After spending 4 yrs. in the Bay Area for college in the early 90s, I left the area for about a decade and have now returned to the other bay area (Monterey). During that decade, I made it back up to SF only a handful of times, my last romp being several yrs. ago.
During college, I fell in love w/ SF and its food...my first bite of Blondie's pizza in Haight/Ashbury...espresso and pastries at Cafe Roma...my first bowl of cioppino on the wharf (not Alioto's but its competitor at the time)...late night greasy Chinese food after dancing or New Year's Eve...coffee and lunch al fresco at a cafe that sold International pubs in every language...On the few trips back, my tastes and lifestyle had expanded a bit so I treated myself to Cafe Kati, Antica Trattoria, Fringale.
So, on this T-giving eve, I'm highly anticipating my reunion w/ the magical city of SF during this holiday season. Having you hounds, who have your pulse on the food scene and more, has made my reacquaintance much easier. Thanks to you, I have a few ideas swimming in my head. I guess I'm now wanting your help to funnel my ideas into a PLAN.
Sometime during the next few wks., I and my husband will make a weekend day trip up to SF for sights and eats. A few points of interest: Ferry St. Plaza; Asian Art Museum OR Palace of Legion of Honor; the inevitable holiday shopping. I'd def. like lunch to be traditional Chinese, preferably in C-town, reasonable price. For dinner, I def. want a contrast--Cal/Mediterranean food that is clean, hyper-fresh, in a warm and cozy setting. Want a place where we can wear our day clothes (jeans, black sweater, etc.) w/o funny looks. Price around $15-20/entree. I really have no ideas for lunch, but dinner ideas: Zuni Cafe, A16, Delfina, Incanto...
So, what places do you rec. for lunch and dinner to help me reignite my love affair w/ SF now that I'm married and in my 30's?? We will likely have a car, so please take into account parking, driving, and proximity to the points of interest that I mentioned above. Thanks for getting through my long-winded post and for any suggestions you can offer. Happy Thanksgiving, too!