Family's coming into town, and although we live in Emeryville, we'll be staying with all of them at the lovely Argonaut Hotel at Ghiradelli Square for the week between Christmas and New Years. I know a lot about the East Bay and parts of SF ~ but this has me stumped.
Is there *any* way to get away from the touristy restaurants directly around us, and eat decently for 5 days (most meals). I'll be more specific: eight adults, four kids (ages between 3 and 6). Breakfast should have big portions. Lunch should be cheap, and easy with the kids. Some dinners should be nicer and on the pricier side (we're trying for babysitters a few nights), and some dinners should be like lunch.
We're willing to walk 6 to 8 blocks -- depending on state of children (and can drive, or cable car/trolley). Are Chestnut and Union Street too far? What's there? Unfortunately it's been so cold lately, that "pick-up and picnic" don't look like a viable option.
Any help would be great. Ruth