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Feb 14, 2013 12:08 PM

Last minute Itinerary Review

Hi everyone!

I'll be up north again tomorrow and am requesting another itinerary review and also would like some help narrowing down a choice for both Saturday(is there a great Sat brunch?) and Sunday breakfast. I’ll be flying out of OAK Sunday at 1:15 (most likely taking the BART) so would like to be leaving the city around 11-ish? I’ll probably squeeze in lots of other snacks and coffee also. I'm based in the Union Square area this time, but as always am willing to travel anywhere. Let’s take a look, shall we?


Breakfast @ The Mill

Lunch @ Bar Tartine (sandwich)

Din @ Saison (9p)


FM noshing + little skillet, maybe?

Din early(since I have no ressies…) @ AQ or Rich Table or St. Vincent


Early Goodies to take w/ me @ b.patisserie

Breakfast/Brunch (needs to be open 10am latest) @ ???? (would love to go to Outerlands but I think that’s pushing it time-wise. Haven’t been to Dottie’s since the move but didn’t particularly think it was great my previous visit. Never been to Butler & the Chef, so maybe that?)

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  1. One thing I see missing is Cal-Italian e.g. Cotogna, Locanda, Incanto etc. not sure how much you are intrigued by that/had it on past trips.

    Between AQ, Rich Table, or St. Vincent. I would only go to St. Vincent if you are interested in wine and would appreciate an extensive and eccentric wine list. It's really a huge part of the experience and otherwise I'd go to one of the other two instead.

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    1. re: goldangl95

      I've been to Cotogna and usually do some Cal-Ital the majority of my visits so it's not really a priority.

      Seems like the consensus is AQ which is just fine by me, it's closest to my hotel anyway!

      What do you guys think of the Croque Monsieur at Butler? Or are the other items better?

    2. Have you been to Foreign Cinema for brunch? they do reservations and have an outdoor space.

      I'd call AQ Friday morning and see if they have a cancellation.

      Butler & the Chef isn't the cheapest but they have good pain perdu and I love the waffles, also open at 8am during the week.

      Also you can go to St. Vincent for a drink before or after a meal. If the focus is food I would go to AQ.

      1. Plow is my favorite breakfast in the city right now...

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        1. re: CarrieWas218

          Mine too and in my neighborhood but I wouldn't suggest it for the weekend when it's super packed and most folks coming into the city don't seem to want to come to Potrero Hill just for breakfast.

          1. re: CarrieWas218

            I enjoy Plow quite a bit as well, but I've already been several times! I always feel like I should be trying new places when I visit, though that doesn't always turn out so successful...

          2. Little Skillet brown sugar-n-black pepper biscuits are a pleasure not to be missed. But Wayfare Tavern is a good fallback for Sat no res midday nosh esp if the FM is overrun. Love their dungeness louie. I also really like Wexler's in FiDi for Sat no res dinner. Locanda is open very late on weekends (1a) so if you miss the early window, it's a good option (with dining bar). Other options for Sunday brunch are Farmer Brown (Little Skillet's parent), Suppenkuche, Blue Bottle Mint Plaza, as they are open earlier and sort of on the way back to US.

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            1. re: rubadubgdub

              Oooh those biscuits sound awesome! We don't have good biscuits in LA so that sounds intriguing along with a small portion of chicken and waffle. Thanks for the other Sunday suggestions, too! I've been to BBMP(and most other locations of theirs, meh) so might try Suppenkuche, depending on my mood that morning.

            2. If I were you I would hit up The Mill and b.patisserie both on Friday as they are fairly close to each other. Just keep on going north on Divisadero and your at b.patisserie. Then, before breakfast Sunday before your departure you can stop by Craftsman & Wolves or Tartine Bakery for some goods to take with you on the plane.

              For breakfast/brunch I would go to Brenda's or Plow over Dottie's.

              For Saturday dinner I would do AQ out of the three you mentioned. Also, you could try State Bird Provisions if that interests you. They open at 5:30 so you should get there at 5:15 if you want get in on the first walk-in seating or go a little later and wait to eat. I was in there two nights ago with no reservations for a party of 2. Walked in at 7:15, gave my name, and got the text at 8:15 saying my counter space for two was ready. My dining partner and I just walked up Filmore to Pac Heights and walked around Japantown for a sec.

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              1. re: benv

                Thanks for the advice, benv! Unfortunately, it took a little longer to get into the city than anticipated so I'll have to go to the Mill and b.patisserie on Sunday morning(I'm an early riser so I can go at opening).

                Guess the Sat dinner consensus is firmly AQ! I went to State Bird Provisions a few months ago when I was last here(really enjoyed it).

                How about Saturday breakfast/brunch? So many options: Butler, Boxing Room, little skillet, locals corner, zazie, park tavern! Any suggestions?

                1. re: baloney

                  I'd suggest Nopa for your Saturday brunch. I'm also a big fan of brunch at Bar Tartine.

                  1. re: baloney

                    Skip the brunchy places and go to Craftsman and Wolves (pastries, baguettes, carrot cocoa muffin), Sightglass coffee, caramels. Dandelion chocolate next door has single-origin bars plus more pastries and drinking chocolate.

                    Or if you want to head out near Zazie, go to Wooly Pig and then Ice Cream Bar instead.

                    (I was unimpressed with Boxing room, and Little Skillet's cute but just okay.)

                    1. re: Windy

                      Hey Windy! Been a while; I haven't posted on the SF board recently (though I've visited a bunch, sorry for no recaps...). I trust your taste so will pass on Boxing Room and LS for now.

                      I didn't love the pastries I got from C&W the last time and already got a bunch of gifts from Dandelion!

                      As of now, I'm just going with this tomorrow: the Mill(early!), b. patisserie, jane, maybe one last stop at Thorough.

                      Tonight - AQ, most likely, though Rich Table is still in play.

                      1. re: baloney

                        Hey baloney!

                        IMO the baked goods are better than the pastry case things at C&W. I haven't tried anything baked at Dandelion yet, just the bars and the pricey drinking chocolate.

                        Not sure what Josey will have at the Mill, but his seed feast and walnut breads are my favorites (so far). There was a date and fennel roll once... Looking forward to hear where you end up for dinner.