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Seeking recs for two days in San Francisco - specific questions

Thanks for the help, everyone! I just thought I'd report what we ate.

Pizzeria Delfina:
Pizza was very good. Crust was outstanding. Got the panna (tomato sauce, cream, basil, shaved parmesan) and it was truly one of the best pizzas I've had. Also got the salsiccia (fennel sausage, tomato, bell pepper, onion, mozzarella) and was kind of disappointed. The fennel sausage was tasteless. Also got the meatballs served with grilled bread, and they were fantastic. I think meatballs are deceptively hard to do well, and these were great with a strong beefy taste and an excellent tangy sauce. Worth noting that the quarters were so cramped and the atmosphere so chaotic that unless I could sit outside, I would not return despite the food.

Bar Jules:
Had dinner here with local friends on their recommendation. It was a small place like Delfina, but had a more laid back chill vibe. Small menu, but you can tell it's all fresh. I had ribolleta, which was brothier than I'm used to, but was absolutely delicious. I also had the burger (was just in the mood for one) and it was flavorful with a great bun, but overcooked. Others at the table got the lamb chops and thought they were great. Desserts were just okay, but coffee and espresso were fantastic. Service was meh, we had an 8pm reservation and weren't seated til 8:25. There's nowhere really to stand around and wait either, the place is pretty small.

Z & Y Chinese Food:
Hands down best meal we had in San Francisco. Recommended by the same friends that took us to Bar Jules, it's on Jackson in Chinatown. A lot of the food is Americanized, but the quality is leaps and bounds above what you'd expect. The Chicken With Explosive Chile Pepper was probably the best single dish I've had in a Chinese restaurant. Chunks of spicy chicken on a huge pile of red chile peppers, it had a sneaky heat that crept up on you cumulatively. I first thought it wasn't that hot, but by the end I was red and sweating. Great flavor too, not just heat. We also had the dry sauteed string beans (which were the best I've had) and scallion pancake (a little greasy as these go, but delicious.) Service was curt but efficient and the bill came to just around $30. A great value and a better meal. Highly recommended.

Boudin Bakery:
I know, I know, it's a chain. We had a recommendation to go to The Sentinel sandwich shop, but it was raining and The Sentinel is only a takeout counter. Boudin was around the corner, and I'd remembered their sourdough bread as the single best food available at Disneyland. I had a grilled cheese with bacon on sourdough. The place was pleasant, cheap and delicious. I usually don't like to frequent chains when traveling, but I'm no snob, and this was good.

Thanks to everyone for their help, we had a blast and ate great!

Seeking recs for two days in San Francisco - specific questions

Thanks for the tip about Sam Wo, wolfe. TBH, I first heard of it when Conan O'Brien did a week of shows in SF - when he mentioned Sam Wo, the crowd went nuts, I figured it must be a local favorite. Your description makes it sound a lot like Pink's in LA - decent enough food, but it's the nostalgia and the name that makes the line long.

Seeking recs for two days in San Francisco - specific questions

Thanks for the reply! Delfina seems to be an across the board favorite. It looks like I can't go wrong with pizza.

Seeking recs for two days in San Francisco - specific questions

Thanks, goldangl95! I appreciate the advice to skip sushi and Korean food. I really like Korean, so that might have been something I would have tried. Philz seems to be the choice for coffee, though I'd certainly like to get to both if I can.

Seeking recs for two days in San Francisco - specific questions

Thanks for the pizza breakdown, Robert! I'm glad to know they're all good...I'll have to confer with my companion and see what style she likes.

Seeking recs for two days in San Francisco - specific questions

Hi, Hounds!

I know there are a million threads for what to eat in SF, but I thought I might have better luck by being specific. I'll be in town for two days (midweek) in March, I'm staying at the Chancellor in Union Square and won't have a car. I'm from LA, so I'd rather avoid Mexican food and eat what the locals do best. I'm thinking one splurge meal and moderately priced the rest of the time. I'm open to all cuisines, but not a particular fan of shellfish.

Also, what do you guys think of these places specifically:

Blue Bottle vs. Philz for coffee?
Delfina vs. Una vs. Tony's vs. Caffe BaoNecci for pizza?
Is Sam Wo a tourist trap, or are there good cheap eats to be had there?
Are Roli Roti or Chairman Bao worth a look if we run across them?
Any specific recs for a bakery/cafe at breakfast?

Thanks so much for any help! Hounds always know the best places :)

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Thanks a lot!

Mar 08, 2011
FMWarner in Los Angeles Area

Looking for great pizza place in Sherman Oaks/Studio City Area

I live near Sepulveda and Ventura, and my favorite pizza in the area is Mulberry Street, hands down. I've been to the Encino branch, haven't tried the new Sherman Oaks one.

I also like D'Amore's and Lido (although the best thing about Lido is the marinara they use in their pasta dishes. It's amazing). But Mulberry is the best.

12910 Magnolia Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91423

Mar 01, 2011
FMWarner in Los Angeles Area


I will second the nomination for Skooby's. Fantastic flavor, good crunch, and I liked that the order included both curly fries and wedge fries in the same dish. I can see how the seasonings might turn some off, but I find them delicious.

My other choice is Wurstkuche. I found the sausages to be fairly ordinary, but the Belgian fries are the best fries I've had in Los Angeles. The assortment of dips is top notch as well - I love the chipotle aioli and the really grainy mustard best, and I don't even really like mustard all that much.

6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Oct 05, 2010
FMWarner in Los Angeles Area

Strawcherries in Los Angeles?

Hi, all!

I read something about a strain of strawberries that have a cherry flavor called strawcherries. They sound really interesting. Apparently they're only grown in Oregon. Has anyone seen them on sale in the LA area?

Oct 05, 2010
FMWarner in Los Angeles Area