College age Seattle couple hitting SF, need recommendations!
We will be in town November 10th (fly in PM) through November 14th. We are looking for mid-priced suggestions for the most part, but we do want to have one nicer night out. We will be staying in The Mission, but venturing out all over (Mission, Tenderloin, Van Ness, Castro, etc.). Honestly, if you think it's amazing we will take a cab to get there. We're basically just looking for the spots that can't be missed. We love all fares.
Since you'll be in the Mission, stop by one of my favourite spots that I frequent often. It is consistently good, Limon Rotisserie (the one on South Van Ness). It's Peruvian and specializes in amazing roasted chicken served with what I call crack sauce. You get 3 dipping sauces that you will want to drink. They also have several ceviches and fantastic empanadas amongst other tasty morsels. Bonus - they are very reasonably priced.
If you are brunch folks, check out Mission Beach Cafe (also in the Mission). Tasty! I hear dinner there is also quite good but haven't had a chance to check them out after the sun has gone down.
For a bit nicer try the Sardinian restaurant, La Ciccia in Noe Valley. It's not spendy but has a more upscale vibe than the other places I've mentioned. Food is consistently stellar and the owners will make you feel so welcome.
Nopa in the hood NOPA is a favourite in SF. Personally, I get seriously bored with their mains but love the starters so I like to grab a seat in the bar and have one of their amazing cocktails whilst sharing a few starters with a friend.
Also in NOPA is a nice casual French bistro called Bistro Central Parc. The food might not be the very best French food in the city but they are consistently good and the owner will charm the pants off you. It might be a bit dull for college aged people as it is off the beaten path but if you find yourself nearby, check it out. If only for a great bowl of mussels and a glass of wine at the bar.
Cal-Italian: pick any of these: locanda, cotogna, flour + water, incanto
Bakeries: B Patisserie (really awesome), craftsman + wolves, Knead ...there's a ton popping up all over I haven't been keeping up.
Ice Cream: Bi-Rite, Humphrey Slocombe, Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous
Coffee (yes..even though you are coming from seattle): Blue Bottle, Four Barrel, Ritual, Philz (for excellent drip)