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Manhattan Hound look for quintessential San Francisco recs, solo

Diner on 8th | Feb 20, 200509:39 AM

Visiting San Jose for a business trip, and found loads of suggestions on this board. Thanks! After San Jose, I will have 24 hours by myself in San Francisco, will be staying near Union Sq, no car. So will have time for 3 1/2 meals dining solo (breakfast, lunch, dinner and an early dinner before going to airport).

Want to try San Francisco's best, and things I can't get in NY. On previous visits, the meals I can recall are at Le Colonial, some Fisherman's Wharf joint, some Thai places in Tenderloin, XYZ, some place in Japantown, but really my last visit was like 2 years ago.

My thinking so far is to look for the best dim sum for lunch, and Swan Oyster Depot for an pre-dinner treat (last time I went I just missed the closing time). I will ask about these on a separate thread.

So the question here is: where to go for the quintessential California cuisine, where I can dine comfortably solo on weeknights? (Like a spot at the bar or a smaller, quieter restaurant). I guess the food would be classified as New American, Pacific Rim fusion, New California...? Gosh hate these labels. Can only do up to moderate price range.

Also any unusual breakfast/brunch place near Union Sq or SOMA?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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