great! I love Perbacco, but Range is great too and I've heard good things about Marlowe. I think you'll have a great meal at any of the 3.

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    1. re: SteveG

      No particular reason for L'ardoise, just sounded fine, had bar seating, supposedly good service and good duck confit? But I've got tons more on my list I can sub it for, maybe I'll do Poc Chuc or Gialina or one of the other options for other days that I don't use. For reference, I loved La Folie but am thinking less fine dining other than Ritz.

      Again for Foreign Cinema, I just keep hearing about their brunch so I figured I would give it a whirl. I've been to Canteen, Brenda's, Dottie's, Mama's and plan on hitting Bar Tartine for brunch first thing on the trip. Didn't like Mama's or Dottie's, DID like Brenda's and Canteen.

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      Gialina
      2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

      La Folie
      2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

      Foreign Cinema
      2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

      Bar Tartine
      561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Poc Chuc
      2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. re: baloney

        Foreign Cinema's brunch is great - i really love their eggs, and it's a very nice space if it's not raining (because you really should sit outside.) If you haven't been, however, you should try to hop on over to the Ferry Plaza for the Saturday Farmers' Market before your brunch reservations.

        Recommend both Poc Chuc and Gialina.

        You really have a great list there, tho, so you'll be fine!

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        Gialina
        2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

        Foreign Cinema
        2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

        Poc Chuc
        2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      2. re: SteveG

        See, I agree with you on Foreign Cinema for dinner, but their brunch is one of my favorites in the city.

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        Foreign Cinema
        2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: SteveG

          As I just reported on another thread, I just had a fantastic dinner at Foreign Cinema; the food was better than the last few times I went (although I thought the food was really good then too). If you go for dinner, I doubt you will be disappointed.
          Also, I am curious as to what restaurants SteveG is referring to that "deliver a similar style of food but do a better job". I haven't tried every restaurant in the city yet, and I am always looking to add to my list...

          1. re: lrealml

            Zuni, Serpentine, NoPa, Bar Jules, etc. At one time Bar Tartine, but I haven't been back since they canned my favorite chef.

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            Zuni Cafe
            1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

            Bar Tartine
            561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Bar Jules
            609 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        2. Regarding your Marlowe, Perbacco, Range choice. Yeah, Marlowe has great fries but it's a small, uncomfortable and noisy place. I work near there and have had lunch there many times and their hamburger and fries are truly stellar as is their fried chicken caesar sandwich. I expect the dinner menu is very limited and, in addition, I find their chairs uncomfortable and their location is not all that appealing for a dinner atmosphere. Not sure what you're looking for that night but either Perbacco or Range would be my preference. You would go to Marlowe for the fries, I would go to Perbacco just for their breadsticks. Check out their online menus and you'll see significant differences.

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          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. I've lived in SF since 1962. My favorite food is pizza. In all those years the best pizza I've had is in Club Deluxe on the Haight. It's a dive bar with great jazz. I love that Don Giovanni or his mom takes your order.

            1. I like it overall.

              Kokkari is your best bet Sunday night.

              Perbacco is a no-brainer must.

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              Perbacco
              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

              1. That is a lot of Italian food, and basically all European or American. (Where are you from?)

                SPQR is a better bar than the other options. Incanto has a great bar for dining.

                I love L'Ardoise but not sure how fun it would be alone; it's always been couples when I've been there.

                Poc Chuc is great; Nopalito is very good for a place that caters pretty exclusively non-Mexicans.

                No idea what people see in Perbacco. Or NOPA, for that matter, besides the pork chop and excellent cocktails.

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                Perbacco
                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                SPQR
                1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

                Poc Chuc
                2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                L'Ardoise
                151 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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                1. re: Windy

                  From Los Angeles, plenty of great Asian food I loaded up on before I left! I think SF does Italian better than LA, but now that I look over the list again, it does look very European heavy.

                  I think I'll swap out L'Ardoise for Poc Chuc, stick in a burrito somewheres....any other suggestions? As a brief update, I've already had brunch at Bar Tartine and frites from Frjtz today! I'm pretty tired so was thinking of a quick, casual dinner tonight. Either Gialina, Poc Chuc, Paplote, or Nopalito.

