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great down to earth eats in the city end of this month

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my husband and i will be in sf (where we met in 1990...) end of this month- we lived there for many years so using public transit and getting around is not a big issue- we will be staying in laurel heights and have reservations (that i am not married to , btw...) at micheal mina and atelier crenn--so i think we have enough big name fine dining --though i am open to comment on these 2 choices...we have been in LA since 1992 and really miss the easy access to great ethnic food that SF offered (we have a ton of awesome ethnic dining here too, but it is harder to get to) so, looking for some fantastic down home burritos, latin, any asian that is not too peanut heavy, whatever is great- esp interested in lunch or brunch so we have the rest of the day to walk it off! also wondering about good seafood choices- the way i see it we have like 10 or so meals to fill- also - what is the consensus on spruce which is walking distance from our hotel

thanks folks!

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    1. Take Spruce over Micheal Mina! I would also suggest Baker & Banker, Aziza (nothing like it in L.A.!), Zare at the Flytrap, and Canteen for great meals.

      I lived in L.A. for 18 years before my decade in the Bay Area and what I love up here is Burmese food and from Laurel Heights, you are not far from a handful of great Burmese restaurants, from Burma Superstar to Mandalay.

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      Burma Superstar
      4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

      Baker & Banker
      1701 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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      1. re: CarrieWas218

        so helpful- thanks!- id forgotten about mandalay- it was a fave when we lived there!

      2. Great lunches:
        Mission Pie, Boulettes Larder, Samovar Tea in Yerba Buena Center-outside, Slow Club, Skool, Pals Takeaway, El Metate on Bryant, Universal Cafe, Out The Door, La Corneta, Liberty Cafe, Chez Maman, Gracias Madre

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        Mission Pie
        2901 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Boulettes Larder
        Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Slow Club
        2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        El Metate Restaurant
        2406 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA

        Gracias Madre
        2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Chez Maman
        1453 18th, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Skool
        1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. i do suggest ditching michael mina in favor of something else...we were very disappointed with our last visit there...my wife summed it up as "sucks three ways"

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          1. re: mt_belly

            Was that the new Michael Mina on California St., or the the old one in the St. Francis?