Nice SF restaurant near Hotel Palomar

Aug 5th, 2008, 09:00 PM
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Thank you Leely 2.....what's the diff between MUNI & BART? is Bart the train and muni the bus? I've been confused by that. Suze, Belden Place looks fun.....I've had one rec on that one: Sam's Grill. What's your fave there?
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Aug 5th, 2008, 09:25 PM
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MUNI is the SF transit system and uses buses, cable cars, trolley cars, and streetcars to cover SF: BART is a regional transit system, and is underground in SF. BART has 4 stops in downtown SF and is useful for visitors getting to/from SFO or to Berkeley.
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Aug 5th, 2008, 10:59 PM
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I haven't been to Farallon in years but it was definitely worth the splurge. Loaded with atmosphere.
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Aug 6th, 2008, 06:47 AM
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Note: Sam's Grill is not on Belden Alley. It's around the corner and up the block -- totally different ambiance -- Sam's is an old-time fish place, not at all like a French bistro, which is what the Belden Alley places aim to be like. Personally, I like the Belden Alley places more than Sam's.
 
Aug 6th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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Although it is technically an "alley" the name is Belden PLACE...

www.belden-place.com
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Aug 6th, 2008, 09:43 AM
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dmlove--Sam's right on the corner of Belden Place and Bush and on nice days it puts out tables in the alley for lunch. I think it's a great reminder of old-time SF seafood places and easier to get into than Tadich's.
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Aug 6th, 2008, 10:17 AM
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SAB, I don't know why I thought Belden was closer to Montgomery and Sam's was closer to Kearny, but you're absolutely right! OK, so I don't like Sam's food much either
 
Aug 6th, 2008, 02:11 PM
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BTW, I am definitely "directionally challenged", so me not knowing which end is up vis-a-vis Belden Place and Sam's (despite living and working here for 35 years) is not at all surprising.
 
Aug 6th, 2008, 03:58 PM
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dmlove -- What you don't like means more for me, had the sandabs today and shared the fried calamari with a friend, yum! Of course, I like the other places on Belden too, some more than others.
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Aug 6th, 2008, 07:35 PM
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OK, so I said I wanted to keep the dinner plus one drink a piece to around $100.....but honestly, it's our last night of vacation......so we'll probably splurge. (know thyself). Sam's probably isn't the place for us.....the Belden Place establishments look more like what we'd be interested in. I'm still also kind of curious about Farallon.....ncounty sounded pleased with the place, altho he/she hadn't been there for years.....I really like an urban feel....we both like seafood.....the Slanted Door food looked (website pix) great to me, but haven't heard much from Fodor's posters on that place. In summary I know if we end up going over the $100 mark, we'll deal with it......we like funky/urban atmospheres, high energy, interesting foods, esp. seafood with maybe an Asian flavor. and if it's not close to our hotel, oh well....we'll take a cab. Thanks again for ALL of your help! If we didn't have that darn $100 limit, I'd buy you all a drink.
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Aug 6th, 2008, 09:52 PM
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Slanted Door IS great; just didn't chime in on it because it is so well known for being a must do. Gorgeous location and views, high energy vibe, urban/cool, and interesting great food. You can fit it in your budget probably.
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Aug 6th, 2008, 09:57 PM
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We spent a week at the Palomar at Christmas 2 Christmases ago. Loved it! You ought to go to Jeanty at Jacks. It is so good and won't cost you an arm and a leg.
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Aug 7th, 2008, 06:00 AM
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>>......we like funky/urban atmospheres, high energy, interesting foods, esp. seafood with maybe an Asian flavor<<

That doesn't describe Farallon (which will also cost you a lot more than $100) - but fits Slanted Door perfectly. Like ncounty said, Slanted Door is VERY popular here - almost an institution. It's in the Ferry Building, so you can browse through there too. When my wife meets friends for lunch in The City - they almost always go to Slanted Door. You can reserve at www.Opentable.com. I think Slanted Door wold be a perfect choice.

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Aug 7th, 2008, 10:20 AM
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I love the Slanted Door idea, too, but you MUST have a reservation! And have the ginger lemonade (alcoholic) - it's delish.

(P.S. I'm not a fan of Jeanty at Jack's any more than I'm a fan of Sam's!!)
 
Aug 7th, 2008, 10:46 AM
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Slanted Door it is!! Thanks to everyone.....and I'm saving all your suggestions for my next trip!!
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Aug 7th, 2008, 03:53 PM
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SAB - Fringale was one I thought of, too and glad you suggested it. Are they ever open for lunch? Lulu would be a terrific choice.
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Aug 7th, 2008, 04:02 PM
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I love Lulu's selection of grilled and oven roasted meats. Delicious!
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