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Advice urgently sought for 1 day in Livermore, 1 day in SF

Epicure | Jun 18, 200801:37 PM

Hello SF Hounds,
My parents and I will be going to a wedding at the Wente Winery in Livermore this Saturday evening, and I need some guidance for a few other meals.

1. We have to go to a dinner on Friday night at Casa Orozco, which does not seem to get much love here. Is there anything in particular that's safe there? Anything definitively to be avoided?

2. On Saturday we will need either a late breakfast/brunch or early lunch in Livermore. We would like something casual since we'll be eating and drinking quite a bit in the evening. I've heard good things about El Charro Taqueria, but in case my parents don't want Mexican again the next day, any other cuisines would be fine.

3. The biggest question of all: Sunday in SF. We will have a car in the city because my parents are taking me to the airport (SFO) for a 6:50 flight (I hope this will not complicate things too much), so we cannot have dinner at a traditional hour. I don't know how much time we'll have to allow from the city to the airport, but I'm thinking we won't want to be starting the main meal later than 3. If possible, we would like local, seasonal food, main dishes no higher than the $20-30 range, and a nice local wine list. My parents are from the NY met area (New Jersey, I am not ashamed to admit!), and I live in L.A. so we would most prefer something unique to SF and not well represented in NYC or L.A. We would also like a place to have breakfast. Vegetarian options, artisanal bread and organic eggs would be a real plus!

I hope some hounds can help me. I know there is so much great food in your city, and I don't want one single bite (or sip) to be in vain!

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