Flying in early Sat 12/29 to meet a dear friend after a long absence. Going to a concert at the Bill Graham Civic Aud that evening -- need to be there 6:30 or 7. Staying at the W Hotel, 3rd south of Market after. Leaving 9 plane from SFO on Sunday.
So here are the questions:
Sunday dinner -- Need to be at SFO 8 at the latest. So need to start by 6, maybe 5:30. Will be dressed khakis and tennis shoes. I like ethnic and simple food, to be honest I'm a bit picky. But in L.A. I love Gjelina and Chinois.
Zuni Cafe -- really liked it in the past. Thinking of going their for a bite before the concert, but would hit their afternoon menu. Save for Sunday night for an early dinner?
Mission Chinese? Heard a lot about it. Do they take reservations or get in line? Can I rely on the menu posted online?
Top of the Mark -- I've never been there. Heard the views are spectacular. Would we be comfortable there in casual clothes and shoes? Where is there parking without spending $30+ just to park?
Tartine Bakery -- I've heard great things. Thinking either after I get picked up from SFO or for a Sunday noonish brunch. I love croissants in all forms. Other don't-miss items? I only see sandwiches and baked goods on the online menu -- do they do eggs? I don't drink coffee but she does -- good there? I'm assuming it is a line-up place -- reservations for two? Wait 11-12 on Sat or 1-2 on Sun?
I'm open and eager for other ideas for great places to eat and cool places to hang. Besides Zuni I've enjoyed the Cafe at Chez Panisse, Postrio, and the oldest seafood restaurant in the FiDi with the sand dabs and the petrale sole.