Hey SF Chowhounders -
So I'll cut right to it. I interviewed for a job in SF a couple weeks ago, and they quickly turned around with an offer. Tiny detail is, my boyfriend did not come along on my interview trip, and he's never been. I'm not in love with all things SF, but between the job opportunity and the diversity of options your city offers, I'm game. Plus, he's a designer and should have a wealth of job opportunities available, from what I hear.
But enough about work. I'm here for the food. We'll likely have 3-4 days (max) in a coming week to explore, look at apartments, and make a final decision. Most importantly, we will eat. I am looking for a few food recommends that will paint a picture of the diverse experiences, pricey and non, one can find in SF. Some food necessities in our lives include...
Japanese - beyond sushi fare, I'd imagine there's great saki, robata, bento and other fun Japanese food options. Nothing stuffy. This food should be fun, right?
Latin American influence - We spent a few weeks in Ecuador earlier this year. I love anything tapas-style. The boyfriend loves spice and grilled meats. Shocking for a Midwestern male.
Good coffee - We have a close friend who is also a roaster here in Minneapolis. We're spoiled on the coffee front, and will continue to be.
Breweries - I love wine, and no there is no lack of it in the Bay Area. But great local beer? Again, that male midwesterner.
Favorite hole in the walls, bars with fun snack food, dive bars with people over the age of 30/lacking hipsters, and breakfasts with a twist (dim sum, TexMex?!) are also welcome.
I should also mention that while I'm just getting my bearings on SF neighborhoods, we are both 30 and likely most interested in quieter more "neighborhoody" places with an easy commute DT. Glen Park, Noe Valley, Inner Sunset and *possibly* Sausalito are all on the list. So eating options in these areas would be nice, esp for breakfast/lunch/coffee.
That was quite a hefty list of asks. Thanks in advance. Now sell me on your city!