3 days in SF, non-fine dining experiences needed for this weekend
This will be our third time to SF and I am looking for establishments that are:
Not Fine Dining
Do not require reservations
Not tourist traps
I will be renting a car while we am staying in SF, so traveling to different areas of SF is not a problem. All other ethnic types of food are game. Hole-in-the-wall places are game as well. Don't let me down hounds :)
re: Robert Lauriston
re: little big al
not-for-tourists'- Breakfast at The Cypress Grill, Harding Park Golf Course
Harding Park Golf Course Clubhouse
99 Harding Rd
San Francisco, CA 94132
Mon-Sun 8 am - 6 pm
banana walnut pancakes at John's Ocean Beach Cafe
or the pork hash on the Specials Board -
It's a hole-in-the-wall.
2898 Sloat Blvd near the Zoo
San Francisco, CA 94116
Tue-Sun 7:30 am - 3 pm
citizen's band (but more brunchy than breakfast). Pinkie's bakery is just next door.
On south park is Butler and the Chef. Amazing quiche, but the quiche doesn't come out until later in the morning.
"Not fine dining" - is casual upscale okay? If so, SF has very good Italian in Perbacco, Barbacco & Cotogna. First two have bar seating & last one I think saves half restaurant for walk-ins. Given the quality of food & service, Perbacco, is one of the best value restaurants in SF.
Also, keep seeing recs for Z&Y...
BTW, what did you like on your previous visits?
Second on all those places, though Perbacco is definitely fine dining. Barbacco and Cotogna are much more casual, particularly Barbacco which has TVs with sports on. Cotogna may save space for walk-ins, but the wait can be over an hour.
If those places aren't too upscale, Incanto, La Ciccia, Bar Tartine, and St. Vincent are all worth considering, if you can get in. Saturday night in SF without a reservation can be tough.
Z&Y is great Sichuan with some very unusual dishes.
Dumpling Kitchen, Taraval bet. 29th Ave/30th (Sunset District -- fairly easy parking). Closed Wed.
Opens for lunch and then is open straight through to 9:30 pm (they don't want you to arrive later than 9, for sure)
Terrific dumplings (be sure to get # 1 (soup dumplings) and # 8 (steamed won tons in chili oil). The Moo Shu is good. Generous portions, VERY reasonable. Everyone I've brought there loves it.
re: Robert Lauriston
HRD for Hole in the Wall
Rhea's Deli & Market - for sandwiches
Kippu for low-key Japanese - good for Lunch -
1707 Buchanan Street in Japan Town
-not high-end/excellent Ino, Sebo, Kiss, Aka Tombo-
A la Turca
Sunrise Deli for best falafel
Shin Toe Bul Yi