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Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market - Saturdays [San Francisco]

It goes pretty strong until the closing time of 2 PM. The vendors all seem to shut down immediately at 2:00 though.

Aug 21, 2014
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Michael Mina's RN74 in San Francisco

Ruth,

I agree based on a couple of ho-hum experiences there.

Atmosphere = corporate expense account (and loud)
Food = Intricate dishes that don't carry any flavor punch
Wine = the one reason I might return. Can't get top-notch burgundies by the glass anywhere else I know of (at least not within walking distance of my apartment!)

Oct 07, 2013
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Santa Clara near the Marriott

Parcel 104 in the Marriott itself used to be pretty good

Sep 26, 2013
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Garaje in SOMA [San Francisco]

I think it's pretty funny that there are so many comments about what the "style" is of the food at Garaje. Personally, I'd say call it whatever you want, it tastes pretty good. I also work in SOMA and since Fly Trap stopped serving lunch I've been looking in vain for a reliable lunch spot. I think Garaje is it. Crowded, a bit quirky for sure, but the flavors are great. I particularly like the grilled ahi and avocado taco. Agree with the comment about the refritos not adding much to the zapatos, but overall...I'll keep coming back.

Aug 15, 2013
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Scream sorbet going out of business??!!!

No sign of them at the Ferry Building Saturday (March 9). For a while they were also showing up at the little famer's market outside of 303 2nd on Wendesdays, which was amazing since I work in that building. I told as many people as I could at work about them, but they stopped coming a couple of months back.

Still stocking up...

Mar 10, 2013
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Scream sorbet going out of business??!!!

This would be quite a loss for the Bay Area, like when Cocolat went away. Went to Whole Foods and bought them out of Pistachio and Coconut Thai Basil.

Mar 03, 2013
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FiDi on Sunday

You're right about the ghost town. Eerily quiet. You might try Cotogna, they are open for lunch Sundays. Or stroll down to the Ferry building, lots of choices there.

Oct 04, 2012
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Weekday Breakfast?

Agree that most of the great weekend brunch places don't serve weekday breakfast. For weekdays, Mission Beach Cafe is a good choice. Depending on what part of town you want to go to, you might also want to consider Plow, Butler and the Chef, or farm:table. You can search for threads on them.

Or, if you are looking for the "pastry and coffee" type of breakfast, you could add Tartine Bakery and Thorough and Pastry to the list

Aug 27, 2012
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Can anyone recommend a good source for Ostrich (uncooked)?

Draeger's Market (Los Altos, Menlo Park, San Mateo) used to carry it in their meat department

Jul 06, 2012
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What ever happened to Blum's?

Yep that's the one. They originally called it "Almondette Divine."

Jul 05, 2012
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What ever happened to Blum's?

Just wanted to add a remembrance. There was a Blum's at the Stanford Shopping Center in the 70s (and 80s?). Frequented by old Atherton and Woodside ladies sipping tea. I went for the ice cream sundaes. There was one called an Almondette that had everything a hungry young man could want, including a great dark chocolate sauce of some kind. It was $5 which was a lot of money then. But I went often anyway. I'd love to find a similar treat in SF today.

Jul 04, 2012
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Early Saturday Breakfast + Food to eat in car

My choice for a good "get on the road" breakfast is farm:table. They open at 8:00 on Saturday.

Feb 28, 2012
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Top 5 Bay Area Sandwiches?

BBQ Shortrib with caramelized onion sandwich at Golden West
Willie Brown sandwich at Cheese Plus
Pork sandwich at Il Cane Rosso

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Cheese Plus
2001 Polk St, San Francisco, CA

Il Cane Rosso
1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105

Golden West
8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

Aug 16, 2011
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Mission Beach vs Canteen for hash?

You really can't go wrong with either of those choices. Both have good options for sweet and savory brunch-type meals. I prefer Canteen in general. Every dish I've had there is among the best of its type (pancakes, eggs benedict, and so on)-not to mention dinner, but that would be another thread.

For hash I would also suggest you consider Nopa. Had it there on Saturday, and it was excellent.

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Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

May 02, 2011
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Does Frances take walk-ins?

