I wanted to thank everyone here for all of the recommendations for great places to eat around San Francisco. Our trip got moved up suddenly, and it got cut short suddenly, but we were glad to have made it out.
I created separate threads for each of the places, but I wanted to collect all of the links and places into one post, in case it might be helpful for someone else later on.
First off, the one disappointment was missing out on Golden Gate Bakery.
I saw the post from @ipsedixit about checking if Golden Gate was open or not, but clicking that link, it was last updated like 10 days earlier than our trip… I figured that website just forgot to update. Only to realize later that there was “no update” to the last update (so it was still closed).
I still have many more places to try the next time we go back.
More places tried thanks to everyone on our 2nd trip -
Fantastic additional recommendations from everyone here! Thank you!
A return visit, this time trying out Benu, Izakaya Rintaro, Bellota, Saison (again), Ippudo SF, Plow, Tartine and Ming Kee. Thanks!
Another visit, trying out Portuguese at Uma Casa, Izakaya Rintaro (revisit), Cotogna (revisit), La Ciccia (revisit), Californios (revisit), Sushi Yoshizumi, Dragon Beaux (revisit), Hong Kong Flower Lounge, Arsicault & B. Patisserie (revisit) and Ming Kee (revisit):
Yah seems like it. Ipse can speak more on this, but from casual searching and our own experience (we showed up, only to see a handwritten sign that they were closed ), clearly, they seem to have some variable open / close times & dates.
And we finished off the trip with a visit to 3 of the most recommended FTC Bakeries in the area for some excellent Breakfast Pastries at Arsicault Bakery (Revisit), Tartine Bakery (Revisit) and B. Patisserie:
@Chowseeker1999 (or any others who wish to chime in): What would you recommend for a fun / romantic dinner with the SO on a Friday night in SF? Since you are also LA based, I thought it might make sense to ask from a perspective of what might feel unique to us coming from LA. We are coming straight from SFO with our suitcases and so far have been able to find resies at La Ciccia, Foreign Cinema, and Liholiho YC.
Thanks @Chowseeker1999@PorkyBelly@hyperbowler. I was very intrigued by La Ciccia from FTC reports, but probably ruling that out because we’ve been eating tons and tons of Italian lately and I’m not sure they will have space for our suitcases straight from the airport.
Booked at Bellota for now and may have time to sneak in Dragon Beaux for lunch the next day.