Heading out for a long weekend from Phoenix. My husband and I are late-20s/early-30s. Neither of us have been to San Francisco in probably a decade (and were obviously quite young then). It's also our first kid-free trip in two years. (Yay parenthood!)
A little background: I love food. Everything about it. My husband, while he certainly appreciates a good meal... is not quite on the same page as I am. He doesn't eat seafood or mushrooms. No eggs. (As an ingredient they are fine, just not as a component. French toast is a stretch for him.) Generally, he does not care for Asian flavor profiles. He is happy to humor me and do whatever I want, but I am not going to put him through a tasting at Benu or Cren. Even if he would go along with it, I don't want the stress of spending several hundreds on dinner when he doesn't "get it." I save meals like that for friends and family.
I am still in early-ish stages of planning. So while I have booked air and hotel, I am pretty flexible on basically everything else.
Arrive SFO at 9 AM.
Drop bags at hotel (Hotel G near Union Square), head to Ferry Plaza.
When would we expect to actually be at Ferry Plaza--is 11 realistic? Roli Roti as soon as we get there, then various vendors. Boccalone, Humphry Slocombe.
Trying to decide what to do for the evening. I really, really want to do State Bird, but not sure how hubby will enjoy it. SPQR looks great and my friends rave, but SB just looks like such a fun experience, not just a lovely meal. Open to suggestions here, but would like to poke around Japantown either before dinner/while waiting for table at State Bird. (Are reservations truly impossible?)
Also, ideas for after dinner would be appreciated. Was thinking about Boom Boom Room as it’s close and my husband is a fan of live music. Not sure if this is a good fit for just the two of us though. I'd like something fun and lively, but don't want to have to rub up against younger kids all night.
Brenda’s French Soul Food for breakfast, swing by Saigon Sandwich afterwards for sandwiches (duh) to pack for Alcatraz/Angel Island.
Thinking about Tadich for lunch. Not sure how exciting this will be for a non-seafood eater though… Suggestions for lunch around the area appreciated. I haven’t fully researched this day and am pretty open. I was just kind of planning doing Chinatown, cable car, Union Square stuff.
Dinner I am stuck between Zuni and Rich Table. Again, I’m torn between what is sure to be a lovely meal at Rich Table and Zuni, which I consider to be quintessential San Francisco. Plus, I know my husband would enjoy the chicken.
After dinner ideas again please. Was debating Bourbon and Branch, even though my husband is pretty much solely a vodka drinker. Have heard nothing but good things from friends, and it seems like somewhere we can have a drink and talk vs. shouting over music. Something close to hotel would be nice, but not essential.
Head over to Flour + Co for pastries for him, then over to Chinatown. Second breakfast for me at Good Mong Kok. (I will not make my husband sit down for traditional dim sum, but I still want my fix.)
Pretty open for lunch/dinner, though dinner will probably need to be more on the casual side closer to our hotel. The hotel will hold our bags until we head to airport, I don't want to have to travel back and forth at the end of the day to have to pick them up!