Another part of our Road Trip includes San Fran where we have 4 nights. It's been 10 years since I last there so needless to say a lot has changed on the restaurant scene. I'm planning to take it easy most nights with a meal in Chinatown and poss one of the fab little places I used to go to in the Castro but want to chose one good restaurant during our stay and pre-book it. The likes of Aqua would be too expensive but I am looking for something that showcases San Fran Cuisine without being outrageously expensive - suggestions would be really welcome.
SF excels at Asian cuisine, but surprisingly, the best Chinese and other Asian food is not found in Chinatown (too touristy). Your best bet is the New Chinatown area in the outer Richmond District - the area west of the Park Presidio Street along Clement and Geary Blvd. I would take the #38 bus on Geary St. near Union Sq. out to Arguello Ave. and walk (to the right) 1 block to Clement, and turn left. Clement has a little of everything from Taiwanese to Singapore/Malaysian to Vegetarian Chinese as well as a Greek Pizza place and even Italian. I think you'll be back the next night to try another place that looks good. I lived in SF for 25 years, and this is were I went when I wanted to eat moderately priced ethnic food.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 9, 2008, at 10:19 PM by Daawgon ]
Okay, I listed a few places, but I guess you can't do that, since my post was deleted--so instead let me tell you some parts of town to go to in order to find a restaurant to meet your criteria:
(1) Chinatown itself--drive down Grant street and there are a whole bunch of that street and one block either way (and on the side streets),
(2) Columbus Street in the North Beach area has lots of good Italian places--especially near Washington Park
(3) Union Street out west of Van Ness has lots of nice places,
Okay, those three are the best, but you can also try:
(4) The vicinity of Ghiradelli square and Fisherman's Wharf area has a few spots, and lastly
(5) Near the Embarcadero are a few spots. Most of these are pricey, but there are one or two exceptions.
P.S. Write me personally if you actually want suggestions on individual restaurants, since, like I said, I think it is a violation of the Travellerspoint policy to list them here in the forums (and I don't want to violate their policies).
Thanks a mil for the great advice guys.