For everyone who was nice enough to give me advice on best foodie neighborhoods for my extended visit, I've been here a few weeks and wanted to give some quick first impressions. I've ended up staying in the city near the Financial District/SOMA since the company arranged accommodations for me so I wasn't able to provide any input on location preference! It's not too bad during the day but it's dead on the weekends but at least I have a car so can drive around.
I've had a chance to visit the farmers' market at the Ferry building and that is got to be the best farmer's market I have ever seen! I think it's better than the one in Union Square in NYC because the variety of fresh vegetables and fruit was oustanding! Organic satsumas! I can't find any satsumas over on the East Coast right now and when I do they taste terrible.
Here's quick impressions of some places I have eaten at - no rhyme or reason on why I ate there besides I was probably nearby and hungry at the time!
Boccalone - salame sandwich was very tasty with lots of salame, great for a quick lunch
Thirsty Bear - fantastic beer selection (yes much better than what you see in NYC) but patatas bravas were not so good -cut like home fries (leftover from breakfast?) and the sauce tasted artificial
Barbacco - yummy bruschetta, delicious chicken thighs and roasted potatoes,the only missteps were the polenta which tasted sweet and red wine served too chilled - it make the wine tight and not very good until I warmed what wine was in my glass with my hands. this is a restaurant I'd expect to see in Manhattan.
Han's Korean (Palo Alto) - in the mood for Korean and this casual place did the job, nice cucumber kimchi but the food was nothing to write home about, am definitely seeing more Korean restaurants just randomly located throughout the peninsula and SF compared to NYC where it's basically Flushing or K-town on W.32nd St.
Paxti's pizza - I love deep dish but living in the NYC metro area makes finding deep dish pizza nearly impossible. The pepperoni, mushroom and roasted red pepper pizza I ordered was delicious! Nice greek salad too. Definitely coming back here for more deep dish pizza.
Mijita - great soft tacos! would love to have this over on the East Coast!!!
Overall, I've been pleasantly surprised by the SF dining scene - there's a lot more to choose from than what I was expecting and even experienved during previous, brief visits. Prices (for the most part) are lower than NYC metro area, which was another nice surprise. Looking forward to trying out more restaurants - feel free to post reccs and I'll do my best to visit them and report back!