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The Tablehopper's Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco: Find the Right Spot for Every Occasion


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Publisher Comments:

When it’s time to take your parents out to dinner or your girlfriend on a sexy date, or when you’re looking for a hot venue for a birthday blowout or brunch with friends, who do you turn to for a spot-on recommendation? Why, the tablehopper, of course! Marcia Gagliardi is San Francisco’s cuisine concierge, providing restaurant recommendations and helping thousands of diners find the right place for the right occasion. With her unique blend of enthusiasm, insider knowledge, and sass, Marcia bases her recommendations on the reason you’re going out, who you’re dining with, and how much money you have to burn.


This first-of-its-kind guidebook has more than 580 reviews of the tablehopper’s top suggestions for:


Girls’ Night Out

Dates One, Two, and Three


Cheap Date

Guys Lunch (Dude Food)

Group Dining and Buyouts

Meet the Future In-Laws

Old-School Power Lunch

“Fun Client” Business Dining

Meat Eater and Vegetarian


Late-Night Chow

Flying Solo

Cocktail Quests


Covering a huge range of places for all tastes, ages, and budgets, this insider’s guide also includes sections on the South Bay, Wine Country, top eats in the East Bay, and one-, two-, and three-day San Francisco culinary itineraries. Only a local and no-holds-barred eater like the tablehopper can offer visitors and locals alike such a knowledgeable and comprehensive look at the Bay Area dining and drinking scene.


This is the insider's guide to the San Francisco culinary scene, organized by dining occasion, from one of the city's hippest and most-connected food writers. A must-have for fans of the tablehopper Web site and tourists alike.

About the Author

Marcia (rhymes with Garcia) Gagliardi is a freelance food writer and culinary personality, known as the tablehopper. Marcia and her free weekly e-column are among the Bay Area’s most trusted resources for thoughtful recommendations on where to eat, drink, and hobnob. She has appeared on Oprah and Friends: The Gayle King Show, Playboy TV, the Martha Stewart Living Today radio show, and many local programs. She has been zipping around the Bay in her red Alfa Romeo since 1994, and has been writing about food since 2002.

