Vacation: San Francisco and Northern California. Where to Go? What to Do? Where to Stay?

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  1. foodguy

    foodguy Senior member

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    *sshole.

    that's so funny, because i was exactly the same way. but i have learned. the barbecued oysters at marshall store, brushed with garlic butter and finished with a shot of chipotle, are off the charts.
     
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    These are all excellent suggestions and enjoyable places to stay.
     
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    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Foodguy, great article on the oysters. Thanks for that. Maybe I will give them another try. :)

    I might even try them the next time I BBQ.
     
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    Marshall Store - is that the tiny place about halfway down the Bay and thankfully far away from the SanFo hipster doofi lining up at Hog Island? If so, yes, the grilled oysters are excellent there.

    lefty
     
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    foodguy Senior member

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    yes. and that's the one where matt's bentley will be parked this weekend.
    OTOH, I have tickets for the Laker playoff game tonight. wait. why don't i feel better? :embar:
     
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    Audi, brah. Bentleys are so gauche.
     
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    yeah. i know. :nodding:
    all the better to make the postal workers feel inadequate.
     
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    True story. Last year I moved to a high rise.

    One guy in the building drives a Bentley.

    He's a pimp! LOL
     
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    Rather than Old Chinatown, I would recommend Clement Street, particularly if you're in a car. Clement Street is essentially the new Chinatown, with a bit of little Russia thrown in.

    While you're there, there's Ocean Beach, and better chance of a sunny day on the west side at this time of year. Oh wait you said June.

    may still be worth it, plus there's Louis' cafe, great view, and a real time machine. In any case it's on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge From Golden gate Park. As is the Presidio. Goldengate Park has the Academy of sciences, and the recently rebuilt deYoung Museum.

    If you end up staying in a union square hotel Sears and Bluestem are great places to eat. The south of market area which tends to bridge downtown and Union Square to the south, has some great amenities, but overall is boring. Nevertheless the Museum of modern Art is there.

    You might wish to consider staying in one of the two Japanese themed hotels in the Western Addition next to Japantown. Japan town is pretty interesting in another itself, and is also close to the Fillmore, which is also interesting.

    On Fillmore Street itself you may not want to go south of Turk Street. Or for that matter, north of Broadway. Down the hill from Pacific Heights on Fillmore past Broadway is the Marina neighborhood, which is full of assholes. The Fillmore is also fairly close to the Haight Ashbury neighborhood, which is a shit hole.

    If you must go to old Chinatown, end the day in North Beach. Sodini's, and Tony's Pizza, both Close to Washington Sq., Park, are great places.

    Fisherman's wharf, including Pier 39, are complete shit holes. Stay away. Ghirardelli Square and the cannery are in this area, are hellholes and are full of flies. Additionally, San Francisco's skid Row are the blocks south of market Street between fourth and ninth streets.

    The tenderloin isn't much better, however it can be fun if you're into slumming. If you are in San Francisco on a Sunday it might be a real hoot to go to a service at Glide church. Then you can follow all the codependent gay guys who went to church to Dotties true blue Café, which I believe is now on market Street.

    Just west of the tenderloin, across Van Ness Avenue, near where City Hall is, is Hayes Valley, which has interesting boutiques And restaurants, including Moishe's Pippic, a good Jewish deli run by a very angry man. Also, Stacks is great for breakfast.

    The mission has a lot of good restaurants, but in general is full of assholes.

    As far as north of San Francisco goes, I've always found Gualala to be a good place to decompress.
     
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    And since this is Styleforum I would suggest visiting Wingtip downtown, and Al's Attire on Grant in North Beach. If you're into outdoor and travel gear, Triple Aught Design and Flight 001 in Hayes Valley. Oh yes, there's a Barney's as well.
     
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    We will toast you. Hell, we might toss an oyster or two into the water in your honor. That is, if we are really, really full.
     
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    A few ideas for what to do in San Francisco:

    Go to the Ferry Building in the late afternoon and eat Hog Island Oysters while watching the ferries come and go with a beautiful view of SF bay

    If you aren't into oysters, go to The Slanted Door at 5pm and get a seat at the bar. Enjoy some wine or great cocktails and their tasty bar menu (The Spring Rolls are a must-have) and take in the same view. Plan to hang out there for a while.

    Saturday mornings are also a fun time to visit the ferry building for the farmers market for breakfast . I like to go down there to eat from one of the food cart stalls and sit on the pier right on the edge of the bay.

    Take in a Giants game?

    Very touristy but lots of fun. Rent bikes from Blazing Saddles, ride along the waterfront, over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, the Ferry takes you back to the Wharf area where you start. Great way to see the Bay in an afternoon and enjoy the GG bridge.

    Once leaving SF detour to Napa or Sonoma for wine tasting. The other option is on your way to Mendocino area go wine tasting in the less crowded Anderson Valley region. They are doing great things there with grapes. http://www.avwines.com/anderson-val...SDSESSID=6f522a3afa6533d972489020968bf703&/1/
     
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    these recommendations are probably throwing matt into a tizzy, but i agree. there are certainly better food experiences to have in san francisco, but the total package is amazing. (OK, I know from personal history that Matt does like Hog Island).

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    awesome suggestion. unless you are a cult cab kind of guy (and if you are FU), Anderson Valley is amazing. great wines, really relaxed. I always stop at Navarro for a picnic (and that's where I buy all my house whites, actually). And just because I know edina isn't reading this post. :spam:
     
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    I like the Slanted Door as well. Just don't go near the Ferry Building on Saturday mornings. Too many muggles. It is like Las Vegas for smug people.
     
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