OK, the shoe's on the other foot...I will be in the bay area for about a week, but part of it will be business.
I did try and do some research first, and Stanley Stephen's Tip sheet was a mighty fine resource. Your board itself is very hard to navigate, talking about information overload!
So, here's what I know so far:
Fancy "California" meal - Either Zuni or Chez Panisse. We are leaning a bit towards Zuni, but I am not sure. Perhaps we'll try the Cafe for a lunch
Chinese - Great Eastern or Gold Mountain or both, maybe Great Eastern for dinner and Gold Mountain for dim sum (could I entice any SF hounds into joining us for one of the Chinese meals on 9/12/03?, e-mail me). Outside of those two, is there a better suggestion (and my wife and I are more than happy to have multiple meals of Chinese food). A lot of the places mentioned seem to be outside of SF proper, and I do not think we will have a car. Also, are there any Chinese regional things not likely to be found in Chicago--Hakka maybe or authentic and real Hunan, that Henry's Hunan sounds not quite it.
Taddich Grill is pretty much my, one for sure choice, but I could if pushed really hard, I could switch to Sam's. I have been to Taddich a few times but never Sam's. Is it worth changing on one of your favorite eating places?
Swan Oyster Depot is probably the next in line for musts, no one should disuade that right?
I always wanted to go to Bix, yes?
Kappa and Kyoya both sound good for Japanese, with a slight nod towards Kappa. As a non-speaker of Japanese, will I really be struggling at Kappa?
Dottie's and Kate's Kitchen sound like good breakfast choices, but is it worth the calories and cost to have a big breakfast?
Speaking of worth it, are there any Basque places left worth trying. I've never tried one of the Basque dining hall things, and, well I do like to eat.
Is the Ferry Place Market worth a vist--seemed so.
I found a good deal on the Mosser Hotel in Union Square. Anyone have any advice on it?
I'll be in San Jose a few nights. I do not have much planned, nor expected for San Jose, and I have concentrated all of my research on SF (and Chez Pannise). Is there a place I really need to try in San Jose?
Thanks all in advance,