1 night in SF-where to eat?
I am a chef traveling from Charleston, SC and only have one night to eat in San Francisco. We are looking for great food without the pretense, and we don't need it to be fine dining. Staying near the airport but willing to catch a cab to anywhere in town. Where should we go?
Since roundtrip taxi fare will cost you upwards of $75 from the area around SFO, I would look into taking BART (it'll cost you around $32 for 2 people roundtrip).
My latest favorite in your price range is Locanda, on Valencia near 16th (not far from 16th Street BART). Highly recommend the roasted halibut collar and the carciofi alla giudia (fried artichokes).
557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
If you want Burmese, take BART to Daly City and walk 1/4 mile up the hill to Little Yangon. Inexpensive, unpretentious, delicious, and I think open until 10 (give them a call). Dinner for two will be under $40.
You could then hop back on BART and hit the Mission for drinks and dessert.
I love PPQ Dungeness Island, but it's not practical without a car. You could get a Dungeness crab near the airport from one of the many excellent Cantonese restaurants in Millbrae. I'm partial to Asian Pearl, but that's one of many. I'd still recommend coming up to the city for at least a walk around.
6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014
Bar Tartine, Barbacco, Cotogna, Incanto, Lers Ros, Jai Yun (reservations essential), La Mar.
Larkin Express closes at 8:30.
680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
If you're taking BART, you might also consider Plum, in Oakland, the second restaurant of Daniel Patterson, who has two Michelin stars at Coi. Very ambitious and creative food minus all the fine-dining trappings. Sean Brock did a special dinner there earlier this year.