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Food Itinerary - Please help narrow

rhirhic May 10, 2012 11:46 AM

Hello! My boyfriend and I are visiting SF in early August. We will be there Wednesday -Tuesday for a music festival. I don't really have an itinerary per se, but I like to have a list of vetted restaurants we can keep on hand and choose by wherever we happen to be. The festival is near Golden Gate Park - we haven't booked accommodations yet but I imagine it will be somewhere near there. However, recommendations from all areas are welcome!

As for our particular taste and budget, food is our biggest incentive to visit new places. We are very adventurous and love trying new things. Our budget is mid-range and we do like to drink while we eat. I've been searching the boards and have a list of places from here and from friends in the area and a couple that I really loved and want to revisit during our stay. If there are any that are skippable or replaceable, please let me know!

One thing I also didn't see perusing the boards was many recommendations for good coffee houses. As you will see Blue Bottle and Phil'z are already on my list!

Wooly Pig's sandwiches
Pizzeria Delfina
Limon Rotisserie
Mission Chinese Food
Slanted Door
Tacqueria Cancun

Bar Tartine
Cliff House
Bar Agricole
Magnolia Brewpub
Buena Vista Café

Knead Patisserie
Ferry Building

Blue Bottle

  1. m
    margieco May 10, 2012 05:32 PM

    I LOVE canteen but it's beer/wine only.
    Bar Agricole is good food and cocktails. You may want to add AQ to your list; also really good food and cocktails.

    I actually like heaven's dog better than slanted door but that may be because it's really easy to walk into and the cocktails are good.

    you may want to hit up an Off the Grid, too. I think there's one in the upper haight one night during the week. A good way to get a bunch of food trucks at once.

    1. z
      zin1953 May 10, 2012 12:24 PM

      >>> One thing I also didn't see perusing the boards was many recommendations for good coffee houses. As you will see Blue Bottle and Phil'z are already on my list! <<<

      Yeah, I'd pass on both of those . . .

      I live in Berkeley and have NOT been impressed with Philz -- http://www.philzcoffee.com/ -- in the half-a-dozen times I've checked it out.* Then again, some people do love it, so . . .

      As for Blue Bottle -- http://www.bluebottlecoffee.net/ and headquartered in Oakland, by the way -- it's good, and I wouldn't avoid it when I'm at the Ferry Building, for example, or if I'm in SFMOMA, but there are (IMHO) much better micro-roasters worth a deliberate visit. Check out, in alphabetical order:

      -- Four Barrel Coffee http://fourbarrelcoffee.com/
      -- Ritual Coffee Roasters http://www.ritualroasters.com/
      -- Sightglass Coffee http://sightglasscoffee.com/


      * Then again, it would only be fair to acknowledge I have a commercial espresso machine and two grinders in my kitchen, so I'm drinking far more espressos and cappuccinos than I am pour-over drip coffee.

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      1. re: zin1953
        rhirhic May 10, 2012 12:29 PM

        Thank you! I will add those to the list. My boyfriend will be excited about Sightglass because we bought a bag of their coffee in Portland to take home and have been dreaming of it since.

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