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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

I have thought about reversing the Napa and Big Sur trips. I may end up doing that. You're right in that Labor Day traffic will likely be an issue.

May 21, 2014
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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

I just looked at Turtle Tower. It has a lot of Pho dishes, which I like.

May 21, 2014
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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

What about Bodega Bistro? I read the menu and it seems more like authentic viet to me.

May 21, 2014
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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

Hello. We're coming from Florida. I put Slanted Door on the list bc of some of the things I read here and it is convenient. I looked at the menu and was somewhat disappointed bc it didn't read as authentic Vietnamese to me. I'm open to any other suggestions that would be convenient for us on Sunday afternoon.

May 21, 2014
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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

Ok. Below are the changes I've made to the food schedule.

Sunday
Added Slanted Door for lunch

Monday
Removed Slanted Door for dinner
Added Passionfish in Pacific Grove for dinner on our way back to San Fran

Tuesday
Added Cako for cupcake

Wednesday
Removed Kara's Cupcakes from the list

May 21, 2014
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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

What are the names of the other places on Chestnut?

May 21, 2014
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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

We're not making a trip to Oakland just for Stagg's, but we'll need lunch while we're over there. I looked Ms. Ollie's menu last week after seeing it suggested here and I decided to go with Stag's for the reasons Robert mentioned. We will definitely stroll around Jack London Square.

May 19, 2014
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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

I've seen people mention Cafe La Presse here, but I'd need to see the menu before adding to the itinerary.

May 19, 2014
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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

We have this thing where we like to try cupcakes in each city we go to; that is why Kara's is on the list. But if you guys have any other cupcake shops to try we'd be open.

I did build in extra padding to allow for traffic. How is the drive back from Monterey to San Fran at night? I'm just wondering if we should have dinner in Monterey and then make our way back to the hotel.

May 19, 2014
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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

I'll have to revisit Dottie's website. I'm more of a traditional eggs and bacon breakfast type of guy and i love french toast.

May 19, 2014
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Please Critique My San Francisco Itinerary

Hello fellow hounds.

My travel companion and I will be visiting the bay area from FL during the week of aug 31 2014 to sept 6 2014. We'll be staying in the Westin Union Square. Based on my research on this board using the search feature, I've put together a list of restaurants that I believe will work. We're both in our mid 30s. She's never been to the bay area and I've been once 8 years ago for one day for business but that doesn't count. This will be our third trip to the state in the last 1.5 to 2 years as we've been to San Diego and LA each for a week at a time on separate trips.

I'm hoping to get your opinions on the itinerary with suggested changes. Monday night dinner is the one area that we're still up in the air about. We'll be coming back from hiking in Big Sur and I originally planned for us to stop in Monterey and have dinner on the way back to San Fran. However, I wasn't sure how rough of a drive, terrain wise the trip from Monterey to San Fran is. Can someone provide some insight in regards to that drive? The itinerary is as follows:

Day Activity Start End
Sunday Aug 31
Take BART to Powell St Station 12:47pm 1:17pm
Check-In at the hotel 1:32pm 2:00pm
Leave for Lunch 2:10pm
Lunch - Lers Rors Thai 2:30pm 3:30pm
Alcatraz Tour 4:20pm 8:45pm
Return to Hotel 9:30pm 9:50pm

Monday Sept 1
Leave to Pick-up Rental from SFO 7:20am
Pick-up Rental 8:00am
Drive to Big Sur - JBurns State Pk 8:15am 11:15am
Hike 11:20am 3:20pm
Drive to 17 Mile Drive 3:30pm 4:40pm
Drive 17 Mile Drive 4:40pm 5:40pm
Drive back to San Francisco 5:40pm 7:50pm
Arrive at the Hotel 7:50pm
Leave for Dinner 9:15pm
Dinner- The Slanted Door 9:30pm 10:30pm
Hotel 11:00pm

Tuesday Sept 2
Breakfast - Dottie's Café 7:30am 8:30am
Walk back to the hotel 8:35am 8:50am
Drive to Rutherford Hill Winery 9:40am 11:00am
Winery Tour - Rutherford Hill 11:30am 1:00pm
Lunch- Farmstead 1:20pm 2:20pm
Drive to San Francisco 2:25pm 3:45pm
Walk around Chinatown 5:00pm 6:55pm
Dinner - Z&Y Chinese 7:00pm 8:00pm
Hotel 8:30pm

Wednesday Sept 3
Return Rental Car 6:30am 8:00am
Take BART to Powell St Station 8:45am 9:15am
Breakfast - Dottie's Café 9:30am 10:30am
Cable Car to Hyde & Lombard Sts 10:42am 11:00am
Take Pics at Lombard St switch-bk 11:05am 11:20am
Fisherman's Wharf 11:20am 11:30am
Take pics between piers 43 & 45 11:32am 11:40am
Walk to Ghirardeli Square 11:40am 12:00pm
Walk around Ghirardeli Square 12:03pm 12:13pm
Kara's Cupcakes 12:18pm 12:30pm
Lunch - Blue Barn Gourmet 1:00pm 2:00pm
Golden Gate Bridge 2:25pm
Take Pics at the Golden Gate 2:35pm 3:35pm
Hotel
Dinner - Nopa 7:30pm 8:30pm
Taxi to Hotel
Hotel

