I will be visiting San Francisco in May, with husband who will be in meetings for three of the days we'll be there. We've visited S.F. quite a few times, so this is my opportunity to wander around in and have lunches in some neighborhoods, eating ethnic cuisines that aren't found where we live (and that darling hubby doesn't like). I've already compiled a way-too-long list, but I'd love some input on my ideas, and what I might be missing. I love Asian food, Japanese, Thai, Indian (south, primarily; my husband's family is Indian); Malaysian. I don't know much about South American foods, though we seem to eat a lot of Southwestern/Mexican at home; I love Middle Eastern, like Greek, French, Italian (much prefer northern). I have no problem walking into any little place, even with a language barrier.
So much food, so little time, is my problem! I guess what I also need help with is which dishes/cuisines deserve to be tried, given the time I'll have, vs. what will have to wait until the next trip.
The first day, we'll fly in, and have dim sum lunch. I think I've persuaded husband that we can skip Yank Sing this time (once he finds a place he likes, he likes to keep going back); I'd like to take him to Great Eastern. I know that's not the best dim sum in the S.F. area, but it's convenient and will give me the chance to order from the menu some of the dim sum dishes I've researched, but never eaten.
One of my solo days: breakfast (which will be Chinatown on the other days) at Tartine Bakery. Visit murals, wander around, then lunch. Pupusas (which I've never had), or maybe south Indian. Not a big thing in San Francisco, but I love southern Indian food, and it's difficult to find anywhere, really. Maybe I'll be able to fit in some gelato. Pizzeria Delfina sounds great, but I want something more different.
Another day: Legion of Honor, then lunch and (food) browsing in Inner Richmond. Thinking I'll try Burmese food that day, but I have others on my list. I even like SOME Eastern European foods. Or would you recommend another ethnic restaurant, and suggest that if I want to have Burmese, then Burmese Kitchen (near our hotel) would provide a good-enough introduction? (I don't know what day I'd do this.)
Another day: Japantown? I've wandered through this area a bit, but I'd really like to have okonomiyaki or ramen. I've never had okonomiyaki; I've had some ramen. Another idea for if I want to have ramen is Katana-ya, which is near our hotel. Is okonomiyaki interesting enough to devote a meal, or stomach room, to? I love sushi too, but most sushi places are dinner only.
And how can I fit in Naked Lunch - the Artisan Foie Gras Torchon & Duck Prosciutto Sandwich fits so many categories of my favorite foods. Maye this is more important than okonomiyaki.
One day I will also be fitting in the Saturday farmer's market.
Our last morning, Sunday, we'll have time for a quickish lunch somewhere (maybe - our flight leaves at 2:50 pm). Maybe back to the Mission area (we're not big brunch folks)? Too bad Naked Lunch isn't open on Sunday. Any idea how well a Artisan Foie Gras Torchon & Duck Prosciutto Sandwich would keep, if I got one on Saturday for consumption on Sunday?
(I think we have dinners mostly worked out: French Laundry (!!); Boulevard; Perbacco or La Ciccia; and some low-key seafood place. Husband's a bit less adventurous than I am, and we'll have others joining us for those meals.)
Thanks - this is definitely a trip where the time in between the meals/food is merely time to use up calories until the next food.
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
Great Eastern Restaurant
649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133
49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105
Legion of Honor Cafe
100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA
2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115