First of all, thanks in advance for your advice and imput. I am aware that San Fran gets inundated by tourists looking for foodie advice, and you Chowhounds always go above and beyond to help individuals maximize their eating and libation potential in San Francisco!
I will be in San Fransicso (my first trip!) from Thursday the 29th until November 1st (late night). I'm in graduate school, so don't want to spend a ridiculous amount on gourmet dining, but also don't want to be eating from foodcourts or food halls. My specific interests and meals I'd like to have when visiting San Fran include: local food with emphasis on vegetarian cuisine, sushi, sweets, cocktails, and Mexican. Chinatown seems... overwhelming. So would love specific reccs for dim sum and bakery. Here is what I am leaning towards so far. Please critique/encourage/tell me NO, or recommend alternatives. Thank you so much!
I am staying at the Intercontinental Marc Hopkins but will travel for yum food. However, the closer the better, and if it's super far, it's gotta be amazing and a good value.
Local with emphasis on vegetarian- Aziza
Sushi- Sushi Zone, Tataki
Mexican (would like to experience a meal in the Mission)- La Cumbre
Cocktails- Rickhouse, Heaven's Dog, Bourbon and Branch (I'm aware of their "policies, not a problem), Rye
Sweets- Kara's Cupcakes, Bi-Rite Creamery, Humphry Ice Dream, Citizen Cake
Other random recommendations from friends: Asia de Cuba, Crown and Crumpet, Lahore Karahi, Cafe de la Presse, Tataki