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Week in San Francisco – Montrealer and first time visitor needs help with itinerary

causeimhungry | Nov 18, 201412:38 PM

Hello all, my husband and I have planned a last minute vacation to SF Dec. 8-14. We are staying in Castro and won’t have a car, but we are extremely comfortable with public transport and plan on getting a weekly MUNI pass (if they sell those). We are use to waiting in long lines for the popular places, so that wouldn’t deter us either. However we will be on budget, so no lavish meals.

Weekday Breakfast/Brunch (we can only do brunch on Saturday): This one was tough, a lot of your favourites have closed in the past year or two. So far I've looked at Nopa, Foreign Cinema, Plow, Bar Tartine, Boulette's Larder

Burgers/Hotdogs: We will be trying In ‘n’ Out since it’s not available on our coast and I also have Zuni Café, Village Pub, Super Duper, The Cavalier, and Original Joe’s on the list

Food trucks: We are hoping to cover most lunches with food trucks and would love to know everyone’s favourites. I downloaded the Offthegrid app that I’m hoping will help me locate all the trucks.

Taquerias/Burritos: La Taqueria, Chava’s

Seafood: Swan Oyster Depot, Skool, Hog Island, Hog and Rocks

Fried chicken/Southern: Front Porch

Coffee: Four Barrel, Sightglass, Ritual

Ice cream: Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, Mitchell’s, Ghirardelli

Dessert where we’d be able to sit and have a coffee: Mission Pie

Beer: Zeitgeist and Biergarten. Are either of those good for pub food?

Wine: Where would I go to find the largest selection of wines for sale?

Cocktails: I saw an episode with Anthony Bourdain where they went to the Tonga Room. Looks pretty cheesy but I could see how I might get a kick out of it. Opinions?

Late night: In Montreal, we have restaurants that have special and inexpensive menus for those who dine late (9-10pm). Does such a thing exist in SF? Any late night greasy spoon places recommendations after a night of drinking?

SF specialties: Is there anything I’m leaving out that we must try?

We plan on doing all the touristy things like Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden gate Bridge, Alcatraz. If anyone has any recommendations of good eats near any of those locations, it would be appreciated.


Foreign Cinema,
The Cavalier,
La Taqueria,
Swan Oyster Depot,
Hog Island Oyster Co.,
Four Barrel Coffee,
Four Barrel Coffee Portola,
Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop,
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar,
Sightglass Coffee
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