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The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco

The Tablehopper's Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco by Marcia Gagliardi
Mar 09, 2010 | 240 Pages
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“Zagat, move aside, because the ‘hopper is in the house!”
–Cooking with Amy, 3/24/10

“An irreverent, but terrifically practical guidebook.”
–San Jose Mercury News, 3/17/10

“Marcia Gagliardi, aka the Tablehopper, has earned serious cred as a trusted industry insider who knows what’s new, hot and delicious in the city’s restaurant and bar scene.  Fans of her cheeky e-newsletter which posts every Tuesday have been chomping at the bit for this day.” 
–San Francisco Restaurant Examiner, 3/9/10

Marcia Gagliardi, The Tablehopper foundress and sassy food writer extraordinaire, has managed to pack nearly 600 of her favorite spots into a handy 5”x7” guidebook.”
–, 3/9/10

“Truly the best restaurant guide we’ve seen dedicated to the city by the bay.”
–, 3/8/10

“Redefining what a city guide should be, Marcia Gagliardi’s first book has got to be the hippest, on-the-money, and smartest guide to eating out in San Francisco ever published. . . . [A]bsolutely mandatory reading for Bay Area eaters.”
–Edible San Francisco, Winter 2010 issue

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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