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Sausalito Lunch Recs

Hope I'm not posting too late to be of any use. I often commute home on my mountain bike from SF to Marin, so I speak from experience in saying that biking to Marin is fun and beautiful, but from either direction, you've got to ride up from sea level to the deck of the bridge - about a 250 foot climb. If you're not in shape for that, you could get off and walk your bike up the hill as many tourists do. It is correct that the pedestrian side of the bridge is currently closed near the North end, and pedestrians are not allowed on the west side (only bikes). You can rent bikes in Fisherman's Wharf (but don't eat there!) and take the Sausalito ferry back.

Regarding food, I second the recommendations for Le Garage, and although I haven't eaten there, Bar Bocce gets some love on Yelp. The hamburgers at 737 Bridgeway are really, really good, but no view. There are plenty of alcohol-serving establishments with a waterside deck where you can relax and enjoy the view. Another idea is to do the Sunday farmer's market at the SF Ferry building, buy food to picnic, and take the ferry to Sausalito for some great bay views. You can bring bikes if you want, bike one way back or just ride around in Sausalito. With a bike, you can ride to Mill Valley from Sausalito - flat the whole way. Mill Valley is a very nice place to visit with many charming shops and great places to eat.

Lastly, make sure you get locks for the rental bikes.

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Le Garage
85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

Bar Bocce
1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Cheap Lunch Recs for Burlingame/San Mateo

I work across the street from the Anza lagoon in Burlingame (Airport Blvd. at Bayview Pl.), and the lunch choices are dismal. I hit the Curry Up Now food truck when it's in the area, but that's only once a week. I'm looking for great, cheap food - not more than $9 out the door, cheaper is even better - and within 3 miles of my office. Recs for all cuisines are welcome except that I don't eat pork and don't care for offal. If there's something particularly good at a particular place, I would love to hear about it. Your help is appreciated.

Long weekend in San Francisco & Napa, any suggestions?

RE: Ike's
Please don't make pick a favorite. It would be like in Sophie's Choice when Meryl Streep has to choose which of her children gets to live. Every sandwich I ever had at Ike's was great. Get two different sandwiches and share each other's halves. The ingredients can be your guide; go with the stuff you like. Not sure how well these sandwiches travel, though. The inside's soaked in delectable sauce, and the outside's buttered and grilled, so it could end up a soggy shadow of itself in no time.

Long weekend in San Francisco & Napa, any suggestions?

For the next day, if you want to make like a local, walk your way through the Castro and eat at Ike's @ Lime. Amazingly good sandwiches to go (you must call in your order). You will never regret it. You will dream of these sandwiches upon your return home. The Castro's pretty cool too.
http://ilikeikesplace.com/sanfran/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/ikes-lime-san...

Restaurants near the De Young?

My mother and I love to get together to see the latest exhibits at the De Young, but we’re both weary of the museum’s café. So I’m looking for recs in the Golden Gate park area for Saturday & Sunday late lunches or early dinners. Suggestions for all cuisines are welcome, as long as it's delicious, the atmosphere is genuinely pleasant and it's not crazy-expensive.

On the Cheap in Paris

Brig, thanks for the great advice, and thank you to everyone on this board who have had such great recommendations for this post and so many others.

I'm not sure if Chez Julien would work for us as I've read that there is terrible muzak. However, it has been suggested that we can go to a restaurant such as Le Train Bleu for just a drink. Is that true or is it that Le Train Bleu has a bar?

Jul 06, 2010
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Amsterdam: Searching for Rijsttafel...

Klary, these are really great suggestions. Thank you! Do you have any other recommendations for Amsterdam (even if they aren't Indonesian)?

May 26, 2010
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Amsterdam: Searching for Rijsttafel...

Thank you charlesbois. Tujuh Maret has received mixed reviews, but is recommended by many guide books. I'm actually looking for something that is off the guide book radar, but that may not be possible (Where do the Indonesians in Amsterdam like to eat Indonesian food?). Does anyone know anything about Sie Joe? Sie Joe has the price point I'm looking for (cheap).

zuriga1, thank you again. I would LOVE to hear your Dutch friend's suggestions!

May 19, 2010
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Amsterdam: Searching for Rijsttafel...

Thank you for the suggestion, zuriga1. Sama Sebo looks nice, albeit somewhat expensive. We could keep the cost down by ordering a la carte or going for lunch. There's a Trip Advisor reviewer who asserts that Sama Sebo is bland and tasteless compared to a few years ago, though. An authentic rijstaffel should have some spice, and why I was hoping to hear of a place the residents favor, even if it isn't located in the tourist center.

May 17, 2010
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Amsterdam: Searching for Rijsttafel...

Walking down a street in Amsterdam 20 years ago, my traveling companion and I were lured by the exotic aromas and glut of locals into an Indonesian restaurant. Casual, intimate and inexpensive, we savored an outstanding rijsttafel that has ever since held an honored place in my gastronomic travel memories. I will be returning to Amsterdam this September and looked forward to sharing the experience with my husband; but my internet research has turned up scant praise for any Amsterdam rijsttafel. The few that earn laurels are pricey and appear tourist-infested (translation: The praise is mostly from tourists and the restaurant [Tempo Doeloe] is expensive). Are there no more rijsttafel restaurants in Amsterdam that still appeal to locals?

May 16, 2010
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Atmosphere on a Budget?

Hi John,
Yes, that's correct. I know it's not much and it's understood that an actual meal is not a possibility with such limited funds.
By the way, I really appreciate your site and all your Chowhound recs and quips.

May 09, 2010
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Atmosphere on a Budget?

My husband and I will be visiting Paris on a very tight budget in early September. I am in quest of an uber Art Nouveau setting to enjoy some wine and cheese or pastry and coffee or really anything at all in order to also savor an extraordinary Art Nouveau atmosphere. We are trying to keep this to about 35€ for the two of us, and while staying on Rue Cadet in the 9th, we are happy to go to another neighborhood. Any suggestions?

May 09, 2010
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On the Cheap in Paris

I really appreciate everyone's wonderful recommendations. I would also love to hear suggestions for an uber art nouveau venue in which to enjoy delicious wine and a selection of cheese. The primary goal is an amazing nouveau atmosphere, but would be overjoyed to hear of something with amazing wine and cheese too.

May 01, 2010
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On the Cheap in Paris

It's a residence hotel, basically a hotel room with a kitchenette which means a small range and a microwave, but no oven. I should find out if there's at least a toaster oven. Be that as it may, we are planning on stocking the larder, and would be very interested in good markets (shops as well as street markets [days & times]) near the rue Cadet, and even recommendations for inexpensive market wines.

Apr 13, 2010
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On the Cheap in Paris

John, thanks for the restaurant recommendations. These sound great for our one special lunch. Any one with any suggestions for basically putting together picnic-type meals and street food? I might add that we're staying at a residence hotel with a kitchenette. Also, we love Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, African and anything spicy.

Apr 10, 2010
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On the Cheap in Paris

My husband and I will be traveling to Paris for a week in September. We will be on a very, very tight budget and probably will plan on just one nice lunch. We will be staying on Rue Cadet in the 9th, and I'd appreciate suggestions on how to eat well with almost no money. Would love to hear suggestions for bakeries, markets, cheese shops, ethnic eats, creperies, street food, etc. as well as the best place for a nice, budget friendly lunch and where to buy wine.

Apr 10, 2010
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