My parents are in San Francisco for the first time. They live on the East Coast, but are originally from Italy, so they are really picky about food. They are loving San Fran and the wine country, but my father told me today that they haven't had a good meal yet. Shame on me for not consulting chowhound before their trip. Being a NYer, I'm sure San Franciscans would agree that it's a travesty when someone visits our cities which are chock full of culinary genius and get stuck with mediocre food. So please respond to my post as soon as possible - they are leaving on Wed, they're in the center of the city, let's show them what San Francisco can do. Here are the parameters (beside the fact that it can't be a place that needs a reservation at this point) (what, you thought this would be easy?):
It has to be clean or at least have the appearance of cleanliness (my mom is kind of a pain in the ass about eating out, so there are some stringent parameters!)
It can't be too expensive. While they don't cheap out on their vacations, they're not spendy people in general, so mid-range or cheap eats is probably best.
Cuisine -- they are a little squeamish about different cuisines. The ideal cuisine is Italian (please no spaghetti and meatballs!), seafood, or Chinese (but sadly, not chicken foot web soup kind of places. They like authentic Italian, not authentic Chinese.) Also, any great breakfast or lunch places (great delis or whatever) would also be helpful. They might try other cuisines but I don't think they would stray too far from that type of food.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to help. I can't let them leave without a good meal in their tummies.
PS -- tonight they are dining at Cioppino -- will they be disappointed..?