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Help me round out my North Beach Tour!

nooodles | Sep 8, 200502:36 AM

I've been granted permission to plan and usher one evening of my uncle's trip to SF. He has in tow two classmated fresh from Taiwan. Most importantly, they bring with them the usual disdain for Western cuisine and horror at SF prices.

So since North Beach is the only tourist attraction they won't have already seen by the time my turn rolls around, I thought I'd mix it up a bit:

ESTIA: fresh seafood simply prepared at reasonable prices. I figure it'll be a little different from anything they've had, but that you can't go too far wrong with fresh grilled fish and stewed lamb.

CAFE TRIESTE: we have some movie buffs in the group, and coffee has only become a hot new trend among the youth in Taiwan in recent years.

XOX: I have yet to find artisanal chocolate in Taiwan.

VODA LOUNGE: Get them a bit of the Belden Alley action, plus my uncle is a vodka connoussier.

My questions:

-What other restaurants should I consider? They don't want to pay much more then $20 a head for food, and are at that stage where they haven't realized how delicious non-Chinese food can be (having had access mostly to TGIF, KFC, and McDonald's back home).

-Is there a wine bar in the area? I figure this might be a good chance to introduce them to red wine, but Viansa (ick!) is the only wine bar I can think of in the North Beach/Union Square area.

I want it to be a casual evening of noshing, wandering, chatting, and sightseeing. Please advise! If you have entertained Asian friends with picky taste, you know what I mean. Where have you taken these people?! My first thought was Fresca on Fillmore, but I did want to do North Beach for its tourist value.

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