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JJL returning for another week of great SF eating

Hello again, SF Chowhounders!

Thanks to your amazing advice and help, I have now had two incredible trips out to SF with some seriously awesome food. I'm coming back for more and am leaving tomorrow morning, arriving at 10:30AM! I'll be in town for just over a week and plan to do some damage! I will be staying in the Mission.

Here are places I've visited in the past:
Tartine Bakery - my perennial fave
Bi-Rite Creamery - also a multiple visit place
La Ciccia - a truly fantastic experience, two visits in one week, it was that good
La Boulange - meh
Aziza - not a great experience, just okay
Bob's Donuts - for a NYer, even though we do have a donut revival now, this is so great; LOVE BOB'S
Acme - really like their bread, but Tartine's country loaf is #1 for me
Yank Sing - very good, would love to try other places, like Koi or HKFL

Here are places I am considering for this time:
Canteen - am considering going for both brunch AND dinner; will definitely go ONCE
Humphrey Slocombe - for the Secret Breakfast
Una Pizza Napoletana - didn't get to go in NY, reports seem to be lackluster here - should I try Pizzeria Delfina instead?
Perbacco - I ADORE pasta; from reports, sounds like this is a favorite
Range
Dynamo Donuts - maybe; don't know if I want to go here instead of Bob's, especially as there are so many people who don't think it's worth the hype or money
Piperade
Roli Roti Porchetta Sandwich

I also want to try a good burrito, not interested in having Thai or Burmese or the like this time.

A friend is taking me to Farallon - any recs or advice here?

Two friends want to go out to Incanto - any recs or advice here as well?

Any strong recommendations not on my list?

Is there a way to get to Yountville without a rental car?

Thanks so much everyone! I can't wait to be back!!!

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

Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Farallon
450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Piperade
1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

Yank Sing
49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

Roli Roti
, Hayward, CA

Pizzeria Delfina
2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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

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  1. Wow, your plan sounds pretty in line with mine last week! I wrote a report, it's a few threads down and might help a bit. I like Bi-Rite better than Humphrey, but if you've never been, might as well try it at least once.

    If you like bread, I'd try Thorough Bakery's. I just took a bread class from SFBI and this is their retail outpost, and I have to say I was pretty impressed with the quality of bread even I could make, I'd assume the stuff they sell is great.

    UPN v Pizzeria Delfina: This is a tough one. Both are great but I think I might go for UPN if you're really really into pizza and don't need any other stuff for the meal. If you want appetizers, salads, pasta-go to PD.

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    Pizzeria Delfina
    2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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    1. re: baloney

      Yes, loved reading your report! It was really helpful in planning. Will be sure to report back on what I eat. :)

      I see you're from LA too - will have to find a way to ask you about LA recs, as I will be there for a few days.

      1. re: j.jessica.lee

        Would love to help out in any way I can with LA suggestions! I've really enjoyed reading your reports on the France board, they're so thorough and helpful as well.

        To expand on UPN vs PD: yes, I agree with mariacarmen down below that UPN could be considered more "doughy" but I think it is in a good way. To me, pizza is sort of in the same category as bread and UPN's dough/crust tastes like bread, good bread. When I make pizza at home using the Tartine recipe with my starter, it tastes(and cooks up) really similar to UPN's crust. I love PD's pizza too, but I don't think it's as complex on it's own as UPN's. I've also had differing...lightness, if you will, to their crust. One time it was almost the perfect pizza, another it was doughy and not in the good way. It hit like a brick unfortunately. But that was an anomaly as all other times I've had good experiences with their pizza. Again, I really don't think you can go wrong either way(I love PD), it just depends how into pizza you are and if/what else you want from the meal.

        Burritos - not an expert as I've only tried a few different places but my best burritos are as follows 1)El Castillito on Church(?) 2)La Corneta 3) Farolito on Mission. I could be biased towards Castillito because I was really hungry at the time and they were super nice and drew a cute little face on the foil....

    2. Good list.

      You've been to Bob's before?

      Perbacco serves some of the best housemade pasta in the area.

      There's a bus from the Vallejo ferry to Yountville, but the round trip would be around five hours, and you'd have to get back to Vallejo by 6:00 (4:30 on weekends) for the last ferry back.

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      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Yes, I've been to Bob's twice and loved it!

      2. Well, I'm beginning with a bang and have dinner plans for tomorrow night. We are trying to figure out whether we should try Canteen, Range, Perbacco/Barbacco, or Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina. As I have nothing of note to do, I volunteered to go half an hour earlier to wait in line until my friends will arrive. Any thoughts if you had to pick one?? This is a case of an embarrassment of riches....

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

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        1. re: j.jessica.lee

          Unless things have changed, I'd guess it would be hard to do a walk in at Canteen. It is tiny and has three seatings a night so you'd have to time it perfectly and they'd have to have a table the size you need. Range is a bit bigger though you may still have a hard time on a Sat night I would think, Perbacco has lots of room but looked like it booked up when we went last March, and AFAIK Pizzeria Delfina doesn't take resos anyway. Never been to the last two myself though the SO loved the pizza at PD. Hard to go wrong with the first three IMO with the reso caveats, but I'd give Perbacco and Canteen the edge.

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          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Pizzeria Delfina
          2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

          1. re: j.jessica.lee

            I'd make some phone calls rather than do the walk-in half an hour before on a Saturday night. Last week a group of friends (4 total) hit up Range, Delfina, Bar Bambino, Walzwerk, Bar Tartine, and Limon and struck out everywhere (though most offered a 10 pm seating). They ended up at Frjtz which was not the evening they'd hoped for. Just a thought.

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

            Bar Bambino
            2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

            Bar Tartine
            561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Limon Restaurant
            524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Walzwerk
            381 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103

            1. re: j.jessica.lee

              Barbacco would probably be the easiest to get into. It's fairly large and all communal tables. Perbacco's right there too, so you could give that a shot.

              I think reservations are essential at Canteen. It's very popular and very tiny.

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              Perbacco
              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

              Barbacco
              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            2. I'd pick Pizzeria Delfina over UPN. UPN's pizza to me is too doughy, and the vibe at PD is just right - relaxed, casual, festive... Canteen is an excellent choice. I've only been for dinner (multiple times, tho) and it's always great. also love Range and Piperade.

              If you can get out of going to Farrallon, you should. It's not worth the money, even tho you're not spending it, the food's just not that great, and the place has a strangely cold feel to it, to me.

              Head to the Mission for your burrito. People like Cancun a lot on this board.... i don't eat burritos, so i can't comment (taco girl), but La Taqueria has good juicy carne asada.

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              Piperade
              1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

              La Taqueria
              2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Pizzeria Delfina
              2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115