sf for 2.5 days- both foodies - lunch/dinner suggestions - ??? help !!
Hi - daughter and i are travelling to sf for 2.5 days and then to napa for 2.5 days - we are both sincere foodies and would like some solid suggestions for lunch and dinner - our hotel is in union square in sf - and we are open to most cuisines!!! thank you - all....
Based upon your location and eating habits, let me strongly, STRONGLY, reccomend Ame and Perbacco for dinner. Ame is going to be on the more expensive side, but worth every penny. It is Japanese/Italian fusion with a hint of French. Very unique, very good. Perbacco is simply the best Italian food I've had outside of Italy. In terms of protein, it is known more for its braised red meats and game red meats than for its fish, I'm afraid -- but its pastas are surreal and worth the trip to be sure. Both Ame and Perbacco are an easy walk from Union Square.
For lunch you might want to go to The Mission and get burritos. The two more "authentic" "Mission style" burrito places I like are La Taqueria and Taqueria Cancun. *HOWEVER*, while less authentic to the "Mission Style", easily my favorite burritos in SF can be found at Papalote.
Links to the current dinner menus at Ame and Perbacco:
A third dinner choice would be Nopa which is a very good, but very casual New American restaurant... but that would probably involve a cab ride.
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If Mother Nature is in a good mood, try the Ferry Building in SF for lunch - so many yummy spots to explore - and sit outside. If you are renting a car and drive to Marin for a hike or to wander, the Dipsea Cafe in Mill Valley is lovely and delicious.
Dinners: Great recs above. In addition, some of my faves are NOPA, Flour + Water, Delfina, Fresca and Marlowe.
Not sure if you need recs up in the Napa area, but if so, I adore girl & the fig (Sonoma) and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen (St. Helena).
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What a great Mom and Daughter trip. If the weather is fine consider a ferry ride to Sausalito-you'll have lovely views of the city, the golden gate bridge and the hills surrounding the bay from the boat. Over in Sausalito there is a charming hole in the wall French bistro called Le Garage that you can walk to from the ferry landing. Also nearby is the Bay Model which is a to scale model of...you guessed it, the bay-which is neat in that it gives you a sense of the geography of the region you are visiting. Sausalito is a bit touristy but in a nice way.
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You might do better to research the board a little as yours' is a very standard question that is asked over and over and over... San Francisco is barely 7 miles from end-to-end so everything is accessible fairly easily but others don't like the idea of public transportation, walking or cabs. Giving us information on how far you are traveling and what else you are doing with your itinerary would also help.
Price ranges? Cuisines you are interested in? Any constraints? Foods you can't stand?
carrie - appreciate your helpful words - we are from east coast - bos and nyc - and staying w/o car in union square and def are walkers and will use pub trans -we are open to most cuisines and really want to experience sf's finedining reputation -( we are off to napa after sf for 3 days and are all set with our itinerary/car/wineries/food-etc) - and then back to sf for a day before we fly home.... love asian food, italian, french, spanish, mexican, seafood - not meat/beef eaters - and since i'm the mom and trip is on my card -its ok to go a little overboard $$$wise for my girl!! lol..... tyvm again for your help on this...
Many places to choose from here are a few of my favorites:
Lunch: Cotogna(Italian), Lers Ros (Thai), Nopalito (Mexican), Limon Rotissarie (peruvian), Zuni Cafe
Dinner: Aziza (Moroccan), Chez Papa Resto(French) A-16(Italian)
Aziza, and A-16 are the only ones that are dinner only.
Depending on whar kind of walker you are I would say Aziza,Nopalito,Limon and perhaps A-16 are the only ones you would probably want a taxi.
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