Restaurants & Bars

This one goes to 11: Van Hound tapping Bay Area again in early November

grayelf | Oct 18, 201201:42 PM     69

Lucky us, we're gearing up for our 11th trip to SF since we started coming in 2007. Pretty excited about our eating itinerary this time, nice mix of old favourites and new places to try. One big oops, didn't book in time for Rich Table and they are chockablock the whole week we're in town (I did call but that I think is a faint hope). Here's what we have so far:

Bar Tartine sando shop -- new to us
Shanghai House -- gotta have that pork knuckle, they were closed for hols last trip
Inkas -- their chicken still haunts me
Hisago or Poc Chuc or Tortas Los Picudos or Mijita -- depending if we're feeling Japanese or Mexican on the day
Mission Bowling Club -- providing they do the reg burg during brunch on the weekend -- I've emailed but no answer yet; I saw they did it for a board regular once so fingers crossed
Mandalay -- must have Burmese fix!
Cotogna -- this was so great last trip we are repeating


Lers Ros -- love the appetizers here especially and it's a great choice for our first night as the plane is ALWAYS late and they are so flexible; looking forward to trying their nam khao tod for the first time
Harrow happy hour then Canteen to try their prix fixe for the first time (it will be all that's on offer as of Nov 5)
Seven Hills for pasta -- this was a much tougher reservation that I'd thought, had to change the day of the week to get it
Bar Tartine -- langos, mmm. Haven't been since the full-on menu shakeup
Vientian -- yup, gotta go, so good and such great value -- tempted by Green Champa but...
AQ -- I knew this would be a tough reservation but we got lucky
SOMA Streat Food -- this was our Monday solution when Rich Table fell through. I know, totally different but we don't have this type of "pod" setup at home and I've heard good things. Plus dining outside in November is a cheap thrill for a Vancouverite :-)

Other snacks/coffee etc on the radar:

Blue Bottle Mint Plaza -- yeah, we love it
farm:table -- even without the kouign amann, sigh
V-105 -- checking to see if they do have Starter kouign amann, sandwiches look good too
B. Patisserie for (surprise!) kouign amann
Knead for the Pomme d' Amore -- may call ahead to reserve one!
Viet crepe from Lotus Garden on Mission -- I love these things
Swank Cocktail and Coffee Club -- coffee and cocktails, why not? Depends if we go in the am or the pm
The Social Study -- part coffee bar, part bar bar, cool decor, what's not to like?
Cafe Sophie -- cause I love a good mocha
Starter baked goods at Birite Market, Coffee Bar, Little Vine (weekends only), Ma'velous, Philz, Rapha Cycle Club, Réveille Coffee Truck (this must be new as they only had coffee when we went last time),V-105

Also want to check out Buyer's Best Friend in Lower Haight for independent and artisan foodstuffs.

Have I missed anything obvious? Anything here that makes you shudder? Any and all feedback appreciated.



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