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Apr 18th, 2013, 07:22 AM
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Best meal in San Francisco

Give it to me straight people. Cheap or pricey. What's the best meal you ever had? Or places that stand out?

Also, oyster bars? Not looking for the trendiest. Just looking for the best. Please suggest.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 07:34 AM
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Pricey and delicious Steak in a great atmosphere: Harris

http://www.harrisrestaurant.com/
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Apr 18th, 2013, 07:35 AM
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And I had amazing late night pasta at the bar at the St. Francis Hotel. Amazing.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 08:55 AM
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I can count the number of times I've eaten in SF on one hand....but the dinner I had at BETEL NUT was out of this world!!
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Apr 18th, 2013, 10:08 AM
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Hog Island oysters in the Ferry Building stands out in my mind.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 10:20 AM
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Many great meals there, but I've been to the Slanted Door several times and I never put a bite into my mouth that wasn't just wonderful.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 10:51 AM
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NJriverchick - I'm headed to SF soon myself and looked up Betelnut for myself, but it looks like it closed and reopened as a different concept. Just FYI!

http://sf.eater.com/archives/2013/02...es_concept.php
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Apr 18th, 2013, 11:11 AM
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I was surprised by the Betelnut recommendation. I ate there a number of times and it was a popular neighborhood place, but basically like a PF Chaings. In a city filled with really fine Asian places, it seemed an odd recommendation to me.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 11:19 AM
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Neopatrick - My sister-in-law, who lives just outside SF, is Vietnamese and a wine maven & foodie. This is one of her faves and she was excited to share it with us. She ordered for the table and it was truly memorable. I'm sorry to hear it is gone...
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Apr 18th, 2013, 11:31 AM
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Interesting, NJriverchick, what does she think of Slanted Door?

I rented very near Betelnut a number of times, which is why it was a quick and easy lunch place and pretty good. But I always had to drink gallons of water later -- tons of salt in everything, which is why the PF Chaing's comparison.

By the way, Hutong, now in its place still has the same executive chef, so I'm not sure how different it is -- except that presumably the dishes are now smaller and more expensive. One feature of Betelnut was lots of food for the money -- big servings.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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We loved Betelnut, but I certainly wouldn't put it in the "best meal I ever had" category.

Divine tortellini carbonara at Eduardo's on Chestnut. Not recent though.

Love Slanted Door.

Still looking for a fabulous hamburger (the very best was at a restaurant in the town I used to live in (near Stu), but I moved to the city and it's no longer convenient for "just a hamburger").
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Apr 18th, 2013, 12:41 PM
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Loved the Slanted Door. One of my best meals ever.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 01:05 PM
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Another fan of Slanted Door.

We really enjoyed Boulevard too -
http://www.boulevardrestaurant.com/

My DF's favorite is John's Grill, and has been since 1969.
http://www.johnsgrill.com/

Not saying that any of those three are "the best" but they are the three I'd return to.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 01:15 PM
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starrs, I'm laughing because I've lived/worked in San Francisco for 40 years and have never once eaten at John's Grill.

Boulevard took my favorite menu item off the menu several years ago -- it was a lobster starter that was scrumptious.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 01:20 PM
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Well, I'm laughing too. I think it was LoveItaly who recommended John's Grill. I went and thought maybe I was at the wrong place. Granted it had a sort of "clubby feel" but it was dirty and run down (I gasped and sort of lost my appetite when I looked behind the bar to see where that mildew or dirty mopwater smell was coming from), and the food was just mediocre at best. What was I missing there?

But Boulevard! Ah yes. And while some don't seem to appreciate it, I love Farallon. Their cheese plate alone is worth the price of dinner.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 01:20 PM
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It's been five years since I've eaten there.
I intend to fix that this year.
It was his father's favorite before him...and now there are two grandsons living nearby. I'm sure their tradition will continue.

Everything we had a Boulevard was scrumptious.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 01:20 PM
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We had a great meal at Brindisi a few months ago. I also enjoyed Izzy's Steaks & Chops. Their house specialty is the creamed spinach, which is to die for........and I HATE creamed spinach!
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Apr 18th, 2013, 01:22 PM
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Hi Neo, I've been twice...at a GTG and back again for seafood dinners. We enjoyed the food and service both times.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 06:36 PM
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Too many to single out any "best".

For roast beef:
House of Prime Rib

For steak:
Harris, and surprisingly, Ruth's Chris

For seafood:
Farallon, R&G Lounge (Chinese), Thanh Long (Vietnamese, drunken crab), Swan Oyster Depot

For French:
Too many to mention, current favorite L'Ardoise

For Italian
Too many to mention, not going to tell you my current favorite

For Sushi:
Ino Sushi

For XLB:
Shanghai House

For Pho:
Lots of places
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Apr 18th, 2013, 08:11 PM
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Where's Slanted Door? Sounds like I should have it on one of my lists.
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