I'd like to thank you San Francisco Hounds for making such great posts - I had lots to choose from for posts to help me pick restaurants, as well as a few tips for sightseeing as well.
We are visiting in March for 5 nights from Toronto. Below is our itinerary which is followed by a list of other restaurants that I was interested in, but could not fit in. We like all types of food except Indian.
We will be using BART and public transit (taxis when necessary). For our day out of the city we will be renting a car.
As you can tell from the restaurants chosen below, our price range is moderate for the most-part. I looked for a restaurant for a really expensive meal for one of the nights, however when looking at menus, found that I preferred the ones listed below.
Please let me know your thoughts. Is anything missing? Should I swap anything for the restaurants in the list at the end? All advice is appreciated! Thanks for your time!
Day 1 (Sat.) – arrive late (9:30 pm - flight arrives), taxi to hotel (Holiday Inn Golden Gateway)
"Dinner" - Late night snack near hotel at Grubstake or Lers Ros(delivery until midnight) or Thai House Express (delivery until 11 pm) or Ozone Thai (my husband has his heart set on visiting a triple D restaurant, so may end up going to Grubstake)
Day 2 (Sun.)
Breakfast –Mama’s (1701 Stockton Street) - get there early
Sightseeing – Fisherman’s Wharf/Ghiradelli Square/Pier 39 (sea lions)/The Embarcadero (grab some take-out dim sum from Yank Sing for the hubby - Is there another place I can get take-out of something that is not dim sum or Indian so that we can "picnic" together?)
Late Lunch/Sightseeing – Mission District - Poc Chuc (Mexican) then walk along Valencia and stop at Tartine bakery and get ice-cream at Bi-rite Creamery
Sightseeing – North Beach – head to the roof (5th floor) of the Vallejo St. garage in North Beach, day or night, for a great view
Dinner – Sotto Mare or Café BaoNecci
Day 3 (Mon.)
Breakfast – Café Bean (open 7 am, closed Sundays)
Sightseeing – Golden Gate Park (and Haight district?)
Sightseeing – Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito (bike or bus over and take ferry back)
Late Lunch – Le Garage or FISH or The Spinnaker or Horizons or Kitti’s Place
Sightseeing - Sausalito (need idea of where to get a snack before Alcatraz, either in Sausalito or near ferry departure for Alcatraz)
Sightseeing – Alcatraz Night Tour (boarding at 5:40 pm)
Late Dinner – Nopa or Globe or Scala’s
Day 4 (Tues.)
Breakfast – Zazie’s
Sightseeing – Ferry building Farmer’s Market (Roli Roti – porchetta sandwich, or Boccalone – Miss Piggy sandwich)
Late Lunch – Boudin Bakery (Market Street)
Sightseeing – Chinatown (Golden Gate Bakery – pork buns and custard tart)/Coit Tower/Filbert Stairs all the way to Sansome, and back up the Greenwich steps
Dinner - Tadich Grill or Delfina or Foreign Cinema
Day 5 (Weds.)
Leave early! (May need to pick up rental car the night before)
Day out of the city – Monterey/Carmel - restaurant ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner needed
Take scenic route (route 1) along the coast to get there and take highways to get back.
Breakfast - in city or on the way to Monterey (is there anywhere along route 1 with a good breakfast and maybe a good view as well?)
Sightseeing - Carmel
Sightseeing - Monterey (and Aquarium)
Dinner - ? (could be in monterey or area, or in san jose, or anywhere along route back to the city)
Return rental car
Day 6 (Thurs.)
Breakfast – Dottie’s
Sightseeing - Union Square? Walk down Lombard Street?
Lunch – Delfina Pizzaria and dessert at Humphrey Slocumbe
Return to hotel to collect bags and leave for airport.
Flight leaves at 4:00 pm
OTHERS (I could not fit these in - just too many good choices)!
Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous (ice cream)
Greens (lunch or breakfast)
Early morning stop to Liguria Bakery (Foccaccia)
R and G/Yum’s Bistro (Cantonese)
Zuni (Roasted Chicken)
Nopalito or Don Pisto’s or Tacolicious (Mexican)
Burma Superstar (Burmese)
Out The Door or Slanted Door (Vietnamese)
La Taqueira (Mexican)