                  1. re: baloney

                    Skip Papalote - if you're from L.A., you've had plenty of good burritos/tacos, haven't you? But I don't think (been years since i lived there) there is much Yucatecan food in L.A. - so Poc Chuc would be really good. Gialina's is a fave of mine, too.

                    What did you think of Frjtz? i really think they're subpar - at least the location in the Mission. don't know about the Hayes Valley one - or if it still exists. I remember in Santa Monica years ago there was a fast food place (not sit down) on the Promenade called Benite's Frites which i thought were wonderful, and much better than Frjtz. Curious to hear how you liked them.

                    and please, do keep letting us know how you're liking or disliking your meals - thanks!

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                    Gialina
                    2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

                    Frjtz
                    581 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                    Poc Chuc
                    2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      Frjtz was alright, certainly not the best fries I've ever encountered but decent. I adore fries so wish I had a chance to try Benite's, I've heard so much about them! Gah!

                      I did enjoy the french toast at Bar Tartine though. Really good bananas, candied walnuts were great too(and I don't normally like walnuts), just sweet enough. Small portion, but that turned out to be a good thing cause I wasn't hungry anyway.

                      LA actually doesn't do burritos very well and while there isn't much Yucatan food here, we do have Chichen Itza which I enjoy. Seems Poc Chuc closes early today so I think I'm narrowing it down to Gialina or Nopalito later tonight, or Chez Maman for F.O. soup. I'm sort of craving soup since it's so dreary and damp!

                      1. re: baloney

                        Other people like Papalote, so if you're looking for a burrito, don't let me dissuade you. i'm a taco gal, myself.

                        F.O. soup does sound good on this rainy day. enjoy!

                    2. re: baloney

                      Of that list, Nopalito. (And I agree, skip Papalote. Better burritos and tacos at Taqueria San Jose or La Taqueria, and a dozen other places.)

                      Inka's for Peruvian chicken? Bodega Bistro for Northern Vietnamese?

                      Weekday: maybe Yamo for cheap Burmese, Poc Chuc for chimole de pavo, Mr. Pollo for pan-Latin lunch or dinner.

                      Enjoy! SFBI now has an outpost at Thorough Bread, a truly wonderful bakery.

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                      Inkas Restaurant
                      3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      Bodega Bistro
                      607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

                      1. re: Windy

                        And if you want to check out Incanto tomorrow with a couple of local hounds (me and the sister of a SFBI alum), drop me a line at itswindy (at) pacbell (dot) net.

                        They've been having a special Mariquita Mondays menu, 3 courses for $29 made with Mariquita Farms' incredible vegetables.

                        1. re: Windy

                          second Inka's for that chicken, Bodega for a lot of things, and Yamo for tealeaf salad#

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                          Inkas Restaurant
                          3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                          Yamo
                          3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                          1. re: mariacarmen

                            The OP mentioned he loves fries so that makes the Inka's rec even better. I really loved all their deep fried stuff including the fries.

                            1. re: grayelf

                              SHE! SHE! I am now pretty curious about Inka's though I have been eying quite a bit of Peruvian recently.

                              Windy, your offer is very generous, I appreciate it so much. I wish I had checked the thread sooner, I was planning on Perbacco for tonight, feeling like pasta!

                              1. re: baloney

                                Oops, I get mistaken for a boy frequently here, should know better. But you can't go wrong with the chicken, fries and yellow sauce at Inka's, no matter your gender :-).

                    3. Just finished dinner at Range and if anyone is still looking for a dinner option tonight, GO THERE. Get the special appetizer(or 3) which is their poached egg with sunchoke puree and California caviar. You can thank me later.

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                      1. re: baloney

                        Yay - glad you liked Range - LOVE that place!

                        1. re: mariacarmen

                          It was a lovely dinner, great service and atmosphere; EXACTLY what I was looking for tonight. If only I hadn't forgotten to pack an extra 3 stomachs, I could have tried the other half of the menu that sounded so good!