Thanks to all of the suggestions I got from you guys! Sadly, I was not able to try many of the places recommended, because we were a group of 8, including non hounds, non adventurous, and mainly non plan ahead. We did try a few places. Home base was near Lombard and Divisadero.
Barney's burgers - off Chestnut. Large large burger menu, also turkey, veggie, and chicken breast sandwiches. Had a teriyaki chicken, which was fine, nothing wrong, nothing special. Had I been in a burger mood, there were a number of interesting contenders.
Cybelle's pizza - on Chestnut. Home of the monster slice. Not bad, but again, nothing to write home about. Medium thickness to the crust, sauce was good, lots of cheese, many toppings to choose from and generously applied.
Tartine. Finally got to try a suggested place. I had a hard time choosing, but settled on the bread pudding, which was very nice, albeit rather too large a portion. Came with some type of syrup and baked stone fruit wedges. I thought there would be some chocolate in here??? The croissants were a bit on the well done side, but the buttermilk scones were brilliant. This place is packed at opening and no place to sit! You guys didn't tell me that :) We ended up (with our large party) going to a place down the street, ordering drinks, and trying to eat our pastries w/o looking too conspicuous. Next time, I'll come earlier, and will try more of what we couldn't get to this time.
Ferry building. Wonderful. I love the do it yourself lunch. Most of us just got bread from Acme and various cheeses, quince paste from the Cowgirl Creamery, and soaked in the blessed sun while watching the boats in the water. Very pleasant.
Pacific Grille (?) on Chestnut. Husband went out on his own so I didn't get the name of the place. Apparently a take out counter and a few smallish tables. He got a salad which he brought home and shared with me. Delicious. Grilled shrimp, baby greens, grape tomatos, cukes, marinated and grilled shitakes, edamame, and a miso dressing. Yum! A bit heavy handed w/the frisee though.
Yank Sing. We went to the Rincon center location. Of course I knew it would be expensive once I saw the surroundings. The rent must be astronomical. And what is a dim sum joint doing in a place like that? The food was tasty and the variety nice, but I was surprised at a few things. One, the lack of prices posted anywhere - we didn't get menus, and there was no card telling me what, and how much, an "F" vs. a "Q" was. Therefore, slightly unpleasantly surprised that 4 people were $90 to feed. Also, instead of the places I'm used to, we had to flag the carts, and then ask them what they had in those steamer baskets. Very unlike my experience in LA where every cart stops at your table and uncovers its treasures. We'll try something a bit different next time. A bit more authentic, a bit cheaper, and maybe, in a slightly less sterile location.
Thanks for the tips all!!
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