Hiya fellow foodies,
I will be in San Fran on business for four days, staying at Holiday Inn Golden Gateway (1500 Van Ness Ave). I will not have access to a car, and I do not want to waste my food money on overpriced taxis. I'm fine with walking, as long as I don't run any risk of being mugged or starving before I get there. Please tell me what my best dinner options are. My fav restaurants (of the moment) to give you an idea of my tastes: Au Pied du Cochon, Montreal (a MUST); Heartland, St. Paul; Chino Latino, Minneapolis. I've been disappointed with the rave restaurants in NYC & DC. Raised in MD, so crabcakes are like hamburgers.
I love trendy original food, but it has to be substantive (no tenuous towers of garnish for me). I'm a sucker for an incredible saucier. I once asked one to run away with me. I like gamey food and I'm willing to try anything once. (Ever had ostrich teriyaki? Or pickled whole octopi? I have.) I absolutely adore sushi, but I've had so much that it would start to get boring, if it wasn't so orgasmic.
I've heard San Fran is known for its seafood, local/organic produce, and Thomas Keller. Can't afford FL or Denko's joint, but am willing to spend $2-300 on a great meal.
p.s. - My dad's a chef, now a chef instructor. He says I've eaten like royalty all my life. I don't think I'm picky, but some do.