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Angelino Heading Your Way

Hi SFhounds,

I am coming up from LA for a long weekend in July.

It has been many, many years since I visited your beautiful city and I would welcome some thoughts on where to eat.

I am interested in the as much good stuff as I can gobble up in three days. Money is not an issue...just quality, and things that I cannot find in LA. I feel like I am saturated with Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Peruvian, Pizza and Burgers down here (but would consider those if something was really, really not-to-be-missed). Won't have a car so probably no Oakland.

So far I am considering these joints:

Sat Dinner - Perbacco

Sunday Lunch - Slanted Door (perhaps Zuni Cafe instead?)

Sunday Dinner - nopa

Monday Lunch - Mandalay

Monday Dinner - Foreign Cinema (perhaps Range instead?)

TIA -really look forward to your thoughts.


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  1. Pretty solid list. Maybe consider AQ, St. Vincent, or Bar Tartine instead of Foreign Cinema.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Of those three, only St Vincent is open for dinner on Monday.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Could switch Perbacco or Nopa to Monday.

    2. I like your list.

      I think Slanted Door is more interesting than Zuni-but Zuni is very San Francisco and great when you want oysters a burger or their chicken for two.

      I would also conside taking a ferry to Sausalito and having lunch or dinner there. My current favorite is Le Garage.

      1. Knowing how fabulous the vietnamese food is in LA, I'd recommend that you skip Slanted Door and instead do something unique to SF: Bar Tartine.

        1. Aziza is something you definitely won't find in LA. I'd do it instead of Foreign Cinema or Nopa since you'll find New American/Cal in LA, although not exactly the same. Nothing wrong with either but given limited time and traveling might as well try something a bit different.

          1. Some LA friends swear by Slanted Door, so I expect I will keep that. But swapping Foreign C. for Bar Tartine (and Sunday for Monday) sounds great. My girlfriend is an oyster fiend from Louisiana, and it was the oysters that drew me to Foreign C. I suppose we could always stop by for oysters between meals.

            Any other oyster rec's?

            Thanks so much.

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            1. re: Ciao Bob

              Sounds like a great sort of girlfriend to have. There are tons of places to have oysters-if you are going to check out the Ferry Terminal Hog Island is good for Oysters.

              In what neighborhood are you staying/where will you be hanging out? That could determine your oyster stop.

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                Bar Tartine is not for every palate. They're doing this Hungarian thing now which is very bold, and might not agree with everyone. Personally some of it is too spicy for me, but other people can't stop raving. Just a heads-up. Foreign Cinema is definitely a bit more traditional than Bar Tartine, if that concerns you.

                1. re: dunstable

                  I dig spicy and bold. It sounds perfect. Thanks.

              2. Updated List

                Sat Dinner - Perbacco

                Sunday Lunch - Slanted Door

                Sunday Dinner - Bar Tartine

                Monday Lunch - Mandalay

                Monday Dinner - nopa

                Oysters - Foreign Cinema - or somewhere else?

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                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  Depends on where you are when you decide you want oysters. If you spend any time at the Ferry Bldg. (and you should, but it's too bad that it looks like you won't be here when the Farmers Market is open - Sat., Tues., and Thurs. a.m.s), you could go to Hog Island and sit by the water. Well, in fact, when you go to Slanted Door! maybe do a late lunch at Slanted Door, oysters first, then a later dinner at Bar Tartine.

                  Otherwise, before your dinner at Perbacco you might be able to slip in at the counter at Taditch Grill, which is right next door.

                  you can get also get oysters at Swan Oyster Depot and have a really fun San Francisco experience, but it requires a commitment - there's ALWAYS a line, unless you get there at 11:00 a.m.

                  but you can also get the oysters at Foreign Cinema on Sunday before your Bar Tartine dinner, since you'll be going to the Mission District.

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    I LOVE the Swan Oyster Depot - it reminds me of Casamento's in New Orleans. I can certainly eat oysters at 11 - no problem.

                  2. re: Ciao Bob

                    If you just want oysters, Hog Island Oyster co. in the Ferry Building is excellent.

                    Bar Crudo, Anchor & Hope, and Farallon all have good oyster selections as well as a full seafood restaurant.

                    1. re: goldangl95

                      and farallon has a great happy hour to enjoy oysters & champaigne