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Visiting from Toronto and looking for the best affordable eats

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Visiting from Toronto and looking for the best affordable eats

gijoeanne | May 24, 2008 02:48 PM

Hey Chowhounders,

My boyfriend and I will be visiting the Bay Area for a week in mid-June. While he was born and raised in Toronto, I gotta say I'm a true Vancouverite at heart. Living in Toronto for two years has left me sorely missing the Japanese Izakaya-style restaurants back home. I also miss amazingly fresh sushi without having to shell out $100 (which is what has to happen out here in Toronto). I've always heard how SF is a tremendous food city, so I have high gastronomical hopes for this trip! What is can't miss in this city for about $15-$30 per person?

My boyfriend has recently been converted to a ramen-lover, and we've encountered great places in NYC and Vancouver...what's the best the Bay Area has to offer? He's also a huge fan of pho (as you can see, we're just a bunch of noodle-lovers).

We have plans to go to Swan's Oyster House, grab some chowder on the Wharf, check out the Ferry Market and spend a day in Napa. We've already made reservations at Manresa in Los Gatos as our one big splurge meal.

We'll be staying in Santana Row. We'll have a car so anywhere from Carmel to Napa (or something like that, I'm kind of geographically-challenged) is fair game. He's worked in SJ for several months so he knows his way around (hopefully).

Also appreciated are suggestions for drink places. I love a good martini, but I avoid anything that contains a flavoured vodka like the plague.

And one more thing (just out of curiosity)! When I was eating at Frontera Grill in Chicago, I started chatting with someone from SF who travelled ALL THE WAY there just to experience some "really good" Mexican food. This seemed a bit counterintuitive... Mexican food is of course sorely lacking in Toronto, but it's gotta be pretty decent in SF, right?

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