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Need Restaurants for Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay

Friends are coming to town and we will be driving from SFO area down to Monterey Bay. I was wondering if anyone knows any good eats along the way for lunch and somewhere near by the Aquarium area for dinner.

The plan right now is to swing by Santa Cruz for lunch. If there is something worth skipping Santa cruz, I would definitely consider it. The food we would want is probably Californian seafood or Mexican. Another cannot fail option is if there is a really good burger or bar b que spot along the way for lunch. My friends already eat a lot of Asian foods so something different would definitely be preferred.

I am posting this kind of last minute, we will be doing the drive tomorrow already (Saturday).

Nov 02, 2012
theFuj46 in California

Looking for food near the Galleria

I'm staying at the Westin Oak in the Galleria for a couple nights. I really want to try some texas style food. The Galleria only has the usual american fair. Cheesecake factory, steaks, sushi rolls etc. I really want to try some tex mex, chlii or texas bbq I don't got a lot of time so I would be willing to sacrifice some flavor for convenience and being close to where I am. I just don't want to waste this chance by eating cheesecake factory.

Apr 12, 2012
theFuj46 in Houston

Need Ramen and Food Recommendations for a trip from Hiroshima to Nagoya

I am going on a big family trip from Hiroshima on to Takamatsu, Tokushima, Awajishima, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, Toba, and then Nagoya. I have lived in the Aichi area for a year so I can find my way around there, the other areas I still need some help to find some places to eat. Most of the meals are already planned since I am going with a big group(about 15 people).

I am mainly interested in finding either local izakaya, ramen or unique foods to try at night when there is some time to get away from the group and eat a little meal on my own. Below is a list of the areas that I will be able to go out and find some food on my own. If anyone knows a place near these sites that has something interesting to eat please let me know. Also, I know there are sites like yelp in Japanese that i can reference but I forget what the sites are. If anyone knows them please let me know those url addresses also.

First stop is the Regal Royal Hotel near the Kenchomae station in Hiroshima. It is in the Hiroshima Naka ward. I will have two nights here. So will need a couple different places to eat and drink at.

Next hotel stop is the Rhiga Hotel Takamatsu. Its about a half kilo south of the Takamatsu station.

After stopping by Awajishima, I will visit Kobe for a bit. We will go through the harborland and sannomiya. I visited Sannomiya before but didn't really look for food at that time. If there is anything I should have checked out this is probably the last chance I will have in a while. That night I will be staying at the Kyoto Royal Hotel. Which is near the Kyoto Shiyakusho(City Hall) and a kilo or so away from the main kyoto station.

After this I will be going to Toba and staying at the Toba Seaside Plaza. Its a little bit away from the main part of the toba that has the aquarium and the station. I know around the station there are some cute little places that will cook abalone and lobsters for you, but I am wondering if there is anything closer to my hotel.

Finally I will be back in Nagoya. I kind of know the city but I usually hang out in the Sakae area. This time I will be staying in the Associa which is near the nagoya station. I have never even tried to eat around the station so if anyone knows if there is a good izakaya or ramen shop near the station I would really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance. This board never lets me down.

Feb 25, 2012
theFuj46 in Japan

Where's the best place to buy snack/gifts?

haha, I wonder if that would work? theres no way I am gonna buy a cooler just to bring back chicharones. Was nice to just read your response though. Can't wait to get back home and stop having to speak like one haole.

Where's the best place to buy snack/gifts?

yeah, but once on the plane I figure I would have to put them in the over head compartment. Its there that im worried about them getting smashed up. I left them in my backpack once for just an hour or so of walking and when I opened it up they were just crumbs left.

Where's the best place to buy snack/gifts?

Like wally said, there are See's shops in Hi. Thought everywhere had them...

Where's the best place to buy snack/gifts?

Those Salty Sweet Nuts are my favorite also. Until I eat all the peanut brittle and its just regular nuts. I checked a couple trader joes around my area and both didn't have them, hopefully they get them back in stock soon.

Where's the best place to buy snack/gifts?

I like the idea of the macarons. I assume Sabores del Sur is in the Ferry building too. I will check there again this saturday.

Also...chicharones in the shoe? How big are your feet?!!?!?!? I'm like a size 9, I don't think they will fit in mine. :-D

Where's the best place to buy snack/gifts?

