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).
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.
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.
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
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.
55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105
8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104