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San Francisco Dining 2010

November 13, 2010
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In early September my husband and I took a quick three day trip up to San Francisco to celebrate our wedding anniversary. When discussing what we wanted to do for the big event, we decided that rather than have a party, we just wanted to go to San Francisco to eat. We took a similar trip last year and had such a good time we were really looking forward to our return. Below are some of the places we went while in San Francisco. If you want to see more of our trip in detail, please check out the San Francisco 2010 page on my travel blog.

Out The Door:
Out the Door is owned by the same people who own the Slanted Door Restaurant in the Ferry Building. There’s no big sign outside, just a small “OTD” painted on the front door. This is upscale Vietnamese street food …

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Dining in San Francisco; Delfina Restaurant

April 20, 2009
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We had dinner at Delfina on a Tuesday night in early April.

We arrive at Delfina and are seated right away at a table in the main dining room. Like most restaurants we’ve been to in San Francisco, it’s packed. Where is evidence of the recession I ask? Our server takes us through the menu and mentions the daily specials. As with the other places we’ve been, we’re offered water in a carafe, and not asked if we want bottled. On the menu it states, “$1.25 per person will be added to each check to support the San Francisco Healthcare Security Ordinance.”

For an aperitif, we order a bottle of Prosecco di Valdobbiadene ($32) for the table. After that, the server lets us have a couple of tastes of different wines before ordering a bottle. We decide on a really unusual wine, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Gavigliano ($44) …

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Dining in San Francisco; Hog Island Oysters at the Ferry Building and A 16 Restaurant

April 15, 2009
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Last week while in San Francisco, we visited the Hog Island Oyster Company in the Ferry Building for their Monday night Happy Hour and followed it with a dinner at A 16.

After returning from the Alcatraz tour, we start walking down the Embarcadero toward the Ferry building. The plan is to get to the Hog Island Oyster company in time for their Monday Happy Hour (from 5-7 pm) when they have $1 oysters. Along the way we stop at an artisan chocolate shop called TCHO which is tucked into an old Pier building.

Hog Island Oyster Company

We arrive at the Hog Island Oyster Company around 4:40 and it’s already crowded. In fact, we’re told if we want a table outside the wait could be about an hour. However, there are seats at the bar, four on a corner (2×2) and would we like them? In what is quickly …

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Dining in San Francisco; The Moss Room and SPQR

April 11, 2009

On our trip to San Francisco, we visited the California Academy of Sciences and had lunch at the museum’s fine dining restaurant, the Moss Room. That night we had dinner at SPQR. Both meals were on a Sunday in early April.

sf09mossroom The Moss Room

After seeing the Planetarium show at the museum, we decide spur of the moment to see if we can get into the Moss Room ( for lunch. The restaurant is full and we don’t have reservations, but a table for two opens up as we are standing there. There is also an cafeteria filled with interesting choices but D really wants a “nice meal” and we are on vacation, right?



The restaurant is downstairs and a bit dark with the only natural light coming from windows topping a staircase on the far side of the room. There’s a bar, a smallish dining room, and a glassed …

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