Angelino Heading Your Way
- Ciao Bob Jun 19, 2012 11:20 AM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.