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Jun 15, 2012 10:16 AM

San Fran Trip - Restos

Hello All,

Planning a trip to San Fran and wanting to know what you recommend for restaurants.

I have the following in mind:

Flour & Water
Mission Chinese

We're into good vibe, neighborhood style, where the locals like to dine type restaurants. Not into overpriced stuffy restaurants.

Help me out with suggestions please!

Living in Toronto we have great restaurants and markets. Markets would be great to go to as well.

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  1. This question gets asked several times a week. We've had requests in the last few months from other people from Toronto -- I suggest you do a search for "Toronto" and see what we recommended for them and, if they reported back, what they liked/didn't like.

    Here are my results:

    1. Good list. Keep in mind if you end up unable to get a reservation at Flour & Water or Frances (make sure to call too, not just check open table). They reserve a certain amount of seating for first come first serve. If there are just one or two of you, if you show up at the restaurant half an hour before it opens, you should get seated within the next hour.

      7 Replies
      1. re: goldangl95

        If a restaurant can't seat you when it opens, you'd have to wait for the tables to turn, so maybe more like an hour and a half or two hours. Flour+Water regularly quotes waits of three hours.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Interesting. I've never had the 3 hour wait problem at Flour + Water (3 hour wait time when I arrive half an hour before the restaurant opens for a party of 2). I usually am in the first seating, which means no wait at all once it opens. Or yes, waiting about an hour and a half (usually go to Homestead to wait and walk back)

          Same occurred at Frances (waited about an hour and a half). Though with Frances, my understanding they just keep getting even more ridiculously booked/popular over time, so my experience there may be less reliable.

          1. re: goldangl95

            The three-hour wait quotes are later in the evening. I really can't imagine getting there at 5:00 and standing around when I might still have to wait for the second seating instead of making a reservation at La Ciccia, Incanto, Barbacco, or half a dozen other great Italian places.

            I don't think you mean Comstock, it's three miles from Flour+Water.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I've walked into Flour + Water around 5 without a reso and been seated right away. I wouldn't want to stroll in at 7:30, but that's probably true of half the restos in SF.

              1. re: dunstable

                Sure, luck of the draw, probably better than 50-50 chance that if you get in line at 5:00 you'll be in the first seating when they open at 5:30. I still can't see putting up with that when they take reservations and there are places just as good where you can just walk in or get a reservation on short notice to eat at a normal dinner hour.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  5:30 then, whenever they open. The point is I walked in when it opened and didn't have to wait in line or anything. Just sauntered up to the bar and sat down. But, YMMV, etc.

                  Although I do agree that, if there HAD been a line, I wouldn't have waited on it. It's not THAT great a resto.

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                Whoops, you are right I meant Homestead. Editing above.

        2. Mission Local Eatery on 24th Street is the kind of place you're talking about. I don't know Francis, but personally I'm not a fan of either F+Water nor MC.

          As for a market, make sure you hit the Saturday morning Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market. It's renowned and rightly so.