I will be going home for a bit and need to buy some gifts for family and friends. Ghiradelli seems a little too generic for me. Originally I was gonna get 4505 chicharonnes from the ferry building, but they seem like they would be crushed if I carried them on a plane. What type of fun snacks would be good? To give u an idea of what I am looking for: I usually get trader joes nuts and chocolate snacks. Theres no trader joes back in Hawaii so everyone loves there stuff.

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

There is a stand in between the Japanese garden and the academy that was renting bikes. I forget their name. Does anyone know? I wanted to double check their website on their hours. I figure I would work out perfect if I have the taxi drop us off before noon. We would have around 3 hours to see the de young, stow lake and other parts of the park. Got 330 reservations for Sutro's at the Cliff House for a light snack(this can be changed, but I figure I would make the res just in case since last sat I went there and there was a line out the door for the regular bar side). Then we can take our time going back to the academys area by 530 ish and return the bikes.

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

Nearing the final. I think the main thing that has swayed me was people saying how good the thur night event at the cal academy is. It works out with my plan of having a bite at Cliff House in the middle of the afternoon. So I think I will try to go and see it.

My plan is to now just walk to the ferry building from Union Square. Have a interesting morning there and spend all afternoon at the GG park. I will just use taxis to get to and from GG park.

ONE REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION

How hard is it to get taxis around the ferry building and GG park? Can they be flagged down fairly easily? Is there a "main" taxi company in SF that I can just call whenever and they should have someone there within 15 minutes or so? I don't know how the taxi's are in SF since I have never used them. I rarely use them even where I am from(Hawaii), so that is why I have little confidence in trying to rely on them so heavily.
Tue
8:55pm: Arrive at SFO
10:30: Arrive at Union Square(taxi? Limo?)
11:00: Dinner: Katana-ya(open till 1am) or Hana Zen (open till 12am) Ryokos (till 1am)

Wed
7:30am Breakfast
8:30 Ride Cable Car(Powell Hyde line) to Fishermans Wharf
9:00 Explore Fishermans Wharf : Buena Vista Café for Irish Coffee
10:00 Alcatraz
12:30pm Lunch: Some light food around the wharf. Lunch at Sotto Marre or Umami Burger on the way to GGB.
1:30 Golden Gate Bridge(walk or boat tour?)
5:00: Hotel to change for dinner
6:00pm: Cocktails and Foie Gras at La Folie (opens @ 530)
7:45: Steak at Harris’s Jazz Lounge

Thur
9am: Walk to Ferry Building for Breakfest
11am: Catch a taxi to Golden Gate Park.
1130am: Rent Bicycles
12pm: De young Museum
1pm: Lunch at de Young Museum
2-5pm: Go around the park, visit Cliff House for a snack.
6pm: Night at the Museum
830pm: Dinner at Barbacco? Gitane? Around Union Square…

Fri
8am: Breakfast (in hotel?)
9: Chinatown
11: North Beach Sotto Mare or Tony’s Pizza Napoletana? Hamburguesa @ Don PIsto?
Afternoon: Going to Napa

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

good to know about the burger. At the end of the day, there are so many burger options in SF, I know thats a thread on its own.

I will probably end up at the z&y or just give up and check yelp for the closest well rated italian place to me at the time. Sotto Mare seems like the portions are large so I might be tempted more to try Tony's.

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

I pretty much am set on the de young, mainly because I don't want to have to translate anything to Japanese from English for her from the academy. It seems art would be easier.

If the academy is the type of place you can enjoy without knowing much English, than I guess its worth considering.

How can you catch a taxi at night from there? Would I have to just call one? or do they usually queue up nearby?

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

Yeah, I think I allowed peoples strong opinions to get the best of me earlier. I guess I will save the money and use the BART. I know my fiancee won't really care because shes not picky about things like that. We use the train in Japan for everything when we are there. I figure the bart will be a quick trip anyways, ive rode it from SFO to East Bay before without any complaints...cept the homeless guy that smelt like piss, but Ill try not to sit near one this time.

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

can I bring bicycles on the N-Judah? Thats the main reason I was thinking bus, just because I can still enjoy riding around the park w/ bicycles and return them back at Union square later.

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

I originally wanted to do the biking route from GG bridge to the park, but it seemed like it would take too long and involve to many hills.

As far as Buena vista, its just an idea, and yes, I do like to booze it from early when I don't have work.

Does walking around alcatraz really take up that much time? Their website recommended setting aside 2 1/2 hours from the dock to the island and back.

