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Casual, inexpensive resto for large party on a Saturday

I like that idea a lot! Thanks, Carrie! I hadn't heard of this place before. Now, off to find out if my dad will eat hummus... :)

Feb 02, 2012
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Casual, inexpensive resto for large party on a Saturday

My fiance and I are getting our families together for the first time in a couple of weeks, and we're looking for a restaurant for dinner on a Saturday night. I'm looking for something in the Mission or downtown or nearby areas with entrees in the $15-$20 range (or lower) and good, solid food. We have a total of 13 people - including two vegetarians, one gluten intolerant (me) and one kid (he's 7 and mostly likes "kid food" - chicken fingers, plain pasta, etc.).

So far I've thought of Chow on Church, but I would love to hear if CH has any better ideas! We've gone to Chow with his family before so I'd like to branch out, but maybe that's the best option here. We thought of just hosting apps/cocktails at our apartment but feel like it may be overwhelming.

I appreciate the help!

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Chow
215 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Feb 02, 2012
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SF Neighborhoods

I've been to Grub and I wouldn't go back. Food was overpriced and not good at all, and service left a lot to be desired. Too many better places in the 'hood - mariacarmen's list is great.

Aug 22, 2011
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Picks and Pans from Outside Lands 2011

My personal favorite was the sweet potato fries from Pacific Catch. Nice and fresh and crunchy with great dipping sauces (wasabi ginger aioli and sweet chili). I loved Memphis Minnies - for me it was just as good as at the restaurant and I had a good time chatting with the owner. We also had a peanut butter/candied bacon/chocolate/caramel thing from a place in ChocoLands, which was tasty but very rich, we only finished half the plate. The bacon was way too sweet to balance out the sweetness of everything else, I would rather have just had regular bacon or none at all.

The BF was also disappointed by the falafel shawarma cone - when we saw that we decided we had to try it for novelty alone, but it really didn't live up to expectations.

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Pacific Catch
1200 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Aug 17, 2011
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What do you expect from your dishwasher? (moved from General Topics)

Do your brother's dishes come out clean? If reality lives up to his expectations, then I guess I don't see a problem with it.

Personally, I rinse everything first like you, and I don't feel like my dishes are truly clean until they've been through the dishwasher. In my experience my dishwasher doesn't get all the food residue off if I don't rinse first.

Aug 17, 2011
morningbun in Cookware

Rookie Mistake

Yes, your post is actually what reminded me of my story! Mine was in Boston.

Aug 17, 2011
morningbun in General Topics

Rookie Mistake

First job in a restaurant, doing pastry prep. My chef always encouraged me to taste everything I made while I got used to the menu. I was making caramel, took it off the heat and decided to stick my pinky in the pot for a little taste. BAD idea!!! I screamed like a banshee while my finger blistered up like a balloon...

A few years later, I was making guacamole for a party, something I've done many, many times. I was pitting a bunch of avocados with a paring knife (rookie mistake #1) and the pit half in my left hand (rookie mistake #2). Needless to say, on or about the 4th or 5th avocado the knife slipped and went straight through my left thumb. One ER trip ("you did what?!") and four stitches later, and I still have the scar. Friends and family still make fun of me for that one...

Aug 17, 2011
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Greens or ???

Maybe it's just me, but I am wowed by Millennium every time I go.

You might try Gracias Madre in the Mission - they don't take reservations for less than 6 people, but you shouldn't have a problem getting in at 9:30/10.

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Gracias Madre
2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Jul 29, 2011
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Vegetarian Restaurants?

Plant Cafe on Embarcadero.

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Plant Cafe
Pier 3, San Francisco, CA

Jul 29, 2011
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Burrito Near Moscone Center?

Tropisueno in Yerba Buena is also a good option, and closer to Moscone than the others mentioned here.

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Tropisueno
75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103

Jul 27, 2011
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Recommended SF restaurants in the $50-$75/person range -wine not included?

What about Quince? Is that too expensive?

Jun 03, 2011
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Breakfast recommendations In Lower Nob Hill-ish area

I second this - the market is packed with people by 10am, it is much better to go for breakfast for a more leisurely time. After you get through it all you might not even be hungry for lunch, but if you are check out Plant Cafe next to the Ferry Building. Tasty food with lots of veg options (great veggie burger) and amazing views.

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Plant Cafe
Pier 3, San Francisco, CA

May 31, 2011
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Why is Farina so crowded every night?

I'm sure it is very expensive, but I would much rather be served tap water than be charged a mandatory 4% fee for the filter. Yes, I know that includes bread too, but the point remains - particularly with the big margins they must get on $26 pasta!

