I will be visiting the SF area in July with my husband for a week. We are both in our 20s and are open to any type of food (but we would like to eat at places that are unique to SF). I've searched this topic and found many helpful posts but I have a few questions that I haven't seen on this board yet.
My husband does NOT want a week full of multi-course fancy dinners (I know, what's wrong with him?). I thought we could compromise and eat at the bar of some of the higher-end restaurants. Good idea? I was specifically thinking of the bars at Michael Mina and Cyrus. We will be staying at the Farmhouse Inn and eating at the restaurant there. It will be my one "allowed" fancy meal, haha!
Exactly how safe is the Tenderloin area? I've found a few restaurants I'd like to try there, but is it safe for us to be walking around at night?
We have never had "real" Mexican food before. What's a good restaurant to try for first-timers?
We will also be checking out the Mission district (maybe Foreign Cinema), but I've bookmarked tons of other recs for that area.
For our time in Napa I was thinking about having our bigger meals at lunch. I've seen many recommendations for Redd, Farmstead, and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen so I think we'll just choose between those. Any recommendations for a low-key restaurant in Calistoga for supper, which is where our hotel is?
I've read that the CIA has an excellent store, but there's no mention of it on their website. Is there one and is it worth going to?
Thanks. These boards were very helpful when planning my trip to NYC a couple years ago, so I hope the food in SF will be as good as the food I had there!
7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110