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Restaurant Recommendations Needed!

Thank you everyone, your responses here, as well as the other posts I've been reading, have certainly given me many options to choose from. Now it's a matter of forming some time of itinerary and choosing which places to eat at without getting overwhelmed by all the great choices.

One thing I'm starting to realize is I'm going to have to try another Italian place besides Delfina, which I was going to hit for pizza only. This was not my original plan given I am Italian and have enjoyed very good home cooked renditions of both southern, Tuscan and northern specialties for years. (also lived in Italy for a year) However, after reading some other posts, I'm starting to think it would be a mistake to leave SF without having a traditional multi course Italian meal. What would you recommend as an authentic ingredient driven, rustic Italian option? We love all the regions of Italian gastronomy, but SF seems to do southern Italian and Tuscan the best, is that a fair assessment?

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Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Restaurant Recommendations Needed!

Thank you Nopa, just looked at Canteen’s menu. I have been eating skate out of my Northern New England water for years, tastes just like scallops when done right. Didn't know sea bass took well to salt curing, that's the kind of thing I like to try at a restaurant and then steal the idea and do at home.

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Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Restaurant Recommendations Needed!

Thanks Windy, just read some reviews about Swan Oyster, that is the exact kind of place we love, Tartine looks incredible too, I'm getting excited.

Restaurant Recommendations Needed!

Hi Windy,

I am staying at a hotel next to the Moscone Center for three days then my girlfriend is meeting me out there and I don't know where we'll be staying for those 6 or 7 days yet.

I am planning on 3-4 days in the city, one day in Napa and 1-2 days in Yosemite.

Like all types of cuisine but would like to focus on things unique to the California Bay area and ingredients not commonly found on the east coast (Dungeness crab, abalone, local caught sushi, really good bread, organic local produce...)

Just want to avoid overpriced places that do fancy things with ordinary, mass produced proteins and produce. We're looking for fresh, local, simple yet creative restaurants that give the discerning San Franciscan chowhound a reason to go out to eat.

Will also search the visitor threads as you suggest.

Thanks!

Restaurant Recommendations Needed!

Hi,

Will be visiting San Fran for first time for 7 days in early August with my girlfriend and am looking for restaurant recommendations.

Have been perusing this board and have found several promising leads for dim sum, pizza, pacific oysters and other things, but am hoping someone can help me find some of the best VALUE (neighborhood type) restaurants in the city, as well as a couple really nice restaurants to celebrate a special occasion.

Am not afraid of spending money, just very value oriented, so please don’t send us to a place with $30 farm raised fish entrees or a steakhouse with $80 wet-aged, choice grade steaks.

We tend to like places that source their ingredients carefully and locally and prepare them simply.

Thank you in advance.

Bar / Sandwich Shop in Barcelona with no Name?

I take it back, I was just able to look at some photos of the street and the outside of the bar and Can Paixano is the place I am thinking of! I didn't think I'd ever be able to find it again. What a thing this internet is.

I guess the bar with paper scroll is a different memory that got mixed up with this one somehow, funny how that happens.

Anyway, thanks again!

May 05, 2011
Joebada in Spain/Portugal

Bar / Sandwich Shop in Barcelona with no Name?

Thank you for the quick responses. Both of these places look amazing, especially Can Paixano, but neither is the place I went to.

I distinctly remember the paper scroll running along the wooden bar where they would keep track of your various orders and then tear the sheet away once a new customer sat down.

In any regard, I am going to tell my friend travelling to Barcelona about this Can Paixano place. It looks like very similar fair to the place I am thinking of, perhaps even better.

Thanks again.

May 05, 2011
Joebada in Spain/Portugal

Bar / Sandwich Shop in Barcelona with no Name?

When I was in Barcelona 5-6 years ago I stumbled across the best sandwich I've ever had in my life at some hole in the wall place, that I believe, had no name on the building.

I remember it being on a quiet side street within walking distance of the large marina, but am not certain about this location. I noticed a large crowd of people gathering outside before it opened around 10:30 AM so I walked over to check it out.

When the doors did open, there was a mad rush to get in and order from the bartenders who would mark your order down in front of you on a paper scroll that ran the length of the bar.

It was a madhouse inside, partly because I think they were giving out free glasses of sparkling wine with your order (although I did not realize this at the time). Anyway, everything was in Spanish and I was the only person there who didn't speak it, so I just pointed to what I wanted, which turned out to be the best sandwich I've ever had to this day - Spanish ham and raw sheep's milk soft cheese on the most mouth watering of breads.

For the love of G-d, does anyone out there think they might know the place I am describing?

Thank you very much.

May 04, 2011
Joebada in Spain/Portugal