Thursday Sept 4
Breakfast – Can’t Decide 7:30am 8:30am
Hotel 8:45am 11:30am
Alamo Square - The Painted Ladies11:55am 12:25pm
Lunch - Zuni Café 1:05pm 2:05pm
Hotel
Dinner- La Ciccia 7:30pm 8:30pm
Hotel

Friday Sept 5
Breakfast – Can’t Decide 7:30am 8:30am
Hotel
Take BART to Berkeley 10:00am 10:24am
Walk around Cal-Berkeley 10:35am 12:35pm
Take BART to 19th St BART St 12:45pm 12:55pm
Lunch - Stag's Lunchette 1:00pm 2:00pm
Dinner - Gitane 8:00pm 9:00pm
Hotel

Saturday Sept 7
Take BART to Airport 6:55am

May 19, 2014
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

Pad Thai is my favorite.

May 29, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

Ha. Yeah, I don't plan on walking in that far in July.

May 29, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

I now live in FLA but I'm a west coast guy deep down inside after having lived in PHX.

May 29, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

Thank you Beach Chick for the suggestions. It seems like a comprehensive list.

I gotta tell you, I appreciate your input and the input of the other folks. When I was lurking back in Nov looking for suggestions for my San Diego trip, I saw a number of your posts in the SD forum and your recommendations were spot on in terms of food and atmosphere. So thank you for that and for this current post.

May 29, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

That's what we'll do.

May 29, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

Do I need to make reservations at Lotus for lunch? I've seen posts where people have done that. My thought that since it is lunch and the crowds are typically less at lunch, there isn't a need for reservations.

May 28, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

After reading what you said about Bacchanal I'll nix it. I like chicken and waffles. I had it for the first time last year at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in Inglewood, CA. Is Bouchon's chicken and waffles similar or do they put a different spin on it?

May 23, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

Believe me I agree with you. I thought that it was average at best.

May 23, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

So I just spoke with my sister and she is ok with going to Lotus for lunch on our first day. I'm looking forward to it. However, she will not be joining me for breakfast on Sat bc of her conference but we'll have lunch and she wants to have dinner around 6:00pm before the show.

I'm thinking Delmonico's for lunch on Sat (she love's bread pudding) and something for dinner (not sure).

May 22, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

Maybe all thai'd out isn't the right word. I'm serious about food and I do want to try LOS as both of us love Thai. We could go there on Thursday or Sat for lunch.

May 22, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

Really? Which place has the better fries including sweet potato fries?

May 22, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

Thanks for the welcome. I lurked Chow for all of my previous trips but this is my first thread. I'm not going to do In-n-Out Burger. I ate there enough while I lived in Phoenix.

The menu at Puck's looks good. I did that Secret pizza place is open late. I'll have to think about bc I didn't want anything to heavy after the show.

May 22, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

So Jaleo or Julian Serrano for after the shows?

May 22, 2013
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First Trip to Vegas: Critique my restaurant choices

I'll be in LV for the first time in late July for 3 days/nights. The person I'm going with is coming for a conference and this is her 4th time in LV over the last couple of years. So there are times when I'll be eating by myself, breakfast and one lunch bc of her conference responsibilities.. The budget for breakfast is $25, lunch is $25 and dinner is $45 ex taxes and tips.

Would love to try LOS but we will not have a vehicle. I can take a taxi but I'm all thai'd out after having thai locally and in LA in April of 2012 and Yum Yum Too Thai NYC in late 2011.

My flight arrives on a Thursday at 7:45am and hers at 10:45am.

Day 1:

Breakfast at Bouchon - A lot of people on this board recommend it and we're staying at the Palazzo. I'll be eating by myself.

Lunch at Burger Bar - I orginally had BLT Burger based on recs from the board but I saw some posts about Burger Bar and I looked at the menu and I like what I see. It'll be the two of us. Didn't know the Hubert Keller owns the place.

Dinner - Right now I'm leaning towards Italian and I have Valentino at the Venetian down for now. It'll be the two of us. However, Scarpetta at the Cosmopolitan was brought up by someone here so I've been looking at that. For reference, we ate at RPM Italian in Chicago in Oct and we loved the food and atmosphere there. So a rec that is similar or better would be appreciated.

Day 2 Friday: I'm heading to the Grand Canyon.

Day 3 Saturday: Breakfast at the Bacchanal Buffet. Two of us. Read good things about this buffet and also Wicked Spoon. Anyone have any insight in Bacchanal? I originally had Central down but thought that I should try a buffet on this trip.

Lunch at the Secret pizza place in the Cosmopolitan. She will be with me.

At 7:30pm we're going to Zumanity at New York New York. Would like to do meal after the show but she doesn't want to eat then. So I may end up having a late meal by myself.

Can someone recommend a good late night meal for after the show?

Thanks,

May 22, 2013
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