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Champaign-Urbana Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese

I think that's Xinh-Xinh you are talking about ( -- we thought it was generally good, but the pho was bland (not a problem if you are good at tweaking pho tho). Haven't tried the banh mi there tho, have to try it next time!

Sep 03, 2012
jgrn307 in Great Lakes

Champaign-Urbana Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese

Little late reply, but was just searching for Champaign foodie responses. As you probably now know, its a bin slim pickings in town -- I wouldn't recommend ANY sushi place. There are a few good Korean restaurants (B Won is our favorite, but even Spoonhouse near campus ain't so bad). We like "Let's Take a Seat" Thai food, but would recommend ordering their standard dishes, as their specials can be really hit or miss. Xinh Xinh is passable Vietnamese, although their pho will need some expert tweaking. Finally, although you mentioned non-Chinese, I wanted to make sure you were aware of Golden Harbor -- good, Authentic Chinese food (not American-style). Cheers!

Sep 02, 2012
jgrn307 in Great Lakes

Restaurants fit for local foodies around Union Square?

Thanks for the suggestions (please keep them coming). We'll try one of the nicer restaurants this weekend (Canteen is top on our list), but here's the ones we hit up so far:

- Dojima: ok ramen, nothing special.
- Burger Bar: I don't know what I was expecting but while the burgers were good (you could tell the beef quality was high), in no way is this worth the price. Also, unless you are into the SF club scene, we weren't so thrilled with the crowds.
- Dottie's True Blue: second time here, just as fantastic as the first time.
- Shalimar: dirty, bad service and bland, mediocre food. I don't mind grungy restaurants as long as they can deliver the food (e.g. Lahore Karahi is one of our favorite Indian places in this area). This didn't. Even the naan was bad (it was old and had the texture of a saltine).
- Old Siam Thai: good Thai food. Not the best in SF, but definitely solid. Pad Kee Mow (beef drunken noodles) was wonderful, the best thing we had.
- Little Delhi Indian: AWESOME find. This was our gem of the week, so far. Everything we had here was good. We had the bagan bharta, chicken tikka and aloo matar.

Now to go find a decent sandwich shop for lunch...

219 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Little Delhi
83 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Lahore Karahi
612 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Dottie's True Blue Cafe
522 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The Old Siam Thai Restaurant
201 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Restaurants fit for local foodies around Union Square?

My wife and I are between homes and are staying at a hotel in Union Square -- we are both foodies and have lived in SF for 6 years (mostly in the Mission), and like most SFers we typically stay away from Union Square. Now that we are stuck here without a car for a week or so, any recommendations for places to eat within walking distance? ALL food types suggestions are welcome. Cheers!

(By the way, to calibrate, here are our tastes: best tacos: El Toyanense truck at Harrison and 19th, best Indian: Dosa's, best Chinese: Fang, best Dim Sum: Yank Sing, best Napolitano style pizza: Beretta, best sushi: Live, best place that in-laws pay for: Michael Mina, best Peruvian: Limon Rotisserie, best NY style pizza: none because its all crap in SF.)