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Family that loves Asian food coming for 4 days, please help us plan

I wish! Just a big fan of their work.

Jan 06, 2014
wittamer in Los Angeles Area

Family that loves Asian food coming for 4 days, please help us plan

Thanks to everyone for your help. Here's where we ate:

Nate n Als. There may be better pastrami elsewhere, but if you are coming from SF, as we are, and miss NY, as we do, this place really hits the spot and in fact is just flat-out excellent. The rye bread is a dream. We ate there for lunch one day, then stopped there before we made the drive north and got it again, to go. The pickles! You can't get that stuff here.

Night + Market. The younger one who does not love spice did love the satay and the coconut rice dessert. But did not like the pictures of ladies from Hustler on the walls. They also had a sauteed Chinese broccoli special that was great. In fact everything we had was good. Very loud. But delicious.

Tsujita Annex. Younger one didn't like the tsukemen (it is really rich) and had to order chicken fingers when we returned to the hotel. Oh well. The rest of us (two tsukemen, one ramen) this was really, really good, and well worth the hour wait. Broth was revelatory.

Blockheads Shave Ice was considered a disappointment, not enough like shave ice on Hawaii.

Alcove cafe and bakery was conveniently located to Griffith park, and I had a perfectly decent salade nicoise.

That restaurant at LACMA is so appealing looking and not any good. Children were amused by the "water menu" and older son liked expensive shrimp and grits, but younger one did better than the rest of us by getting smoked BBQ chicken at the Wise BBQ truck outside the museum.

Soda shop in the Beverly Hills Hotel was fine and had good soda shop style. But we just ate breakfast there and nothing very special happened.

In sum, I wouldn't give this trip very high marks for satisfying all family members all the time--parents looking to this for recs may want to look elsewhere, since our younger son was consistently not as happy as the rest of us were with our dining options. That said, I ate a lot of delicious things. Thanks to everyone for your help!

Jan 06, 2014
wittamer in Los Angeles Area

Family that loves Asian food coming for 4 days, please help us plan

Thanks, this is really helpful. I was wondering about Sawtelle--there's a big write-up on it in Eater and it seems pretty close to BH. Dumplings and shave ice near each other seems too good to be true!

Dec 10, 2013
wittamer in Los Angeles Area

Family that loves Asian food coming for 4 days, please help us plan

Thanks for the recs. It sounds as if I need to plan for sights OR for food, but not for both?

Dec 09, 2013
wittamer in Los Angeles Area

Family that loves Asian food coming for 4 days, please help us plan

It is beautiful, wienermobile!

Dec 09, 2013
wittamer in Los Angeles Area

Family that loves Asian food coming for 4 days, please help us plan

Our boys are 12 and 9 and love Chinese, Vietnamese, non-sushi Japanese and Korean food, as well as the usual burgers, pasta and pizza. We are definitely visiting a Jewish deli (Nate n Als?) which should be easy as we will be based in Beverly Hills, but are also going to LACMA, the La Brea tar pits, the Santa Monica pier, and maybe hiking in Runyon Canyon. Any advice that can get us tasty eats as we run through our itinerary would be most appreciated. Thanks!

Dec 08, 2013
wittamer in Los Angeles Area

Great breads you've had in restaurants

Went to lunch at the Campton Place restaurant this week and they had the most delicious olive bread, served with very good butter. The bread server (he seemed dedicated to this task) offered that and sourdough, and three huge pieces at once! I took only 2 and regretted it.

Best dinner after Berkeley Rep? (Anything new?)

Yes, that 5:30 seating is a killer for us. I've reserved at Belli but I'm still thinking about Ippuku. In any case, big thanks for your help.

Best dinner after Berkeley Rep? (Anything new?)

Thanks, guys! I should have specified that we're going on a Thursday night. I think we should try for pre-theater, since the good things you guys have described close before we'd get there.

Best dinner after Berkeley Rep? (Anything new?)

Searched these boards and haven't seen anything in the last three years about where to go to grab dinner after a play. I really don't know Berkeley but I imagine there's been the same kind of change on the dining scene there that there has been in other parts of the Bay Area. Am I wrong? We are up for anything. Thanks!

Best Veggie Burger in SF

I actually posted here a little while ago looking for a vegetarian cooking class, but no luck! Thanks for your reponse, baseballfan--it's just good to know there are other people in the same boat, I guess. I hate making two meals--I feel like I spent my time since I had children finding meals we all could eat--and now they are all out the window.

Best Veggie Burger in SF

Hi Baseballfan, I was interested to see your question because I am in a similar situation with my son--he saw Food, Inc. and stopped eating food with faces. I have been trying to cook my way out of this new development with little success. Have you found any go-to places or even products you can get at markets that have made your son very happy? I would love to find new options that are not pasta or pizza, that are good sources of protein and taste delicious, and especially that can be ordered at restaurants where his meat-eating brother will also be happy. We are near the Inner Richmond, but I would go some distance for this.

