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In town for four days...what can I NOT MISS?

missjeanne | Feb 29, 200812:35 PM

Hi all. I am coming in for a class/conference and I am looking for rec's about where to eat. Here's my situation. I am staying at the Fairmont which I hear is nice and would like to eat at some places that I can walk to from there. I am not that familiar with San Francisco (live in NYC and this is only my second trip there). My company reimburses for food but I don't have an expense account or anything - there are definitely limitations to how much I can actually spend on meals although I don't quite know what it is yet. So erring on the side of caution is how I am treating it. I am hoping for advice on a few different types of things so I can switch it up a bit at night. Any cuisine is fine.
In no particular order, I would like to know about.

1. At least one or two places that I can dine alone at the bar or just have a couple of glasses of wine and some appetizers or something.
2. A laid-back type of place that might be considered cheap-eats without being considered a dive.
3. Some place out of walking distance that you it worth it for me to find a way to get there.
4. Something you consider unique to SF/California that I wouldn't find so easily in NYC.
5. Coffee shop
6. Wine bar

If there are posts that have addressed these types of places, I would also love if you could post the links since sometimes searching Chowhound doesn't always yield exactly what you are looking for. Thanks in advance!

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