I'm coming back to the Bay Area and am looking to taste as many things as possible. Last time we did this in SF (early 2012), it went great - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/828068.
Here's how it works... The targeted timeframe is 10am – 3pm+. I’ve got a rental car. Three of you (or four if you’re tiny) can ride around with me all day, tasting as we go. Gas, tolls and parking are on me. All of us (me included) put the same amount of money into “the pot.” Each place we go, we get some chow and pay for it out of the pot. No more than 2 or 3 things max at each place. Remember, we’ve got hours to go – pacing is crucial. The goal is that each person gets to taste every item. Then, we pack up and move onto the next place. Think of it as guerilla gluttony.
Why do this? Without each other, there’s no way that we could taste so many different things in such a short timeframe without going broke or busting a gut. There's definitely a heavy chocolate chip cookie and Mexican focus to this list, but that's always the case with me. Here’s my list so far:
Craftsman & Wolves
Mr & Mrs Miscellaneous
La Torta Gorda
Dough & Co
Tortas Los Picudos
Ideally, the stuff on the list doesn't require table seating to get what we want. We won't end up hitting all of the places on my list. I'd love suggestions on where else to stop.