May 12, 2011
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Why is Farina so crowded every night?

Apparently there is also a 4% cover charge to walk into the restaurant, in addition to 3% Healthy SF? Wow! They claim the cover charge is for bread and water. That's pretty ridiculous given the menu prices.

Link to Bauer: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

May 12, 2011
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Best ice cream 2011

New location - under the freeway now, not exactly a high foot traffic area.

May 10, 2011
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Local Wine without the Winery

Agreed.

May 10, 2011
morningbun in San Francisco Bay Area

Local Wine without the Winery

Ice cream - Bi-Rite Creamery. Definitely try the salted caramel, but they also have 'traditional' flavors for your boyfriend.

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Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

May 10, 2011
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Good gluten-free hamburger buns in the Bay Area?

Their focaccia is great, I use it for sandwiches mostly. It is pretty soft, so I feel like a big juicy burger would just soak right through and get messy, but I haven't tried it. Not sure how Zuni's focaccia compares either, but in my experience gluten-full focaccia has a heartier texture that would stand up better.

May 10, 2011
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Good gluten-free hamburger buns in the Bay Area?

Both of these are very tasty, but I don't think either would suffice as a hamburger bun substitute.

You might try calling Mariposa to see if they have any plans for buns in the works, they seem to be adding new seasonal products regularly these days.

May 09, 2011
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Toronto to SF (yes, I've done my research)

Adding to this: Magnolia, 21st Amendment for beer.

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Magnolia Pub & Brewery
1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

May 02, 2011
morningbun in San Francisco Bay Area

Toronto to SF (yes, I've done my research)

I think Nopa would be great for what you're looking for. Also consider Contigo, where you can get a bunch of things to share - it would be a cab ride from Union Square, but worth it.

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Contigo
1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Apr 29, 2011
morningbun in San Francisco Bay Area

NO! I don't want to participate in the CHOW survey!

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Apr 27, 2011
morningbun in Site Talk

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

Definitely agree with Robert's assessment. I'd also add that I've had better/more interesting veg food in NYC than in all my trips to Greens. Skip Greens and go to Millennium instead.

Apr 18, 2011
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Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

I was very unimpressed by Calafia. It was opened by a former Google chef, who basically brought his upscale cafeteria food into a restaurant setting. To be fair he accomplished that goal - it is indeed very good cafeteria food, but in the end, for those prices, I don't want cafeteria food.

I also want to second the rec for the Plant Cafe - their veggie burger is fantastic and unique. They are also on Embarcadero, near the Ferry Building, if you find yourself in the area.

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Calafia
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

Apr 18, 2011
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I Scream!

Bi-Rite only has one coconut milk flavor (chocolate) but it is quite tasty, especially if you get it in the style of Sam's Sundae. Three Twins on Fillmore/Haight also has some good dairy-free non-sorbet options. I'll add my +1 to Scream as well.

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Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Three Twins Ice Cream
254 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Apr 15, 2011
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Any No Miss, Must Eat Restaurant Options in the Nob Hill area

I enjoy Nob Hill Grille and Olea. More of a low-key, neighborhood feel than the other suggestions so far.

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Nob Hill Grille Restaurant
969 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Olea
1494 California Street, San Francisco, CA

Apr 14, 2011
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Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

In Berkeley, consider Gather for dinner rather than Chez Panisse, it was great when I went. I've heard so many "meh" reviews of CP on this board and from friends that I'm not sure it's worth it, but I haven't been.

In SF, Millennium is amazing for veg cuisine, I've never had anything there I didn't love, especially if you go for the tasting menu. I prefer it over Greens, but that's personal preference. Also consider Dosa for South Indian and Gracias Madre for more upscale Mexican food than you'll get at the taqueria. Both are excellent.

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Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Dosa
995 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Millennium Restaurant
580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Gracias Madre
2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Gather
2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

Chez Panisse Cafe
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Apr 12, 2011
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where to find ramps

Far West Fungi in the Ferry Building has them in season as well. I just bought some this weekend.

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Far West Fungi
1 Ferry Bldg # 34, San Francisco, CA

Apr 11, 2011
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Narrowed it down -- which would you pick?

I don't know much about the rest, but I had a company event at Perbacco this week and it was fantastic. There were about 80 people there. The food was excellent, the service was flawless - highly recommended.

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Mar 18, 2011
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Lunch recs in Walnut Creek

I'm going to be in Walnut Creek for lunch this Sunday. Seeing as I'm a city girl, I'm not familiar with the area. What are your go-to recommendations for a good meal out there? Anyplace particularly interesting? Thanks!

Feb 23, 2011
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