Hello SF 'hounds,
My husband and I will be visting SF for the first time in a few weeks. We only have a weekend (Fri till Monday morning) and are staying at the Hyatt Regency across from the Ferry Building. I've been reading this board for about a month now and have some general ideas, but could use some specific advice. We both love all kinds of food, particularly seafood, and will not have a car...we both like to walk, and can take cabs or busses as necessary.
So far, this is what we have planned:
Friday afternoon: Our plane gets in around 1:30, and I assume it will take a while to get to the hotel via BART, and we'll both be hungry, so I could use some reccos for somewhere close to the hotel to grab a decent bite. Didn't want to do the Ferry Building, because that's the plan for Saturday morning/afternoon. Maybe Tadich Grill if it's not too far? From what I've read, they open for lunch and stay open, so might be an option for 3:30 or 4:00 or whatever time it'll be.
Friday evening: Thinking about Bacar. We both love wine, and have read about Bacar on other forums from wine geeks. Is this is a good choice for dinner? If not, is there somewhere close to Bacar you recommend? Also, any idea how far it is from Market to Bacar? I've read about other wine bars as well, but admit we both have somewhat euro-centric palates regarding wine, and I think perhaps Bacar has more European wines than some of the other places I've read about. Your thoughts on wine bars are also appreciated!
Saturday morning: Ferry Building, of course!
Saturday afternoon/evening: ?? I'd really like to go to A-16 (the Italian wines are a draw). Is it walking distance from the Ferry Building? I can't tell on the not-to-scale maps I've seen.
Sunday morning: Dim Sum! Remember, we're from the midwest, and we've only had dim sum maybe 10 times in our lives, although we love it. The places we've been usually had the carts, and we could look at stuff before deciding, so I'm not sure we have the confidence or knowledge to order what we'd like off the menu (ala Good Luck Dim Sum). Although I know the overwhelming board fave is Koi Palace, we'd really like to have dim sum somewhere in Chinatown, and walk around and take in the sights. We're tourists, after all ;-) Your recommendation for a place in Chinatown with carts, that has good food?
Sunday evening: I've already made a reservation for the Slanted Door. The person who took the reservation was a bit surprised that I called a month in advance, but I've been reading about SD on various wine forums for years now, and although I know it's far from a board fave, it's somewhere I really want to go.
Sights I want to see: the Japanese Tea Garden, maybe the Haight-Ashbury district (is there anything *to* see, there?), maybe Fisherman's Wharf. Mostly we want to wander around, eat and drink great food, and enjoy being in San Francisco. Next trip, we'll do Berkley and Chez Panisse, but this time we want to stay in SF.
OK, that's it. If you got this far, thanks for reading, and please, please, give me your advice. Thanks in advance, and if you ever head towards Ohio, I'll be glad to recipricate!