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Returning to SF for my 2nd (eating) trip - please help narrow down my choices


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Returning to SF for my 2nd (eating) trip - please help narrow down my choices

twinkienic | | Aug 25, 2009 08:15 PM

I visited San Francisco 2 years ago for a week where the priority was eating good food. With the help of the SF Chowhounds we ate extremely well. So well, in fact, that by the time we were nearing our last few dinners, my boyfriend would only casually (but jokingly) remark "Well... this is what I've come to expect" when I'd comment how good the food was.

Last time, we enjoyed dinners at Chez Panisse Cafe (our favourite meal), Incanto (love love love!), Bar Tartine, Myth (I was sad to see it closed), lunches at Swan Oyster Depot, Delfina, Slanted Door, and breakfasts at Tartine Bakery and Slow Club.

We're coming again next week for a wedding in Palo Alto, but will be spending a few days in San Francisco and a few days in Carmel and would love some suggestions. I am comfortable with the price range and atmosphere of the dinner places we went to previously (not overly formal, mains <$30).

We are in SF for Saturday dinner, Sunday all day, Monday all day, then back on Sunday for lunch and then dinner reservations at Nopa.

So far I have only made reservations at Nopa (so excited!).
Other places I am interested in are Zuni, Salt House, Aziza, Bocadillos, Piperade, Burma Superstar or Larkin Express, Perbacco, Flour and Water, SPQR, Quince and La Ciccia (on grayelf's rave reccomendation). I'm also interested in Absinthe (admittedly) because I was a huge fan of Jamie on Top Chef. Is the restaurant worth visiting?

I was hoping for advice on which places are good options for lunch (as opposed to dinner). Also, I want to make sure I'm not doubling up too much on certain cuisines (i.e. if I only have one Italian meal, which place should I pick?).

Any fun snacks? How is the Kung Fu Taco Truck? Also, I loved Birite Creamery, but I understand there's a big ice cream debate in your city. What other places should I try?

Any suggestions for Carmel? I will try to comb the California board for ideas.

Phew! Thanks for making it through the post and thanks in advance for your suggestions!