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Picnic fixings near Dolores Park? [San Francisco]

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We're heading into the City tomorrow and want to pick up picnic supplies somewhere near Dolores Park (Mission/Noe Valley/Bernal, etc.). Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. If budget is not an issue, you can get whatever you need at Bi-Rite market just down the street.

    There's also a Whole Foods on 24th, a Molly Stone on 18th & Castro (well, a block up from Castro), and a Safeway on Market & Church.

    Oh, and there's Rhea's on Valencia or Ike's, of course for sandwiches.

    1. Can't beat Bi-Rite and it's right there.

      http://www.biritemarket.com

      1. I third Bi-Rite--and then swing by Tartine Bakery, en route to the park.

        1. Oh great, I didn't realize the 18th St. Bi-Rite had opened yet, and some goodies from Tartine would be lovely. Thank you!

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          1. re: glomer

            That Bi_Rite has been there for years; you may be thinking of the new, big one in Nopa that just opened.

            Between the two, it makes for a lovely, lovely afternoon!

            1. re: Violatp

              Oh gotcha.

          2. Headed to the park on 4/20, eh? Buy extra baked goods.

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            1. re: lakemerritter

              Oh no! I forgot about this! I just want to hang out with my almost-four-year-old who is too combustible for restaurants at the moment.

              1. re: glomer

                There's going to be a lot of "combusting" goin' on at the park that day. Then again, if you're having trouble getting the little tyke to nap maybe it's a good call...

                Seriously: this will not be a good scene tomorrow for a non hippie-raised 4-year-old. Count on it.

                (Edited to account for the fact that some people will probably actually bring their 4-year-olds. And also to say that my parents probably took me to parties where people smoked pot and I turned out fine so maybe it's not so bad.)

                1. re: lakemerritter

                  Ugh, ok. Any other suggestions for a picnic in the city with a preschooler? We can never find any parking at GGP and Land's End has become so crowded since the renovation.

                  1. re: glomer

                    If you find it difficult to park in GGP (hint: park near Ocean Beach), you will find Delores Park intolerable.

                    Precita Park or Bernal Hill would probably have the easiest parking, but I think GGP near Ocean Beach or the Marina Green would work.

                  2. re: lakemerritter

                    oh Dolores is a big park, easy to move upwind, but as an alternate, Alta Plaza (is that the name?) in Pac Heights has a good playground and a nice view with good T/O options nearby on Fillmore.

                    1. re: hill food

                      Alta Plaza is a great park for kids. You're right; that playground is terrific and the views are lovely. I've never tried to park around there so am not sure of the situation - if there's a garage or something.

                      1. re: Violatp

                        hey it's SF - the parking sucks everywhere. I worked for a guy that lives up that way and got paid overtime to poll the businesses on Fillmore if 'Art and All Jazz' fest (or whatever its name) really increased their business? I knew the answer before I started but he was connected and royally ticked off about his garage being blocked once and it was a nice afternoon for a paid stroll anyway.

                        yeah that swing set flying out over the hill edge...love it.

                        1. re: hill food

                          Ha!

                          The only park I can think of with easy parking and not kinda scary (McLaren) is Stern Grove but that's probably a little too far out from city center and doesn't have an awesome swing set!

                          1. re: Violatp

                            Alamo Square's not bad but it's a hike for food and views are wasted on toddlers anyway.

                            watching the sea lions bicker and squabble at the wharf is always good (and the only reason to go IMHO) but cheap and easy stroller food abounds. but I gotta say glomer's 'Plan A' sounds best, despite with who and what you may be sharing the park.

                            1. re: hill food

                              Oh, but it smells so, so bad!!

                              But, I have a grudge against the Wharf. Everytime I've gone, the Bush Man gets me. Every time!

                              1. re: Violatp

                                he's STILL there? good lord, there is something to be said for continuity, and yet...

                                1. re: hill food

                                  I wouldn't be surprised if he franchised himself ages ago.

                  3. re: glomer

                    The hippies and hipsters will be at Hippie Hill in GGP for 4/20, Haight and Stanyon. It's an annual thing there. I think you're safe. I suppose they might show up at Delores Park but not likely in mass like GGP.

                    1. re: ML8000

                      Hi folks,

                      Thanks so much for all the helpful replies. I used to live in San Francisco, but long before I had a kid, so I'm not so park-savvy. Stern Grove is a good idea, since we'll be coming up the 280/19th; any good spots to pick up food in the Sunset/West Portal? Will also look into Alta Plaza since, as you say, there are lots of food options in Pacific Heights and we like poking around Jtown. Thanks again!

                      1. re: glomer

                        except for the blowing sand, there's nothing like a stroll along Ocean Beach.

                        J-town has a garage, but is perhaps too long a walk for a 4 YO to Alta Plaza. for carryout in the Sunset I really liked all the mom'n'pop places on Irving west of 19th when I lived in that area a million years ago. really good shawarma back then at about 21st-ish.

                        1. re: glomer

                          There are a bunch of places right on West Portal for food. Market & Rye is a newer place that I haven't been to but their stock in trade is salads and sandwiches and things like housemade twinkies. On Taraval, there's Guerra Meat Market & Deli and kitty corner from that (well, pretty much) the Parkside Market, which I absolutely love. Cheap produce and lots of middle-eastern options: breads, meats, cheeses, olives. There's also a Safeway across the street. It's one of the smaller Safeways but fine for necessities.

                          Another plus for Stern Grove (from the point of view of your child) is that they have a giant dog park and the little lake has some great ducks and other water fowl. Lots to look at and want to chase but be held back by you! :-)

                          1. re: Violatp

                            This all sounds great--thank you so much!

                          2. re: glomer

                            Stern Grove is often foggy or cool when Dolores Park is warm and sunny.

                            I think the scene at Dolores Park will be the same as it is every weekend.

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              Thanks, we actually ended up at Alta Plaza, stopping at Bi-Rite on Divis on the way. It was perfect! Thanks so much for all the guidance.

                    2. anybody remember back when the Bi-Rite was your typical dumpy corner store? (OK it was a tad better than some)

                      1. - another place for children or adults to run and stretch their legs is the Harding Park golf course at Lake Merced.
                        Parking is easy.

                        Breakfasts are excellent at the golf club cafe: Cypress Grill.
                        (the breakfast sandwich is perfect for children - or, the Breakfast burrito - large enough to split)
                        Share the English Club or the Presidential Breakfast with the children.
                        It's also a good spot for a picnic by the water.
                        http://www2.cybergolf.com/tpc/images/...
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888623