I wound up choosing Ricardo's as he's somewhat convenient as it's about 15 min away from my commute route, and also based on some of the Yelp reviews and one recommendation on this thread. The others closer to where I live or work just don't do functional buttons, and going up to San Francisco is too much of a drive and hassle esp with a baby boy at home.
He didn't ask a whole lot of questions - basically did what a typical tailor would do - had me wear my suit as is, and made some recommendations - asked if I wanted the sleeves shortened as it was borderline (yes as it won't show cuffs on most of my shirts) He didn't ask if I wanted a cuff or how much of a break I wanted for my pants - and I forgot to tell him that. I'm assuming he's going with the standard as cuffing is not the norm these days, but did mark the pants based on the heel of my dress shoes (pretty typical). He did tell me to take the back in slightly (not much) just to make the jacket a bit more form fitted.
As for the func buttons by hand or machine - I didn't ask but he said he can do them when I first asked without questioning the merit - except it will cost more and takes longer. Hope it all goes well.
And yes, that's Marshawn Lynch of the Sea Pigeons.