I keep going back and forth on the biking thing...I think the decision was mainly to do the boat because I know my fiancee wouldn't care either way and this way it kills FW, GG Bridge and alcatraz in one day, leaving the next day at a more relaxed pace with just GG park.

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

The time line isn't exactly how it is gonna go. Lunch that day is still really up in the air. Probably gonna do something around FW. Even the In and Out in FW might work since my fiancee has never been there.

As far as the bridge, I am gonna just do a boat trip under the bridge and back.

As far as Napa, I am open to any suggestions of must visit places. However, a friend that has lived in the bay area for a while is gonna be with us so I am just letting him take care of most of that planning.

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

Thanks for the info. The only problem is I don't wanna be in the area that late. Since I have pretty much ruled out driving there, I want to be leaving the park by at least 3pm. If I was driving that would have been a great deal though...I stil don't know if I want to go to academy of sciences. Is it worth it? The de young looks interesting. Should I go to both or will one of them be enough? the park is so big and nice, I wish I could spend two days there.

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

Ok, I have a somewhat finalized itinerary. The main things I still am questioning are:

1. I know I need to take my fiancee(soon to be wife) to one crab stand type place in FW. Where would be the best option? She definitely wants to eat crab.

2. (not food related) Time wise, i am thinking about doing a boat tour over going to the bridge from FW and walking it. What do people think about this? Is it efficient? or am I wasting an opportunity?

3. Still can't figure out my second nights dinner. Went to Barcadillios, I guess they had on off night because it was one of the most disappointing meals I have had in a while. I am sure they must have their good spots, but I just don't want to risk lighting striking twice and it being another bad meal there. I am liking the menu from Barbacco and B44 is open early so I might try both. If worse comes to worse, I don't think it would be a waste of a meal to go to Slanted Door either.

4. Right now the plan for my last day is to go to chinatown and then go to north beach for some pizza or this famous burger from Don Pistos. However, we might just want to stay in China Town. Where would you guys recommend for some good chinese in chinatown? Its kind of hard since I am from Hawaii(with supposedly the only china town in the US bigger than SF's) and my wife is from Japan(kind of close to China). So we are not expecting to be wowed by the food, but just have a fun lunch.

Below is the updated itinerary. As always, thanks in advance for the help, I don't know what I would do without the help from this message board.

Tue
8:55pm: Arrive at SFO
10:30: Arrive at Union Square(taxi? Limo?)
11:00: Dinner: Katana-ya(open till 1am) or Hana Zen (open till 12am) Ryokos (till 1am)

Wed
7:30am Breakfast
8:30 Ride Cable Car(Powell Hyde line) to Fishermans Wharf
9:00 Explore Fishermans Wharf : Buena Vista Café for Irish Coffee
10:00 Alcatraz
12:30pm Lunch: Some light food around the wharf. Lunch at Sotto Marre or Umami Burger on the way to GGB.
1:30 Golden Gate Bridge(walk or boat tour?)
2:30: Shopping around Union Square
5:00: Hotel to change for dinner
6:00pm: Cocktails and Foie Gras at La Folie (opens @ 530)
7:45: Steak at Harris’s Jazz Lounge

Thur
9am: Rent Bicycles
10am: Breakfast/Lunch: Random food at the Ferry Building (Opens @ 10am) (Porchetta sand, burger from 4505, Oysters from Hog Island)
12pm Golden Gate Park (Picnic Lunch from either Boxed Food Company(union Square) or eat at de Young Café)
3:30pm: Cliff House?
4:30pm: Catch bus back to downtown
5pm: Dinner at Barbacco(res at 630)? B44(open from early)? Slanted Door?

Fri
8am: Breakfast (in hotel?)
9: Chinatown
11: North Beach Sotto Mare or Tony’s Pizza Napoletana? Hamburguesa @ Don PIsto?
Afternoon: Going to Napa

Whats the best sandwich/picnic food you can get for a a day at Golden Gate Park? [San Francisco]

thanks for the advice. I probably will just eat at the de Young. As far as the bikes, I am thinking that they would be helpful because I want to go from the de Young to Stow Lake and down Kennedy to see the Bison and the Ocean. I figure I can just go past cliff house to Geary and catch a bus from there. Since it seems that the buses come often, I figure even if one bus has a bike on it already, I can wait a bit and another should be there so I can load the two bikes on it and ride it straight back to around the van ness area, from there we can start to ride again.