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments   ix

Nice to Me(a)t You: An Introduction   1

How to Use This Book (Is This Thing On?)   2


For the Ladies   4

Girls’ Night Out   4

Bachelorette Blowout (No Hairdryer Needed)   6

Bridal or Baby Shower (Brunch or Lunch)   7

Take Your Girlfriend/Wifey/Mistress Out for Her Birthday   8

Ladies Who Lunch   10

Ladies Who Lunch Like Dudes   11

Two for Tea   12

Fancy Mom/Stepmom Dinner   13

Lesbian Hangouts   14


For the Fellas   16

Guys on the Town   16

Bachelor Party Patrol   17

Take Your Boyfriend/Beau/Hubby Out for His Birthday   19

Guys’ Lunch (Dude Food)   21

Just Wanna Watch Sports and Eat My Wings   22

Bromance (We’re Not Gay, Just Friends)   23

“Actually, We Are Gay” Dinner   24

Romantic Gay Dinner   25


Just the Two of Us   27

Let’s Meet Up: Online Dating ;)   27

No Table Needed: Date One (or Two) at the Bar   29

Date One   30

Date Two   31

Date Three   33

“Morning After” Breakfast   34

Romantic Date   36

Super-Important Date (Anniversary, Honeymoon, Big Birthdays)   38

Late Date   39

Cheap Date   40

Offbeat Date Spots   41

The One-Two: Drinks and Dinner (a.k.a. Slap and Tickle)   43

Casual Midweek Date Spots   48

Date and Dine at the Bar   50

Lunch Date (Another Kind of Nooner)   52

Sexy Dinner   53

Eat and Cheat   54


Shituations   56

Dump Him or Her: The Last Supper   56

Drowning Your Sorrows (Just Dumped)   57

Dinner with the Ex-/Old Flame   58

Just Laid Off (What Color Is Your Parachute, Yo?)   60


Flying Solo   61

Good (or Hip) Spots for Solo Dining   61

Midweek/Casual Counter Dining   62

Midweek Casual and Cheap Eats: No Counter Needed   63


Out with a Friend   64

Hip and Moderately Priced   64

Fun, Cool, and Cheap Eats   66

Hip but Not a Total Scene (Slightly Spendy)   67

Catch Up with a Good Friend (Less Ruckus)   68


Groupthink   70

Affordable Birthday Group Dinner   70

Twenty- to Fortysomething Group Dinner (Hip/Spendy)   73

Offbeat or Ethnic Group Dinner Locations   75

Just Drinks and Bites (Private Rooms/Areas)   77

Double Date   79

Big Birthday Group Dinner (Private Rooms)   80

Child’s Birthday   81

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Dinner   82

Rehearsal Dinner (Private Rooms)   83

Good for Buyouts   84

City Hall Wedding (Civic Center Lunch or Dinner)   86


All in the Family   87

Dinner with Your Parents (Conservative or Cool Ones)   87

Quiet Dinner with the Grandparents   89

Cool (or Bad) (or Gay) Aunt or Uncle in Town   90

Meet the Parents/Future In-Laws   92

Kid-Friendly (Other Kids Will Be Throwing Food)   93

Cool Parents (and Well-Behaved Kids)   94

Dinner with Teenagers   95

Lunch with the Grandkids   97

Graduation Dinner   98


All Business   99

Power Lunch   99

Old-School Power Lunch   100

Power Dinner   101

“Fun Client” Business Dining   102

“Just the Guys” After-Work/Business Dinner   104

Conventioneers/Large Groups: Banquet Dinner   105

Popular Private Rooms   106

Get Happy after Work   107

Co-Worker Birthday Lunch   108

Coffee Date with a Client or Colleague   109

Playing Hooky   110


Special Diners (Read: I Have Needs)  111

Inexpensive Vegetarian   111

Moderately Priced Vegetarian   112

Meat Eater and Vegetarian Coexistence   112

Veganomics   113

Gluten-Free Eats   114

Picky Eaters/Nothing Weird   115

Hungover   116

Hungover (Can’t Leave Bed)   117


Restaurant Special Features   118

Late-Night Chow   118

Monday Dinner/Industry Night   121

Late Lunch during the Week (Open Continuously)   122

Nice Friday Lunch   123

Late Saturday Lunch   123

Sunday Brunch without Lines (Reservations Accepted)   124

Just Dessert   125

You’re Not in Charge (One-of-a-Kind Tasting Menus)   126

Rubbernecking   127

Music, Maestro, Please!   128

Fit for Cork Dorks   128

Food with Yer Pooch   129

Outdoor Dining   131


San Francisco Style   135

Farmers’ Market Freshy Fresh   135

Big City Dining   136

Where to Impress Manhattanites   137

Under the Radar   138

Food That Rates as Good as the View   138

10 Tasty Bites for Those on a Budget   140


These Are a Few of My Favorite Things   143

Burger (Cloth Napkin)   143

Burger (Paper Napkin)   144

Burger (Vegetarian)   144

Burrito (Super, Baby)   145

Chilaquiles   145

Couscous   146

Dessert   146

Dim Sum   147

Eggs Benedict   147

Espresso   147

Falafel wrap  148

Fried Chicken   149

Hot (Diggity) Dogs   149

KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)   150

Noodles/Ramen   151

Oysters   151

Philly Cheesesteak   152

Pho   152

Pizza (Deep Dish)   153

Pizza (Neopolitan/Thin Crust)   153

Pizza (Old School)   154

Pupusas   154

Salad   155

Salumi   156

Sandwiches   156

Steak   157

Sushi   158

Tacos   158


Specific Locations   160

By Cuisine   160

By Location   161


One-, Two-, and Three-Day Itineraries   163

One Day in San Francisco   163

Two Days in San Francisco   166

Three Days in San Francisco   168


The 510: Twenty-Five Things Worth the Drive

Across the Bay Bridge   171


There’s Gold in Them There Suburbs: Fifteen Gems

in the 650 (and 408)   174


Top Picks North of San Francisco (The Wine Country

and More)   179

North Bay   179

Wine Country   181


Drink Your Dinner   192

Blind Date or First Date   192

Date Night   194

Birthday Drinks   194

Private Party Rooms   195

Girls’ Night Out   196

Bromance   197

Get Lucky (by Neighborhood)   198

Wino Meat Markets   202

Cougar Dens   202

Drink with Industry Folks   203

Dive-o-Rama   204

Open Early (Dawn Patrol)   204

Cork Dorks   205

Suds   205

Some of My Favorite Go-To Bars   206

My Favorite Gay Bars   207

Lesbionic   208

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes   208


Specific Cocktail Quests   209

Only in San Francisco: Classic Cocktailing Locations   209

Culinary Cocktails, Handcrafted with Love   210

Drinks and a View   212

Jazzy   213

Tequila!   213


Other Ideas   214


Index   223


Notes   229

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Gagliardi, Marcia
Ten Speed Press
Marica Gagliardi
United States - West - Pacific (General)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Bars (Drinking establishments) - California -
Industries - Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)
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