So it's been a few years since my husband and I went to SF-- and for our first anniversary we're heading up to a B&B (in the Castro, FYI) and tearing off a big six-night chunk of the City! Now don't laugh-- one meal will definitely be at Scoma's; you can scoff, but despite the cheesy atmosphere we had an excellent dinner there (including a perfect scallops risotto, a dish that could have easily been completely awful but was sublime). And I'm hoping to find Charo's picture somewhere on the wall...!
We have one lunch taken care of with a Wine Country tour's picnic (yes, we will be tourists and we'll be PROUD OF IT!). Other than that, we're open to anything. Well, I am. The hubbie can be pickier, but on a vacation he'll be a bit more open.
I don't want to be one of those tourists that just puts up a post saying: "We're in SF, what should we eat?!" So I'm going to try to ask a few directed questions.
-- For a splurge within the City (say, up to $200 per person with wine), what would your choice be? NOTE: Nothing with a jacket requirement, we're on vacation! And extra points for being reachable by MUNI.
-- Without starting a fist fight, suggest a consistently good dim sum place in the City (OK, in Chinatown, please don't laugh, we're gonna be total tourists!) that's authentic enough for true Cantonese-American 'Hounds but won't scare off a Cajun and a Portuguese (i.e., us two). For extra credit, suggest a go-to Asian-cuisine lunch and/or dinner joint of any country or region-- it just has to be good and reasonably-priced and comfy. Think "Chowhound-worthy neighborhood gem".
-- What's a good place to grab pastry and coffee on a weekday morning in the Ferry Building?
-- Anything great on Belden Place?
-- Any fun breakfast joints in the Castro? Actually, any great places for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner in the Castro?
-- We have some great Mexican joints in our neck of the woods (Long Beach, CA), but want to try a Mission-style burrito. Where can we geek out on this City treat?
I know you locals get these questions all the time, but if you can indulge someone who wants a first-anniversary vacation to be something wonderful (we're exhausted and really need to get out of Dodge!), I will be eternally grateful. Thanks in advance, SF 'Hounds!!