August 26, 2005

Left Coast Llama?


Looks like I may be headed to San Francisco in a few weeks on bidness. I hate to travel, but if I have to, this is certainly a place worth seeing. Woo Hoo!

As usual, any tips about places to see/eat/etc., are appreciated.

Posted by Robert at August 26, 2005 04:46 PM | TrackBack

1. Go into any decent grocery store and get yourself a loaf of SemiFreddi's Bakery sourdough -- preferrably right after the store takes delivery and it's stilll warm. Damn good stuff.

2. China Town: House of Nanking on Broadway. Go for lunch not dinner or the line will be atrocious. It's an experience. My wife's family ordered the cashew chicken, which arrived sans cashews. When they enquired, they were told, in a thick Chinese accent, "No cashews today. Sesame seeds!" It was noetheless delicious. We went there just after our engagement, and when we started to order somethng, were told, "Don't get that, get this!" They were right.

Posted by: Brian B at August 26, 2005 04:53 PM

The Alcatraz tour is well worth it. Usually you have to call pretty far ahead of time.

Also, I don't remember the name of it but there is a great comedy club down towards Fisherman's Wharf. We saw some great stand up comedians and had a good meal for a pretty fair price (by San Francisco standards anyway).

Also be sure to go into some of the art gallerys so you can be talked down to by the condescending employees. The missus and I cherish these memories.


Posted by: Buckley F. Williams at August 26, 2005 05:05 PM

G see the newly "renovated" De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Better yet - everything in the park, particularly on Sunday when the roads thru it are closed and all of S.F. turns out to bike, roller-blade, stroll with Grandma, etc. thru the park.
Go inside the Coit Tower and look at the murals inside.
Go across the GG bridge and up into the Marin Headlands and check out the beautiful views of the Bay Cities. It's the location from which the picture you posted was taken.
I can't think of any truly bad restaurants except for a couple down near Fisherman's Wharf.

Posted by: JulieB at August 26, 2005 05:08 PM

Oh and eat at the restaurant at the top of the Macy's building... food's pretty good, but go out on the balcony and check the open air view from the top of the building.
And S.F. Museum of Modern Art.... and...
Sorry, I'm sort of local (45 miles north) but I hate parking in the City, so I usually go for the symphony or the museums or to visit friends so I rarely go down there to eat. Although, now that I think about it, the Legion of Honor (art museum) has a good restaurant in the basement, much better than the one in the S.F.MOMA.

Posted by: JulieB at August 26, 2005 05:18 PM

Buena Vista Irish Coffee, on Fisherman's wharf

Or take your liberal license and go to Berkeley (a target rich environment)

Posted by: Marvin at August 26, 2005 05:49 PM

Try Betel Nut on Union St. for a trendy, celibrity SE Asian Chinese.

For Real-Deal Chinese Dim Sum, the Hang Ah Tea Room in a basement on Hang Ah Alley in Chinatown. I think it's under a Tong Hall.

For a strolling, window shopping choice, try outer Clement St.

For great German food, packed with Europeans, Soupenkutche (sp?).

Head over the GG Bridge to Mill Valley for Italian food at La Ginestra.

That should keep you busy.

Enjoy our City (and DON'T call it "Frisco"!)

Posted by: Whitehall at August 26, 2005 06:05 PM

Don't worry, Whitehall. I had the same problem with "San Antone" when I was a kid.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at August 26, 2005 06:08 PM

If I were to do only one thing in San Francisco, I would rent a car and drive up to Twin Peaks, sit on the wall, and look out at the world. The view is spectacular.

www dot sftravel dot com/twinpeakssanfranciscopictures.html

Posted by: Quicquid at August 26, 2005 06:51 PM

There is a wonderful B&B on Bush Street (Nob Hill/Union Square area) called Petite Auberge which has a great breakfast and complimentary sherry in their basement library by the fire in the early evening. Not too far to walk to the financial district or to the trolley. Since your preferences seem to run to the English two doors down is its sister inn the White Swan - but I haven't stayed there but have several times at the PA and have had a great experience each time. Rooms are small and bathrooms even smaller, but even with my wife we were comfortable.

Posted by: DJH at August 27, 2005 11:51 AM

My favorite things:

Palace of Legion of Honor Museum - plan to take your time.
The Arboretum in Golden Gate Park - gorgeous.
Walk across the Golden Gate, either from the SF side or from the Marin side.
Drive through the Presidio - from the north, take the first exit, before you get to 19th.
Amoeba Records in the Haight, which usually has live music; if you can't get it here, it may not exist.
Walking around the Haight is pretty fun, too.

Posted by: tee bee at August 29, 2005 12:22 PM

Blondie's Pizza, Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley

Grab a slice of pie and gawk at the time-warped hippie freakazoids.

Not advised for the patchouli allergic...

Posted by: mojo at August 29, 2005 03:33 PM

I have not ben to this city in years and after what ive heard i,ll never ever visit it again

Posted by: Crafty Curlew at September 2, 2005 09:12 PM
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