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Philly Chowhounds coming to SF, Mendocino & Sonoma

rsgdmd | | Sep 25, 2012 06:43 PM

My wife & I are spending 4 nights in SF, 3 in Mendocino & 3 in Sonoma (Glen Ellen to be exact) in Mid-October. I know Mendocino is the CA board, but would like your input on our ideas for SF and Sonoma. We're staying near Union Sq and come in late Wed, so any suggestions for a late (9 - 9:30) lite dinner near our hotel. We tend to like casual places with the emphasis on the food, not so much the decor. We thought we would spend a day in the Mission - ideas for eating were Delfina Pizza for lunch and possibly Foreign Cinema or Flour & Water for dinner. Any other suggestions?
We want to go to the Ferry Building - I know there's a farmers market on Saturday - is it worth the extra crowds or better to go Friday?
Other ideas for meals (gleaned from previous posts) were Il Pollaio, Bar Tartine, Sweet Woodruff for breakfast, OTD in Japantown, Barbacco and maybe we can get in as an early walk-in at State Bird Provisions. Any places that don't take reservations & worthwhile - hard to plan our days far enough in advance for reservs. for some places. Any thoughts on these or other ideas.....

Heading to Sonoma from Mendocino, we go through Geyserville & Healdsberg. We were thinking maybe Jordon Winery - any other (better) ideas, as well as places for lunch. Our ideas for closer to where we're staying are Benziger for the tour, BR Cohn and maybe Chateau St Jean. We'd like to do a paired tasting - Mayo and St Francis both sound nice- any thoughts of one over the other. We're actually more beer people than wine (part of reason to go to Mendocino), so we aren't necessarily looking for the best wines, more the best learning experience.

Food ideas were Glen Ellen Star, La Salette in Sonoma, Fig Cafe, maybe Cafe Citti for a lunch. Any thoughts.

Thanks in advance.

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