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?
-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.
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. http://www.mamatestataqueria.com Maybe something like that?