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Dine About Town - general impressions/what to avoid?

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Dine About Town - general impressions/what to avoid?

NoMoreSnuggles | | May 14, 2009 05:23 PM

hi - i'm looking for advice on Dine About Town. i'm planning a trip to SF which seems to dovetail with the dates of your June DAT promo. at home (Vancouver), we have a similar promo in February called Dine Out. in my circle of friends, Dine Out is controversial at best. we often avoid going to some of our favourite places because of the insane busyness, some restaurants will rush you through a dinner in order to squeeze 3 or 4 turns out of each table, and the quality of the food unpredictable overall. for the fine dining restaurants that are typically out of financial reach for most (thus, offering a 'deal'), my experience has been that Dine Out forces sub-par representations of what's normally excellent food.

so my question for you locals is, what's the DAT experience like? should i be making deviations in my vast and decadent eatin' schedule because of it? if so, towards participants or away from them? i'm assuming it's going to be busy because of the *economy*....

just so you know, my list of lunch and dinner stops based on research here and on the web as well as previous trips: Coi, Aziza, La Ciccia, Incanto, NoPa, Canteen, Laiola, SPQR, Gialina, Piperade, Quince, 1550 Hyde, Beretta, Heaven's Dog, Ame, Perbacco, A16, Bushi-Tei, Delfina, Boulevard (the last two being sentimental favourites from when i used to be able to get to your lovely city more often), Koi Palace for dim sum, a Fruitvale taco trek... maybe Mission Street Food cause i love the idea.

thanks in advance for your help!

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