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Surprise Trip to San Francisco

I like the seafood at Skool, really like the flavor profiles but the service can be hit or miss.

Alternative to State Bird? [San Francisco]

I find nopa on the same creative and taste level as State Bird and it serves cocktails and has a decent wine list. Parking is harder.

I find Zuni less creative/innovative and the space is a bit more traditional. But I find the taste level the same.

Bar Tartine I would say is more innovative risk/taking than State Bird, but it runs the risk of your guests really disliking the flavor and aesthetic.

Alternative to State Bird? [San Francisco]

My thoughts. Granted we probably have different palates as I have eaten at State Bird twice and it has it's ups and downs for me like many other places in SF.

One thing is true is that it's not the typical format for New American/Californian/Italian/French which is somewhat plentiful in NYC. But from my travels the typical Californian restaurant is actually not well done abroad.

AQ is not white tablecloths so that could be an option and isn't the standard cal fare. NOPA also isn't tablecloth but does hew closer to typical Californian cuisine (but your friends from Hong Kong and Sydney may appreciate it nevertheless). There has been sadly a resurgence in French bistros and Gastropubs that are easily found other places.

DOSA on Valencia is pretty unique. It's one of the few mid to upper range South Indian restaurants outside of India and it's a fun space.

Best one-stop supermarket?

Agreed on produce, meat and the hassle. I actually like the taste of many of their frozen meals, packaged sauces etc but I hate going there on the weekends or evenings so it's really dropped off for me.

Best one-stop supermarket?

In the suburbs:
Whole Foods for meat, cheese, dairy, seafood, packaged, frozen, dry goods. Wine and beer In a pinch. Fruits and vegetables in a pinch.

Berkeley bowl for fruits and vegetables or one of the local farmers markets. Some of the fancier local grocery stores like Mollie stones, Rainbow etc have a step up from whole foods on local fruits and vegetables.

Costco for everything else.

Trader Joes is cheaper but gives me high levels of stress. So crowded. Things are always getting recalled or pulled that I like to buy, and while cheaper their idea of 1 portion is much smaller than what I need to eat for a meal e.g. A frozen stir fry that claims to feed 4 feeds 1.

One nice dinner at a classic San Francisco restaurant on a thursday night

Boulevard is a good one, though I feel their food feels a little less local than say ... Zuni which is one of the pillars of CA cuisine and still going strong.

Many love Slanted Door though the food feels a little generic/staid for locals.

Food Souvenirs from San Francisco

I think part of it. As someone who grew up here, I'm wracking my brain to think of older companies that make edible goods that preserve well but are not available nationally (e.g. we used to get gifts such as Sees brittle a lot, but that's now available nationally, or ghiradelli chocolate, or Peets coffee beans also all available nationally, or almonds, olive oil etc. now also CA nuts and olive oil are exported nationally and even internationally).

It's the nature of our economy for either a business to grow and grow till they are no longer local (see Blue Bottle now), or to fade if it's a family business if the next generation does not want to carry it on.

So it makes sense that a lot of the local successful companies are young no? Or make goods that don't travel well e.g. ice cream.

Chennai Kings now open in Mountain View

I stopped by within the last few days for lunch and just got a plain dosa + filter coffee.

The filter coffee was milky and sweet (the way I like it) - not as frothy as some versions.

The plain dosa came with sambar, coconut chutney and a red chutney (tomato?). The sambar was flavorful and spicy - well done. The coconut chutney was very watery and mild. I didn't like the flavor of the red chutney (it had a vaguely nutty taste), but if you'd like the taste, it was strong and the consistency was even and creamy.

The dosa itself was a bit limp and oily but competently enough done. It's actually a bit difficult to get dosa for lunch on a weekday, so for that I was grateful.

The experience didn't blow me away (but I didn't order the most exciting thing either). Will try it again.

