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Food items that might "Wow" a pre-teen?


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Food items that might "Wow" a pre-teen?

Pei | Aug 6, 2011 08:14 AM

So I'm planning a visit for my aunt, uncle, and their 13 year old. She's a bit of a picky eater (bread and fried chicken wings, please!), but overall pretty easy going. She liked SF last time she visited, mostly because we let her eat all the naan she wanted and didn't make her eat the frogs and turtles we saw in Chinatown.

This time, I'm hoping to think of a few food items that will wow her a bit, especially dishes at good restaurants that have some presentation-related flair. Her parents eat out a lot and have exposed her to pretty cool restaurants in Taipei, Tokyo and Los Angeles, so she won't be asking for burgers and fries. But I do have to balance a desire not to bore her with a desire to show them what SF is all about.

Smitten Ice Cream - liquid nitrogen ice cream
TCHO- chocolate factory tour. Free daily at 10:30 and 2:00
Perbacco - mostly for her parents, but the stuffed quail I think she'd like
Kokkari - if only I could guarantee that they'd have the whole pig's head we were offered once.
Little Star - that cornmeal crust is pretty tasty. Too bad the restaurant doesn't have much of an interior.
Gitane - her mom is a cocktail lover and I want to take her to a place where the cocktails shine, but I can't exactly take a 13 year old to Bourbon and Branch. Is Gitane upstairs pre-teen-friendly? I do think my cousin will enjoy the flatbreads with dip and stuffed squid on a big cast iron.
Aziza - great interior, great cocktails, unfamiliar food.
Bananas foster - Bix?
somewhere she can see people toss pizza?
Off the Grid - they get in on a Friday. Depending on weather and timing I might not want to subject them to the hoards at Fort Mason.


230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

17 San Pier, Francisco, CA

Smitten Ice Cream
Octavia Blvd Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Off the Grid
Stanyan Street at Waller Street, San Francisco, CA

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