I hope it's not out of place to post this here, but I wanted to thank the chowhounds of SF who took some of us from the Popular Culture Association conference on a tour of Chinatown. Also, the list of restaurants was great. I went to The Butler & The Chef Bistro the next day for lunch and had the best boeuf bourguignon of my life (and to contextualize that statement, I go to Paris at least once a year so I am familiar with the dish). My biggest regret: that the conference organizers put you on the second day of the conference, thereby limiting my chowhound-informed choices. The good news is that I'm now a newly registered chowhound and will travel in ignorance no more.
p.s. The chocosnob in me was thrilled to find a Richart only blocks from the hotel. My recommendations for anyone who likes their chocolate a bit on the avant-garde side (and who will pay through the nose to eat tomato basil or curry chocolate): get the "Un jardin en fête" sampler or the "Epicés" collection.