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May 8, 2011 08:05 AM

Please review SFO dining list for NYC Foodie (Researched)!!


A group of about 6-7 people will be visiting SFO (actually staying in San Jose) over the memorial day weekend. I've tried to put together a list of dining options and am looking for some advice on filling in the missing pieces (esp. if a place is better for Lunch over Dinner or vice versa). The criterion for choosing is, a) Delicious food, b) Non repetition of flavors, c) Something that is either not available (or hard to obtain) in NYC., d) One of us is a vegetarian so need something for him :), e) Would prefer most meals to be < $30-$35, 1 or 2 can be fancier.

1. Burmese Kitchen
2. Canteen: Is dinner better that Lunch?
3. R&G Lounge: Is this worth it if we're not very interested in the S&P crab? If not, are there other Chinese places that I should go to, considering, SFO Chinese is supposed to trump NYCs?
4. Slanted Door: Lunch
5. Aziza: Dinner
6. Need some help in deciding between Lar Mar and Limon for Peruvian
7. Piperade
8. Poc Chuc
9. Blue Bottle Coffee
10. Humphrey Slocombe and Bi-Rite
11. Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (Saturday morning): Need a lunch place after this.
12. Taqueria Cancun and La Taqueria
13. Take back some bread from Acme / Tartine

Considered La Ciccia, Bar Crudo and Incanto but the ones above just seemed more appealing to my palate :) I need to fit in 1 late night (around 11:00 PM) meal, 4 lunches and 3 dinners in the above (Fri night to Tue morning). Would appreciate any recommendations, suggestions, etc.


Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

Bar Crudo
655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

La Taqueria
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Limon Restaurant
524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
One Ferry Building, 200 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

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

Blue Bottle Cafe
66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Taqueria Cancun
1003 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. Canteen is not open for lunch. They have brunch on Saturday and Sunday. I would go for dinner. For your late night meal, you'll find that most places close earlier than in NYC. Nopa is one that serves until late.

    Looks like you have done your research and made some good choices. Have fun!

    560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    1. Good list. I agree with Mrs Bacon that Nopa is one of your best options for late night dining, which is not really a "thing" in SF. I think Lers Ros thai is open late too.

      You will not need a lunch place after a Saturday at Ferry Plaza. In addition to the wonderful array of produce and other ingredients which you can sample as you stroll, there are numerous prepared food stands offering breakfast and lunch items. The porchetta sandwich at Roli Roti is a consistent favorite of this board, but I encourage you to poke around the board for more ideas too - there's a lot of great options. I also always get two scoops of Scream sorbet (rich nut-based sorbet with a mouthfeel like ice cream, and glorious intense flavors). You can of course grab a loaf of Acme, some Cowgirl cheese, some Boccalone meats, and some fruit or fruit preserves, and have a fabulous picnic lunch.

      560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      Roli Roti
      , Hayward, CA

      1. Thank you! I forgot to mention in the original post. Can I please get some recommendations on some must have dishes at these places? (like the team leaf salad at Burmese Kitchen).

        1. Since you're staying in San Jose, you should research Chinese restaurants down there and on the Peninsula. There's a huge Chinese population and a livelier Chinese restaurant scene than in SF.

          Little Yangon in Daly City is better than Burmese Kitchen, and you'll be driving right by it any time you take 280.

          Little Yangon
          6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

          1. Thanks Robert, I'll probably do Little Yangon instead. The closer the lunch places are to San Jose, the better.

            Little Yangon
            6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

            9 Replies
            1. re: indiefoodie

              You're hoping to drive from San Jose to SF for lunch? That's around an hour each way, longer if there's traffic.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Would prefer not to do that so recs like Little Yangon are more than welcome :) A couple of more places and I'll not have to do that. Any Peruvian places that are close to San Jose that you would recommend? I was thinking about Limon or La Mar but I guess they are far...

                Limon Restaurant
                524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                Little Yangon
                6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

                1. re: indiefoodie

                  Good Peruvian in San Jose: Nazca, and Isabella's

                  1. re: emi50

                    Thanks! Out of the two, would you recommend one over the other for lunch? Also, any more stellar recommendations in or around San Jose? Need one more place to complete my itinerary :)

                    1. re: indiefoodie

                      Though Japanese is strong in NYC, Ramen Halu in San Jose is really something special and will be very convenient for you. Too bad you'll just miss the seasonal lobster-crab ramen, but you'll still have a very tasty bowl.


                      Ramen Halu
                      375 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

                      1. re: indiefoodie

                        Where in San Jose are you staying? Are you actually here for work?
                        If this is a vacation, you really should change your plans and stay in SF or even on the north part of the Peninsula... San Jose is not great for food or sight seeing, and going to SF every day will cost a fortune in gas/train fare and take 2 hours out of each day.
                        If you are here for work and are looking for San Jose lunch spots:
                        I love Zeni for Ethiopian; Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas in nearby Cupertino is good. Sunnyvale is has great Indian food, and there is apparently great Vietnamese food in San Jose (look for other threads on these).

                        1. re: indiefoodie

                          Re the Peruvian recommendations: Nazca is pricier and more upscale, Isabella very modest and like home cooking...Anyway, Nazca doesn't serve lunch, but Isabella's does.

                          1. re: indiefoodie

                            You're really staying in San Jose and going to SF every day? Man, that's going to get old in a hurry: it's really a long way. Sure, google says it's an hour, but it's an hour from Darien CT to midtown, and the traffic patterns are similar.

                            There's some good coffee down south: Barefoot (Sunnyvale), and Red Rock (Mountain View) brews Four Barrel very well.

                            No one has mentioned the good chinese eats on the peninsula, commonly recommended are Zen Peninsula, Spices, Koi Palace, The Kitchen. I don't think they're better than the manhattan standouts.

                            Koi Palace Restaurant
                            365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

                            Zen Peninsula
                            1180 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

                            Red Rock Cafe
                            1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa, CA 94558

                            1. re: indiefoodie

                              Mezcal is a good Oaxacuan Mexican restaurant in downtown San Jose that's not your typical taco/burrito place. They have some great mole dishes.

                              Mezcal Restaurant
                              25 W San Fernando, San Jose, CA 95113