Where to take a 16 year old for dinner in the Mission [SF]?
- farmersdaughter Mar 19, 2014 02:33 PM
A friend is coming into town with her 16 year old daughter, a high school junior, to look at colleges and want me to choose a place for dinner for the three of us, with some minimal sightseeing before. I was thinking a walk around the Mission including a stop to see the murals in Balmy Alley and then dinner. The daughter is not an adventurous eater. Any suggestions of a restaurant in the Mission that a 16 year old would think was fun? They're from Southern California, so they have plenty of taquerias and Mexican food, but anything else would be fine, I'm just not in the habit of entertaining high school aged people. Entrees $25 and under would be ideal.
My son and I enjoyed Pizzeria Delfina. Not exactly a restaurant, but we spent about $50.00! We spent the day "snacking" at various other places as well. BI RITE, Baker and Wolf bakery...something like that. A place a few doors down that specializes in choclate. One between those two that has cheese dishes. Has "cheese" in the name. I can get details if you're interested.
Non adventurous? non Mexi-Cal-ian? Non expensive? That narrows the list way, way down.
For "fun" I'd say LoLo, Dosa, Udupi Palace, Esperpento... but those might be too "adventurous"? LoLo will be hard to get a reservation for too.
Limon Rotisserie is reliably good and reasonably priced. Some items may not appeal to her, but their mainstay dish, pollo a la brasa, is a crowd pleaser.
There's always the ever expanding realm of pizza restaurants. I still love Pauline's. Little Star, Beretta, Pizza Hacker... also come to mind.
I'll second little star and beretta. I'll also throw in Rosamunde for sausage and french fries(look into it, might be too casual). For a little more upscale, Luna Park. Not exciting or memorable, but the food is solid, it's popular, and it's close to the 16th and valencia hub . (i speculate on what 16 year olds find cool. )
dr. teeth; though might want to do some research on when they're 21+ only.
all sorts of fun, creative, tasty, junk food. not gourmet by any stretch but will satisfy anyone, as long as they're not health freaks.
+1 Limon and St. Francis Fountain
Blue Plate in the Outer Mission might work as well, especially for the non-adventurous eater.
For me, the main draw of Limon is the sangria, followed by some salty and savory food that tastes even better once you've had some sangria.
I think some 16 year olds would definitely like it, but I wonder how much people who don't drink really enjoy it.
I like the suggestion of LoLo, if you can get a reservation.