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VealParmGuy Sep 26, 2011 02:08 PM

I am coming to town from LA this weekend with my girlfriend and my parents.

Here's our itinerary so far and would love some thoughts. Mainly need suggestions for Saturday lunch and evening.

Thursday evening - Fringale (an old favorite of my parents)

Friday lunch - Yank Sing (have been before and like)

Friday dinner - plans with cousins in berkeley at their house.

Saturday lunch - Mission Chinese food? Really want to try but not sure where to fit it in, is it a good idea for lunch? Papalote?

Saturday evening - Open for suggestions (Bar Agricole? Would go to Cotogna if we could get in)

Sunday brunch - Brenda's French Soul Food. (Have been here before and it's a favorite)

Other places we've been in the past and liked include Canteen (have only been for brunch and would go again but like Brenda's better) and Range

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Fringale Restaurant
570 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Yank Sing
49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

Brenda's French Soul Food
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Cotogna
490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

  1. mariacarmen Sep 26, 2011 11:32 PM

    have you already been to the Saturday Farmers Market at the Ferry Bldg? It's a great place for breakfast/lunch with parents, with anyone. something for everyone. you will find a LOT of disagreement on Mission Chinese Food. I'm in the camp that says "uneven'.

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    Mission Chinese Food
    2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    1. Robert Lauriston Sep 27, 2011 11:28 AM

      Cotogna's open for lunch Friday and Saturday, the menu's pretty much the same as at dinner, and they have tables available. It's really worth the effort to get there.

      Given the kind of places you like, maybe Bar Tartine.

      Mission Chinese Food is very interesting and unique though I found it kind of hit and miss. Maybe get some takeout and bring it to your cousins' house?

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      Bar Tartine
      561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Mission Chinese Food
      2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

      Cotogna
      490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
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        weshoke Sep 27, 2011 11:41 AM

        It's definitely hit or miss. The best dish there I've had is the rice porridge / congee. I like it for lunch.

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        VealParmGuy Sep 28, 2011 03:28 PM

        I've been to the Ferry Bldg, though not for the market, and intend to go back, maybe on Saturday then.

        Is Farmer Brown too similar to Brenda's? We may go to Wilson & Wilson for a pre-dinner drink, and still need somewhere for dinner nearby (theoretically, though a cab ride isn't a problem).

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        Farmer Brown
        25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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        1. re: VealParmGuy
          Civil Bear Sep 28, 2011 07:41 PM

          >>"Is Farmer Brown too similar to Brenda's?"

          I don't think so. Farmer Brown is more general southern oriented while Brenda's is more NOLA focused. The food at FB's is also kind of mediocre but they do serve great cocktails.

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          Farmer Brown
          25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. re: Civil Bear
            pamf Sep 28, 2011 07:55 PM

            Farmer Brown is known for their fried chicken, but other than that, I agree the food is mediocre. When I ate their with a group a few months ago, it was so loud we couldn't converse and our waiter made a few mistakes, because i don't believe even he could hear what people were asking for.

            I don't usually get too upset about noise or other aspects of the restaurant environment, I like a lively vibe, but the noise level there really ruined the evening for me. Just mentioning this because you mentioned your parents will be joining you.

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            Farmer Brown
            25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

        2. Melanie Wong Oct 2, 2011 09:46 PM

          How'd it go?

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          1. re: Melanie Wong
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            VealParmGuy Oct 3, 2011 01:10 PM

            Fringale and Yank Sing were both fantastic, and the surprise of the trip was actually dinner on Friday night. We got take out from China Village in Albany, and it was great. Here I was thinking i'd found some new gem, but then saw that there are many threads on the subject. I was a big fan.

            For Saturday lunch, we had a delicious waffle from Blue Bottle at the Ferry Building and then I got porchetta from a vendor at the farmer's market. My girlfriend really wanted a "mission burrito" so we stopped by Taqueria Cancun (Market St location) to satisfy that craving.

            One of my girlfriend's friends from college was having a 30th birthday party, so we ended up going to Bocce Cafe on Saturday night. It was fine for a big group dinner and got us to a different part of the city.

            However, the big headline is that Brenda's, which had been a true favorite from a previous trip, was an out and out DISASTER. We went prepared for a wait, but what we experienced was a debacle.

            Originally quoted "about an hour", after about 30-45 mins I checked in again and was told it would be about 30 mins more. I'll just jump ahead, we ended up waiting someone between an hour and a half and 2 hours. We would have gone somewhere else, but were sort of committed at that point. Then once we sat down, somehow everyone in the restaurant (those who sat at the same time or after us) seemed to get their food quicker than us. Lastly, the food ranged from good/fine to disappointing, and in no universe was it worth the wait. What really bothered us was the seemingly blase attitude the staff had. The place somehow had a different feel from when we went about a year ago? Has something changed?

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            Fringale Restaurant
            570 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

            Yank Sing
            49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

            Blue Bottle Cafe
            66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

            Taqueria Cancun
            1003 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

            1. re: VealParmGuy
              Windy Oct 3, 2011 02:38 PM

              Thanks for reporting back.

              You've just summarized all the reasons I don't go out for brunch. Bad food, long lines, hungover servers. What food would be worth waiting 20 minutes, let alone 2 hours? (And I like Brenda's--but skip the weekend crowd.)

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