Restaurant Recommendations for Kids
We are touring SF, Marin and Napa Valley in July and would love restaurant recommendations -- breakfast, lunch, dinner, expensive, inexpensive, etc. Our kids are pretty adventurous and flexible eaters.
Like: Japanese, Korean especially. But just about anything can work.
At that age, with reasonably adventurous palates, you're not going to be that limited. From my experience with my kids you want to avoid slow service, overly quiet, dimly lit dining rooms, or other forms of stuffy formal BS. That kind of restaurant is pretty rare around here actually -- especially the dimly lit, quiet part. The business is so competitive here that they want to get you in and out and the decibel levels are usually too high. The one problem you'll need to avoid is a long wait at the door -- a frequently problem for walk-in service at popular places.
Fun for kids:
Food carts (Off the Grid especially Fridays if you go early) and maybe a farmer's market with things to taste. Give them $20 and let them go shopping.
Ethiopian (eat with your hands)
Dim sum with carts
Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous ice cream--they are very nice to kids (and adults)
I agree, no real reason to limit yourselves if the kids are willing.
Korean I like: Muguboka, To Hyang, Namu (modern, not traditional), Shin Toe Bul Yi for fried chicken at dinner. All in the Richmond district (near Golden Gate Park) except the last, which is in the Sunset (not far from the zoo).
Shin Toe Bul Yi
2001 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116
401 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118
439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
3815 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118