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Here's where we're considering eating. What do you think? (long)

marcia | May 23, 200509:42 PM

My husband and I are taking our 3 year old to SF for a week in late June. I have made a Project of finding restaurants for dinner. There are more restaurants on the list than we have dinners, but it’s nice to have options. Here are the ones we’re thinking about. Can you tell me if any don’t meet the following criteria or if there are any other restaurants we should add to the list?

The restaurants need to:

- be delicious (obviously)

- easily accessible from our hotel (Hotel Monaco – Geary at Taylor) (15 – 20 minute walk max, pushing the stroller; not ridiculously expensive cab ride; or simple (no long walks, no changes – well, maybe one if the place is amazing) to get to on public transportation)

- works, at around 5:30 or 6, with a 3 year old who likes grown up food, doesn’t need a children’s menu or restaurant supplied crayons, doesn’t like incredibly loud and frenetic, but obviously very formal/serious/romantic/fancy isn’t appropriate – I mention the time because there are restaurants around here where we go with our son at 5:30 or 6 and it works fine because either they’re empty or most of the people there are families with young children, but that we’d never take him to at 8 PM, because by then it’s all adults.

- Decent neighborhood. We want to feel safe with our son in the evening. Husband is NYC born and bred, I lived there for years and our son goes in regularly, so it’s not that we’re going to freak out at the sight of a homeless person, but I’d like to avoid areas known for aggressive panhandling, etc.

Also, can we just walk into any of these places at that hour on a weeknight or do we need reservations to avoid a wait?

Finally, the list:

A16 or Tommaso’s for pizza (I’m leaning towards A16 because we love authentic Neopolitan)


Slanted Door

Petit Café, Café Claude or Café Bastille (which one?)

Scala’s or Delfina (which one?)

Thai House Express

Burma Superstar or Mandalay (which one?)

Tadich Grill

Fog City Diner – too much of a tourist trap or fun with pretty good food?


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