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

ranh Jun 21, 2012 03:43 PM

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. pikawicca RE: ranh Jun 21, 2012 03:47 PM

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

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      crabycat RE: pikawicca Jun 21, 2012 09:14 PM

      Flea Street no longer does brunch (sad sad).

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        goldangl95 RE: crabycat Jun 22, 2012 08:06 AM

        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. wolfe RE: ranh Jun 21, 2012 04:07 PM

      Carmel and Santa Barbara are on the California Board.

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        goldangl95 RE: ranh Jun 21, 2012 04:14 PM

        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 from...is there some other type of cuisine you would like to try?

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          ranh RE: goldangl95 Jun 21, 2012 04:22 PM

          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.

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            512window RE: ranh Jun 21, 2012 04:35 PM

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

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          Hammer19 RE: ranh Jun 21, 2012 04:32 PM

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

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            ML8000 RE: Hammer19 Jun 21, 2012 05:30 PM

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

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              Hammer19 RE: ML8000 Jun 21, 2012 07:07 PM

              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!

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                cometraveler RE: Hammer19 Jun 22, 2012 10:56 PM

                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.

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