eating w kids in SF
Im going to be in town from NYC for a week, staying in Noe Valley but in the Mission daily. My kids are 11 and 14. They're too old and sophisticated for kids' menus, but I can't afford to take them every night to places where entrees are $26.
Would love suggestions for interesting and/or ethnic food that is not crazy pricey.
I also need a fun place that will let me make a res for 8 on a Sunday night. I made one at Maverick based on what I read on SF Eater blog.
Thanks so much
Three of my 11 year old son's favorites in Noe/Mission are Henry's Hunan (Church St), Rosamunde (Mission St), La Taqueria (Mission St).
Henry's Hunan is a casual Chinese place with some spicy and hot dishes.
Rosamunde specializes in quality suasages with some good beers on tap. Also very casual.
La Taqueria is a.....taqueria. A notch more expensive than some but pretty consistent and good quality.
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
L'Osteria del Forno (no reservations, cash only) (N. Italian)
Helmand Palace (Afghani)
Tacolicious (CA- quasi Mexican)
for affordable sit down dinners
Perbacco (N. Italian )
Delfina (N. Italian)
NOPA (New American, often with Mediterranean influences)
for your $26 main course type restaurants.
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
L'Osteria del Forno
519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
1968 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
2031 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Not sure if you only need Mission/Noe spots (Fresca is a thought). If not...
Hillstone (Houston's concept restaurant) is always safe, Roam for a casual lunch (awesome organic burgers - turkey/beef/veg), Mama's for brunch (go early or brave the worth-it wait), Sodini's is fun and classic (North Beach Italian), Brother's Restaurant (Korean), R&G Lounge or House of Nan King (Chinese), Patxi's Pizza (the Marina location is larger and caters to the family crowd more), Suppenkuche (German), Stacks (lunch/brunch), Sweet Maple (lunch/brunch) and Town's End (lunch/brunch). If they happen to enjoy sushi, family friendly (and delicious) sushi spots include Ariyake or Zushi Puzzle (must call for resv). Blue Fin is also a fun spot but a little bit out there location wise.
What's great about the Mission is that there's just so much ... ! Enjoy.
510 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133
If you plan on visiting Golden Gate Park, it might be fun to go to kids night at Giorgio's Pizza (4-6pm Wednesdays) on Clement St. Kids get to make their own pizza.
Toast in Noe Valley would be good for breakfast or lunch. Phat Philly, Papalote, St. Francis Fountain, all on 24th in the Mission, are good choices for lunch. Frtjz on Valencia or Hayes has a fun selection of dipping sauces to go with their fries. Kids like Mel's Diner. A crazy and cheap place would be Tommy's Joynt. Convenient if your interested in hitting the movie theater across the street.
For the party of 8, a cheaper option might be Park Chalet out by Ocean Beach. There's a patio out back where the kids can hangout when they're not at the table.
1101 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109
3388 24th St, San Francisco, CA
I don't know if I'd describe any of the above recs as particularly "interesting" or "ethnic" - as the OP noted, 11 and 14 is plenty old enough for food that's a little more sophisticated, especially if your kids aren't picky.
Some affordable favorites in and around the Mission, specifically:
Poc Chuc (excellent Mayan/Oaxacan)
Inkas Restaurant (Peruvian, great rotisserie chicken + some more adventurous items)
Udupi Palace (solid, if not spectacular, South Indian)
Little Star Pizza (fantastic deep dish pizza)
Any number of good taquerias (search the board)
Bi-Rite Creamery (ice cream) and Tartine Bakery (I go mainly for sweets, though their bread is legendary) are expensive in their category, but are certainly worth a visit since you'll be in that general vicinity.
FWIW, I wasn't a big fan of Toast the one time I tried it - pretty generic breakfast fare - but no doubt the Noe Valley location would be convenient for you in the mornings.
Other interesting ethnic options that are in other parts of the city:
- Lots of good Burmese (Mandalay is my favorite; Burma Superstar is the most popular/crowded)
- Lot of good Vietnamese (Turtle Tower for chicken pho; PPQ Dungeness Island for roasted crab, though the local Dungeness is no longer in season)
- Lots of good regional Chinese, mostly outside of Chinatown (Old Mandarin Islamic is probably my favorite, a great option if you happen to be going way the heck out to the Outer Sunset - maybe if you visit Sterns Grove or the Sutro Bath Ruins)
Near Noe Valley is La Ciccia (Sardinian), one of the very best regional Italian restaurants in SF. It's not exactly cheap, but is VERY reasonable for what it is. I don't think it's big enough a restaurant to fit a party of 8...but could be a good option if you want to have a nicer dinner out with the family.
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
Burma Superstar Restaurant
309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116
Little Star Pizza
846 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Little Star Pizza Valencia
400 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
4344 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118
2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
1007 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3991 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114