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Please don't flame me for not searching but I really don't have time and want to pick your collective knowledge. I have friends visiting from Miami and we will get one dinner in SF (the rest of the trip was Tahoe). They are doing the night tour of Alcatraz so will be in the vicinity of Fisherman's Wharf but they aren't crab fans...

They are decidedly not foodies and used to chain restos. I would love to take them somewhere simple but good and uniquely SF. The only thing in my head is Tadich Grill. We live in Palo Alto so I am looking for something central to our route from the Wharf to 280.

Any recommendations are appreciated. Dinner is tonight, 3/7.

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Tadich Grill
240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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  1. Fog City Diner.

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    Fog City Diner
    1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: wolfe

      Good call. It feels very SF, and the food's not bad at all.
      RN74 came to mind, if they like wine, although arguably it's not very "different".

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      RN74
      301 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

      1. re: wolfe

        This is what I was going to recommend after reading the original post.

      2. How about Capp's Corner? The last old-school North Beach-style Italian place still standing.

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        Capp's Corner
        1600 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133

        1. Tony's Pizza Napoletana in North Beach has really good pizza and salads. Your visitors might like that Tony was on the Food Network.

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          Tony's Pizza Napoletana
          1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. I appreciate the feedback on short notice. In the interest of follow up I will say that we didn't end up at any of the suggestions but ate at Gordon Biersch. Not my first choice but my guests were happy (it was recommended to them by a friend back home) and that's what mattered to me most! Everyone including me ended up happy with their meals which is another plus!

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            Gordon Biersch
            2 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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            1. re: Foodie.wannabe

              Thanks for the follow-up! What did you have at Gordon Biersch that was good?

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              Gordon Biersch
              2 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Miso sea bass with veggies and rice. Their menu is MUCH more extensive than I expected. I thought of them as garlic fries and beer but they have a lot more.

            2. Next time go to Tommy's. Margaritas!