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1 Lunch and 1 Dinner in San Francisco - Where to Go?

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Biggie Sep 11, 2012 05:11 AM

As the title suggests, I'll be making a short trip to San Francisco (my first time there). I know the city has some great restaurants, but it's really hard to choose where to go. I'm really only going to be able to have time for a lunch and dinner (both on this Friday), and I'd like some suggestions.

Here are a couple of things to narrow it down:

- Not too hard to get into without a reservation (or one made with only a few hours' notice)

- Casual dress - I may or may not be dining with some friends who only dress up for court appearances

- It would be awesome if they had some keto-friendly (low-carb) options, or a menu that would facilitate simple substitutions (ie, no starch and extra veggies). For this reason, I'd like to avoid most Asian fare.

- Bonus points if they have a nice cocktail menu

- Additional bonus points if it's somewhere near the airport and/or the Kezar Pavilion

Thanks in advance!

  1. Civil Bear Sep 11, 2012 05:50 AM

    Cha Cha Cha could fit you bill. It's fun, casual, near Kezar, and tapas (no problem avoiding carbs). Not sure about a cocktail bar, but the sangria is great.

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    1. re: Civil Bear
      CarrieWas218 Sep 11, 2012 07:48 AM

      I'm going to throw a big dissenter vote for Cha Cha Cha as being just okay and not worthy of a "1 lunch, 1 dinner" shout-out.

      Biggie, there isn't much near the airport but I think Hyperbowler has a better suggestion with Alembic as having great cocktails and more interesting foods for the neighborhood.

      I'd go to Lower Haight were you could hit Lers Ros, Supenkuchen, Absinthe, or - for just a great rum cocktail - Slugger's Cove.

      1. re: CarrieWas218
        singleguychef Sep 11, 2012 10:06 AM

        I think you mean Smuggler's Cove (although Slugger's Cove would be the perfect bar near the Giants' ballpark).

        1. re: singleguychef
          CarrieWas218 Sep 11, 2012 03:20 PM

          Ooops - thanks, SingleGuy!

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      hyperbowler Sep 11, 2012 06:22 AM

      Is it lunch or dinner near the airport?

      For dinner and cocktails, try Alembic in the Haight. My only hesitation is that it might be packed, but it's worth a shot if you're passing by. There's not a carb heavy menu. The entrees all have veggies paired to them, but it's not the kind of place where I'd ask for substitutions.

      www.alembicbar.com/local.pdf

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