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neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

Honestly the ex-pat recommendation of staying downtown is solid for the first visit. Here's why: all transportation in the Bay Area is geared towards getting people to downtown SF/the financial district and SOMA. It's very easy to get anywhere in you're downtown. First time visit this makes things way easier.

about 5 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

They moved where all the poor people are...outer Mission, for now. It's definitely decreased and they tend to leave people alone except rivals.

about 5 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area
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neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

Before the Mission was gentrified it had a rough reputation and some of that still exists...gangs, homeless, urban weirdos. Nothing any citizen couldn't navigate at home, but maybe not so much away from home in a city for the first time. In the day it's all pretty easy but at night, probably not for a tourist.

The Mission is a diverse place and neighborhoods can change dramatically block to block. That's happening less and less but it's still the case in some places...posh hipster restaurants one area, two block over and it can feel very sketchy.

Example: 16th/Valencia or 16th/Guerrero and it's hipster haven...1-2 blocks over is 16th St. BART and it's a very, very different vibe with your usual array of downtrodden, poor and regular people. Two more blocks east, like say 15th and Folsom and I'd guess most visitors would feel it's very sketchy at night just from isolated and dark appearance and the freeway overpass nearby.

about 6 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

SF is 7 miles x 7 miles for 49 square miles. A lot of that is residential. You can get around the major routes pretty quickly on public transpo but there are some areas that are a little hard to get to.

However the Mission, downtown, North Beach, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Chinatown, Japantown, SOMA, the Richmond, GG Park, the Sunset are all easy to get to.

I'd just pick the places you find interesting and forget the neighborhood casual vibe except around where you're staying. You're over thinking this. Simplify.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

So where are you staying in SF, what neighborhood? Why not pick the restaurants that way since that's the essence of the question.

+1 on Park Chow and Nopolito near 9th/Irviing.

Sep 28, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Baby friendly craft beer East Bay/ SF

Yeah...well you can't have everything.

Sep 25, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Baby friendly craft beer East Bay/ SF

I see babies and kids in Pyramid Alehouse all the time. Part of it must be the giant parking lot.

Sep 25, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

San Fran foodies

Mission burrito...you only have about 150 taquerias to choose from. Otherwise, a good question gets good responses.

Sep 25, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Galeto Brazilian steakhouse, Old Oakland

Web site says "galeto", aka chicken, is their signature dish. They also do beef but if you really want beef, I'd go somewhere known for beef.

Sep 24, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to get good bread in the south bay?

I keep hearing about the Manresa Bread Project selling at farmer's market in Campbell. I'd check that out.

Sep 22, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch near Golden Gate Park / Cal Academy of Sciences

Inner Sunset and GG Park are safe. If you're there during the day you shouldn't have an issue. If you're really worried, park in the GG Park garage and only eat at the academy or museum.

Sep 19, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch near Golden Gate Park / Cal Academy of Sciences

9th/Irving has a very good selection of places and the N-Judah street car lets out there...and it's an easy walk to the Cal Acadamy.

Sep 18, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

What is the best restaurant where the waitstaff does the most obnoxious birthday celebration?

Well... if you can get the guest of honor to Hooters, you could do it there.

What is the best restaurant where the waitstaff does the most obnoxious birthday celebration?

Boca di Bepo... Too bad Ferrell's isn't around.

Bread- East Bay

Try Gaumenkitzel on San Pablo in Berkeley. If you go there, might as well drive up the street to Acme at Hopkins, just to look around since they bake/carry those kinds of bread.

Sep 13, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Mustards Grill: My Theory [Napa]

So...retro 80s California cuisine, i.e., "new" comfort food? It might be time and if it's tasty, does form matter?

FSPUCF, great phrase because it is show and not necessarily "content". On that note the mention of the Chez Panisse thread makes sense. If there is a hybrid of the CP school and the TFL school, it might be Manresa, which I'm a big fan of but that's a special occasion thing.

Any way, last ate at Mustards in 2000...don't remember it but there were other things going on.

Sep 12, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Whatever it is doesn't make it more significant or less silly.

Sep 10, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Who cares. I don't and I know it's a silly bit of polling.

Sep 10, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

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Sep 10, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Not a fan of La Taqueria but that's personal preference. They are one of the original SF taquerias and purveyor of the Mission burrito...and SF won on this. Now when you get in the LA v. Mission burrito argument (I know LA is taco land) you can say the Mission burrito is no 1 in the country with a semi-straight face.

Sep 10, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SFBA Dish of the Month (Sept 2014) - Nominations/Voting

MISSION BURRITO - AL PASTOR

Aug 29, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best one-stop supermarket?

I think Berkeley Bowl is the only true one-stop supermarket if you want good produce, organics and reasonable prices...and all the other stuff: butcher, fish, artisan, hot food, etc.

I don't think there's one easy place except perhaps maybe Whole Foods...but you'll be paying a high premium and it's a bit plastic-y and corporate. I personally dislike it so I don't go. Andronico's is local, wide variety but a bit pricey...but the only SF location is the inner Sunset.

In SF, I think it's combo shopping. Where ever you land in SF, I'd find a decent local neighborhood produce place, a butcher, fish monger, a few ethnic places and then a supermarket. The supermarket or TJs will be the easy part, or you'll figure out a combo.

Also there are a few very good small grocery stores in SF with a good combo of produce, meat, fish, etc. Good Life in Bernal Heights and Potrero Hill are good examples. Big Apple on Polk was similar but they closed.

Aug 23, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chow spots on Hesperian (San Lorenzo, Hayward)

5 Guys burgers

Aug 15, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it right for restaurants to stop seating people before closing time?

All you have to do is list: Open 5-10 p.m. Last dinner seating 9 p.m.

Aug 15, 2014
ML8000 in Not About Food

Totally Lost in Embarcadero with Co-Workers [San Francisco]

Tourist can read the interwebz too...

Aug 08, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Grand Lake Kwik Way reopened: drive-thru burgers and fries [Oakland]

Looks like Kwik Way has closed again, for good:

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

Aug 06, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

Andronico's (2 locations in Berkeley) will have what you want, enough for two and you can buy it on Thanksgiving.

Aug 05, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting Restaurant Recommendations

Thursday lunch/dinner - Chez Panisse Cafe, Berkeley. Also in Berkeley: Mexican food, Cancun Taqueria. Lunch would be good. Both are in or close to downtown Berkeley.

SF, lots and lots of choices...

Aug 05, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting Restaurant Recommendations

Recommendation for Berkeley or SF?

Aug 05, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

ethnic markets in EB (esp Afghan/Indian)

There's like half a dozen+ Afghani market in Fremont, along Fremont Blvd./Thornton, within about a 1-2 mile radius. Do a search, there's enough places to drive down and look around.

Also there's an Afro-Caribbean market at 8th/Clay in Oakland.

Aug 04, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area