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  • San Francisco Area Places to eat or see?

    14 posts, 6 voices, 761 views, started Sep 18, 2008

    Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2008 by Marcja Smith

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    • Amethyst
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      I’m going to San Francisco for four days this weekend.  I love the city, but haven’t been there in a few years.  I was wondering if any of you have been there or possibly live there know any off the beaten tourist area places to see or eat.  Thanks!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 18, 2008
        • I know just the person to answer that question. She’s a member of this site, a food writer in the bay area. Her name here is foodgal. I’ll send her a message right now. She’s on my friend list. I’ll ask her to post her answer here.
          Cynthia



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          Marcja Smith wrote Sep 18, 2008
        • Thanks!  MY sister and I are staying up by the cliff house in a bed and breakfast. This is a belated birthday gift from my sister for moving back to California.



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          Debrasdesserts wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • Oh you are so bless:

          Two suggestions for dinning, the first is a simple and fun – go to Fisherman's Warf engage in all the smells...lol some good some...well you decide.  Get a loaf of fresh frenchbread - sour doe, steamed crab w/ newspaper in hand, snag a bottle of vino preferably from a cellar and head for a bench, the park or a comfortable place that can be quiet –enjoy the ambiance and the evening lights.
          The second: now I'm not sure if its still there, but I do have fond memories of a Hungarian restaurant at the very top of Ghirardelli, you can not miss the sign at the top of the building, the restaurant is right above it, the served great food and the atmosphere was very relaxing.  They had this entrée of lightly toasted French bread with fresh garlic clove to score the top; the flavor of this is still with me 30 years later.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • I don’t know why I didn’t think of this last night but the member I wrote about has a blog/webpage all about the bay area. It’s called foodgal.com

          Her name is Carolyn.



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          Carolyn Jung wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • San Francisco is one of the greatest restaurant cities around. I’d be happy to recommend a few places. Do you have specific types of cuisine in mind? Or certain neighborhoods you want to stick to? Or a particular price range?

          Just off the top of my head, some of my fave places are:

          Yank Sing in the Rincon Annex on the Embarcadero for the best dim sum around. It’s a little more expensive than most dim sum places, but you won’t find any more tasty.

          Ame (that’s with an accent mark over the E, so it’s pronounced AHM-AY). It’s Asian-influenced modern California cuisine by award-winning husband-and-wife chef-owners who got their start with Wolfgang Puck. If you love food with Japanese sensibilities, you’ll love this place. It’s in the St. Regis hotel downtown. It’s very elegant and lovely.

          Slanted Door in the Ferry Building. It’s the place that put modern Vietnamese food on the map in this country. It’s always popular, always hard to get into, and always delicious. Take a walk around the Ferry Building, too. It’s filled with all sorts of wonderful food vendors. A couple times a week, there’s also a stellar farmers’ market, where you’ll always find chefs buying what’s fresh and seasonal.

          Anyhow, if you have specific cuisine desires, just let me know and I’ll think of other places to check out.



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          Marcja Smith wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • Thanks so much for the ideas. I know we want to have Indian, Thai and probably Italian.  I like the family owned places that you really get the feel of the cultures as well.  You have some great ideas for us to check out.  I know we plan on seeing alot of different areas of the city while we are there.



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          Marcja Smith wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • We are staying in a B&B in the Richmond Area, I think in 42nd street.  Can you suggest any places around there that might be like neighborhood favorites with casual atmosphere?



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          Carolyn Jung wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • For Indian, you can try the new Amber India in the Yerba Buena Center downtown. It’s modern Indian food. It’s family-owned. The owners also have two restaurants just south of San Francisco.

          For Italian, there’s Perbacco, which I LOVE! It’s a big, bustling, fun restaurant that is on the Top 100 list of the SF Chronicle. The homemade pasta with pork sugo is to die for.



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          Carolyn Jung wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • A smaller, more neighborhoody place is Incanto, which has gotten a lot of national attention lately. They are famous for their charcuterie, their committment to use every part of the animal, and their philosophy about sustainable foods. The owners opened their own charcuterie shop in the Ferry Building called Boccalone. If you go, buy the orange-wild fennel salami. It’s incredible.
          Chef Chris Cosentino also is famous because he was a contestant on last year’s Food Network show, “The Next Iron Chef.‘’
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          Foodgal, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • You‘re the best, Carolyn. Thank you for posting!

          We‘re going to San Fran in a month so I’m going to use your advice as well!

          Cynthia



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          Carolyn Jung wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • And for Thai, there’s the long-time SF favorite, Khan Toke Thai House on Geary Blvd. It’s elegant, and family-run.



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          Carolyn Jung wrote Sep 19, 2008
        • You‘re welcome! Always glad to share the goods on SF’s best eating destinations. ;)



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