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I've almost got our dinners figured out. . .

anotherjennifer | Dec 16, 201112:28 PM

My husband, our 10 year old and I are coming to San Francisco over Christmas week. The adults are pretty adventurous eaters. Our son varies, so it's best if we know we can get him a burger or plain chicken or pasta, if he's not in the mood for something more interesting. Also, we've found there are only so many upscale-ish dinners he can handle in a week, so we have to mix those in with more casual places.

We're staying at Hotel Monaco, near Union Square for 8 nights.

So far, we've got

-E&O Trading - meeting friends there one night - works for everyone
-Barbacco on 12/24 - do you think this is a mistake on Christmas Eve - will they be off their game?
-Zuni Cafe
-A reservation at B Star Bar. I think we might prefer Burma Superstar, but they don't take reservations, so we'll see how things are going that day, make a decision and cancel B Star, if necessary.
-Kim Thanh

I'd like to add somewhere for Dungeness crab and seafood generally, although my son doesn't eat it, so it's got to be someplace he can get a burger or whatever. Tadich Grill is an obvious choice, but I'm feeling a little spooked by some of the poor reviews here and on Yelp. I know people like the crab at Kim Thanh, but I'd also like a more traditional American preparation.

We're coming from the NYC area, so I'm trying to focus on things we don't get here. Great Mexican comes to mind. I looked at Nopalito's menu and didn't feel the love. Just in case it helps, and on the odd chance that anyone knows it, we madly love a tiny Mexican place in San Diego called Mama Testa's. Maybe something like that?

Many thanks.

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