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LA 'Hound asking for SF City and Sonoma advice...

woo! | Jan 11, 200509:27 PM

Hi all... It looks like I will be up in your fair city for a couple of nights this week. Kind of a short notice trip and broken up a bit. Trying to pack as much food and wine into a business trip as I can, and would love some help as my normal "primary" dinner place (La Folie) is closed until Jan 19.

The first day I have a meeting in Novato, and will be headed up to Healdsburg after the meeting for a winery visit that I just set up so will probably overnight somewhere in/around Santa Rosa (maybe the Sheraton?), right now I'm thinking of eating at Dry Creek Kitchen, Zazu or Syrah. Those are all based on stuff from an earlier thread and other recco's... any insight on those choices or any others that are recommended? I will most likely be dining alone so a friendly staff is most welcome. Any of these places do tasting menus? I really like them?

The second day I have several meetings in the city and will be staying at a hotel right in Union Square. I will almost certainly be having lunch at Swan Oyster Depot, but since La Folie is closed for another week, have a quandary on dinner. I am trying to get a table at Michael Mina, but that might be tough... Also, there is a chance that I will be having dinner with my cousin and her husband so the "I'm eating alone so can you squeeze me in to the bar" thing probably won't work. If I am solo, maybe I'll try and wing it into MM and if not, maybe eat at the bar at Danko. I've been to most of the higher end places in SF, but just looking for any new opinions or changes as it's been about 6-9 months since I've been in SF.

Any ideas and/or help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help, and I will post reviews of my meals... thanks!

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