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Aug 2, 2011 03:52 PM

Week-long visit for family looking to explore everything SF has to offer

I'm a college kid major food lover looking for some recommendations for some sweet SF dining. From august 10-17 my mom, younger sister, and I will be visiting for a week. We'll be staying in the financial district and, while we're definitely looking for at least 2 or 3 nice, somewhat expensive places (maybe I can finagle one really amazing meal), I'm primarily looking for the affordable, adventurous, and indispensable san francisco spots. Most of my time during the day will be spent wandering around either alone or with my 16 year old sister, so we're really free to do some exploring. We will eat basically anything, so if anyone can recommend some food trucks, markets, some casual lunch spots, or really anything that would make our experience there delicious and exciting.

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  1. Have you tried searching this board using key words under discussion such as trucks,markets lunch etc?

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    1. re: wolfe

      You might want to check out this discussion: (Top Ten Must Eats, Budget version).

    2. Welcome to Chowhound!
      There are over 5000 restaurants in SF and hundreds of them are great!
      So more information about where you are coming from and what specifically you are looking to experience (what cuisines interest you) is necessary to help you plan your trip. Also define expensive b/c that means different things to different people (what was expensive to me in College is cheap to me now).

      Please see:

      As that thread says: Help us help you.

      1. On Friday night go to the Off the Grid event at Fort Mason. Perfect for you guys. Get there early, you''ll enjoy.

        check out the Mission District for a large variety of restaurants, from taquerias to upscale, while touring one of our most vibrant neighborhoods - a fun area for you and your little sister to wander about in.

        Saturday morning make sure you hit the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market - it's definitely one of our indispensable san francisco spots.

        I would consider Canteen a destination place, upscale but not too...

        I think if you just do a search on the SF Board using the word "visit" you'll come up with plenty of recommendations.

        817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        Off the Grid
        Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123

        1. If you're going to be here a whole week, take a ferry ride to Sausalito and enjoy world class views of the bay and the SF skyline. And if you are careful, you can eat very well, though at a somewhat higher price point than at many of the bargain ethnic resto's in the city.

          Some rec': Le Garage (casual french) Sushi Ran, Bar Bocci (casual italian w/view and bocci court) Fish (sustainable seafood, nice water view, very casual, very tasty and more than a bit pricey, cash only, tax included and tip is optional.) Fish is off the tourist track, probably a 30 minute walk (some of it along the water) from the ferry or a brief cab ride. For more north bay tips look on these boards. Have a great time.

          Sushi Ran
          107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

          Le Garage
          85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

          1. Also a tip to look at the links at the bottom of this thread. Chowhound suggests similar topics based on your post.

            Off the Grid is great fun. I liked the Thursday Haight event almost as much as Friday at Ft. Mason, which is three or four times the size.

            Off the Grid
            Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123