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Apr 5, 2011 03:03 PM

Tips for my April Trip and areas for lunch and dinner

My husband and I will be in SF over Easter weekend.

We have a schedule of what we would like to do and I am hoping for some help for some good food tips around the areas we will be. So far these were some of the thoughts that I had, looking for some more ideas!

Thursday: When we get in we have a night tour of Alcatraz so I was thinking about spending the afternoon at the Wharf to get that out of the way. We are staying at the Hotel George and will want to eat something either near the hotel or possibly on the way to the wharf...also after the 6:45 Alcatraz tour I would love a great idea for a "snack" and a drink type place.

Bike the Bridge to Sausalito and grab a picnic lunch from Mollie's or if someone has a great idea of where to eat that is not super pricey but good.

We are going to a Giants game at 7:15 so were thinking of eating at MoMo's for Happy Hour/ Dinner any other good tips near that area?

we will be going to NAPA and for dinner we were thinking about either Checking out Off the Grid or going to Tommaso Ristoratnte.

Golden Gate Park/ Height Ashbury area Lunch at Cha Cha Cha- would love a good lunch place around here to grab a bite at.

Dinner: Mission Area La Taqueria? I know there is so much debate here...what is the best? I am from San Antonio so we have alot of mexican food here....

Monday Lunch in China town we really want to do Dim Sum. We are thinking about Hang Ah Tea Room.

What are you thinking? Advice is sooo appreciated!

La Taqueria
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Hang Ah Tea Room
1 Pagoda Pl, San Francisco, CA

Off the Grid
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123

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  1. Skip MoMo's before the Giants game. It is a complete zoo. Try Paragon just up the block. They take reservations even on game day and the food is decent with a fun vibe. Busy but not insane like MoMo's.

    You could also hit Epic Roasthouse or Waterbar on the Embarcadero. Just a short walk to the park. We often eat at the bar before a game but you can also make a reservation for a table. It just depends on whether we feel like seafood or beef on that particular day.

    Epic Roasthouse
    369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

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    1. re: baseballfan

      Thanks, great tips! I was looking at Waterbar before but did not realize that it was close to the park! you solved that little issue, thanks so much!

      1. re: smitty1215

        No worries. Have a great time. Go Giants!

    2. There are several ongoing threads from people asking very similar questions, plus a report back from a visitor who was just here over the weekend. You might want to check those discussions out -- lots of useful information already here.

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I am new to this site? How do I go about finding those...I did a search for some of the areas...not much seemed to come up.

        1. re: smitty1215

          Just scroll down the page and look at the topics. You can also search for "visit" and "Giants" and "Alcatraz" -- here area a couple:

      2. Hi smitty, I'm also in the midst of prepping for our trip (week after yours) and I noticed you had slotted Off the Grid in as a possibility for after Napa on Saturday. If you mean the one in Fort Mason, I believe it is only on Friday nights.

        I notice you've asked about best taqueria and best dimsum. These are (as I've learned from experience) pretty loaded questions. You might want to narrow down what you are looking for, and then people can suggest from there. It is also frequently noted here that the locals feel the best dimsum is to be found outside of Chinatown, so be aware of that when you are assessing your choices. FWIW I like the dimsum very much at Dol Ho in Chinatown; it is not cutting edge or fancy but rather reminds me of places I used to go in Vancouver when I was a kiddly. So it depends on what you're looking for. Good luck and have a great trip.

        Dol Ho
        808 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Off the Grid
        Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123

        1. Re: Hang Ah Tea Room
          -classic place, haven't been here in decades, new owners
          -dol ho is good for take out. few tables, if any, here.
          -Great Eastern (Jackson St) has above average dim sum. no cart service. checklist
          -heartell City View (commerical) is good. haven't been there.
          -bund shanghai (640 jackson st) has excellent xiao long bao and other shanghai delights.

          City View Restaurant
          662 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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          1. re: shanghaikid

            Oh has Dol Ho changed? Part of the reason it struck a nostalgic chord was the tables of aunties and uncles lingering to yum cha. Also that crazy sauce...

          2. For your lunch near Golden Gate Park, Q Restaurant on Clement St is really good. I've heard good things about their brunch but have only been there during dinner. Oh, and a simple search will let you know that Guy Fieri has been there on Diners, Drive-In's, and Dives. Please disregard that. haha. It's none of those. It's just a cool place with great food. If you're not too stuffed, I'd also recommend Schubert's Bakery on Clement as well.

            Schubert's Bakery
            521 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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            1. re: chaseshadows

              Q does do a good brunch. I live in the neighborhood, and it's my default place for taking guests to breakfast.

              Cinderella Bakery is two blocks from the park, and has a good selection of breakfast pastries, including savory items. The serve Ritual Roasters coffee, too.

              225 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

              Cinderella Bakery
              436 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118