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neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

The median age on Valencia's not all that young. Hence all the great restaurants.

Regional mexican dishes/restaurants in SF & Berkeley/Oakland

Not enough hangovers those days, maybe.

Lost & Found Beer Garden - Oakland

I wouldn't go there for the food. Beer selection is similar to Perdition though not as many taps. Great place on a warm day.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

A mile or two away in SOMA there have been big changes, but in my observation that has had no noticeable effect on tourist dominance around Union Square.

Regional mexican dishes/restaurants in SF & Berkeley/Oakland

Real posole, that's a find.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

Noe Valley is gentrified families, sort of the SF equivalent of Park Slope. Cushy but the dining scene suffers from the affluent and nesting demographic.

The outer Richmond is very quiet and suburbanish, can be foggy and windy, Geary the main commercial street has pockets of activity at night. The east end of Clement St. is all restaurants, cafes, etc. But both are pretty inconvenient for getting most places you might want to go, which is why places are more affordable there.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

I read about gang stuff in the Mission in the papers occasionally, but have never seen any sign of it on the street. Valencia is lively with bar hoppers etc. seven nights a week.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

Fillmore north of Geary is an affluent neighborhood and the restaurants suffer somewhat from the narrow demographic. Same deal as Union Street and Chestnut Street.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

There's not much more housing nearby than there ever was and the proportion of locals to tourists has not changed. I still feel like the only local every time I'm around there.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

If you stay around Union Square, you're in a tourist neighborhood with few locals except in the somewhat gritty Tenderloin. South and east it's mostly office building neighborhoods that are deserted nights and weekends. Most of the people on the street at night will be tourists or bridge and tunnel types.

Right this minute there aren't hundreds of sea lions but there are maybe 50.

http://www.pier39.com/home/the-sea-li...

Regional Chinese roundup 2.0

While looking for new East Bay Shanghai places yesterday I came across a Yelp page for an alleged Tianjin place in San Pablo, Gou Bu Li in San Pablo.

You might change the topic name from 2015 to 2.0, seems likely that you'll want to rev it again sooner than 15 months from now.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

To go to Pier 39 to see the Sea Lions, you can catch a vintage streetcar right in front of Ferry Plaza.

Best Locally Owned & Popular Restaurants/Bars/Cafes in San Fran

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Best Locally Owned & Popular Restaurants/Bars/Cafes in San Fran

The vast majority of places that are popular among locals are locally owned. It would be a lot easier to list the exceptions.

Regional mexican dishes/restaurants in SF & Berkeley/Oakland

Jonathan Kauffman has been researching this subject for a feature in the Chron this week:

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

http://www.sfchronicle.com/food/artic...

site forgetting "read" posts

It only affects the minority of users who create most of the content, so they don't see it as a priority.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

Parking is a pain and expensive. Some meters are $4 / hr.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

Can't beat the Mission for either.

vegetarian dim sum?

Ba Le puts pate only in the pate and combo sandwiches, not in the tofu, meatball, chicken, or roast pork sandwiches.

vegetarian dim sum?

I had lunch with a vegetarian at Yank Sing a few years ago and there were so many items to choose from it wasn't much easier to choose than usual. Ask for the printed menu, it lists them all.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7321...

Saigon Sandwich has tofu on the menu. Ba Le in Oakland has a fried egg option, maybe some of the places in SF do, too.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

How late and doing what? SF is not Manhattan.

You really can't beat the Mission and there are lots of dead-quiet residential streets just a few blocks east of Valencia. There aren't many conventional lodgings but there are VRBO and AirBNB places.

The last BART train heading from downtown to the Mission is around 1am. Buses run all night. Restaurants and bars will pretty much all call taxis for you using priority lines. Ride services such as Lyft and Sidecar offer additional options.

Vegan but not only

If you go to Encuentro, don't miss the smoked pecan pâté.

East Bay Seasonal Ingredients with Great Wine List?

A cellar with 250 wines without a lot of capital investment? Did you have arrangements with distributors so you didn't have to buy whole cases?

Peking Duck or Tea Smoked Duck in SF or Daly City? For this Friday...

Yank Sing sometimes has sliced pork. It's different from the usual style, though.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7321...

Critique my Sonoma wine itinerary please

You might consider doing your return trip on Hwy 1. Traffic can be terrible on Sundays if the weather is nice.

Peking Duck or Tea Smoked Duck in SF or Daly City? For this Friday...

Apples and oranges. If HKL2 had Peking duck in dim sum portions, it would be more expensive than anything else on their menu.

Buying abalone direct from divers

Monterey Abalone Co. sells to some high-end local restaurants such as Coi, Saison, Michael Mina, and Commis. You can order from them directly:

http://montereyabalone.com/SalesOrder...

Peking Duck or Tea Smoked Duck in SF or Daly City? For this Friday...

Hakkasan's "Pipa duck" appetizer doesn't include any buns or crepes, does it?

They also have a two-course whole Peking duck with caviar and 16 pancakes that's over $200.

Peking Duck or Tea Smoked Duck in SF or Daly City? For this Friday...

So, Wise Sons Deli is open ... who's been? Beauty's Bagels? [San Francisco]

Wise Sons is now open for dinner Thurs.-Sat.:

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...