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English tourist..first time in US...visiting San Francisco...after advice of good places to eat

I realised that I touched a nerve with my original post....but the question of culinary

identity is very interesting. Here in the UK, where the most popular food eaten in

restaurants is (according to a recent survey) Chicken Tika Masala, our 'traditional' foods are being pushed aside, neglected, forgotten (confined to the recipe books) and food from Poland, Czech Republic etc is appearing on our streets instead ( brought across by economic migrants) next to the long established Indian and Chinese restaurants. As a foodie I do find it quite exciting to have so much choice, and yet one is sad that it is becoming difficult to drive into a nearby towns and sit down to 'traditional' English food. Also, what we are often seeing is 'foreign' cuisines that are adulterated to suit the English taste, so even when you go to, say a Turkish restaurant, as I did last week, you dont get 'traditional' Turkish food. Ok, a lot of English food isnt that great anyway, but that is not really the point.....what is, is that loss of identity, tradition. It was interesting that when I first asked the question about trying 'traditional' food from SF, some of the responses were almost along the lines of, we dont have anything to call our own....fusion restaurants, mexican, peruvian were all recommended......but in actual fact there are dishes (such as cioppino, Chicken Tetrazzini, Crab Louis, The It's It) that originated in SF and it is these foods that, were I staying for just a couple of days, would be top of my list of things to try. As I am staying 9 days I can widen my range and try what one might describe as 'classic' American dishes, such as hamburgers, clam chowder, twinkies and widen even further into fusion food particular to SF.

Coming to the USA for the first time is very exciting to me....I am keen on trying lots of new foods and I thank you all for your posts and advice.

Aug 15, 2010
marcovanbatty in San Francisco Bay Area

English tourist..first time in US...visiting San Francisco...after advice of good places to eat

Many thanks for all the advice.

Will try peruvian and burmese. Looking forward to the breakfasts.

Have read up about certain dishes like Turkey Tetrazzini and Cioppino which started in San Francisco....wondering if they are still eaten now, and why nobody mentioned them...and if, like here in the uk, many of the foods that originated in an area have been forgotten about as new cuisines (italian, etc) have taken over.

Aug 14, 2010
marcovanbatty in San Francisco Bay Area

English tourist..first time in US...visiting San Francisco...after advice of good places to eat

Many thanks for all the advice.....it is great to find people that are very passionate, and knowledgeable, about their food. I will try to read up about some of the foods I may encounter, and the wines too. I want to learn more about wine as my knowledge in that area is very poor, and have decided to go on a wine tour to try to educate myself in this area. I have seen the film Sideways, which i really enjoyed, but I had forgotten about the film Bottleshock, so thanks for reminding me about that....I will rent it out. I am really looking to coming to San Francisco, and, despite, how it may appear, am very open to new things and am very excited by the different foods I will try. Thanks again.

Aug 08, 2010
marcovanbatty in San Francisco Bay Area

English tourist..first time in US...visiting San Francisco...after advice of good places to eat

Thanks for the advice Amy G, but had a look at some of the places you recommended, and they are not really what i am looking for....for example, why would I go to contiga for their 'artisan spanish hams' and tapas when I had the real deal in Seville and Cordoba a month back. If anyone asked specifically to try english cuisine I would in no way recommend the Fat Duck because it does not do english food.....current menu includes... gazpacho, foie gras, mock turtle soup etc........
I think what i may do is make a list of specific dishes that i want to try when i come to SF and do it that way. It is obvious too that i probably need to read up a bit more about American cuisine ^^

Thanks again for the advice, esp the list of places to try and the info on Chinatown.

Aug 08, 2010
marcovanbatty in San Francisco Bay Area

English tourist..first time in US...visiting San Francisco...after advice of good places to eat

...not rich....happy to pay $40-$50 dollars for a meal for one but not a whole lot more....

have visited spain, italy, france, turkey, greece so dont want to try the american take on these cuisines but .am looking to try good american food.....dont mind if it is simple....seafood (dungeness crab ?) maybe chinatown (though we have one of those here in London.....will the food be markedly different....does anyone know)

any advice...very gratefully received

Aug 08, 2010
marcovanbatty in San Francisco Bay Area