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restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

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restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

My family and I will be in your fabled city July 3-8, staying at the Marriott Marquis. We have two different types of restaurant requests --

Husband and older daughter are vegetarians and pretty adventurous both in terms of getting around a city and looking for new cuisines to try. They love vegetarian or vegan restaurants -- Indian and Thai are favorites, but they would welcome the chance to try other cuisines that we can't find in our home city (Denver). Buffets are good. Modest, not fancy. (Is lunch under $10 and dinner under $15 a reasonable range to strive for?)

I will be attending a convention at the Marriott Marquis, so will be more pressed for time and would appreciate suggestions near the hotel. Younger daughter will probably stick with me for most meals, and simple diner-type food is her favorite. (Bonus points if you can direct us to a great roast turkey sandwich!)

I also have a serious sweet tooth -- suggestions for bakeries I should look for (European/pastry types rather than Asian or bread specialists, please) or not-to-be-missed ice cream parlors would be appreciated.

(I won't be tied to the hotel for the entire time -- we're getting there the day before the convention starts and leaving the day after it ends. Also, it's a square dance convention, so even if there's dancing available 12 hours a day, my personal limit will be much less than that. I'll probably join my family on excursions to the Ferry Bldg., the Exploratoriun, the Aquarium in GG park, and Chinatown, and they'll do a lot more exploring while I'm at my convention. I just found the website of San Francisco City Guides, and that looks like a great resource.)

Thanks for any suggestions -- looking forward to this trip!!

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1. Re: restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

Café Madeleine on New Montgomery Street is a great place for European-style pastries and goodies. They also serve sandwiches that are a little out-of-the-ordinary, but really good. I had one last year with a semi-soft French cheese and thin apple slices. YUM!

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2. Re: restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

Oh, that looks lovely! Thank you! (One of my favorite things to do on vacations is to bring desserts back to the hotel room to be enjoyed in the evening.)

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3. Re: restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

Indian -- Amber India , Dosa, Udupi Palace is veg in the Mission Vegan loving hut ( Loving hut and Amber both are very close to the Marquis) Thai Lers Ros in hayes valley

Desserts / Ice cream -- bi-rite, Mr and Mrs Misc. Humphrey Slocombe, Smitten Tout Suit for pastries on Union Square. Tartine bakery in the mission close to bi-rite. Dianda's in the mission is a great Italian bakery (old fashioned) Dominguez Mexican Bakery

Try Mexican food, Moroccan food, Peruvian food, forget turkey sandwiches - try the porchetta at Roli Roti on Sat, Tue and Thursday at the Farmers Market in the Ferry bldg

Edited: 30 May 2013, 04:03
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4. Re: restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

No porchetta, thank you -- the adventurous eaters among us are vegetarian. Do you have specific Mexican, Moroccan or Peruvian recommendations that have a reasonable range of choices for vegetarians? We do have Mexican in Denver, but they generally aren't very veg-friendly.

The bakeries and ice cream places will definitely go on the list! Thanks.

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5. Re: restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

Mexican -- Mamacita or You can go to a Taqueria in the mission like La Taqueria -- Also Nopalito near the Haight.

Peruvian -- la Mar Cebicheria on the embarcadero for some veg option

Moroccan -- Aziza -- it has veg options as well.

Porchetta is just pork -- nothing fancy with Onion jam and greens in a bun.. oh well I tried.

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6. Re: restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

Vegan in the Mission: Gracis Madre (Mexican, spicy!) on Mission St. and Cha-Ya (Japanese Buddhist, amazing tofu custard) on Valencia. Both very easy to get to from downtown by Muni metro or BART. Even for a mostly carnivore like me, I find these restaurants to be very, very tasty. Enjoy!

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7. Re: restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

For vegetarian with food everyone will like, plus a view: Greens in Fort Mason. If you go on Sunday, there is a Farmer's Market in the parking lot. I would recommend starting at the Farmer's Market for some snacks. Then make your way along Crissy Field towards the Golden Gate Bridge. When it gets too windy (dress in lots of layers!), turn around and head back to Greens for a late lunch (make reservations). You can even walk back along the street (you will already have been on the water side) to get a better look at the fancy big houses.

It's big fun! I live here and I do it all the time.

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8. Re: restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

Greens is quite a bit above your budget.

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9. Re: restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

You're getting a lot of good suggestions. If you want other ideas, yelp lets you search by cuisine. Sounds like your younger daughter might not be as adventurous. FWIW I have seen at least one Indian buffet in SF that had pizza. Seemed strange to me but maybe good for groups with a range of eating interests.

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10. Re: restaurant suggestions -- exotic and plain, please

As to budget, half the suggestions on here are above the originally quoted budget. I'm assuming she'll check out the reviews on here and elsewhere and decide what is worth a splurge. Plus, I gave her a suggestion for a whole day of sightseeing with yummy food, So I'm standing by my recommendation.