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Van Hound grayelf returning to Bay Area for spring feeding


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Van Hound grayelf returning to Bay Area for spring feeding

grayelf | | Mar 31, 2011 09:51 AM

After a tough winter (dad's been very ill, poor guy), we are able to sneak away for a few days to our delightful getaway on the Bay. A little later than usual (Apr 27-May 3) but a day longer too. Here's what I've mapped out so far, subject to rejigging PRN. Any and all comments, suggestions, stock tips etc welcomed.

We arrive quite late (10:30ish) on Wednesday night so will just have a snack near hotel (Bush and Powell) if hungry: Chabaa Thai on Geary Street for pad si yu, maybe paenang curry or Katana-Ya for a bowl of ramen

Thursday lunch: Yamo (slowly working our way through all the Burmese in town) or Z&Y (explosive chicken, yum)

Thursday dinner: Canteen (our tradition) then House of Shields (double shot of Leary)

Friday lunch: Shanghai House (order-ahead deep fried salt and pepper pork knuckle with seaweed) -- we had a chowdown here last time and this dish was so good it's haunted me since November

Friday dinner: Off the Grid Fort Mason -- may want alternate plan in case of inclement weather though I understand the new improved setup has a lot more tent coverage.

Saturday visit Bay Model Visitor Center -- anywhere Hounds are loving for lunch nearish by? Poggio, Kissie's (Thai fusion), Fish??? Or should we hit the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market for supplies on the way?

Saturday dinner: Sociale for a quiet dinner with the SO (gotta keep the less Houndy guy happy!)

Sunday lunch: A la Turca pides and manti (only on Sundays) or Shanghai House if not on Fri

Also need your input re your favourite banh mi – if Little Paris is still there, that appeals… we are banh mi fiends at home and have read with interest the many posts on banh mi in SF.

Sunday dinner: Chabaa Thai Outer Sunset branch for Issan "secret menu" or A la Turca (Chowdown??)

On Monday a local Hound has graciously offered to ferry us out to Redwood City for a Mexican fest (possibly with a quick stop for dimsum on the way, and/or Mingalaba in Burlingame for tea leaf salad, LOL). Ankimo noted in another thread to try a taco at Los Gemelos in RWC.

Monday dinner: Sotto Mare (sand dabs!), Barbacco, Basil Canteen (duck curry, lychees in stir fry, whole peppercorns on the branch) or Chabaa if we don’t go on Sunday

Tuesday lunch: the Tuesday burger special at Rosamunde with a Toronado beer for the SO, or Inka's (yellow sauce!), or Wexler's (Scotch eggs!) or Naked Lunch -- depending what we do that day prior to our flight which leaves at 6:40 pm -- we'll probably have an early snack at SFO, Burger Joint or Ebisu, as our "air time" will be over dinner.

If you've read this far, you may be wondering "what about breakfasts?" We've found two meals a day maxes us out but there are so many great breaky/brunches in SF we'll likely pick one or two of the following new-to-us places: Straw, Plow, Magnolia, The Front Porch or the Sycamore. Any faves in there? Other ideas?

We're also looking forward to expanding our coffee drinking experiences at some combo of the Grand Prix Café, Caffe Pascucci, Contraband Coffee Bar, Jane, Ma*Velous, Mirtille and Hooker’s Sweet Treats.

Other random things to try if they fit into the "program" include: Rocky's Navajo Frybread, El Gallo Giro Taco Truck, Gussie's Chicken & Waffles (Buttermilk Fried Chicken Livers for the SO), Showdogs or Zog’s Dogs or 4505 Golden Dog at FPFM, K K Cafe for peanut milk, Heaven's Dog pork belly sandwich,
Magnolia buttermilk fried spring onions and of course, FRENCH FRIES! Starbelly, Marlowe, Chez Papa Bistrot and Flora are all in the running to try.

Whew! We'll be lucky to get half that done, right? I really need to find a way to spend more time in your area :-). But I have faith, and we'll walk a lot. Let me know if there's any duds or swapouts you recommend, and TIA for any feedback. Can't wait!

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