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Please critique my itinerary for 5 night trip to San Francisco (DID LOTS OF RESEARCH)

I completely agree. If you are a connoisseur of schlock this is the place to go, otherwise avoid it. The Lower Haight, however, is more than BBQ and beer. NOPA, Nopalito, Bar Crudo, to name a few. (Alright, if you want to be picky these three are officially in the Western Addittion.)

The coast either north or south is beautiful but the advantage of going north is that you wind up at Bodega Bay and THE BEST CHOWDER IN THE WORLD! at the Spud Point Crab Company.

Mar 03, 2012
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Suggestions for a quieter restaurant

La Folie may be my favorite restaurant in SF, but if you want something less expensive and quiet with good food L'Ardoise is an excellent choice.

Oct 26, 2009
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Best SF restaurant for 25th anniversary dinner

La Folie, by a wide margin. Great food and decor. As for the service, the last time I was there they served me the wrong first course. They then gave me the one I wanted, in addition. Further, since they didn't want my wife to sit there with no food while I ate my extra course, they gave her an additional course as well. La Folie has been my favorite for special occasions for a decade and it remains so. Not too many places have retained quality for so long.

Jun 19, 2009
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Sonoma v. Healdsburg, also recs for Carmel

I will add another vote for Healdsburg. Good restaurants, lovely surroundings, and more vineyards than you can possibly manage. The Calderwood Inn is a great place to stay, quiet but only three blocks from the main square.

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Calderwood Inn
25 W Grant St, Healdsburg, CA

Jan 20, 2009
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Dinner near the Parc 55 Hotel

I'm not sure what there is nearby that's great, but Chez Papa in Mint Plaza is very good, probably less than $200, and only one block from your hotel.

Aug 21, 2008
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Landmark Peruvian Cevichería to open at Pier 1-1/2

It is discussed in today's (Wednesday) Food section of the Chron as well. However, they cleverly forgot to include the location, except to say it would be on the waterfront. But if you look closely at the accompanying photo/artists rendition you can make out the Ferry Building in th background.

Jun 25, 2008
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Where to find fresh pistachios?

I went to the Ferry Building Market this morning to get my pistachio fix when I found that they are no more. The lady at the stand that sells almonds and walnuts said that she had been bringing in the pistachios from a neighboring farm and the market rules say that she can only sell what they produce themselves. I can understand this but I am now severely pistachio-deprived, Any suggestions? I am willing to drive up to 1.5 hours(one way) if necessary.

Apr 26, 2008
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Chinatown restaurant in SF

If you are willing to try something a little out of the ordinary go to Jai Yun. It is Shanghai Chinese and presented as a tasting menu, from $45-100 per person. When we were last there about three weeks ago the $45 menu had 11 cold and 7 hot dishes. (I may be off by plus/minus one dish.) Some of them I couldn't identify but they all ranged from good to outstanding.

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Jai Yun
680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Apr 18, 2008
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Healdsburg winery recs. by region

Gopfrich (with an umlaut) in Dry Creek makes excellent reds. Call ahead.

Apr 15, 2008
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another NYer comes to SF

I'm with you, daveena. The really high-end restaurants are mostly not worth the price or the attitude, except for La Folie and Acquerello. All the ones you mentioned are not only better value, but just better.

Apr 11, 2008
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Help two displaced souls

One of the things my wife and I like to do is drive down Geary and after about 15th look for a parking space and then go to the first interesting restaurant we can find, and there is always an interesting restaurant. Since you don't have much time you might not want to take a chance, but it's fun and as already noted it is easy for you to get to.

Apr 07, 2008
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Relocated from Vancouver, want to treat hubby

It sounds like you are interested in bistro-y places, so I would suggest L'Ardoise, a new restaurant on Noe. No, not in Noe Valley but in the Dubose triangle about two block north of the messy intersection of Market/16th/Noe. (For the locals, this is the site of the late Los Flamingos.) It is a small, comfortable room and not too noisy. There are about 6 appetizers and 6-7 entrees, all under $20. We had the charcuterie plate, almond crusted barramundi, and the hanger steak. It was all good.

