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San Francisco - LA Dishes Back Part 2

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If you have not yet read part one of LA Dishes Back, you may want to check it out. We now continue our San Francisco adventures where we left off.

Three days into the conference, everyone was exchanging horror stories about shoddy restaurant service. A few people had actually left restaurants crying after being berated by harried servers. Most of these experiences were in hotel cafes and chain restaurants within blocks of Union Square. Union Square did not seem very fond of tourists. One San Francisco local told me, "San Franciscans hate people from LA. And it only annoys them more that people from LA love San Francisco." It made me think of cats that are only attracted to people with allergies.

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The unpleasant experiences reported in the Union Square area were the polar opposite of the kind of service we received in other neighborhoods, where people were attentive and welcoming.

Another exception would be the Union Square grand dames, the restaurants that had been around for 50 years or more and had become institutions. Every last one of them offered impeccable service, and to my knowledge, did not make anybody cry.

Restaurant reviews after the jump