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NFT: Good eats and things in San Francisco

trueblueinpw : 7/12/2019 6:34 pm
One of the best things about BBI is the what to do in threads. Iím in San Francisco and looking for good food, especially Chinese and Mexican food and fun things to do in with the Mrs Trueblueinpw.
R&G Lounge for Chinese  
TurdFurguson : 7/12/2019 6:44 pm : link
If you want fancy, head to Pabu on California St.
YankSing  
TurdFurguson : 7/12/2019 6:45 pm : link
If you want Dim Sum
Agree with both suggestions above...  
BleedingBlue2 : 7/12/2019 6:57 pm : link
Also, HRD for their bulgogi burrito and La Taqueria in the mission for Mexican.
A guy at work recommended The Stinking Rose to  
St. Jimmy : 7/12/2019 7:09 pm : link
a guy for his honeymoon. The guy on his honeymoon said it was great. Apparently everything has garlic in it.
there's a Mexican place called Tommy's  
santacruzom : 7/12/2019 7:21 pm : link
that's outstanding and had the biggest selection of Tequila on the West Coast last time I went there, but it's kind of a trek from wherever you're likely to stay.

I'd recommend the taquerias in the Mission, especially El Farolito on 24th and Mission and Cancun near 18th I believe.

But the best restaurant I've been here over the past decade was Alexander's Steakhouse. Just went for the first time last week and I'm itching to go back.
While you are there...  
dep026 : 7/12/2019 8:05 pm : link
Do some clothes shopping at Unionmade!!!!
Tadich Grill (been around for 160 years)  
ChathamMark : 7/12/2019 8:20 pm : link
is a good one. Tommy's Joynt too. Enjoyed them both.
allioto  
Hilary : 7/12/2019 8:24 pm : link
magnificent view of the harbor
Boulevard Restaurant  
Kev in Cali : 7/12/2019 8:45 pm : link
One of the tastiest meals I've ever had!!!! Cost was 150 for two including a bottle of wine. Nancy Oakes is an amazing creator of flavor that's worth the visit!


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RE: Boulevard Restaurant  
santacruzom : 7/12/2019 8:46 pm : link
In comment 14497845 Kev in Cali said:
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One of the tastiest meals I've ever had!!!! Cost was 150 for two including a bottle of wine. Nancy Oakes is an amazing creator of flavor that's worth the visit!
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Yeah, I second this. The Boulevard is great and much more centrally located than Alexander's.

Still, if going a bit out of your way isn't inconvenient, I'd pick Alexander's.
Also, if you happen to like Indian food  
santacruzom : 7/12/2019 8:48 pm : link
There are two exceptional upper-scale Indian places: Dosa and Rooh.

The latter has this butter chicken that is blissful. Both serve delectable cocktails.
RE: RE: Boulevard Restaurant  
TurdFurguson : 7/12/2019 9:04 pm : link
In comment 14497846 santacruzom said:
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In comment 14497845 Kev in Cali said:


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One of the tastiest meals I've ever had!!!! Cost was 150 for two including a bottle of wine. Nancy Oakes is an amazing creator of flavor that's worth the visit!
Boulevard Menus - ( New Window )

Alexanderís is amazing, expensive though. Try BoBoís if you want a reasonably priced steak.



Yeah, I second this. The Boulevard is great and much more centrally located than Alexander's.

Still, if going a bit out of your way isn't inconvenient, I'd pick Alexander's.
RG was delish...  
trueblueinpw : 7/13/2019 12:19 am : link
We ordered the salt and pepper crab and eggplant in garlic sauce. Both were terrific.

Does anyone know where we might tickets to Alcatraz? For whatever reason the boats are all sold out until August. I didnít really think it would be so difficult to get over there.
It'l cos a small fortune and you'd better reserve ASAP  
BlueLou'sBack : 7/13/2019 5:17 am : link
but the chef's chef in SF is Gary Danko and he runs his own eponymous place:

http://garydanko.com/
One of best cities for food in US  
Jimmy Googs : 7/13/2019 7:37 am : link
Great Chinatown and above recommendations work well

One of my favorite things to do is go to Sausalito and try out things all around their waterfront. Great views of bridge and city. Good people watching too.

Try Barrel House Tavern. It has it all...
RE: RG was delish...  
TurdFurguson : 7/13/2019 7:56 am : link
In comment 14497911 trueblueinpw said:
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We ordered the salt and pepper crab and eggplant in garlic sauce. Both were terrific.

Does anyone know where we might tickets to Alcatraz? For whatever reason the boats are all sold out until August. I didnít really think it would be so difficult to get over there.


They have little shops near the piers that will sell tickets marked up. Its annoying but youíll get some
RE: One of best cities for food in US  
TurdFurguson : 7/13/2019 7:59 am : link
In comment 14497947 Jimmy Googs said:
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Great Chinatown and above recommendations work well

One of my favorite things to do is go to Sausalito and try out things all around their waterfront. Great views of bridge and city. Good people watching too.

Try Barrel House Tavern. It has it all...


If you and your wife are up for it, rent eBikes and bike golden gate park. Then hop over the golden gate bridge into Sausalito, have a drink at Madrona and take the ferry back. Awesome trip.
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christian : 7/13/2019 8:12 am : link
I lived in SF for 15 years, miss it all of the time. Manhattan is great, but SF is special.

For Chinese House of Nanking, hole in the wall in Chinatown and you may or may not get to order what you want. It's the best Chinese I've ever had.

