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Jan 17, 2013 01:39 PM

5 food industry folks in San Fran from Boston for 3 days - how we doing so far?

I will be in San Francisco for work with 4 of my co-workers for 3 days. We all work in the food industry in Boson so we are really excited to check out the scene out west. We still have a few holes in our plans (so many places are closed on Sunday night!). We are staying in Union Square, we are happy with any cuisine and any budget as long as there is good food and good drink. Here is what we have planned so far:

Sunday (fly in around noon)
We are looking for a bar with a great beer/cider selection that has a TV so that we can watch the Patriots game. We were interested in the Monk's Kettle, but it doesn't look like it has a TV so maybe we will go there another night...
Dinner ???

Breakfast at Tartine
Late lunch - drinks, oysters and snacks at the Boxing Room
Late dinner at ???

Breakfast at Boulettes Larder
Lunch will be a mishmash of picnic stuff from Swan's Oysters, Boudin Bakery and Alioto's
Dinner ???

As you can see, our dinner ideas have fallen short, so any help would be appreciated!

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  1. Im a Boston Industry person! Where do you work and like to eat there?

    And I used to work at Boxing room, so I am Bias, its great

    give me some of your places in Boston that you love and I can help out. or what style of place.


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    1. re: smatbrat

      We work at Formaggio Kitchen (1 of us is from the Boston location, the other 4 from Cambridge)

      We all love to eat at:
      Island Creek Oyster
      Craigie on Main
      Ten Tables
      Hungry Mother
      Strip T's
      BL Gruppo places (Drink, No9, Butchershop)
      East Coast Grill
      I'm sure I'm missing some, but this give you a good idea!

      Then of course all of the little hole in the wall places for great international options!

      Thanks for the help!

    2. How late a dinner on Monday?

      Incanto takes reservations until 9:15.

      Comstock, kitchen midnight Mon.-Sat. 10pm Sun., bar 2am daily
      Flour + Water, midnight Fri.-Sat., 11pm Sun.-Thurs.
      Heaven's Dog, closed for repairs
      Hog & Rocks, kitchen midnight daily, bar 2am Fri.-Sat.
      Lers Ros, midnight daily
      Nopa, 1am daily
      Oola, 1am Tues.-Sat., midnight Sun.-Mon.
      Thai House Express on Larkin, midnight daily
      Yuet Lee, 3am Wed.-Sat. & Mon., midnight Sun. (closed Tues.)
      Zuni, midnight Fri.-Sat., 11pm Sun. & Tues.-Thurs. (closed Mon.)

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Monday we are flexible, but we all usually eat late, so probably 8 or later. Thank you for the options!

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Robert's list is really good, though I'm not a Yuet Lee fan.

          With all due respect to the Boxing Room devotees, I don't think there's anything there you can't get better in some other town.

          I'd add the Alembic - open Mondays, open till 1 for food, 2 for the bar.

          1. re: jane

            Even if you're not a big fan of Yuet Lee, it's hard to beat in that part of the City late at night.

        2. UpCider on Polk is the best place in the city for cider... Don't know if they show sports or not.

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          1. re: CarrieWas218

            I was at Upcider earlier this month and they did not have a TV. They are really fantastic though--great selection of cider and beer, and the food is not bad either.

          2. Thank you for your input! Right now I'm thinking:

            Zuni Cafe Sunday night
            Dinner on Monday, maybe Mexican in the Mission? Then we can get drinks after?
            Quince Tuesday night (how much will this set us back per person?)

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            1. re: thunderbug84

              Awesome! I am sure we know some of the same people. (Beehive, Meyers and Change, Luckys, No9. are my former employers)

              While you are in the Ferry Building, take a stroll past Cow Girl Creamery to see the California version of Formaggio

              I think a Mexican crawl is never a bad idea, thru the Mission. and we can give you some great bars.

              I think Range and State Bird come to mind based on what you like in Boston.

              Bar Agricole also

              I second almost all of Robert's suggestions, Specifically Comstock and then go 2-3 blocks to Romalo's. As well as Hogs and Rocks

              Staying in union sq, but you are Pats fans. I might suggest leaving union sq for a better sports bar, and if you want to be with other Pats fans.
              There is a huge population of Boston Transplants here.

