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Old 09 January 2014, 19:17   #21
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Old 10 January 2014, 12:28   #22
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Personally I hate Fishermans Wharf, serious tourist trap. Would definitely not eat there, you can do a lot better very easily.
Well, you can do better; don't know about easily (without a lot of research.) The "lots of restaurants in close proximity" makes it easy. And there are a couple of restaurants there that my local friends go to on special occasions (though I have no idea which - seafood place upstairs on Pier 39 comes to mind, but that's about all I've got.)


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Would be okay,, but again, you have to know where you're trying to get to. For a visitor, a bus tour may be a better way of seeing sights (and might make a good recon for finding areas you want to check out in a more personal manner.)

Depending on length of stay, heading down the coast to Half Moon Bay (maybe 45 minutes by car) or Santa Cruz (1.5 hrs) or Monterey (2 to 2.5 hrs) would be a nice change of pace. Or go north to Point Reyes (parkland), Tomales Bay (oysters) or Bodega Bay (Hitchcock's "The Birds").

Lots of stuff to do in the area.

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Well, you can do better; don't know about easily (without a lot of research.) The "lots of restaurants in close proximity" makes it easy. And there are a couple of restaurants there that my local friends go to on special occasions (though I have no idea which - seafood place upstairs on Pier 39 comes to mind, but that's about all I've got.) Would be okay,, but again, you have to know where you're trying to get to. For a visitor, a bus tour may be a better way of seeing sights (and might make a good recon for finding areas you want to check out in a more personal manner.) Depending on length of stay, heading down the coast to Half Moon Bay (maybe 45 minutes by car) or Santa Cruz (1.5 hrs) or Monterey (2 to 2.5 hrs) would be a nice change of pace. Or go north to Point Reyes (parkland), Tomales Bay (oysters) or Bodega Bay (Hitchcock's "The Birds"). Lots of stuff to do in the area. jky
Fog Bay iirc correctly is the upstairs seafood - or as above Buba Gumps ; )
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Doesn't ring a bell. I do remember something about a crab bowl (Local source Dungeness in a spicy sauce with other seafood, all in a bowl.)

If requested, I could find out with a phone call.

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Weather dependent, I would recommend taking one of the ferries over to Angel Island and go for a hike if the family agrees.
That looks good, thanks. I won't tell them about the hike. Once they're on the island they won't have much choice

Sounds like we'll probably head over to Sausalito too. Anywhere else worth getting a ferry to? Not planning to have a car while we're staying in SF, so ferries are good!

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Well, you can do better; don't know about easily (without a lot of research.) The "lots of restaurants in close proximity" makes it easy. And there are a couple of restaurants there that my local friends go to on special occasions (though I have no idea which - seafood place upstairs on Pier 39 comes to mind, but that's about all I've got.)
Sound like a recommendation might be useful. Even if it's only which ones to definitely avoid!

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Depending on length of stay, heading down the coast to Half Moon Bay (maybe 45 minutes by car) or Santa Cruz (1.5 hrs) or Monterey (2 to 2.5 hrs) would be a nice change of pace.
We're planning a couple of days down that way after we've done SF
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Sound like a recommendation might be useful. Even if it's only which ones to definitely avoid!
Yelp.com will get you a bunch of reviews of places (there's a choice for SF Bay Area somewhere on there) as will Chowhound.com, I think. They're a little too "foodie" for my taste (which admittedly, is a little basic), but, taken with a grain of salt, tend to be pretty accurate.

Since you have a few months, you might also watch the food sections on SFGate.com (the local SF newspaper), and SFBG.com (SF Bay Guardian, a formerly underground weekly publication.) Should keep you up to date on new and trending restaurants.

I'm across the bay and don't get to SF very often so can't really give you much personal advice.

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Ahhh , just skip S.F and head straight to San Diego !
How old are the kids ?

Have friendly locals with RIBs and a couple of attractions !

Sea World
San Diego Zoo/ safari Park
LEGOLAND
Maritime museum
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just to name a few !
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