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7 Foodies and 1 picky eater seeking SF food choices

Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 09:18 PM
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How totally odd! I wrote a response to iamq but it seems to have been swallowed up in cyberspace!

Anyhoos, it went something like this:

We've tried three Il Fornaios: San Francisco, San Jose, and Pasadena. By far, the best was San Francisco, even though the Pasadena one was more "elegant". Thanks for your warning about the Palo Alto one - will stay away.


Stu: thanks for the warning about the Burlingame branch! Didn't know they had so many branches in the Bay Area!


I'll withdraw Il Fornaio's and substitute another Italian restaurant that's become a favorite of ours: Sodini's Green Valley Restaurant in Little Italy on Green Street. Just the friendliest place and no dessert! If you fancy yourself an artiste you can draw on the "tablecloth".


BTW, isn't June a "Dine About Town" month?
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 11:12 PM
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Any SF folks know if there is a Joe's still around? We always go to Marin Joe's. Now that's the kind of place the "meat eater" might like. See if there is an original joe's in the Marina. If you trade him one meal there for another in a place more in keeping with what you want, it could be the deal of the trip. I'll check on Joe's and be back.
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 05:23 AM
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I have fond memories of the cannelloni at Original Joe's in the Marina.
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 06:52 AM
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There is a Joes close to me in either San Mateo or Burlingame (it's right on the border).

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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 08:34 AM
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Stu, do you mean the one at Woodlake? If so, it closed years (no kidding) ago.

Completely agree with Stu'd assessment of the Burlingame Il Fornaio.
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 08:57 AM
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Nope - on Peninsula Ave in the Safeway/Longs complex.

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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 09:10 AM
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Stu, that's the one I'm talking about. Hasn't been open for years.
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 09:14 AM
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Sign's still up - lights off???

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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 09:39 AM
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Yup. I think it's been closed for at least three years.
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 10:00 AM
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Joe's comes up but then also reports of a fire 3 years ago. I may have to do a drive-by.

And Bill~I have great memories (recent) of a rib eye and ravioli with meat sauce at Marin Joe's.

To the OP~I also just checked House of Prime Rib in SF but the prices might put him off(35 bucks) but maybe not.
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 10:04 AM
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I still think you should go to Zuni. Tell him (the Meat guy) to get the burger and a caesar-the best!
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>>House of Prime Rib in SF
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 11:24 AM
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I just called the Il Fornaio on Lorton in Burlingame and they say they're open until 10pm tonight.

I see no other Il Fornaio listed Mid-Peninsula except for Palo Alto.
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 11:34 AM
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Pam and Stu, I don't have the "meat guy" in my group. That's shedridt...not saige. Thanks again for your responses on my OP.
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 02:45 PM
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Oh dear! Age is playing with my mind..and fodorites are blurring together.

Still go to the Zuni
Chez Panisse cafe does have a menu to choose from
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 04:29 PM
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ET, we were talking about Joe's that that is closed. Il Fornaio is very much still in business (not sure why, but it is)
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Go to the farmer's market in the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, esp. on Sat morning. You can sample of kind of goodies there -- artisinal cheeses, fresh-baked breads, oysters, gourmet chocolates, orgnanic yogurt, etc.
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 05:03 PM
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sf7307: Sorry, thought Stu was responding to your reference to the "Burlingame Il Fornaio".

Pam and I have the same problem, age, but Pam's memory is still in pretty good shape whereas my vision is getting really bad.
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Old Jun 6th, 2009, 03:15 PM
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Well, this just goes to show how very different we all are!
My mamá was not only Italian, she was also a superb cook, so I do know a bit about good Italian food -- and I love Il Fornaio in Burlingame. The food is good (not extraordinary, but definitely good); the pizza is some of the best ever; the drinks are great -- and the lively ambience is our favorite aspect of the place! Lots of vitality, light-filled, upbeat, architecturally interesting, and family-friendly (without being anything like Denny's or Chevy's or TGIF or, godforbid, The Olive Garden!)
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Old Jun 6th, 2009, 03:18 PM
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(btw, I also have eaten at and enjoyed the IF in Palo Alto, SF, and Carmel...though the menus are similar, the interior/exterior design is unique in each -- and all are aesthetically pleasing, imo.)
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