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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

For AALS People: Welcome and While You Are Here...

I can't give you all my secrets, but here are some places you might want to try while you are in SF:

Bar Agricole (upscale bar food that impresses and interesting cocktails: get the aged r(h)um)

Local Mission Eatery (classic SF localvore scene and quality sandwiches for lunch; Knead Bakery at the back will blow your mind if you eat the croissant, the almond twist, and/or the custard thing in a flaky shell with a French name)

Flour and Water (our best pizza offering but the whole restaurant shines: go early or late for dinner)

Piqueos (Peruvian -- more a neighborhood place but really quite good)

Mangosteen (Vietnamese: an amazing lunch at shockingly low prices -- not as low as the simply unreal Saigon Sandwiches, but without the line)

Bar Bambino (Italian wine bar with traditional fare)

Il Cane Rosso (lunch from D-Patt's brain, since you can't afford Coi and don't have patience to get all the way to Oakland for Plum, which is worth the trip, mind you)

Commonwealth (molecular gastronomy and wild creativity at normal prices)

Beast and the Hare (small plates, all delicious)

Tartine (pastries from heaven: get a morning bun; the sandwiches for lunch amaze too and will help you understand why there is a week's long waiting list to get a loaf of bread)

Schmidt's (beer and sausages)

I could go on.  Please enjoy.  Don't forget to pick up good coffee beans from either Four Barrel or Blue Bottle before you leave town.  Blue Bottle's best bean blend: Bella Donovan.  And, really, don't deny yourself the pleasure of Bi-Rite Creamery for ice cream.  And follow Chairman Bao for buns, if you can. 

Posted by Ethan Leib on January 5, 2011 at 07:32 PM | Permalink


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It was not a Leib-approved venue -- but I wanted to be sociable. I tried to warn Dan...

Posted by: Ethan Leib | Jan 9, 2011 10:48:13 PM

To be clear, the company and the atmosphere were dazzling, Orly.

Posted by: Dan Markel | Jan 9, 2011 10:47:18 PM

shoot i just saw this. in any event, i enjoyed dining with you ethan on thursday even though markel and chen thought the food was mediocre...

Posted by: Orly Lobel | Jan 9, 2011 10:11:53 PM


Ouch! I hate to be so cliche! =-).

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Jan 8, 2011 1:38:28 PM

You must have money to burn, Rick. I was trying to furnish offerings that would stay within most people's per diem -- and that one might not find in major tourist books.

Posted by: Ethan Leib | Jan 6, 2011 4:27:02 PM

Thanks, Ethan - I am at Zuni Cafe as I write, and am slobbering in anticipation of Michael Mina later!

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Jan 6, 2011 4:03:24 PM

Andy, I have that book, and it's gorgeous. I just haven't found the 11.5 hours required to make the croissants. But, I'll stop by the bakery this weekend to remind me why I should.

Ethan: Thanks for the coffee recommendations; I was going to ask around for some.

Posted by: Adam Scales | Jan 6, 2011 12:04:07 PM

Self-promotion ahead:

Two more food suggestions for SF.

Posted by: Mike Madison | Jan 6, 2011 8:38:52 AM

I was going to write "Tartine Bakery," but it looks like you've already got it. Nonetheless, I will point out the award-winning book, "Tartine Bread," for which my sister's college pal Eric Wolfinger was the photographer. Take a peek at the book and you will find yourself in bread heaven. (Google "Tartine Bread" if you want to see the book and the inside secrets of the bakery.)

Posted by: andy | Jan 6, 2011 4:32:51 AM

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