Gracias Madre is vegan, but you'd never know. In the Mission, fabulous food and drink, Michelin recommend.
RE: RE: One of best cities for food in US  
Jimmy Googs : 7/13/2019 8:22 am : link
In comment 14497950 TurdFurguson said:
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In comment 14497947 Jimmy Googs said:


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Great Chinatown and above recommendations work well

One of my favorite things to do is go to Sausalito and try out things all around their waterfront. Great views of bridge and city. Good people watching too.

Try Barrel House Tavern. It has it all...



If you and your wife are up for it, rent eBikes and bike golden gate park. Then hop over the golden gate bridge into Sausalito, have a drink at Madrona and take the ferry back. Awesome trip.


Totally agree biking over bridge is nice activity. Good call
Hiking in Muir Woods  
Jimmy Googs : 7/13/2019 8:25 am : link
is great as well.

Frances  
TyreeHelmet : 7/13/2019 8:33 am : link
Highly recommend. Great restaurant.
RE: RG was delish...  
pjcas18 : 7/13/2019 8:49 am : link
In comment 14497911 trueblueinpw said:
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We ordered the salt and pepper crab and eggplant in garlic sauce. Both were terrific.

Does anyone know where we might tickets to Alcatraz? For whatever reason the boats are all sold out until August. I didnít really think it would be so difficult to get over there.


The Alcatraz tickets are probably all used for Bachmanity Insanity, try and go to that if you can. It's a luau theme.
Grab an Irish Coffee  
Gene : 7/13/2019 10:00 am : link
at the Buenea Vista.
Also, donít discount going across the Golden Gate to Sausalito.  
Crispino : 7/13/2019 10:48 am : link
There are lots of cool spots to eat along the waterfront/ marina area.
Swan Oyster Depot  
MM_in_NYC : 7/13/2019 11:21 am : link
Khin Khao (Thai)
Mourad (Moroccan)
Cockscomb (California)
Bar Crenn (mixed)

These are where I went on my last trip to SF. You will eat extremely well at all of these places. Swan Oyster Depot is cash only but a must SF experience. Get the dungeness crab salad, the Sicilian sushi, and yeah, the oysters.

Kin Khao is probably best Thai food I've had in US. Maybe besides Jitlada.

Mourad is a sleeper, despite that it does have a star. The family style Moroccan sets dinners are incredible, especially the short rib. One of best meals i had this year (which is saying something).
RE: Also, donít discount going across the Golden Gate to Sausalito.  
TyreeHelmet : 7/13/2019 11:48 am : link
In comment 14498002 Crispino said:
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There are lots of cool spots to eat along the waterfront/ marina area.


Second this. Sausalito is great and the ferry ride is nice.
RE: ...  
dep026 : 7/13/2019 11:58 am : link
In comment 14497954 christian said:
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I lived in SF for 15 years, miss it all of the time. Manhattan is great, but SF is special.

For Chinese House of Nanking, hole in the wall in Chinatown and you may or may not get to order what you want. It's the best Chinese I've ever had.

Gracias Madre is vegan, but you'd never know. In the Mission, fabulous food and drink, Michelin recommend.


You ever shop at unionmade? Or know of people who have?
You asked about things in SF too, not just restaurants.  
BlueLou'sBack : 7/13/2019 1:43 pm : link
Golden Gate Park - read about about all the possibilities in GGP, and at the least just walk it or rollerblade or bike it for a day.

The Exploratorium is a really cool museum of sorts, but I haven't seen its new incarnation since it moved out of the Palace of Fine Arts and into its own designated home on one of the Wharfs...

The Palace of Fine Arts is still a lovely structure to wander around, close to the wining/dining bar hopping of the "Cow Hollow" neighborhood centered along Union Street.

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge span... always a popular destination for hundreds of tourists daily, it has a unique daily weather pattern during the summer of being completely enshrouded within fog in the morning that typically burns off to sunny blue skyies anytime from 10 AM until mabe 1 PM. The fog, undeterred, rolls back in later in the day or overnight - almost every darn day!

Climb Coit Tower for a great view of the surrounding neighborhood of SF's "Little Italy" commonly called North Beach and stretching to the lovely Cathedral at Washington Square.

I lived there for 20 years, and some of the more common popular touristic attractions (like Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf) never did anything for me. I avoided them and avoided taking guests there when I hosted family and friends.

See if you can find a "Lonely Planet Guide" to SF and the entire Bay Area, if you have time to get around a bit to places like Napa and Marin...
Thanks everyone...  
trueblueinpw : 7/13/2019 2:27 pm : link
Weíre going to get some bikes and ride across the bridge to Sausalito today.

These are great suggestions, thank you all!
RE: It'l cos a small fortune and you'd better reserve ASAP  
santacruzom : 7/13/2019 3:33 pm : link
In comment 14497928 BlueLou'sBack said:
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but the chef's chef in SF is Gary Danko and he runs his own eponymous place:

http://garydanko.com/


The trick with that place is that you generally have to make a reservation way far in advance. I don't think he'd have much luck finding a table at this point.
Nice recommendations  
NINEster : 7/14/2019 6:21 pm : link
in this thread.

Highly recommend driving up Twin Peaks to get a panoramic view of the city. One of the lesser known tourist attractions that still has appeal to locals. Can see the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges in one sweeping view, and can get a good sense of how small SF is compared to Queens/Brooklyn.

Just driving through some nice neighborhoods like Presidio Heights, Pacific Heights, Seacliff, can be fun.

I haven't lived there in about 35 years, and while I've thought about moving back I'd rather not it lose the magic it has.
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