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Help on Dining options during short international stopover. (SF)

Hi All,

Excited to be coming to San Francisco for the first time late July, however it's just a short visit as a stopover between Australia and New York. Looking to get some great meals in, and a overview of the city in eating terms. I had a few ideas, but I started researching here and now have more choices then I can deal with, hoping for some guidance.

We get it late on Saturday morning, and leave early Tuesday morning, which gives us 2 and a half days in town. However, as the flight in is a doozy and I'm concerned about jet-lag, I'm hesitant to book something fancy or involved on Saturday night, as I'd rather not end up asleep halfway through the 3rd course.

This knocks out places like Coi or Benu unfortunately (as they won't be open again until Tuesday) The timing of arrival also means we'll miss the Ferry Plaza Market, which is rather annoying., though if the we get good run at SFO we'll be heading there to catch the end.

Currently thinking along these lines for a itinerary:

Saturday after arrival: Swan Oyster Depot, Mission St for Mexican/Good Bar food in the evening.

Sunday: Bar Tartine for Brunch, Somewhere in Chinatown if Lunch is required, Commonwealth SF for Dinner.

Monday: Probably a quick breakfast at somewhere like the Mill, before doing the Alcatraz touristy thing. Try for SBP for Dinner, happy to wait/drink at a nearby bar. If not, something else, not sure what. However, Rich Table did look interesting.

Other place I was considering was Mission Chinese, but seems to be not really worth it from the opinions here, and I can also go in NY where we've got more time. Anything else I should consider that shouldn't be missed on a first trip? Too many similar options? Am I needlessly crossing town? (Staying at the Phoenix on Eddy St)

Thanks in Advance.

Dan

May 30, 2013
kazgar in San Francisco Bay Area