I'm sure millions of these threads have been posted, so I'm sorry to post another. If you know of one that will be useful, please point me in that direction.
I'm interested, as we all are, in the best of the good food. I don't really care about ambiance, though that can be a plus. Ideally I want the stuff that I can't find in LA. Usually not looking to spend more than $30/person, though I can splurge one or two times if it's worth it.
I'll be in the SF/Cupertino/Palo Alto area for a week. I'll be at the Outside Lands Music Festival for a weekend, so anything in that area that I can go to for lunch would be cool. With that said, I'm absolutely willing to drive if necessary.
Here's some places I've been thinking about:
Dim sum - I'm not as big on the dim sum scene in LA as most people. I ate at Hong Kong Lounge last year and thought it was at least on par with Sea Harbour (for those who are familiar with LA)... I would go back, but I'd be interested in trying more. A friend recommended New Asia in Chinatown?
Tartine Bakery- fresh bread, pastries. I've been here, and I'm almost definitely going back.
Bi-rite ice cream because it's near Tartine
El Torro for the "best" burrito? Been to El Metate, thought their salsas were good.
Jackson Fillmore for Italian? I've heard some good things, may take a date there.
Bissap Baobab for dancing and food.
North Beach Pizza for deep dish.
Pizzaiolo in Oakland for pizza.
Mission Chinese worth it? Seems like it might be a little whitified and has a lot of dishes that are great in LA.
Liguria Bakery in North Beach for focaccia
Burmese - Burma Superstar or Mandalay
Ultimately, I don't really know what I'm doing, so I'm looking for any recs for anything that I must eat. Can be literally any food. I like ma po tofu, I like burgers, I like crepes, I like Burmese tea leaf salad, I like Sri Lankan string hoppers, I like Shaanxi knife cut noodles, I like fish tacos, I like Peruvian ceviche, I like Naples-style pizza.