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jveats Aug 3, 2011 01:36 PM

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?

  1. Robert Lauriston Aug 4, 2011 10:00 AM

    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.


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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      jveats Aug 4, 2011 01:36 PM

      Sean Brock is definitely a star in this town (Charleston). I can't say enough thanks to everyone for all the suggestions! I would definitely be lost without them, and thanks for the travel tips too. Can't wait.

    2. Robert Lauriston Aug 3, 2011 02:29 PM

      Bar Tartine, Barbacco, Cotogna, Incanto, Lers Ros, Jai Yun (reservations essential), La Mar.

      Larkin Express closes at 8:30.

      Jai Yun
      680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Bar Tartine
      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

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Robert Lauriston Aug 3, 2011 03:59 PM

        I edited that post to remove places not close to BART.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          tranewreck Aug 3, 2011 08:43 PM

          A second for BarTartine. Worth it for the bread alone, but there is a whole lot more.
          (1 1/2 blocks from the 16th and Mission Bart station)

        2. wolfe Aug 3, 2011 01:46 PM

          Give us a hint, what cuisine.
          PPQ Dungeness Island or maybe Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen

          Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
          452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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          1. re: wolfe
            jveats Aug 3, 2011 01:53 PM

            Budget is "reasonable." Maybe $100 for 2? We just want good food and don't have a lot of time to explore the town.

            1. re: wolfe
              jveats Aug 3, 2011 01:55 PM

              Any kind of cuisine really. We don't have dungeness crab and tons of wild mushrooms like you do, but Burmese sounds good too!

              1. re: jveats
                scarmoza Aug 3, 2011 02:41 PM

                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

                1. re: scarmoza
                  jveats Aug 3, 2011 03:57 PM

                  Wow, thanks for the tip on travel. I will definitely put Locanda on the short list. Any other options out there? Off the wall, down dark alley locations, and locals only places?

                  557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                2. re: jveats
                  Windy Aug 3, 2011 07:44 PM

                  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.

                  Little Yangon
                  6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

                  1. re: Windy
                    Robert Lauriston Aug 4, 2011 09:07 AM

                    Little Yangon is great, but if you have only a few hours in the area, that's not a very interesting neighborhood. If you do go there, take the 14 Mission bus into town, you'd see more than going back to BART.

                    Little Yangon
                    6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

              2. scarmoza Aug 3, 2011 01:41 PM

                Do you have a budget?

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