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SF 4 DAY TRIP

Am heading to SF in a few weeks and was after some advice on some spots that could fit in with my itinerary (most definitely will be the other way around) for a group of 5. Will have our apartment based in alamo square. I've numbered the parts i need help on.
I guess i'd like to know if you had to plan a 3-4 day trip to Sf, what places you wouldnt miss out on, regardless if i can find them here at home & regardless of price.
Here's how it looks at the moment.

SUN - arrive afternoon
dinner - couldnt snag a reservation at rich table for the whole trip, so was looking at eating at the bar and arriving soon as they open.

MON -
quick breakfast - the mill
segway tour
1) lunch - nopa or nopalito? actually it doesnt even have to be near my apartment.
2) dinner - catching a warriors game at the oracle, so an early dinner somewhere in oakland or even in the bay area and get a taxi to the game after. Can be any cuisine, any price.

TUES
breakfast - plow
standard alcatraz
3) lunch - had lers ros thai in but too maybe heavy for lunch?
shopping union square
dinner - AQ

WEDS
breakfast - tartine
electric bike hire golden gate park/bridge & surrounding places etc
4) lunch - possibly venture to the mission for mexican?
gotta try some of those dynamo donuts afterwards
Dinner - Pizzeria Delfina & Bi-rite ice creamery after.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance

Mar 04, 2013
Jmore1 in San Francisco Bay Area

Group of 10 LA

steakhouse! that'd definitely work well... any idea of the price points?

Aug 06, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

sure am, how could you tell?

Aug 06, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

nice! any must orders from here?

Aug 06, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

was thinking space for 10 would be more an issue for breakfast spots.. assumed most restaurants would cater to a group of 10 for dinner... lunch wouldnt be an issue as we were thinking of more on the go type places (bar gjelina)

i should have expanded on the intelligentsia/jin idea... thought it would be possible to get coffee to takeaway from intelligentsia and some pastries from jin for breakfast? but since jin doesnt open til 11AM, idea is irrelevant

for breakfast the group ordinarily eat savoury meals such as your pastries, brioche, french toast etc, or an egg based dish or something simple with oats/granola... milo and olive looks like it fits the bill! thanks

Aug 06, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

to be honest, don't think the group would be keen on trekking for dim sum breakfast...
i don't know, dim sum for breakfast doesn't sound all that appealing to me?
am i totally mistaken on this?

Aug 06, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

thanks for the wrap! we're coming from sydney.

definitely will map Carnitas Michaocan down! always need the late night eats after a drinking session.. it says that it's close to dodger stadium?

might even do that pre/post dodgers game instead, is the food at the stadium mediocre?

haha i like that idea.. an umami burger followed by an in n out burger! considering the average burger made here in sydney is mediocre in comparison (from a previous visit), we're keen to beef up while we're there!

appreciate the huntley recommendation, had visited here with the fam last stay and really enjoyed it there..
if you had the choice for one dinner in Santa Monica with a group of guys, what would it be (fig, a-frame, chinois)? read great things about melisse, but would do that with the gf

Aug 06, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

thanks for that suggestion, great price range too!

Aug 06, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

awesome! so the private room at pizzeria mozza you suggest? rather than mozza 2 go private room?

Aug 06, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

really? not knowing what reservations are like... would it be too risky to just turn up on the night? or would they not allow a party of 10 period?

Aug 06, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

Ok so when you say 'design', how exactly do you mean?
Call ahead and advise of selection of food or once we rock up we then organise?
was it a variety of foods to choose from or was it dish selection? and was there a set number of courses/dishes to select?

If you don't mind me asking - just so i have an idea, what did you guys order?

Aug 06, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

You're exactly right alot can happen in 8months, just wanted to see if I was on the right track for the moment. Then closer to leaving having an update if things had changed.

Should have been a little clearer on the lunch part, wasn't meaning lunch deals on those two particular restaurants (was only asking for a comparison on two pizza joints), was just after any good value lunch deals in LA. - something along the lines of fig at five which sounds good for a feed and bev at an awesome price

Aug 03, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

Woah i like the look of Parks BBQ! Can't read Korean so any idea of price range on cuts of meat... And this is a cook yourself restaurant?

Mozza private dining is a great idea! Like the sound of a banquet type meal there. Have you done this yourself?

Aug 03, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

We're 8 months & counting buddy!
Am I right in saying the food scene in LA doesn't drastically change though?
Seems most places I planned visiting a couple years back on a trip that fell through are still going strong (animal, bazaar, red medicine, mozza)

Aug 03, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

Thanks for pointing that out, associated son of a gun to meat focused for some reason

Aug 03, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

Haha unfortunately not until April!
Just getting a feeler first, but will definitely check back closer to leaving, because as you said there will be new openings

Aug 03, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

Red medicine a lock
Ok so maybe I re-jig the comparisons?
Sounds like both animal & son of a gun would win in your book... Would these all be too similar?

Aug 03, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area

Group of 10 LA

Hi everyone,

I'll be with a group of 10 guys and we'll be stopping in LA for 5 nights.
Had some places in mind, but would appreciate preferences or alternative suggestions that could be good for a group of boys who enjoy a drink, but more importantly enjoy their food too.
Being 10 of us, realise it'll be tough getting in to all spots.
We like just about any cuisine. We'll have a van so travel no issue, plus we have no issues splitting cabs if need be (be the case most days). Price not too much of an issue (except high end urasawa prices of +$500pp) if it's worth the splurge. Probably prefer a relaxed atmosphere, If not than somewhere the food more than makes up for it.

Thought it might be easier to break down areas of LA we'd visit.
I'll write what I had in mind and for each number if you could say good thought, add something, or tell me dogs*** idea!

1) Venice/Santa Monica
Brekkie - Intelligentsia & Jin Patisserie vs huckleberry
Lunch - gjelina
Dinner - fig at five vs Rustic canyon
Afterdrinks? Your casual bar or brewery preference

2) Downtown (catching a lakers game scheduled for a Sunday)
Brunch - jar (realise it's not downtown, but they only do Sunday brunch)
After game - wurstkuche
AfterDrinks? Your casual bar or brewery preference

3) west Hollywood (apartment located) & bev hills
Brekkie... Griddle cafe (really struggling for ideas, yet to find cafe/bakery)
Lunch (to be quick sit-down or on the go)... Umami vs comme ca (burger), in n out (takeaway), Mozza vs sotto (pizza), any standout lunch deals?
Dinner... , animal vs son of a gun vs Little bear,, red medicine vs black hogg, bazaar vs ink
Drinks? Your Casual bar or brewery preference

4) planned on having a langers pastrami for a lunch on way to accom and eating dinner at mb post while waiting for flight out

Thanks in advance, any advice is appreciated

Aug 03, 2012
Jmore1 in Los Angeles Area