A trip down memory lane....
Well here I am, a decade after my initial query, on the glorious California Boards again trolling for "Can't Be Missed-s" in the City by the Bay.
My husband, the chowpup, parents, & in-laws will be in San Fran for 4 nights at the end of August and then continuing on to Sonoma for another four nights. The last time I was in San Fran was in 1999 when my husband was my boyfriend and my parents were agahst that we were traveling "'unmarried". We've come along way.
Your suggestions then were fantastic and we had a splendid time.
Ten years later...I wonder:
Should I still go to Ton Kiang for dim sum? It was stellar then. Beyond. And I am from Flushing, NY so that's high praise for dim sum as I have it twice a week.
How about Zuni and Chez Panisse?
Swan Oyster Depot?
Aqua? Rosa Pistola? Or are they old-hat?
What about the drive from San Fran up to Sonoma? What's not to be missed on the way? Any great local faves, roadside stands, farms etc?
We thought about taking both sets of parents to French Laundry for their 40th wedding anniversary which is the reason we'll all be travelling together, but not sure if it's worth the hassle. We've been to Mr. Keller's "Per Se" here in NYC and although we like high end places much prefer rustic, unpretentious local hole in the wall spots. But it's still a possibility...
We'll be staying at the Fairmont in both San Fran and in Sonoma, so some places in close proximity would be much appreciated as well.
Basically what is NOT to be missed before returning to NYC.