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Pacific Heights / Union Square Suggestions [San Francisco]

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Folks,

Looks like I got word I'm heading to the City later this week for 24 or so hours. I'll be staying at the Sir Francis Drake which is out of my usual neighborhoods I like to haunt - I know the Mission, Inner Sunset, Richmond District quite well - I'm looking for:

1.) One dinner in the Union Square area. (Is AQ still good?)
2.) One brunch or lunch in the Pacific Heights area.

I'm partial to places like Burma Superstar, Lime Tree, Khan Toke (we don't do Asian too well in San Diego). Or modern inventive cooking (such as the abovementioned AQ).

Much appreciated!

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  1. AQ isn't quite Union Square. Closer to your hotel I'd suggest:

    Kin Khao (street-food inspired Thai, fresh ingredients, homemade curry powders, etc. Lots of good press lately)

    Sweet Woodruff or Aliment: both more casual than AQ, but with similar modern inventive cooking of the New American variety.

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    1. re: Pei

      I had a great Chinese / Vietnamese meal at Out the Door on Bush near Fillmore. Best diakon cakes ever. It would be in my regular rotation if it were near BART.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Ah, yes. Out the Door is very good.

        Kin Khao looks interesting. Might grab a lunch there when I get in.

        Thanks!

    2. Verbena or Stones Throw might work.

      Sons and Daughters is closer to your hotel than AQ, and I think it fits better than their sister spot Sweet Woodruff, that was suggested.