Dining in San Francisco
These recommendations have been "field-tested" for your dining pleasure. Starting with breakfast I can heartily attest to the excellent cuisine at Brenda's French Soul Food 652 Polk St. S.F. 415-345-8100. Try the pecan caramel French toast with grilled Andouille sausage. This was my favorite.
Also excellent, and sometimes there is a line, Dottie's True Blue Cafe 28 6th Street S.F. 415-885-2767. This is close to the meeting site. A huge variety of breakfast food, Louisiana Soul Food flair to the menu, on-site bakery, also serves other meals besides breakfast.
For lunch we had Dim Sum at Begoni's 615 Jackson St. S.F. (Chinatown) 415-757-0120. This came highly recommended by our local sources of culinary 411, and it did not disappoint.
Another good lunch venue is Mel's Kitchen 1050 Van Ness S.F. attached to the Opal Hotel which is now a Marriott unit. 415-292-6357
For dinner, we enjoyed Original Joe's 601 Union St (North Beach) S.F. 415-775-4877. Nice selection of Italian food and Seafood, excellent desserts, a little dressier than the other sites, and you will need a reservation. Good service, friendly, good food.
We had Mexican at Tropisueno, 75 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F. 415-243-0299. They are a Taqueria at lunch and after 5pm change into a full service restaurant. They don't take large group reservations. The food is great, as is the service, and they were able to accommodate our vegetarian diner. Friendly service, casual, potent Margaritas- what more do you need?
Salt House 545 Mission St. S.F. 415-543-8900 downtown close to meeting area, good fish, good drinks, trendy (which my daughter says is coded language for expensive) Great desserts.