San Fran & LA

  • shirty

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    Aug 11, 2011 12:50 PM GMT
    I'm making my first trip to the West coast on Sunday and wondering if you guys have anything to recommend. Bars, restaurants, shops, excursions, etc. Would love to hear from you! icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 11, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    In San Fran Go to Fisherman's wharf for the best seafood!

    Me likey fishfingers.

    And say hi to my sister for me. She's awesome
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    Aug 11, 2011 1:08 PM GMT

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    Aug 11, 2011 4:52 PM GMT
    I've explored San Francisco a lot and If I were you I would check out Baker Beach, which is an actual beach on the northern end of san francisco, overlooking the golden gate bridge. it is quite surreal. there are fun trails that go from Baker beach all the way up to the bridge with old military (from WWII) bunkers on the way. I also recommend driving over the golden gate bridge into marin county and exploring the marin headlands..great trails and the best views of san francisco. See if you can hike down the lighthouse at sea-level and climb up to the top.
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    Aug 11, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    Go to In-N-Out.

    What else.
  • gwuinsf

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    Aug 11, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    Two of my favorite things to do with out-of-town guests when I lived in SF was the Alcatraz Tour (need to get tix in advance as it sells out) and go up to Twin Peaks for the best view of the city.You'd need a car to do the latter.

    As far as bars go, both towns have gayborhoods - Castro and West Hollywood
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    Aug 11, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    If visiting L.A. go for Santa Monica. It's much nicer than L.A. with an excellent range of eateries at the Mall on 3rd Street Parade, which, if I remember, is free of traffic. The famous pier is worth a visit, and there are frequent express buses to downtown L.A.
    I stayed at the H.I. Santa Monica backpackers hostel on 2nd Street in 1995 and again in 1997. But this caters for international travelers. I'm sure there are other places to stay nearby.
    Also Venice Beach, next town along the coast, is worth visiting.
  • shirty

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    Aug 13, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    Thank you for all the wonderful tips! We will be driving along the coast from SF to LA. Hoping to stop along the way. We're staying in West Hollywood when we get to LA, so I figure I picked a good area of town. I'm more looking forward to SF even though we won't be there as long.
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    Aug 13, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    AnonymousBart saidIn San Fran Go to Fisherman's wharf for the best seafood!

    Me likey fishfingers.

    And say hi to my sister for me. She's awesome


    Nix the Wharf. You want the best roasted Dungeoness crab that will spoil you for life? Go to "Crustacean".

    They have a "secret kitchen" inside of their kitchen which only certain family members can enter.

    Also get a side of the garlic noodles.

    Splurge. Let them crack the crab for you.
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    Aug 13, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    Tazo995 saidGo to In-N-Out.

    What else.


    haha - that's a burger joint is it not?
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    Aug 13, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    shirty said
    Tazo995 saidGo to In-N-Out.

    What else.


    haha - that's a burger joint is it not?

    Yup. The two burger joints most respected are In-N-Out and Fatburger. Both have their loyal customers. If you google in-and-out versus fatburger plenty of links.
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    Aug 13, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    I can't say that Fatburger has the same hype/loyalty as In-N-Out. I think In-N-Out and Tommy's would be better picks, in terms of fans and local cultural landmarks.
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    Aug 13, 2011 11:32 PM GMT
    Tazo995 saidGo to In-N-Out.

    What else.



    Eat it, drive around the block a couple of times and go again

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    Aug 13, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI can't say that Fatburger has the same hype/loyalty as In-N-Out. I think In-N-Out and Tommy's would be better picks, in terms of fans and local cultural landmarks.

    Probably right. Was thinking about Tommy's in the back of my mind. Noticed In-N-Out only in West, and Tommy's only in Cal and Nevada, so they are ok. But Fat Burger, though mostly in Cal and Nevada, have a few locations in the east, so that spoils things. LOL

    Jingle: http://www.in-n-out.com also iPhone app for In-N-Out

    Just like surf wear or beer. When brands start appearing in Macy's in San Bernardino or points east, the surfers won't touch it. Corona used to be the cheap beer for surfers going to Mexico, but after it became popular, just another beer, and not a great one at that.
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    Aug 16, 2011 9:02 AM GMT
    MsclDrew said
    Tazo995 saidGo to In-N-Out.

    What else.



    Eat it, drive around the block a couple of times and go again

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    Love In-N-Out


    Someone is looking pretty cute......My bf was in LA last week, had in/out everyday for lunch.
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    Aug 29, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    After in-n-out make sure you find a Pinkberry!
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    Aug 29, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    I don't get what the big deal is about In-N-Out. I've had it before. It's okay, but it's not like super spectacular. I personally think it's overrated. icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 29, 2011 6:31 AM GMT
    Scotticus saidI don't get what the big deal is about In-N-Out. I've had it before. It's okay, but it's not like super spectacular. I personally think it's overrated. icon_confused.gif


    I'd have to agree, I don't really think it's anything too special either. Sorry to those who love it!!

    To the OP, check out the amusement parks like Six Flags or Knott's. And you can't come to SoCal without checking out Hollywood;P lol
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    Aug 29, 2011 6:38 AM GMT
    eh Hollywood is pretty campy IMO.

    Also make sure you get a chance to check out some of the natural beauty of CA, make a few stops around Big Sur, definitely check out Santa Barbara on your way down the coast.

    Around LA there are plenty of parks and trails to see as well.
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    Aug 29, 2011 6:45 AM GMT
    True, In-N-Out is nothing spectacular. But I think most people appreciate the freshness and quality of the ingredients, as well as the simplicity of the burgers.

    If you want mystery meat burgers prepared by disgruntled employees, then you can skip In-N-Out and head over McDonalds. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 30, 2011 6:22 AM GMT
    MsclDrew said
    Tazo995 saidGo to In-N-Out.

    What else.



    Eat it, drive around the block a couple of times and go again

    207874_1804719131178_1635897521_1744718_

    Love In-N-Out


    http://www.badmouth.net/
    in-n-outs-secret-menu/

    Excellent pictures, BTW.

    Lived two blocks away from one (Mira Mesa Blvd/San Diego) for 10 years.

    Their drive-thru isn't just slow. It's glacial. Park 'yer vehicle and walk in.

    There's only four items on the menu. And, their prices are shockingly cheap for California.

    Secret menu tips:
    3x3: 3 patties, 3 cheese slices.
    4x4: I'll leave that to your imagination.
    Protein style: lettuce instead of a bun.
    Animal Style: added pickle, extra spread, and grilled onions.

    There's Animal-style fries. But, I found myself thinking it was gross. If you're going to sin. Sin right and just get an extra burger.
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    Aug 30, 2011 6:47 AM GMT
    I would recommend myself.
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    Jan 09, 2012 10:50 PM GMT
    in n out is amazing. Some people appreciate fresh ingredients in their food at fast food prices.
  • shirty

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    Jan 09, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    So weird that this thread got bumped.

    I am planning a second trip to California at the end of January. This time I'm going to Venice Beach.

    Thanks for all the tips - I had a great trip in the summer icon_smile.gif