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post #16 of 79
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I *was* planning on bringing my maroon checkerboard Stacy Adams 3 peice suit to rock out when I met Manton...
Complete with monocle?
post #17 of 79
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Originally Posted by whodini
Complete with monocle?

Nah, I was thinking about cream gators, belt, cane, and a matching bowler.
post #18 of 79
I'll be around until the 23rd.
post #19 of 79
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
I *was* planning on bringing my maroon checkerboard Stacy Adams 3 peice suit to rock out when I met Manton...

dont forget your aquamarine faux-snake skin mezlan slip-ons with gold buckles.
post #20 of 79
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Originally Posted by acidicboy
dont forget your aquamarine faux-snake skin mezlan slip-ons with gold buckles.
Didn't Joe Pesci wear that in a movie once?
post #21 of 79
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dont forget your aquamarine faux-snake skin mezlan slip-ons with gold buckles.
Kitonbrioni doesn't appreciate it.
post #22 of 79
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It's only week away!

What days and which members in the area available for Lunch/Dinner/Drinks/Bank Robberies with an econobox rental getaway car? I'm thinking 19th and/or 20th. I'm trying to coordinate, so I need to figure out if we are all getting together at once, or if its better for you guys to meet up seperately...

Members who won't be in the area - what are some "must-see" cheap restraunt / photo spots / things to do and see reccomendations?

Looking for a good place to have Christmas dinner on the cheap. I'm thinking Chinatown...( I'm assuming that a few places will be open ) But am open to any other heathen establishments that don't give a damn that it's Christmas eve/day.

Don't really know what the sleeping schedule is yet, but I should have that worked out in a couple days.
post #23 of 79
I should be availablish from the 18th to the 23rd. In Chinatown for xmas you really have two excellent choices. My favorite is R&G Lounge and second favorite is Oriental Pearl. They are both relatively inexpensive and the food is great.
post #24 of 79
I will be around the entire week, and in the city the 19th and 20th at least. The rest of the time in the Monterey Bay. Come to Santa Cruz. I think you will like it.
post #25 of 79
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I will be around the entire week, and in the city the 19th and 20th at least. The rest of the time in the Monterey Bay. Come to Santa Cruz. I think you will like it.
The drugs are good, the sex is free... Kind of like Berkeley.
post #26 of 79
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Originally Posted by iammatt
I should be availablish from the 18th to the 23rd.

In Chinatown for xmas you really have two excellent choices. My favorite is R&G Lounge and second favorite is Oriental Pearl. They are both relatively inexpensive and the food is great.


Awesome, thanks. Also, in your opinion, who's got the best burger and the best pizza in town?

I'm flying in on the morning of the 19th. Anyone know how bad the drive from SF to Monterey usually is traffic wise? I'm going to be doing a bit of back and forth. over that week.
post #27 of 79
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Originally Posted by Manton
I will be around the entire week, and in the city the 19th and 20th at least. The rest of the time in the Monterey Bay. Come to Santa Cruz. I think you will like it.

I will definitely stop in to Santa Cruz. I mean, its on my way!
I'm probably staying most of the trip in Monterey, aside from the first couple days where I am trying to stay in SF.
post #28 of 79
San Francisco isn't really a burger-and-pizza kind of city. Make sure you get up early and go to Tartine, at 18th and Guerrero, and get one of their morning buns. I don't think you'll find a better pastry place unless you spend the rest fof your life in the cottage countries of France.
post #29 of 79
There are two really good pizza places if you are looking for very traditional Italian pizza (not pepperoni). My favorite is Delfina Pizzeria which is in the Mission. You need to wait for a table, but they let you drink on the street so it is OK. Fancier is A16, but I don't think that it is as good. Zachary's in Berkeley is supposed to be great, but I don't love it. Tommaso's is good and old San Francisco and has the advantage (I guess) of being next to a bunch of strip clubs. For burgers I think that Mo's in North Beach is the best. I wouldn't really call it a restaurant, but it is very tasty. Some people swear by Taylor's at the Ferry Building, but I think that it is a big yuppy nightmare. If you like Mexican food, La Tacqueria is an absolute must. It is a taco/burrito stand but very traditional. I would definitely be up for heading out there if we can come up with the right time. The drive is a couple of hours to Monterrey.
post #30 of 79
As for San Francisco's hamburgers, I can second immatt's vote for Mo's on Grant Street. Mo's is brightly lit, friendly, and noisy. What's not to like about a place that serves great burgers and has a Three Stooges picture on the wall? However, Original Joe's in the Tenderloin District on Taylor Street will give you a slice of life and a burger that is every bit as good as Mo's. You had better be hungry at Original Joe's. Their hamburger with ¾ pounds of red meat is almost twice the meat portion of Mo's! Original Joe's has a counter or booths. It's usually more subdued than Mo's unless one of the street people wanders in to sit at the counter.

When we visit Santa Cruz for business and personal reasons and have some extra time to visit San Francisco, we like the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Financial District. The views are San Francisco's best. We always take a corner suite waaaaaaaaaaaaay up high in the second tower and feed our vertigo walking across the sky bridge from the elevator to our door! I mention this only because the hotel is almost exactly equidistant between Mo's and Original Joe's. Sometimes, Mrs. FC just doesn't want to join me at those colorful restaurants. So, I can walk fifteen minutes to either restaurant and enjoy a burger "alone" with the crowd at either restaurant.

I cannot personally attest to pizza in San Francisco.

Driving from the City to Monterey, you can always head west on Geary Blvd. to the Great Highway. Then, it is south past the zoo area and onto Skyline Blvd. through Daly City to Highway 1 south. Hwy 1 is quite pretty from Pacifica southward with the road's dips and twists along the sea cliffs through scrub forest, meadows, and deserted beach areas. You'll drive through Half Moon Bay, Davenport, and Santa Cruz. From Santa Cruz (after you say hello to Manton), the trip to Monterey is only another forty-five miles of ordinary highway. That is, unless you want to know about some of the scenic and secret sports car back roads from Santa Cruz to Monterey.

The portion of the route from the City to Santa Cruz along Hwy 1 is about thirty minutes longer than simply driving Hwy 280 south to Hwy 17 south. Parts of Hwy 280 are somewhat scenic as are parts Hwy 17 when you drive through the Santa Cruz Mountains from Los Gatos to Scotts Valley outside of Santa Cruz.

From the City it may be wise to avoid the Bayshore Hwy/101 to Hwy. 17 south. The traffic congestion on the Bayshore Hwy/101 is usually bad and the road surface is quite poor in many areas.
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