Hi all. I've been reading through many threads over the last week and have gained an appreciation for some of the sure hits in SF, but would love any specific feedback. Sorry for the length and the number of questions!
We're a family of 4 with 2 boys 11 and 13. Both boys have, for better or worse, gained an appreciation for good food and are really looking forward to SF mostly for that reason!
Here's the rough itinerary, which is probably very familiar.
Arrive late and check-in to the Warwick near Union Square.
Thursday: breakfast at Dottie's True Blue Cafe at opening time.
Walking near Chinatown, hitting Golden gate Bakery along the way, and either Naked Lunch or Lichee Garden, depending on where we are and how we feel. I think we would have tried Jai Yun but it is closed Thursdays. Oh well, that’s fate.
Dinner at Canteen. Then leave the kids at the hotel for a night-cap at Bourbon and Branch.
Friday: Yes, we ate dinner there the night before, but Canteen opens for breakfast at 7 and it's right near our hotel, so it must be fate. Then catch the F-line to Peir 33 and an early Alcatraz tour. Any ideas on where to pick up great picnic lunch food in the early morning between Canteen and Market St where we will catch the F line? Is a picnic lunch on Alcatraz a good idea?
After the tour catch a ride to Russian Hill, I could use a post-Alcatraz lunch rec near here if we decide not to have a picnic lunch on the island. Casual and fun would fit the bill. ??
Pick up something for the kids to eat in the room, while the wife and I head to either Bix for fun, or La Folie for food, depending on which we decide we may prefer that night. It looks like we would really enjoy Bix, are there similar places around?
Saturday: Renting bikes near the hotel and riding to Ferry building for the Market which will take care of breakfast and lunch (to go). Head over the bridge and return via ferry.
I'm not sure of the timing, but if we wind up eating dinner in Sausalito, will FISH do the trick? If we wind up back to our hotel earlier, I was thinking La Ciccia. Anything closer to Union Square?
Sunday we're picking up a rental car early morning and not sure what were doing - driving tour in the city - other than heading to Yosemite after lunchtime. I think I would like to try lunch at Torta Gorda, as my youngest son is a quesadilla specialist, and I love a good mole.
Next two weeks are in Yosemite loosing any and all weight put on in SF, but before we leave on Sunday we'll be driving back Friday to stay two nights at an airport hotel, keeping the car for the whole day on Saturday. I was thinking something along the lines of seeing Golden Gate Park and environs.
So Saturday breakfast and lunch are wide open, depending on where in the city we go, for dinner I was thinking something like Firefly might work – something simple and good.
Thanks to everyone for keeping up this great board.
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Dottie's True Blue Cafe
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