The San Francisco Chowhound board sent me in the right direction for my trip last November, so I'm canvassing here to see where we should eat on our next long weekend in San Francisco in late July. I was thankful to get confirmation on Tartine, SPQR, and Burma Superstar for my last trip; all of them were truly superb. Blue Bottle Coffee was fantastic, and the Ferry Building was a food lover's marvel. And I don't think I would never have found the Pork Store without Chowhound's help.
This time, I'm going with a friend who is a little, um... fancier. And the only place I'm looking to revisit is Bourbon & Branch. Of course, San Francisco had more awesome restaurants than we were able to cover in a long weekend, so I'm looking for some insight into more places. For evenings, I think we want something with great food but not terribly formal and fussy - no Gary Dankos or Michael Minas. One of the fun breakfast places would be great, too. It was great to go to Burma Superstar as Burmese food is woefully underrepresented in Los Angeles; We'd love to find another laid-back restaurant like that, too.
We'll be staying in SOMA, near the Museum of Modern Art. Any recommendations for bars and restaurants are welcome. Places we're considering include:
* ZUNI CAFÉ - I'm very curious about this place as it seems to be so divisive. People either seem to love it or hate it. Is this worth a meal?
* TADICH GRILL - I appreciate the old-school qualities of the oldest restaurant in the city, but I wonder if it might be a bit like L.A.'s Musso & Frank Grill, which is heavy on atmosphere but serves bland food that never progressed past the 1940s.
* A16 - We loved SPQR, so the chef's other restaurant is high on our list.
* DOSA - Indian food is not something in which L.A. excels. But again, there are many negative remarks on the web about this place, too.
* LA TAQUERIA - We'd love to get a superlative burrito in SF, but is La Taqueria's worth the trip, or is it all hype?
* DOTTIE'S TRUE BLUE CAFÉ - Is this a truly great breakfast? Or should we go to Mama's? Or Kate's Kitchen? Or would a more upscale breakfast at Canteen be best?
We'd also really like to try cuisines that are especially great in San Francisco. L.A. excels in Japanese, Thai, and Chinese (thanks to the San Gabriel Valley), but San Francisco has Burmese and Basque cuisine, as well as better Indian food. Recommendations for great bars are welcome, too. We passed the Alembic last time, and it looked like fun. The Tonga Room is also intriguing.
Thanks in advance! I look forward to your responses...