I will be visiting your great city (and Berkeley) for a week starting next week. I'm from NYC and have been to SF only twice before. I plan to keep researching these boards (Maybe some SFGate stuff or Chronicle articles too) but would love it if anyone could chime in with some suggestions. I'm looking basically for two things: uniquely San Francisco food experiences and great meals with moderate prices (probably no more than $30 without wine). Last year, I was only there for two days but had a burrito at El Farolito in the Mission, breakfast at Tartine, dinner at Chez Panisse (parents got that one), cappucino at one of the famous North Beath cafes, and a stop at the Berkeley Bowl to check it out.
On this trip, I hope to try Swan Oyster Depot for crab louis and oysters, Tadich Grill for cioppino, Ferry Market on Saturday (seem to remember people saying there were good stands there to eat breakfast...any recs?), Rosamunde and Toronado for sausages+beer, Jupiter for beer in Berkeley, somewhere good for Vietnamese (have to research that), is Sam's grill any good or touristy? think I read about that somewhere. I remember someone telling me about Delfina last time but it looks like there's some mixed reviews about the hype. I'll eat pretty much anything and don't mind trekking a bit. I'll probably have access to a car at some point as well.
I know these kinds of posts are boring but any help refining/adding/subtracting would be greatly appreciated. I'm interested in the kinds of things that make SF special and hope to base my trip around great eating!