              Are you doing Boudin/Alioto in the wharf I assume? Consider IN and Out Burger, if you have never had one (and if you do have one , ask one of us about the WAY to order)

              Im always glad to help a Bostonian

              1. re: thunderbug84

                Quince menus:

                Personally I'm not a big fan of French-Italian fusion, I'd rather one or the other. Their cheaper place Cotogna next door is one of the half-dozen best Italian restaurants in SF.

                1. re: thunderbug84

                  Zuni's bar needs a serious refresh. Get the oysters and the chicken and a vodka tonic or champagne and go elsewhere for something fresher. There is no beer to speak of. It looks like the wine bar on that block has reopened as "Pause" - previous incarnation was very good.

                  I _always_ eat at the bar now with Zuni. The full sit down table thing is very expensive for what you get.

                  If you're stuck on Zuni, hit somewhere else for drinks after - like Absinthe or maybe the Orbit Room, or Blackbird.

                  The way to do the mission is something like Flour and Water for "dinner", then drink somewhere like Elixir or the back room at Dalva, then grab some quesadilla suiza and meat nachos, then head home. That's a good evening.

                  1. re: bbulkow

                    The chicken for two at Zuni is a good value and I found some good values on the wine list last time I was there.


                    Pause is similar to Yield, the owners' other bar. The food's less ambitious and exciting than CAV's was.

                    Hotel Biron, another great wine bar (not a hotel), is right around the other side of the block.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      My sadness about zuni is the absence of decent bartenders. It was the only place I would order a cosmo, because it's close to the Castro and they would actually make a good one, but in two previous visits cocktails were mixed by amateurs. Now, no more cosmos for me anywhere. Possibly for the best, but what a waste of a classic zinc bar.

                2. Former Bostononian here (OK fine, Somerville) and this town is pretty terrible for sports bars but here are some option for the Pats game:

                  --Pub at Ghirardelli Square. One of the owners is from Boston and I have watched many a Sox game here. It's OK, they turn up the sound LOUD, have good beer specials, and the food is decent.

                  --Pete's Tavern, right across from AT&T park. Not a Pats bar, but it's OK. Will likely be very crowded. Food actually not bad but there's something about the general "feel" of the place that I have never liked.

                  --Connecticut Yankee in Potrero Hill. It's kind of outside of town a bit, but might be worth the trip if you want to watch with fellow fans. Alas, the food is not spectacular, beer selection is good but not awesome, and the service can be... irregular. On second thought, I have a hard time recommending this place.

                  --Red Jack in North Beach. I have never actually been here but I know a lot of people are fond of it for New England sports and I figure it is worth mentioning before my "wildcard" selection...

                  --Players Sports Grill & Arcade at Pier 39. This is a total tourist trap, but for this reason locals avoid it like the plague and when it's hard to find a good seat in front of a big HDTV for a playoff game, this place has them. It is horridly overpriced and I would recommend eating somewhere else, but there's a lot of space. I have watched many big games there. It's kind of like the "Cheers" bar in Boston--I used to watch big Celtics games there because I knew my buddy and I could usually get a seat at the bar.

                  If food is a prime consideration, I took in the BCS Championship game (Zzzzz...) at Hops and Hominy, which is right in Union Square. They have a nice big TV at the bar, the food is fantastic, and they have a well-curated beer selection (and great mixed drinks too) served by knowledgeable bartenders. They are all from Florida and super-nice and love to "talk shop." I bet if you called them they would reserve a table near the TV for you on game day.

                  If you're open to going to the East Bay, Ricky's Sports Theatre & Grill in San Leandro is the obvious choice, but I am not sure it would be worth the trip. If they would just serve decent food, this place would be awesome.

                  Wow this post of mine is totally depressing me. Where do you guys watch games in Boston? I miss my old Inman Square-ish haunts... the Abbey Lounge back in the day, Thirsty Scholar, Spirit, will totally date myself by throwing Bow & Arrow in there... sigh.

                  Enjoy your visit--for the classy places you guys have it nicely covered.

                  Y'all want to invest in my SF sports bar? I am going to call it "Sports on Big TVs with Awesome Food".

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                  1. re: lakemerritter

                    I would!

                    Red jack is great. for a Boston Fan

                    I often find places to watch and get a group together and take it over. Of course I let them know ahead of time.

                    Sure, new AT&T will be good size TV, but I dont know how many people are down there when there is not a game at AT&T.

                    You made some great suggestions.

                    Almost anywhere in the Marina will have TV's. But the Marina is like Newburry street was taken over by Frat boys and girls...