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Jun 21, 2012 03:43 PM

Help with restaurants San Francisco,coast and Palo Alto Sunday brunch

My husband and I will be traveling to California in July. We will have two nights in San Francisco , two nights in Carmel, two nights in Santa Barbara and three nights in the Pasadena area.
I have been lurking on this board for a while now and am still very confused about which restaurants to choose. I did just book a meal at Atelier Crenn for one of our nights in San Francisco. We do not eat meat, but eat dairy and fish. We will spend as much as necessary for good food, but don't usually like prix fixe as we don't like feeling over stuffed after a meal. (we will do the smaller menu offering at Atelier Crenn). We don't need Pasadena suggestions as we will be visiting our son in college and taking him and his friends out each night wherever they want (they don't usually want anything very creative). Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. No contest for brunch: Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park. Nothing like it anywhere else.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      Flea Street no longer does brunch (sad sad).

      1. re: crabycat

        Many on Sundays go to S. California Ave in Palo Alto for the farmer's market and brunch at Joanie's or Cafe Brioche. The food is decent and the farmer's market is fun. It is however super super busy, with long waits for the restaurants unless you get there early.

    2. Carmel and Santa Barbara are on the California Board.

      1. Where are you coming from? For your other night, I would suggest Italian as we are having a great Italian food scene at the moment: Perbacco, Quince, Cotogna, Flour & Water, La Siccia, Delfina, Locanda etc.

        If you have plenty of creative, regional Italian where you are there some other type of cuisine you would like to try?

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        1. re: goldangl95

          We are coming from Boca Raton, Florida, but we are originally from NYC and get back there a bit. We like italian but can get that here and of course in NY. We don't usually get good Vietnamese so I thought of the Slanted Door, but there is not much on this board about it recently. Thanks for all the reply's so far.

          1. re: ranh

            Consider Thanh Long in San Francisco for your Vietnamese fix. They're famous for their garlic roased crab and noodles.

        2. When in San Francisco... dine at Gary Danko in the Financial District... there's no substitute!

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          1. re: Hammer19

            I politely have to disagree. GD is very good but high end very french cuisine can had in most major metro areas.

            1. re: ML8000

              Just to correct you, GD is not a French restaurant, although he incorporates some classical French technique in his cooking. He has been described as a true Californian Chef, utilizing many local and seasonal ingredients indigenous to California. There is a global fusion in his cooking as well as in his technique. in addition, he has an amazing wine list which includes many small California winemakers that do very limited production... A great opportunity to try some obscure, but amazing wines as well. So.... I politely agree to disagree with you and reiterate my opinion to ranh to definitely consider Gary Danko for an example of great California cuisine...... Check some of the Yelp reviews as reference 3,008 reviews and an average of 4.5 stars and 2 Michelin Stars speak for themselves!

              1. re: Hammer19

                I would agree with you about Gary Danko's. It's one of my favorite San Francisco restaurants.I believe that he has his own style and what I like is that both food and service have been consistently good there over the years. You need to make reservations in advance though, since they are hard to get. My opinion though is that it is worth it. And even if you considered it French, II don't think that great French restaurants are that easy to find.