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1 Day Food Itinerary - key is it is a Sunday - Your help

East coasters - coming into SF on a Sunday morning and staying over 1 night. Major foodies (2 of us). Can you help us spend the day eating in your great city? We are walkers no problem. Enjoy it all. Do not need pizza or steaks. We are looking for just best bites/local favorites. High end or low makes no difference. I have been searching the board but no one makes mention of Sundays. We are unsure if this is a big factor or not. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Most places are open on Sundays but not all.
    All most everywhere has a web presence so it should be fairly easy for you to see if they are open. If not there is always the telephone.

    1. One day is not a lot of time, and Sunday will not be an issue.
      Do you want to center the whole day around food start to finish or are there other things in SF you want to see?
      If there are other things you want to see, plan an itinerary and then try and work in great food options around where you are going to be for lunch, dinner, etc... Either way, more info about what you love and what wows you would help.

      1. How about brunch at Lime in the Castro District (always lines waiting to go in but the scene is cool), then head over to 18th St in the Mission neighborhood for lunch at Delfina Pizzeria or Tartine Bakery. Another option is to grab a picnic from BiRite grocery and hang out at Dolores Park if the weather is nice. Make your way to the Ferry Plaza for a walk through and take in the views of the bay. For dinner and something different, checkout Kokkari Estiatorio near the Embarcadero. To end the evening, head to North Beach and grab a pastry at Mara's or a glass of wine at a sidewalk cafe.

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        Kokkari Estiatorio
        200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111

        Tartine Bakery
        600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        1. re: mlutsky

          Lime! I haven't thought of Lime in years. They were my underdog favorite restaurant for years. Last few times, they had the exact same menu so I stopped going. Also, the white interior was showing some age. Have they revitalized either the decor or the menu?

        2. Many restaurants are open seven days or close Mondays instead of Sundays.

          Sunday's the biggest day of the week for dim sum, some places have more items.

          The Ferry Plaza is worth a visit, even when there's no farmers market. The surrounding business district is a ghost town on weekends.

          1. you're most likely to find restaruatns closed on sundays in the financial district/parts of SOMA close to the financial district.

            i woudln't recommend brunch at lime for this particular situation; as the fun part of it is the bottomless mimosas, which will totally ruin any plans you have the rest of the day no matter how hard you may try otherwise

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            1. re: vulber

              I think Sunday roast chicken dinner at Zuni would be a great finish to the day. But you'll need to eat light the rest of the day. Brunch/Lunch at Greens would be a nice start with a glass of black currant mimosa. Then you could walk through North Beach to get coffee at trieste, a egg custard at Golden Gate Bakery in chinatown, through the civic center area (hit up the Asian Art museum?) into Hayes, for a pre-dinner cocktail, then Zuni for chicken. Yum.

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              Zuni Cafe
              1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Golden Gate Bakery
              1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

              1. re: VicAtt

                Thanks everyone. We are looking for an all day foodie experience - bites. Wanting to cover as much on foot of the city as we can. Was thinking os hitting betelnut for dinner?Any good?
                Which are of the city would you say to start in on foot on a Sunday - parking?
                We were thinking Chinatown but didn't know. See the Ferry plaza would be good if places are open? Thanks again

                1. re: hammocc

                  Betelnut is one of the LAST places I would recommend to someone wanting to experience of day of good eats in San Francisco.

                  I would peruse this thread - the "Most Awesomest Food Day Ever" for better ideas of how to get the most out of a foodie day in San Francisco:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786768

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                  Betelnut
                  2030 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

                  1. re: CarrieWas218

                    thanks for the guidance

            2. How about a day in the Mission -- the variety is outstanding, especially if you want to just sample a lot of stuff. In addition to great tacos, Tartine, Pizzeria Delfina, Bi-Rite Creamery and many more options on offer. Go to Elixer for the bloody mary bar. You could then top off the day with dinner at La Ciccia for great Sardinian food, or perhaps Foreign Cinema.

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

              Bi-Rite Creamery
              3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Foreign Cinema
              2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

              Pizzeria Delfina
              2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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              1. re: Joan Kureczka

                Or Range for dinner. I agree with Joan, the Mission is a very good walking/tasting neighborhood, and easily accessible by Bart. Start at 16th, on Valencia, walking towards 24th, right at 18th to hit Bi-rite and Delfina, then back to Valencia, same direction, left at 24th, all the way to maybe Folsom (6-8 blocks) - 24th is a very colorful, food-filled street. Back the other side on 24th, right on Mission Street, all the way back to 16th Street Bart. You probably won't need/be able to fit in dinner after that.

                I also agree with CarrieWas, avoid betelnut at all costs

                and if you are driving, there's a good cheap lot at 21st between Mission and Valencia. Bartlett garage..

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                Delfina Restaurant
                3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110