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"San Francisco/Napa Trip Next Week: What to Order?" or "Guide Me Through Your Culinary Wonderland!"


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"San Francisco/Napa Trip Next Week: What to Order?" or "Guide Me Through Your Culinary Wonderland!"

stephenkyr | Aug 7, 2008 03:06 PM

So I'm taking my first trip to SF/Napa next week and am planning on checking out a slew of what promise to be amazing restaurants. I've been searching around CH for ideas on what the "must order" dishes are at all the different establishments, and have had great luck with most places (Chicken for Two, Caesar Salad and Burger at Zuni, Foie Gras at Gary Danko, etc.) but still have some question marks. (NOTE: after writing all this and coming back to spell-check, I think I have more question marks than I first thought)

The lineup is listed below, as are what kind of information I am in need of for each place. Please feel free to chime in wherever and on whatever you like (I know it's long and somewhat rambling), and, of course, any info above and beyond what I'm curious about would be greatly appreciated and thoroughly considered. Also, I have no idea what to do for desserts from any of these places, so any idea of the "must-have desserts" at any of the dinner places would be fantastic.

Also, and sorry if this is overkill for a single post, but any late night spots, cheap eats, great burger joints or spots in chinatown would be great to know - particularly a cheap, quick place for lunch in SoMa on the first day, after we check into the hotel (which right below Market Street, on Howard).

Here's the lineup, thanks everyone, and I'll be sure to report back on everything in this thread after the trip!

Monday (dinner)
Delfina - I know the Calimari, Campo, and Tripe are all supposed to be great, but what about entrees?

Tuesday (lunch and dinner)
Zuni Cafe - I'm good on this one - chicken and burgers, and the caeser
Laiola - The menu apparently changes constantly, but is there anything I should be on the lookout for?

Wednesday (lunch and dinner)
Sushi Ran - Looking for particularly great pieces of sushi and also curious about what they cook well...if I've had Nobu's miso-glazed black cod, should I pass on that here and go for the Shaking Beef? Or is the Shaking Beef better at Slanted Door?
Chez Panisse Upstairs - changing menu, I know, but are there any constants that are particularly good?

Thursday (lunch and dinner)
The Slanted Door - dumbfounded and looking for any help
Gary Danko - Definitely getting the foie gras, but what are their best entrees?

Friday (lunch and dinner)
Bistro Jeanty - I'm thinking Pork Belly and Entrecote Frites but could be swayed
Bouchon - I'm clueless, other than that the mason jar full of foie is supposed to be phenomenal (probably won't get it, though)
**I don't want steak twice on this day, am I better off with Entrecote Frites at Jeanty or with Steak Frites at Bouchon and something else at Jeanty?

Saturday (lunch and dinner)
Barber's Q - I'm all set here, doing the pulled pork and the ribs
Redd - totally clueless

Thanks again everyone!!

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