BB The first time we went to Sears back in the late 1990's, I raved about the place. There were lines just like you showed in your pictures. I thought the little pancakes were great.
The place was sold by the Sears family to the same owner of a breakfast spot up the block several years ago. If you do some research, you can read the articles about what happened; they are negative articles.
Two years ago last May, we went back to SF and Sear's was on my list of go to places. I did not know the place had been sold. I was surprised at how unremarkable the breakfast was this time and how expensive it was, too. We stayed at a hotel two doors down from Sear's..I forget the name..It was a terrific bargain though. The room price also included two tickets to the Giant's game! Box seats!
Anyway, there were no lines in the morning when we were at Sears.
That other place Dottie's gets rave reviews and was featured on DD&D..It looked fantastic. I loved that segment on DD&D
I recognize so many of your pictures...We took a bus tour this last time.
My favorite was the ride up to the top of what I think was Golden Gate Park? You can see the entire city. Terrific! The bus tour takes all the trouble out of seeing the city. Once you get an overview, you can then go back and see the areas you liked. I think we paid $30 a person. It was "on/off" and well worth the $. You get it down at Fisherman's Pier.
Forgot to mention we ate at the Tadich Grill, too. Very, very basic food. Great bread..Bread is pretty good everywhere in SF though. Good seafood. The place is not cheap. And, as you see in the pictures, not much on atmosphere. Been there a long, long time. Took friends who live in SF. They said they rarely go there, but we wanted to try it. Since I paid, they went.
I think you really got to hunt out the unique and reasonably priced places in this town. They are around..
We didn't go to Alcatraz this time, but I highly recommend that. They also have a night trip out there that my friend went on and he said it was great.
Loved Chinatown! SF is a very old town. The hotels are very old and the rooms downtown are very small and $$$! Many do not have a/c. Got to do your homework when booking a room. Weather is important because if you hit a heat wave (they have them!) and are in a reasonably priced hotel without a/c, you're not going to be happy.
Tripadvisor.com is terrific for researching SF. Lots of good and helpful comments to help save you some $$.
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