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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

Bromance

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

Coexistence

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.

Synopsis:

"An 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"--Provided by publisher.

Synopsis:

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,

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 & 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

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580084154
Subtitle:
Find the Right Spot for Every Occasion
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Author:
Gagliardi, Marcia
Author:
Marcia Gagliardi
Subject:
Travel : Restaurants
Subject:
Travel : United States - West - Pacific (General)
Subject:
United States - West - Pacific (General)
Subject:
Restaurants
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Subject:
Bars (Drinking establishments) - California -
Subject:
Industries - Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
Subject:
United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)
Subject:
Travel-California
Subject:
Travel-San Francisco
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100309
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
240

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