Are there any " touristy" spots on SF that a local would reccomend to a visitor
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.
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.
The Tonga Room for drinks. Eat elsewhere.
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.