If there is anything I am missing and this would actually be harder, let me know. Thanks again.

Whats the best sandwich/picnic food you can get for a a day at Golden Gate Park? [San Francisco]

thats sounds good. I might just eat there to save the hassle of having to pick up something on the way.

Whats the best sandwich/picnic food you can get for a a day at Golden Gate Park? [San Francisco]

I am thinking bicycles will be easier to get around the park itself. Also, the parking doesn't seem to be that great. I guess biking there and catching the 38 Geary gack would be the best overall.

Whats the best sandwich/picnic food you can get for a a day at Golden Gate Park? [San Francisco]

If the De Yong museum cafe is good, I might just do that to save time.

Right now the plan is to be biking, but I don't know about the return ride to downtown. I guess putting the bikes on the bus's rack is an option. However, still debating if I should just rent a car or not. (Parking looks pretty bad on saturdays at the park, I will be going on a Thur though).

Whats the best sandwich/picnic food you can get for a a day at Golden Gate Park? [San Francisco]

I am planning a day in Golden Gate Park. I know they have the food trucks near the De Young Museum, but I figure there is better food you can buy and bring to the park for a picnic.

I would be happy with a sandwich from Togos or a bento from Nijiya, but I figure the people might know something special.

Looking for either a good sandwich or bento type of thing that I would be able to buy early and bring to the park. Hopefully something I can get near Union Square(where I will be staying) or in-between there and GG park.

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

Ok, I think I got a good idea of what I am going to do. The main changes I am thinking of doing is after alcatraz, having lunch and going to the golden gate bridge. After spending some time at GG park today, I realized how nice it is and how i would rather spend most of Thursday there and visit the museums.

I was planning on going to GG park by bicycle, however, even though the ride there is bearable and somewhat interesting...its a long ride back to Union Square. Anyone have any other recommendations of how to get around there? I am also thinking about catching a cab there and just renting a bike there to get around the park. OR riding bikes there and putting them on the bus to get back. Renting a car would also work, however I don't know how the parking situation would be. It seems there is not a lot of parking, it was a saturday that I visited GG Park so maybe a thur would be better.

As far as dinner on thur, I decided to not go to Cha Cha Cha. I tried Bocadillo today, I might have just had terribly bad luck, but every dish I tried was way to salty and strong flavored. I drank before i went there so usually when I have a little buzz I like salty foods. The three dishes I tried were just too salty. Even the chorizo croquettes tasted like balls of fried cream cheese. Does anyone have any recommendations for a real casual place. Now I am looking for a place that has entrees for around $10-15 that is good and clean. Looking to spend about $50 for two people to eat(w/o alcohol).

Thanks again

Quick Saturday day trip to sf, need a place for dinner

I'm looking for something thats is not upscale at all. Something fairly cheap to moderate that would be a decent dinner. Bocadillos seems nice, but I have to think about how much I am gonna spend when I go to Napa later in the week. Trying to save money on a dinner in SF.

Quick Saturday day trip to sf, need a place for dinner

Looks good, probably will do a little lunch there. Still gotta find a place for dinner though.

Quick Saturday day trip to sf, need a place for dinner

Heard a lot of good things about primavera. Didn't go since on saturday there aren't a lot of tables available. Maybe ill try it this time.

Quick Saturday day trip to sf, need a place for dinner

Im gonna jump on the Bart and go to sf for the day. Probably bike to gg park and pick up some bottles of whiskey from cask. Will try to also squeeze in Mexican for lunch and a light dinner. Where would you go for Mexican for lunch? Would prefer somewhere around gg park or north of market(from the civic center to north beach area).

As for dinner, I'm looking for a place that is more casual. Price range would be something an average guy could go regularly. Preferably small plates since its only me and I wanna try as much as possible. Not looking for Asian food. Thanks.

Honeymoon Itinerary: In need of Critiques

At this point I am cancelling Cha Cha Cha and Campton Place bar and looking for two or one good place with tapas style food. I don't need it to be "tapas" but for those who know, I usually eat at izakaya style places. I don't want Japanese food, but I do want that type of small plates with a large variety. Hopefully that was a decent explanation.

So...what ideas does everyone have? I would want it to be from in between Golden Gate Park and Embarcadero. IF possible a suggestion for a place that is open in that odd 3-5pm time would also be nice. It is difficult because I will be have a weird early lunch late breakfast at the farmers market that morning.

Once again, really appreciate all the excellent advice.