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7 Foodies and 1 picky eater seeking SF food choices

7 Foodies and 1 picky eater seeking SF food choices

Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 01:29 PM
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I still want the fried brussel sprouts from SPQR
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Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 01:40 PM
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We had the tasting menu at Ame awhile back and it was sensational.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 02:54 PM
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Abigail-Those orange morning buns sound wonderful.

starrs-I like brussels sprouts,too! Actually mine are almost ready to harvest. I usually use a Williams-Sonoma recipe that always gets raves.

sf7307 I never heard of Ame, but will check it out! Some of the best travel experiences we have enjoyed were chef's tasting menus.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:25 PM
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I prefer eating upstairs at Chez Panisse and have been going there since the 70's(dear god!). My suggestion to combine a lunch upstairs with some "shopping" in what is called "The Gourmet Ghetto" still stands. I really have not ever (in the States, France, Italy or Switzerland) ever seen anything like the Cheeseboard.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:38 PM
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Add Bar Tartine to your list.

La Folie is so wonderful, you must give it a try.

Boulevard is fantastic.

Boulette's Larder in the Ferry Building is a great place for breakfast or lunch or a grab-a-bite.

Gialina for pizza and really tasty appetizers.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 03:47 PM
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www.belden-place.com
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Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 08:03 PM
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You've given so many great suggestions - but what to do when a foodie ties up with a meat & potatoes man who could be open to more adventurous food, as long as he doesn't perceive it to be "hot." Am at my wits end...particularly when he says it must also be more than reasonable...but I can work my way around that...somewhat...we're in Nob Hill June 12 at the Fairmont (I didn't tell him the cost...) - any ideas???
Seafood & Italian are sure winners....
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Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 08:33 PM
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shedridt..
hijacking a thread is not so nice but follow the instructions on what we ALL gave here..
Boulevard is considered one of the best along with old school Tadich Grill..these are reasonable places.
Do you have a super tight wad as a spouse?
what a super drag..and not in the good way!
SF has great restaurants all through the city that aren't any more than a Denny's..give a take a dollar or two.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:51 AM
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Yup, you should skip....Boulevard, Ame, Manresa, La Folie, Gary Danko and any of the Michael Mina restaurants, none of which is in the "more than reasonable" category.

But you could try Delfina, Taylor's Refresher, chez panisse cafe, Perbacco, Foreign Cinema, Slanted Door, all of which are very good but not on the same "level" as the others.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 09:20 AM
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Try doing a search on chowhound.com, you should get lots of hits for that area.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 09:33 AM
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I don't think a "meat & potatoes" man would enjoy Slanted Door - even if he is willing to go out on a limb as long as it's not "hot". Many non-foodies confuse "hot" with "spicy". Asian Fish Sauce (which is used quite a bit at Slanted Door, I believe) might be considered spicy - but it's not hot. My meat & potatoes FIL would not like Slanted Door, but he loves midwest bland Chinese food (as long as it's not hot or spicy - like Hunan Chinese food). Lemon Chicken at the Hong Kong Flower Lounge is his favorite.

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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 09:54 AM
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Lemon Chicken at the Hong Kong Flower Lounge is his favorite.

That was their best dish!!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 03:46 PM
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www.belden-place.com - I already gave you my idea ;-)
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Dottie's is definitely worth the wait! Try going before 9:30 when the wait is sometimes shorter.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 04:33 PM
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Stu: "I don't think a 'meat & potatoes' man would enjoy Slanted Door"

That was my first thought too.

shedridt: People ask questions pertaining to their own situation all the time. However, the best responses might be gotten if you started a thread of your own and that specific to your needs.

I know people are going to throw rotten tomatoes my way, but look into Il Fornaio, if you're looking for reasonable Italian food in SF.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 05:26 PM
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easy, We have eaten at the Il Fronaio in San Jose a few times and thought it was delicious, not so for the one in Palo Alto.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:00 PM
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These suggestions are great. I'll be in San Francisco in July and I'm definitely noting some of these restaurants!
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bookmarking as well! I will be there in August
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 07:51 PM
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Wow. I was hoping for a few informative posts from SF foodies. You have far surpassed my expectations! Thanks so much for your detailed posts and recommendations. I'm looking forward to some great dining experiences in July.

Out of curiosity, if you have had it, just how good is Pim's butter?
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>>throw rotten tomatoes my way, but look into Il Fornaio, if you're looking for reasonable Italian food in SF.
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