Kenzo Estate Winery in Napa

Yes. I tried one of their reds at Benu and liked it, and so have always wanted to visit their grounds, but this was when their reds were a good $50 cheaper (if not even cheaper). It's a pretty, elegant style - not super high octane.

Kenzo Estate Winery in Napa

It's on their website. The cheapest tasting (to just stand at their bar for 1 oz pours) is $40. Appt only. They hiked up their prices a lot before I was able to visit, and since then the price point has frightened me off (we try to keep to under $100 a bottle and most of their reds are at $200+).

http://www.kenzoestate.com/The-Winery...

Food Souvenirs from San Francisco

Second/Third. The Ferry Building is actually filled with authetic SF food/gift items. It's one of those rare places that's set up for ease of convenience for visitors/tourists but the vendors and restaurants and farmer's market (on certain days) are absolutely authentic, local and the majority are extremely good.

Napa: Critique my Day

Sunshine Foods grocery is near the bottom of the hill up to Pride. Trespass (appt only and very small may not have a bathroom) is at the bottom. Good wines, pretty setting, nice people.

Urchin Bistrot / San Francisco

I've been there for drinks twice - yet to eat a full dinner. Note the beignets for dessert are a disappointment - chewy and insubstantial. First time I went the cocktails were well balanced and enjoyed both the mezcal and gin cocktails. The second time the drinks were pretty harsh with the liquor overpowering the favors.

You can get bar seats decently easy at the moment and can order the full menu.

Napa: Critique my Day

Eat at Pride. Beringer is much more crowded and not as picturesque.

Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market - Saturdays [San Francisco]

The market is at its busiest around 11:30 am. Produce is a bit picked over but prepared food is still going strong at that time. Depending on sales produce stalls pack up an hour to half an hour before the end.

Best restaurants in SF for 120-person wedding reception dinner and dance party?

Right there are a decent amount of options for not restaurants. It 's that it needs to be a restaurant space that is a constraint. Catering FYI in the Bay Area can be very expensive unless doing food trucks. Indian or Mexican.

One Brunch or Lunch in San Francisco

Whoops. Apologies, I've eaten at Cotogna during lunch/brunch enough that I forgot, they are closed Sunday during that time.

The other recs still stand!

Also adding Boulevard and Marlowe, though neither have views - they are easily accessible by car/public transit and are classics SF.

One Brunch or Lunch in San Francisco

On the waterfront near the Ferry Building are Coquetta, La Mar and Waterbar. They are not historic SF, but they are in a great area and the food is good for a view type spot.

Near Ghiradelli is Cotogna, while also not Historic SF, it is a very good representation of SF as it is now, and the food is good.

Best restaurants in SF for 120-person wedding reception dinner and dance party?

You may have to take a long hard look at what you are trying to do. If, it's a restaurant they will want a full buy out if it's a Friday or Saturday night. A full buyout for a space that can acommodate 175 guests (so you can have a dance floor) and is normally 50 pp x 3 seatings per night is 26250. That's just for the food.

So you are either looking for a cheaper restaurant that is say $20 pp or you are looking for a restaurant in the Bay Area that is at half capacity on Friday and Saturday nights (which is probably not a good/popular restaurant).

That leaves ethnic food or some sad restaurant that makes it's money off events.
Or is so huge that it can accommodate 120 people plus dance floor and still have full seatings on a Fri or Sat.

Have you looked at renting out all of Press in SF?

If you do find something, please do share as many have come to this board with the exact same problem.

Help requested: Date night with the Wife (SF)

Have you been to Cafe Claude? It's standard French bistros-ish food in a cute alley. It's something generally available many places in the Bay Area.

Suggestions for light lunch/picnic provisions in Sebastapol/Northern Santa Rosa

It's a breakfast and lunch place they have stuff for takeout as well as snacks for sale like a small market. Dinner is markedly different,

My fiance's first trip to SF...Bar Tartine, Aziza, Fable or Baker & Banker??

Fable is average.

