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We've made our choices for 2006 - Chowhounds, please critique!

Native SF in Midwest | Mar 6, 200610:27 PM

Last year at this time we asked the Chow Hounds for your thoughts and received wonderful advice - [BROKEN LINK REMOVED]. Everyone loved the trip and this was due in large part to the advice we received.

In two weeks we return to the city of my birth for a two week stay and have some new favorites and searching the board have found some new potentials. We again turn to the Hounds for your insight and advice for our choices for 2006.

We are a family of 6, kids are 15, 14, 8 and 2.5 years old. They are well behaved and I have no problem taking them to places that are not necesarily catering to families. All of them, down to the 2.5 year old love a variety of foods. No kid's menu items for them (sigh $$$). We are staying near Ghirardeli Square. We have no problem using the MUNI to get to far away places such as Mission or Outer Richmond, but unless the place is fantastic, I do not see us heading to areas like near SFSU or Excelsior. We will have a car for a day trip to Sausalito.

We all enjoy trying new things, kids are fine with shark, calamari, rattlesnake, alligator, artichokes, all shellfish, spicy, curry, etc. We visit SFO each year and have enjoyed Limon (which replaced Slanted Door as our favorite anywhere in the world - thank you farmersdaughter for the recommendation), A16, Green's, The Matterhorn, Slanted Door, Gary Danko, Viva Pizza, Gordo's. We are somewhat adventuresome, but I do not think we are ready for Fois Gras and sweetbreads. The list below includes a number of bargain eats, but we do not need to consider price that much. We seem to like funky, noveau places with a variety of tastes, that are off the beaten path finds. If you have a top notch place that is pricey, please share! However, I am very familiar with the French Laundry and at $250 or so pp, we'll pass. A meal there would exceed my mortgage payment.

Our oldest is a new vegetarian, but does well just getting sides of veggies. We just will not be doing a Tadich Grill-type steakhouse this visit.

Chowhounds, please tell us where we've done well and where we need to do something else.

In no particular order:
Slanted Door
Jai Yun - just for mom and dad one night
Fresca on Fillmore
Sultan - Pakistani
Tajine Bakery - Dolores Heights
Bodega Bistro
Galette French Bistro
Laurel Street Cafe - San Carlos
R & G Lounge - Liked the food, not the ambience much
Pergamino's - Breakfast

We could also use a recommendation for a light lunch in Sausalito. We plan to go the Matterhorn later in the evening.

Thanks in advance for all of the suggestions! We will begin making reservations in the next few days.

Native SF in Midwest

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