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May 24, 2011 12:39 PM

Weekday only activites

So we recently find ourselves in a unique situation (at least for us)...
I was laid-off (but with a really really sweet severance package, so no need for pity), and my SO is at home working on starting his own business (so he can work any hours 60 hours he wants). I never thought that we would be in the situation where we both do not have fixed work obligations (at least not until we are very old and retired). Recently it occurred to me that we could do things on weekdays that we could never do before, like drive up to the city for lunch or happy hour (I was working in San Jose, so even doing dinner in the city on a weekday was near impossible before).

So what are some foodie things we should do in the greater Bay Area (we are game for long day trips) that you can only do during the week? Weekday only lunch, happy hour, dinner specials and things like that? Gourmet stores with no weekend hours?
We are interested in all things food and drink (I eat anything and everything).
The things I have so far:
- Tour the Anchor Steam Brewery (I've been wanting to do this for years!)
- Lunch at Jai Yun (since they are only open for lunch on weekdays and they are really $$ for dinner).
- Thursday morning Ferry building market

I want to compile a list now, so I make sure we don't miss anything b/c I don't expect us to have this opportunity again (at least not for a very very long time).


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  1. off the grid food truck events. Big one is in fort mason center Friday 5-10 pm.

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    1. re: majordanby

      Although technically not exactly what she was asking for, I think this probably qualifies since all of the reports suggest you should get there as early as possible.

      1. re: majordanby

        I forgot about off the grid! Thanks!
        I do have some hesitation though because of some of the recent reports of insane crowds and long waits.

        1. re: lrealml

          i went to the friday one recently. no problem, as long as you come early.

          1. re: majordanby

            Yes, and no need to get there before 5. The food isn't ready.

      2. Pack a gourmet picnic basket with food and wine sourced from the Ferry Building, take the ferry to Angel Island, climb to the top of Mt. Livermore and enjoy the food/booze/views. Claim the very last picnic table at the end of the trail as your own.

        Climb the Filbert Steps from the Embarcadero side (coffee and muffins at the Ferry Building before setting out), enjoy the views atop Telegraph Hill, go to the top of Coit Tower. Walk down the steps on the other side to North Beach. Grab drinks and a pizza at Tony's.

        Walk the Golden Gate Bridge just before dawn. Watch the sun rise. Go find a cool breakfast afterwards, maybe the buffet at the Palace Hotel. Try not to clothesline any bicyclists on your journey.

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        1. re: steve h.

          Have you been to Angel Island since the 2008 fire?

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I've been to Angel Island several times since 2008. Did you see the fire? Were you able to take pictures?

            1. re: steve h.

              I saw photos and it looked pretty desolate.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                The place was a tinderbox, bound to happen. Nature, however, is very forgiving and quick to heal.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston

              Is it not worth going any more? Was planning to take my mom there when she visits...

              1. re: lrealml

                Go. Climb to the top. Bring good food/wine/beer. Don't share! Carry the garbage back down to the base and dispose of it there. Take plenty of pictures.

                1. re: lrealml

                  Angel Island is fantastic. And most people never even leave the ferry landing. Gorgeous easy walk (there's a single climb, the rest is flat).

                  1. re: Windy

                    Good to know... Mom has a bad back and is no spring chicken anymore...
                    I am sure it will be great!

                  2. re: lrealml

                    my girlfriend and her family went and camped there for Mother's Day weekend and had a wonderful time, said it was beautiful.

              2. Hog Island Oysters in the Ferry Building has 1/2 price oysters (chef's choice) and wine and beer specials at Happy Hour, Mondays and Thursdays 5-7pm.

                1. Welcome to the fold! I have the same location-flexible schedule as your SO.

                  I like neighborhood lunches out in places that don't tend to draw office crowds, like Outerlands out by Ocean Beach. Toronado hamburger Tuesdays are a good bet. Plenty of coffee shops that are crazy busy during rush hour are fun places to kick back when it isn't--like the Linden Blue Bottle in the late afternoon and Sightglass. Contraband on Larkin is a good place to hang with a laptop if you're searching for the next thing--and the baked goods there (which they get from Mission Beach Cafe as well as a local husband-and-wife empanada team) are great.

                  Oh! The Blue Bottle inside SFMoma is also fun during the middle of the day on weekdays.

                  Mission Beach Cafe
                  198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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

                  1. Ooh, congratulations! Now you can go to San Francisco and eat lunch at The Sentinel (closes at 2:30 pm) or The Golden West (closes at 2 pm). Both are only open on weekdays.

                    The Sentinel
                    55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

                    Golden West
                    8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104