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Jun 19, 2012 11:20 AM

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.

            3 Replies
            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.