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sandychow May 22, 2011 11:40 AM

First trip to SF in June. Our minds are far from made up, but we've had strong recommendations on a few places -- somewhat eclectic, I realize, but we'll have lunch and dinner three days and are really looking for a wide range of experiences. Would really appreciate feedback on these possibilities -- and of course other suggestions! Thanks in advance . . .
Quince
The Stinking Rose
Tyler Florence's new place -- or places. I didn't realize there were two.

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Stinking Rose
325 Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

Tyler Florence Shop
59 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA

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    mrs bacon May 23, 2011 08:31 AM

    Yes to Quince, a strong no to Stinking Rose, and I will defer to others regarding the Tyler Florence places, although I have heard good things from friends about Wayfare Tavern.

    In lieu of Stinking Rose, perhaps Sotto Mare in North Beach for Cioppino?

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    Stinking Rose
    325 Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Sotto Mare
    552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Tyler Florence Shop
    59 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA

    Wayfare Tavern
    558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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      MeredithR May 22, 2011 05:33 PM

      Quince - yes. Stinking Rose - pass. If you want that neighborhood (North Beach), Rose Pistola is a better option.

      For other great SF dinner suggestions (if you're willing to spend): Kokkari, NOPA, Flour +Water, Farallon, Garibaldi's, Spruce, Slated Door, Frances, Maverick & Locanda are all lovely spots.

      For low end in-and-out deliciousness, La Taqueria and Yamo.

      For lunches/brunches: Mama's, Town's End, Rose's Cafe, Roam or Bar Tartine.

      For an interesting/unique experience, try Minako or Kiss Seafood.

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      Farallon
      450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      La Taqueria
      2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Rose Pistola
      532 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133-2802

      Stinking Rose
      325 Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Bar Tartine
      561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Yamo
      3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Locanda
      557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. Robert Lauriston May 22, 2011 12:02 PM

        If you think most Italian food isn't French enough, Quince is one of the two best Italian restaurants in SF.

        Wayfare Tavern is good, sort of a modern twist on classic San Francisco cuisine dating from the 1930s or even earlier. Kind of expensive, hard to get a reservation, huge portions. Comstock Saloon is doing something along the same lines but lower-key.

        The Stinking Rose is a tourist trap.

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        Quince Restaurant
        470 Pacific Av, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Stinking Rose
        325 Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Comstock Saloon
        155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Wayfare Tavern
        558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. wolfe May 22, 2011 11:42 AM

          Which new Tyler Florence place? Pick one.
          Wayfare Tavern
          Rotisserie & Wine

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            sandychow May 22, 2011 11:50 AM

            Thanks -- I edited my post. Insight on either/both places would be great.

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              wolfe May 22, 2011 12:09 PM

              Rotisserie & Wine is in Napa.
              http://rotisserieandwine.com/menu.html

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              Rotisserie & Wine
              720 Main St, Napa, CA 94559

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                sandychow May 22, 2011 01:21 PM

                Thanks - We're going to Napa, too, so that's good to know.

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              bobpantzer May 22, 2011 12:10 PM

              There's also the one he just opened in Mill Valley in the old El Paseo space--it's primarily a steak house, I believe. Haven't been there yet.

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                Robert Lauriston May 22, 2011 12:11 PM

                That's still called El Paseo.

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                El Paseo House of Chops
                17 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

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