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Coming from Montreal... 11 Days in SF in Jan.


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Coming from Montreal... 11 Days in SF in Jan.

OliverB | | Sep 8, 2011 03:30 PM

Hey fellow CHers,

I'll be visiting SF (solo as of now) for a week and a half in late January, and would love to get some tips on eating out around the bay area. I am looking for a few excellent high end meals (nothing French though, for obvious reasons!) as well as local flavors; ie. the sort of thing one would not find in Montreal - Mexican and TexMex, Best Asian/Chinese/Dim Sum, Freshest Seafood + Sushi, etc. and some of your more innovative New American "farm to table" type destinations and local-regional-sustainable products, etc. Also any tips on interesting market stalls, street food carts, etc.

Here's a list of (mostly) local restaurants that I seemed to have compiled from what must have surely been a few years back... I have not yet run through it to check, but wonder if anyone could offer some feedback on the selections, as well as my above questions. I would like to try to put together a tentative eating itinerary for the trip. I'm not yet sure which district I will be staying in, yet I've timed the visit with the Noir City film festival at the Castro Theatre, which is where I'll be spending at least a good portion of the evenings!

I would like to have a few moderately priced (under $50p/p dinner options for eating out with friends of your city) as well as some samplings of the best that SF has to offer. Lunches would mostly prefer a mix of cheaper ethnic street eats (a concept that doesn't exist in Montreal!) and some nice bistros, cafes, etc. Any vintage timewarp diners or drive-ins would be appreciated as well...


- Dottie's True Blue Cafe
- Sears Fine Foods
- Mama's on Washington Square


- St. Francis Fountain
- Eddie Rickenbacker's
- Val's Burgers
- Mo's Grill
- Ike's Place
- Chez Maman
- Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers
- Burger Joint/Burgermeister/Slider's Diner
- Taqueria San Jose
- El Farolito
- Taqueria La Cumbre
- Taqueria Cancun
- Nick's Crispy Taco's
- Cesare's Chicken
- Sneaky's BBQ
- Deli Board
- Lou's Cafe
- Little Star Pizza
- Delfina Pizzeria
- Serpentine
- House of Nanking
- Koi Palace
- The Slanted Door


- Swan Oyster Depot
- Molinari Delicatessen
- Casper's Hot Dogs
- St. Francis Fountain
- Bi-Rite Creamery
- Frog Hollow Farm
- Golden Gate Bakery
- John Campbell's Irish Bakery
- Sweet Adeline
- Cafe Baonecci
- Vesuvio Cafe
- Cafe Trieste
- Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe
- Hopkins Street Bakery
- S & S Grocery (Corner Store)


- Balboa Cafe
- Memphis Minnie's
- Farmer Brown
- Bund Shanghai
- Great Eastern Restaurant
- Jai Yun
- Tadich Grill
- Sam's Grill
- Delfina Restaurant
- Commis
- Lazy Bear
- Frances
- The House
- Frascato (?)


- Smuggler's Cove
- Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge (Alameda)
- The Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
- 15 Romolo
- Bourbon & Branch
- Rye Bar
- The Vortex Room
- House of Shields
- Gitane

I would also love to get some suggestions for solo dining, as there may be a few of those nights. Good restaurants with bar seating or something by the harbor perhaps, oyster bars, etc. Any tips on advance reservations (how many weeks in adv for seating?) would also be very much appreciated. Thanks!!

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