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Eating Dinner Near "Beach Blanket Babylon" SFO

Aug 6th, 2013, 04:08 AM
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Eating Dinner Near "Beach Blanket Babylon" SFO

Oh, yes, we are going to be in San Francisco for five nights in October and naturally we have to see the latest version of BBB.

Have eaten nearby before on one of those walking distance places on Columbus Avenue but cannot remember which one!

Not into sushi but just about anything else would be of interest including Mexican,Italian, Thai, even red meat. Does not have to be fancy; price no object if the food and service are good.

Appreciate any recommendations.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 10:06 AM
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North Beach Restaurant.

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Aug 6th, 2013, 10:21 AM
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Stu, thank you. I assume none of the food there is either still moving or apt to be staring me back in the face.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 11:18 AM
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http://www.etuttoqua.com/

This is the Fodorites' "go to" place. So many GTGs there! Up for another one?
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Aug 6th, 2013, 11:50 AM
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I personally like Capp's Corner, just 1/2 block away. Funky place that is a find in SF. Their fresh fish is always excellent.

http://cappscorner.com/ The prices are excellent values.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 12:16 PM
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Look for discounted tickets for BBB on Goldstar.com
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Aug 6th, 2013, 12:38 PM
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North Beach Restaurant is Italian. Noting moving - except for the "movers & shakers" that go to the place - Gordon Getty, Willie Brown, etc. It is a little more "upscale", and not the typical "red sauce" Italian that you find at most other Italian restaurants in North Beach. We go there with my in-laws quite a bit. Something for everyone. Some people prefer downstairs and some prefer the entry level tables. Nice bar area.

Park Tavern is quite popular - but my meal there was perhaps the most disappointing I've had in a long time.

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Aug 6th, 2013, 12:52 PM
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Stu,

given your stellar reputation I have already made the dinner reservation using Open Table and again I thank you.

To all of the other kind folks who made recommendations I will say they are deeply appreciated.

As to the possibility of BBB discounted tickets I am afraid I have already bought a pair of "box" seats but thank you for the recommendation nonetheless.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 01:13 PM
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Funny, Dukey, just yesterday I reserved for our after BBB dinner over Labor Day weekend. I chose Mona Lisa, site of a few Fodorite gatherings and the favorite of the dear departed LoveItaly. It's super casual, but couldn't be more "authentic" Italian. I'm hoping Peter can at long last get Spaghetti Vongole that rivals the ones he ate in Italy -- I think he can.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 01:16 PM
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DD had her wedding rehearsal dinner at the North Beach Restaurant, many years ago. It was perfection.

She has also taken me to Capp's Corner, which is a great place, too. Informal and homey-type place.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 01:16 PM
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Ooops. I had this thread open and didn't see your last post when I posted, so didn't know you have already booked. I like North Beach Restaurant too, but it reminds me of many upscale Italian restaurants we have in NJ, not quite the 'nitty gritty" traditional that Mona Lisa is. You'll have a good time.

For the first time ever, we too booked reserved box seats. I think I'm just getting too old for that stand in line for an hour, push and shove to get the best tables, then sit in the claustrophobic atmosphere with people screaming in my ears -- but I love the show. I think this will be about my 15th time, but Peter's first!
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Aug 6th, 2013, 01:25 PM
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I will undoubtedly be reminded of some of these posts as I watch Beach Blanket Babylon.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 01:27 PM
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Dayenu, I would be more than happy to have a GTG with you and I'll even pay for the meal. Think it over and after we do it you can report back to all those who are curious.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 01:52 PM
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<<>>

It's always people from out-of-town who can make such claims I've lived here 40 years and I've only been to BBB twice!
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Aug 6th, 2013, 02:31 PM
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Sure. Isn't that always the way? I know many New Yorkers who never see theatre, and friends at home in Naples, Florida who NEVER go to the beach. But if I go to San Francisco, my trip just doesn't seem complete without BBB.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 02:34 PM
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I love BBB....and I've eaten at Capp's Corner, but until Rastaguy's post, I had forgotten the name. I thought the food was great. Thanks, Rasta!!
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Aug 6th, 2013, 02:44 PM
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In terms of where to sit, how much to pay, what you are willing to do, etc., etc., etc....whatever floats one's boat. Patrick, I can certainly relate.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 05:42 PM
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>> I've lived here 40 years and I've only been to BBB twice!<<

I've been here for 38 years and have been to BBB once.

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Aug 7th, 2013, 06:16 AM
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Make sure you downstairs at North Beacgh Restaurant and find the proscuito room - and have a sniff.

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Aug 7th, 2013, 08:54 AM
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Sniffing the ham is not exactly my thing, Stu, but appreciate your thoughts nonetheless.
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