HI SF Hounds --
I'm an LA Hound who lived in SF from 1982-86; in those days the best places were Zuni Cafe in SF and Bay Wolf in Piedmont, and la Cumbre right around the corner from my flat. I guess they're still around but this time my partner and I and our two daughters (10 and 6) are all visiting together. It'll be the girls' first time in SF. We're staying at the Renaissance Stanford Court near Union Square, will have a car, but probably prefer not to drive too much. We'd love some suggestions for
Chinatown (no spicy Szechaun, please) for dim sum and dinner
anything near where we're staying
South of Mission area
Marin County area (Sausalito, eg)
For the most part, we want affordable, interesting and lively, plus maybe ONE place for a more special dinner. The kids are getting more and more interested in being little hounds (they loved their spring trip to NOLA for example) and have eaten most cuisines in LA. They love Japanese, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, Italian. Their only real issue is that they don't have huge appetites, don't like spicy and they are still quite challenged by extended eating periods, so no tasting menu suggestions please!
We will be first in Columbia STate Park and then driving to SF, so any finds in Columbia or on the road are much appreciated as well!
Thanks in advance!