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Jan 20, 2012 04:03 PM

tourist spots

Are there any " touristy" spots on SF that a local would reccomend to a visitor

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  1. The Buena Vista for an Irish Coffee.

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    1. re: Rapini

      I second this, it's perpetually on my list for visitors. I combine it with a cable car ride to get there (but hang on the outside for the best experience, don't sit primly inside). My dad and I actually enjoyed a freshly cooked crab and beer on the sidewalk at Fisherman's Wharf.

        1. re: rworange

          coming on a family trip and i feel like we will end up doing touristy things and if thats the case i want to make sure the food is at least tasty

          1. re: lk_nyc

            If that's the case, then if on a North Beach stroll, try a made to order sandwich at Molinari's, delectable cookies/cakes at Stella, pizza at Tommaso's. If in Chinatown, dim sum or visit the fortune cookie factory in Ross Alley.

            1. re: lk_nyc

              Yeah, that's different. How many people? What ages? What days of the week? What prices are you looking for? What kind of food do they like?

              As someone mentioned, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on a Saturday Morning is a place to stop. lots of good food vendors and a tourist attraction in its own.

              In North Beach, Mama's has a good breakfast. Get there early or there's a line.

              The bbq pork buns and Golden Gate Bakery are great. I guess others can give you some Chinese restaurants that are good in the area.

              Chow near Golden Gate Park is generally reliable. There are other good restaurants in the area depending on whether you have a car and the type of food you like.

              1. re: rworange

                Ok, it is not good board etiquette to do two posts within hours of each other. From your other post which might give more info that people can respond to

                "we'll be doing touristy things but would love some non-touristy options of where to eat.
                2 breakfasts/2lunches/2 dinners and some yummy treat options - staying at the omni. Also, you have a six year old with you as the title of your other post says.

                Mama's is still good
                Towns End is child-friend and along the Embarcadero

                Scoma's would work in the Fisherman's Wharf Area
                In-N-Out is a west coast chain that might also work at the wharf
                Norm's Ice cream at the Wharf would be a better choice than Ghirardelli
                Park Chow as mentioned before if you are near Golden Gate Park.

                i wouldn't do Scoma's or Tadich with a 6 year old. Neither take reservations. Scomas is expensive for dinner and Tadich often has a long line. I'm really not sure what I'd recommend in the tourist areas for dinner unless I know what the kid will eat.

          2. The Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings.

            1. The Tonga Room for drinks. Eat elsewhere.

              Belden Alley.

              Tadich is fun and you can eat well if you stick to a few safe items. I prefer Sam's, few blocks away, almost identical menu.

              The custard tarts at Golden Gate Bakery are worth standing in line for.

              Rulli, the cafe right in Union Square, is very good.