Hope this isn't viewed as a thread hijack, but I'm wondering about the answer to the more general question. Is there a list somewhere of the walk-in policies of various SF restaurants? I've seen quite a few threads on individual places, but this type of database would be a great complement to OpenTable.

Apr 19, 2011
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Who's familiar with old San Francisco restaurants?

As I recall, Ernie's underwent a remarkable transformation in the late 70s, from being an old-fashioned, rather stodgy but reliable place to a much more experimental menu. Perhaps that was Jacky Robert's influence. I distinctly remember a meal there in the early 80s that included some fairly exotic ingredients for the time such as sauces with uni and the like.

Mar 17, 2011
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Who's familiar with old San Francisco restaurants?

There was another small French place out that way called Le Rhone as I recall. A labor of love by an older French couple. Some memorable meals there.

Mar 15, 2011
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Thai Food in Palo Alto???

This tip may be a little dated, since I haven't lived there for a while, but I think the class of the (so-so) peninsula Thai restaurant scene is Krung Thai. There's one in Mountain View right by Trader Joe's.

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Krung Thai Restaurant
640 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

Mar 13, 2011
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Canteen: Still My Favorite Brunch

Nope, no time machine, just a little carelessness which I can conveniently excuse by having spent two full days in airplanes in a week. Canteen is definitely holding up. I'll try the brioche next, thanks for the tip.

Mar 06, 2011
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Canteen: Still My Favorite Brunch

Hey Pane and Dave,

I was there Sunday too, very jet-lagged from a long trip home (22 hours in planes from India), trying to get a tasty meal. I sat at the bar, maybe you were right next to me! My fourth or fifth time for brunch at Canteen. I've been making a point of trying the most CH-recommended brunch places, and Canteen stays at the top of my list. Have gone multiple times to Prospect, Nopa, Foreign Cinema, Bar Tartine, SPQR, Mission Beach Cafe, and Boulette's Larder. All very good, but Canteen keeps drawing me back. I've tried all the "normal" breakfast items (French Toast, Pancakes, Eggs Benedict) and have found them all to be benchmarks. Maybe I should branch out to some of the more esoteric choices, but somehow I always stick to one of those three.

Always looking for more choices in the City of course but I'd be surprised if I find something better.

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Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Mission Beach Cafe
198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Bar Tartine
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Mar 04, 2011
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great mole in san francisco?

I work in the same building as Maya (at 303 2nd). They have a nice dinner menu with a lot of options including mole. At lunch they are a real bargain IMO. For around $5 you can get 3 shredded chicken mole tacos at the bar where they do a brisk takeout business.

Feb 02, 2011
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Is the crab called "king Just a Shuck and Jive Bit?

Yes, in Tokyo I've had great king crab (can't remember the Japanese for it other than kani, which is generic). I recall going to a restaurant run by an ex Sumo wrestler (think ex movie star/NFL quarterback for a cultural analogue) that had a huge 20-foot animated crab on the front, the kind of place I would run from quickly in the states, but they had fresh king crab and it was a treat.

Jan 14, 2011
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Menu with the best burrata?

Had a good burrata appetizer at Pazzia. Served simply with olive oil, prosciutto, and arugula. Pizza there is pretty tasty too.

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Pazzia Restaurant
337 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Jan 05, 2011
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Harris Steakhouse, San Fran

I've heard mixed reports about every restaurant ever mentioned on CH.

Jan 04, 2011
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Macoun apples at Berkeley Bowl

My wife got some Macouns at Berkeley Bowl last week. She was thrilled to find them there, being from MA. However they were mushy. We used to get a yearly shipment from her family of a box of these and the flavor/texture is not like any other apple. Sort of like the flavor of a McIntosh but much crunchier. Maybe we just got them at the wrong time, we'll try again.

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Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

Nov 09, 2010
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Menlo Park: Dutch Goose - burgers, brisket and beer?

Dutch Goose doesn't even come close to having good food (possibly my recollections are a bit dated?). It's one of a "circle" of Fratboy-inhabited beer joints like The Oasis on El Camino that came into existence back in the day because they were close to campus. However, it is a block away from Flea Street Cafe which likely doesn't have smoked brisket but isnt' bad.

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Flea Street Cafe
3607 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Dutch Goose
3567 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Oct 15, 2010
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