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Apr 4, 2012 10:29 AM

Visiting from Boston with my 15 yo daughter

She's a fairly adventurous eater, generally. She likes seafood and is fond of our local oysters. Will eat spicy food, but not fond of Indian. I'm thinking of one fancyish meal and maybe one at a good SF Chinese restaurant. I've got a reservation at Coi, should I keep it or go elswhere? Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Hog Island Oyster Co. in the Ferry Building has awesome oysters (casual with some tables). If you are here on a Saturday, you should stop by the Ferry Building Sat morning for their farmers market.

    Bar Crudo, is a restaraunt, that has a good oyster selection and interesting takes on seafood dishes.

    There are also some good old school seafood houses, but I imagine coming from Boston those are not of much interest.

    1. Mission Chinese Food could be a good choice bc it's in the heart of the Mission and, depending on what you order, you can have a very spicy meal. Personally I don't like every dish to be spicy, so I try to vary it. Pig ears, numbing chicken, savory custard, and pork jowl are among my favorites there. Lers Ros is excellent Thai, the one in Hayes Valley gives you a chance to explore another fun neighborhood. Both are inexpensive (entrees < $15).

      1. Yank Sing in Rincon Center for lunch. The best dim sum in town.
        Bonus: Check out the WPA murals depicting the history of California in the old post office at the front of the building.
        Zuni is a good fancy-ish sophisticated place for a kid that likes oysters.
        The Hog Island Oyster Co. in the Ferry Bldg. is good too.
        Wandering around the Ferry Bldg. poking one's head into all the shops is fun. Lots of good food.
        Don't go to Swan's Oyster depot.
        It's the perennial favorite that's' really just a cheesy overpriced tourist rip off.

        9 Replies
          1. re: melvin

            This nontourist loves Swan's. Local institution with really fresh seafood.

            1. re: rubadubgdub

              I'm very curious on one point. Is Swan's the same type of seafood place one finds in Boston?

              1. re: goldangl95

                I think so, although I was a starving student when I lived in Boston and my dining out was very limited. Think fresh seafood served simply in what looks like a fish shop and you get the idea. I would recommend having Dungeness crab there or anywhere in town, even if it's not local, since you can't get that out East readily.

                1. re: rubadubgdub

                  Ditto on non-tourist loving Swan's. Great place, much prefer it to the really tourist-packed Hog Island Oyster Co.

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    Yes but, if one is coming from Boston, would you pick Swan's over Saturday Morning Farmer's Market Ferry Building + Hog Island Oyster Co.?

                    I am not too familiar with the food scene in Boston (only been there twice) and I'm not very familiar with Swan's either..but I can imagine you can find a Swan's in Boston.

                    1. re: goldangl95

                      Yes but in Boston you would probably have to order lobster instead of Dungeness Crab.

                      1. re: goldangl95

                        No need to go to either Swan's or Hog Island for oysters since there are plenty of places that serve good oysters in more comfortable environments without being tourist traps (Bar Crudo, Waterbar, Zuni, Farallon, etc). The Ferry Building is definitely worth visiting but the wait for an uncomfortable seat at Hog Island will be pretty long on a Saturday. Might as well walk over to Waterbar, which is just a few blocks away.

                2. My soon-to-be 16 yr old loves Barbacco & Perbacco (contemporary Italian, casual upscale with latter being more formal, though not high end).

                  Also second the rec for Yank Sing...great SF institution. Afterwards, you can walk just around the block & find yourself right in front of the Bay Bridge.

                  I third or fourth the Hog Island Oyster Co. rec. Also at the Ferry Bldg, my girls love Acme Bread & Recchiutti chocolates.

                  1. I'll second Yank Sing for their dim sum, and would also suggest walking around Chinatown one afternoon. There's a fortune cookie factory on Ross Alley where they make fresh fortune cookies. They'll give you a free sample of a delicious warm fortune cookie.

                    Are you staying in Union Square? I'd also recommend hitting the Westfield Food Court (which is not really a "food court" in the traditional sense of the term) for a snack or lunch followed by some shopping. The food court has upscale versions of a traditional food court food, like Coriander Thai (I'm not sure if your daughter likes Thai if she's not into Indian), Buckhorn Grill (known for their grilled beef tri-tip), a specialty cream puff shop, and a high-end grocer with good prepared foods. There's also Out the Door, the fast/casual version of the popular Slanted Door in the Ferry Building has both a take-out and sit-down option there. My husband is from Boston, and his family loves the Slanted Door!

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                    1. re: LaBuonaForchetta

                      The Westfield food court might not have outposts of Sbarro or McDonald's, but it still feels like a food court (loud, cramped and crowded) plus (minus?) it's in a mall basement. I stop there (Sorabol or Coriander) for quick bites because it's in between my gym and the Powell underground metro stop, but I don't recommend it to anyone unless the convenience makes it necessary.

                      Nearby, I'll vouch for La Boulange (on Market at 3rd, or the new one right nearby at Metreon), Super Duper Burger, Tropisueno, or The Grove (slightly farther away at Mission at 3rd). None of these is more expensive (in my experience) than the Westfield food court, but the atmosphere (perhaps excepting Super Duper) is far better.

                      Also -- Out the Door at Westfield is still closed and has been for months. I seriously doubt they'll be reopening at all, but I'm not sure.

                      1. re: Frosty Melon

                        I agree that the Westfield food court is unpleasant. In that area my son likes the Mexican food at Tropisueno. I think it's pretty good, too. He likes to follow up with a cream puff from Beard Papa's a couple doors down. (I loathe them, but teens seem to like them.)