I'd say Bar Tartine since you said cutting edge. But double check the menu and make sure - the flavors aren't for everyone.

Aziza would be the next pic, again check the menu, it also is very far out from the center of town.

Baker & Banker is a warm, well done CA cuisine restaurant with better desserts than most. I enjoy it but it is not cutting edge.

Suggestions for light lunch/picnic provisions in Sebastapol/Northern Santa Rosa

We stop by at Willow Wood - Graton, CA to pick up our picnic supplies. But there's lots of markets in Sebastapol and Santa Rosa. Our choice is mainly due to convenience and habit.

Creative tasting menu or a la carte menu for special birthday lunch?

The only place I can think of that is open for lunch AND does creative plating during that time is Michael Mina. It's not the best or most creative food wise, but it may be convenient and work well enough.

Help a pressed for time NY Hound find the Asian food of her dreams?

There's a large contingent of opinion on this board that Asian food is better in NYC than here. The opinion is so strong that even when people who live/lived in both places come back to the Bay hankering for Asian food, there are people trying to convince them it's a bad idea.

I'm not sure why that is. I will say, though, to the OP that rapidly the best Asian food is found in far flung suburbs far away from anything else (e.g. Fremont, Milpitas, San Mateo - San Jose) Unfortunately those suburbs don't have much else going on =P

Help a pressed for time NY Hound find the Asian food of her dreams?

The only Cambodian I know is down in Mountain View at Tommy Thai's (I know the name sounds suspicious, but it's pretty good).

Kin Khao for unique Thai. Lers Ros for a more general menu.

Chinese: Yank Sing for Dim Sum, R & G for Cantonese, Y & Z for Sichuan maybe Shanghai Dumpling King.

Less than 24-hours in San Francisco + Little Kids in Tow + Tourist Traps... where to eat?

I'd go with either the Chinatown recs then. Try to go as early for dinner as possible and make reservations. It's pretty busy and hectic this time of year in the touristy areas.

Less than 24-hours in San Francisco + Little Kids in Tow + Tourist Traps... where to eat?

I don't go to the area often, so hopefully others chime in:

Boboquivari's is a steakhouse, but it is pretty informal and if you were to go super early say right when they open at 5 pm, I don't think there would be any issues- assuming your kids can remain seated. It's not right in the Fisherman Wharf area, but it's not too far away either.

If you need a place where they can run around, or if they start feeling upset you don't have to interrupt your dinner to take them out, then it's not the right place.

Would you be willing to go to Chinatown? If so, there's R & G Lounge and/or Z & Y restaurant.

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

Oh! For more co-worker friendly Mexican I'd add Nopalito

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

You are staying in the Financial District area, so the area is quiet for dinner with a lot of expense account type places around.

There are a few places that are near you, but many do require at least some travel. Uber (the app) works really well in SF.

Yes - absolutely - reservations everywhere. It's really hard to eat casually in SF unless you are a solo or couple dinner that doesn't find waiting. With a co-worker group, you will absolutely need reservations.

I say this a lot but it's absolutely true - the Ferry Building is great for breakfast or lunch esp. during the farmer's market. It's right on the waterfront. Even if not during the market, many of the really good coffee, bakery, cheese, oyster vendors etc. are all inside.

For dinner, convenient-ish near you (but not necessarily walking distance):

R & G Lounge for Chinese
La Mar for Peruvian - Peruvian seafood centric
Perbacco for Italian ($$$)
Boulevard for CA/American safe cuisine ($$$)
Kin Khao for Thai (a little further than the rest). Not a typical Thai menu (e.g. no Pad thai)

Further away:
Dosa on Fillmore for higher-end South Indian
Taqueria Cancun for tacos and burritos (very hole in the wall)
Limon Rotisserie - Peruvian Roast Chicken and Ceviche
Lolinda - Argentinian steak house

Korean and Vietnamese does exist in SF proper, but they are not in convenient and/or the easiest neighborhoods to get to.