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BonVivette Apr 11, 2013 09:27 AM

We've got two whole days and a couple of odd bits in San Francisco as part of our honeymoon in California. We're staying in the Union Square area. Can anyone please recommend good restaurants in the vague vicinity for dinner? We have lots of good Indian food in London but apparently (according to an American friend) appalling Mexican so I'd like a recommendation for the latter (possibly for lunch) and something Chinese for dinner.

And somwhere great for our 3 breakfasts (you Americans do THE best breakfasts) near our hotel, The Chancellor.

We're then going on to Sonoma, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Big Sur and I am guessing the whole burgers, ribs etc thing (what Brits think of as US food) can be sampled more easily there than Chinese and Mexican?

Many thanks

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    DavidT Apr 12, 2013 09:23 AM

    It would be well worth your time to go to the Search box in upper right-hand corner of this page and search for "Union Square." You will find many, many past threads with dozens and dozens of helpful suggestions already here for you to review.

    Dotties cafe is very good breakfast spot a couple of blocks from Union Square.

    Fino (in the 600 block of Post Street) is good Italian for dinner.

    Canteen (on Sutter Street) is also very good for dinner. Very small, reservations essential.

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      Malcolm Ruthven Apr 12, 2013 07:30 AM

      I second El Molino Central (town of Sonoma) for great Mexican in a very no-frills setting. Also Fremont Diner (just outside the town of Sonoma) for excellent "American" food in a diner setting, with outside tables near a vineyard.

      A few photos of each place:

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      1. re: Malcolm Ruthven
        wally Apr 12, 2013 08:48 AM

        El Molino Central is in Boyes Hot Springs rather than Sonoma.

        1. re: wally
          Malcolm Ruthven Apr 12, 2013 01:15 PM

          That's correct, although I consider it Sonoma. It's on Hwy 12 as you leave Sonoma going north, still in the area of businesses.

      2. bbulkow Apr 11, 2013 09:57 PM

        Get a burger at Kronnerbuger

        Here's a short run down of reasonable mexican places

        And yes, the mexican in london is terrible, although mexican isn't a high complexity cuisine

        I would skip Chinese and eat at one of the "californian" restaurants. You might call it "modern cuisine". Like AQ. And don't get a steak here.

        1. grayelf Apr 11, 2013 09:46 PM

          We visit SF a couple times a year to EAT and stay near Union Square. There are a lot of tourist-trappish restaurants as you might expect but a nice breaky nearby can be had at Café de la presse. The oeufs a la meurette and benedictes are lovely, and they have a nice selection of small pastries for the lighter appetite. Also though by no means the best coffee (that is a tight horse race in the Bay Area), the bols de café there make me happy. Congrats on your upcoming nuptials!

          1. Robert Lauriston Apr 11, 2013 10:00 AM

            Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and Big Sur are discussed on the California board.

            1. wolfe Apr 11, 2013 09:57 AM

              If passing through the city of Sonoma lunch at El Molino Central.

              1. smatbrat Apr 11, 2013 09:37 AM

                Yu can burger most everywhere.
                But in all honesty, in SF, I think there is more Mexican and Chinese then American food

                asking for Mexican and Chinese recs can easily open an entire debate.

                I would recommend some research (the mission and Richmond Dist specifically) and then we can narrow down your choices.

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