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L'Ardoise
151 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Apr 04, 2008
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Outstanding in the field 2008

$180-200 is pretty expensive. What makes it worth the price?

Mar 20, 2008
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Quintessential or Noteworthy SF Restaurant for out-of-towner?

Ame

Mar 05, 2008
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Boston CH seeks SF advice: Add to: Aziza, For.Cinema, B44....

If you like robust flavors and unusual ingredients and not the bigbucks, try Burma Superstar and Troya on the same block of Clement, and Helmand Palace on van Ness.

Mar 05, 2008
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Meatball Sandwich Hunt

The meatball sub is as good as ever at Kingfoot. I have it about twice a month.

Feb 25, 2008
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Recs for a visitor from London, please

Since you list "French/Italian" as a preference, Acquerello would be a good choice. It is Italian with strong French influences.

Feb 25, 2008
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Your "One Dish"

Cioppino at Tadich's.

Jan 31, 2008
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Visiting SF Jan 25-27: Help with food itinerary

I agree with the other posters - you have made some really good decisions, and Foreign Cinema is OK but given your limited time you can do better. I noticed that you don't have any French restaurants on the list. I don't know if it is because you don't care for the cuisine or you think it would be too expensive. However, Chapeau! (they include the exclamation point in the name) is a great traditional French restaurant with amazingly good prices.

Jan 16, 2008
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Feedback Requested on 4 Potential Dinner Places

Woodward's Gardens is really good. Nothing wrong with the other options, but if you haven't tried Woodward's, you should. It is a little expensive, however.

Jan 07, 2008
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In transit from Muir Woods to SFO

I would suggest the Buckeye Roadhouse. It is comfortable, the food is good, and very convenient to Muir Wood. In fact, it is on an on ramp to 101 so you pass it on the way to the airport.

Jan 07, 2008
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Canteen in San Francisco – thumbs up

My apologies. I thought it was clear that the building was the same, only the owners had changed.

Jan 01, 2008
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Canteen in San Francisco – thumbs up

Also, it is no longer located in the lobby of a cheap hotel, but the lobby of an ugly dormitory for students at the ever-expanding Academy of Fine Arts. Luckily, this change hasn't affected the quality of the food at Canteen, which remains outstanding.

Jan 01, 2008
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Best Cioppino in San Francisco

I second this.

Dec 28, 2007
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Where to find cleaned and cracked crab?

San Francisco Fish at the Ferry Building.

Dec 22, 2007
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Bayless' Frontera Fresco?

The Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in Chicago are the only two restaurants directly managed by Bayless. When I ate there last he was adamant that he was not going to open elsewhere. Frontera Fresca is a chain run by Macy's that he acts as advisor to, but he doesn't manage the kitchen and ingredients as he does with the Grill and Topo. Frontera Fresca may be very good (although I doubt it), but no-one should be under any illusions that it reflects what Bayless can do with Mexican cuisine.

Dec 21, 2007
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Cyrus - worth it or not? Boston hound would like to know.

Not worth it!

Nov 23, 2007
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UCSF Restaurant

I aasume you are talking about the Parnassus campus. My suggestions are Pomelo (noodles) on Parnassus around 6th for lunch and Koo (japanese) on Irving and 4th for dinner. Just a few blocks further there are many more places - Vietnamese on judah near 9th, Ebisu on 9th and Irving, just to name two.

Nov 02, 2007
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Need Nice, Simple Seafood Dinner recommendation

The article by Apple is very enthusiastic about Tadich's. In fact, he said "For decades now, I have been sitting down at Tadich's counter ...". The comment by the owner has to be read in context.

Sep 25, 2007
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NYC Hound Seeking Late Dinner Recommendation

First, it shouldn't take you 1.5-2 hours to get to the city, assuming your flight arrives on time. (Granted, that isn't likely.) I would go to NOPA for late night dining, although it isn't near Union Square.

Sep 18, 2007
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