Son has become a vegetarian and I want us to go to cooking school together

Ten-year-old son just saw Food, Inc. and won't eat anything with a face on it anymore. I love cooking for him but am not doing a great job of finding new food he loves to eat the way he ate meat. I thought it might be useful for us to go to a cooking class together--any ideas where we could do this and learn to make great vegetarian meals? We are in SF proper. Thanks!

The Dutch or Red Rooster

We have a reservation at each--which would you choose? We're going with friends. I feel like the Red Rooster might have a better atmosphere for relaxing, but that the food at the Dutch is going to be better. Thanks!

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Red Rooster
310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

Oct 27, 2011
wittamer in Manhattan

Mom's Night Out in SF--we want to talk and drink and eat a little

Can anyone think of a good bar that will have light appetizers and room for a big group of moms on a Tues. night? Want to be able to talk, so no live music--don't want to pay for a special room, so can't be too crowded. Basically, I want a new place that no one's heard of or an only okay place that doesn't get packed. Marina, Pacific Heights, the Richmond, possibly Russian Hill? Thanks.

Need a hen fowl to make chicken soup--please help!

We moved to SF from NY last year right before the Jewish holidays and I never did find one of these: I need a fresh old chicken (actually a few of them), aka hen fowl, to make chicken soup. The closest I got last time were slightly older chickens from Bi-Rite, but I noticed a flavor difference. Any thoughts? Are there places in Chinatown that carry them? Thanks.

Wanted to take husband away for special birthday but can't--so where should we eat in SF?

He likes relatively down to earth places (I like those plus fancy tasting menus) and we both like very good but non-stuffy service, and a nice wine (or beer) list. Is there somewhere we could go where we'd feel as if we had gotten a way a bit, where the food is super tasty, and where he'll feel like he had a special night without it being stuffy or boring? We eat everything. Some places we've liked have been Baker and Banker, SPQR, Canteen, and Aziza, if that's helpful. I was thinking of La Ciccia but it's closed over his birthday weekend. I appreciate the help!

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La Ciccia
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Older sister needs help finding a private room or area for 12 person bachelorette party

Hung Ry's private room is not super beautiful, but it worked out really well. The restaurant staff was very helpful--from Edwin, who helped me arrange the evening and plan the menu, to Christine, who served all of us. We were never rushed and the wine, which was delicious, kept coming. The food varied in quality--the vegetable plate was delicious but the fluke was eh. The noodle soups were good. They only have sorbet for dessert, so they let us bring in cookies and then heated them for us and arranged them nicely on plates. We were thirteen but you could probably fit 18 down there, or maybe even 20. We did all kinds of bachelorette party things and didn't bother anyone. I could probably have negotiated better for price but we ended up all in--tax, tip, and paying for the bride-to-be--a little under $100/person.

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Hung Ry
55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

May 02, 2011
wittamer in Manhattan

Older sister needs help finding a private room or area for 12 person bachelorette party

Thanks everyone. I saw that Hung Ry has a private room and I booked that. It looks like it fits the bill--if anyone thinks differently, please let me know! Thanks again.

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Hung Ry
55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Apr 05, 2011
wittamer in Manhattan

Older sister needs help finding a private room or area for 12 person bachelorette party

I am a relatively ancient person who is throwing a bachelorette party for my stylish younger sister and her friends. I need a space downtown where the food is good and they have a space we can all sit, eat and drink and enjoy ourselves. For another party we went to one of the karaoke rooms at Congee Village, and for a friend's 40th we used Barbuto's private table--both were excellent! I am wondering if there are any new and hip options that would provide a similar nexus of taste, fun, and cost. Happy to go into the neighborhood of $65/person, including wine. She loves Asian food, btw. Thanks!

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Barbuto
775 Washington St., New York, NY 10014

Congee Village
100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Apr 04, 2011
wittamer in Manhattan

Help us continue our run of great cheap SF lunches

I am new to SF and have met a friend who loves to eat tasty cheap lunches with me. We have so far been to Saigon Sandwich, Lers Ros, Burmese Superstar, and El Farolito, and all have hit the spot. We both work out of Pac Hgts and prefer, generally, not to go too far afield, although we can drive. I have not heard of anywhere we can get a good ramen at lunch, and would love to hear a rec. More generally, though, where should we go for our next few lunches? Bonus points if there is a cheap tasty dessert nearby. Thanks!

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Saigon Sandwich Shop
560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

birthday cake decision: delessio, schubert's, or somewhere I don't know

Thanks for the help but I will have to save this info for later--the birthday girl bought cake fixings today and is going to make her own. Now what am I going to get her?

birthday cake decision: delessio, schubert's, or somewhere I don't know

I want to buy a birthday cake tomorrow for a friend's birthday and don't know where to go. I don't have a specific cake in mind I just want something very moist and tasty, without incredibly cloying icing. It shouldn't be too far from Pac Hghts, but I have a car and can travel a little. I shouldn't have to order it more than a day in advance. Children and adults should rejoice over this cake. And I don't like Citizen Cake's cupcakes very much, and am suspicious of their cakes. Thanks in advance!