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Chez Maman - Goat Hill - Thumbs UP

The Union Street location has the exact same menu as the Potrero Location, really the only difference is that the restaurant is bigger with indoor and outdoor seating. The waitstaff is French too. I believe they have a website at http://www.chezmamansf.com

Sep 09, 2007
BernaDiva in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick lunch near Hilton San Fran on O'Farrell St

There's a Thai restaurant whose name escapes me located across the street from the Hilton, but on the Taylor side. It's tiny, but the food was pretty good and inexpensive.

Sep 08, 2007
BernaDiva in San Francisco Bay Area

Chez Maman - Goat Hill - Thumbs UP

This Chez Maman is sooooo tiny....I prefer to go to the one located on Union Street - the food is equally as good, and you have a little more space to stretch your limbs. I love their burger with Roquefort....delicious!

Sep 08, 2007
BernaDiva in San Francisco Bay Area

Hawaiian Take-out for 40-50 People?

As a raised-in-Honolulu gal, I stand behind Hukilau - they have some of the best catered "island style" stuff in the city. Or, you can travel to Daly City and see if Hawaiian Drive Inn will do it, or L&L Drive Inn (Daly City also).

Sep 07, 2007
BernaDiva in San Francisco Bay Area

Dessert-only restaurant?

I know exactly what you're talking about...they have one in San Diego called "Extraordinary Desserts", but can't think of anywhere that serves SOLELY desserts in SF that is comparable. I can think of a couple with notable dessert menus. Stella Pastry is my all time favorite dessert place, but mostly because I love Italian desserts, and they are open late. No wine though.

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Citizen Cake
399 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Brick - CLOSED, reopening as Fly
1085 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Stella Pastry
446 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Sep 07, 2007
BernaDiva in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting SF for 1 week: some questions about food and logistics

Firstly, you can get practically anywhere in SF by BART, MUNI (bus) or cab, as the city itself is only 7 miles by 7 miles big.

In my opinion, Foreign Cinema is WAY overrated, the food it good, but I wouldn't consider it a "must have". Mijita is good - mostly because they use good ingredients and the location is stellar, however, it's not the *best* Mexican food in the city by any means. Other favorites include: Chapeau (Richmond District, French), La Palma (Mission District, Mexican), Cote Sud (Castro District, French), Frascati (Russian Hill, Italian), Antica Trattoria (Russian Hill, Italian), Marnee Thai (Sunset District, Thai) and Pagolac (Tenderloin, Vietnamese).

Some of these restaurants that I recommended are "neighborhood" joints, meaning they are tiny and humble, but have really good food. Hope you have fun!

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Chapeau!
126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Antica Trattoria
2400 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Pagolac
655 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Cote Sud
4238 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

La Palma Mexicatessen
2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Sep 07, 2007
BernaDiva in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch near Hanger One Vodka in Alameda

For Japanese food....Kamakura Sushi

Sep 07, 2007
BernaDiva in San Francisco Bay Area

24-hour food joints in San Francisco

For some reason, I thought that the O'Farrell location of Naan N Curry had moved.

If you feel like driving out to Colma, the Colma Cafe at the Lucky Chances Casino is open 24 hours - they have a huge menu of Filipino and Chinese food.

Sep 07, 2007
BernaDiva in San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco/Napa trip report

Thanks for the information about the wineries...I've lived here in San Francisco for six years and have never gone to Napa for wine tasting (only to go eat at Ad Hoc!), and I've been scouring for winery suggestions.

As I've mentioned in other posts, I love Ad Hoc. I even had my last birthday party there in July. I always like to hear when people enjoy their experience there, as it is a wonderful establishment and the Chef (Dave Cruz) is a really amazing and friendly guy.

Often times, the staff from Thomas Keller's other restaurants will stop in with their families, and Thomas Keller himself will be there from time to time. That's how you know it's GOOD. :)

Sep 07, 2007
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Best Hot Spicy Ethnic Food In S.F.?

Funny, I just went to Henry's Hunan today (on 8th and Bryant). They have a great chicken chow mein that they do spicy, but if that isn't enough heat for you, ask for the chili oil - it is awesome. The place is cheap too....lunch specials start at $5.50!

Sep 06, 2007
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Dress up a slice of naked bread

Last night, I had a hunk of a baguette slathered with good goat cheese (from Bodega Goat Cheese - Bodega Bay, CA) and a few slices of an Early Girl tomato. It was heaven.

Sep 05, 2007
BernaDiva in General Topics

Driving LA to SF

Honestly? There is nothing extremely "good" between LA and SF - it's 95% fast food joints. I say, stock up on snacks in the car and maybe stop off in San Jose for some food. Or hold out till you hit SF. Seriously.

Sep 05, 2007
BernaDiva in California

high end sushi/japanese in san diego

On my most recent trip to SD, my friend and I stopped into TAKA, a sushi bar in the Gaslamp district. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of the fish and the price point - it is not a divey place by any means, but it is not a super high-end sushi restaurant (like Nobu or something). I highly recommend Taka...and I am generally pretty picky about sushi joints.

Sep 05, 2007
BernaDiva in San Diego

San Diego hounds-- What do you do better than LA? (cheap!)

The one in particular I am thinking of is:

Lanna Thai
4501 Mission Bay Dr
San Diego, CA 92109
858-274-8424

There are a few more that I've been to, but alas, I do not remember names. My family takes me to random restaurants when I visit, and when I don't remember names or get a business card, I forget to write about it.

Sep 05, 2007
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Lime Tree Mini-Report

I have eaten here so many times I have lost count, and my best friend eats here about four times a week (no lie!). Ming, the chef here at Lime Tree, is very gracious and remembers you if you introduce yourself. My favorites are the Martabak (the stuffed roti), the Corn Fritters, and the Tofu-Shrimp special. We usually go and order several dishes and share. Last time, our dinner for four (with several appetizers and entrees) came to merely $39. Ming also does a crab special that is totally awesome.

Sep 05, 2007
BernaDiva in San Francisco Bay Area

San Diego hounds-- What do you do better than LA? (cheap!)

I would definitely say Mexican food in general is best in San Diego - I am a big carne asada fries fan, as well as rolled tacos (it's an SD thing, not an LA thing, truly). My first stop in SD is always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS Adalberto's near the airport on Rosecranz. The advantage that LA has is that they have more people and more diverse of a population than SD does. SD also has really good Filipino food and I've also had some really top notch Thai food in SD as well.

Sep 05, 2007
BernaDiva in California

Vineyard Dining in Napa/Sonoma

When one stays in Napa Valley, they must attempt to try one of the Yountville Thomas Keller Trifecta - The French Laundry, Bouchon, and Ad Hoc. Personally, I love Ad Hoc as it is family style dining, prix fixe, and they have a great wine list. We've gone there numerous times with a group of eight and it was no problem. Make sure to get a reservation. You can also try Auberge du Soleil, though it is a bit spendy in my opinion.

(If you can't already tell, I'm a huge TK fan. I can't help it. The man is a genius.)

Sep 04, 2007
BernaDiva in San Francisco Bay Area

Delivery options in SOMA

You can try Jade Cafe (Potrero Hill) for decent, cheap Chinese food. For pizza, try Extreme Pizza or North Beach Pizza (though, they aren't that fantastic in my opinion as far as pizza goes). For American/Italian fare, try The Front Room - although I'm not sure if they closed (I used to order from them all the time). Of course, you can also check waiter.com for more restaurant options that deliver too.

Sep 04, 2007
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Best Sushi for the price????

I like Eiji, this tiny sushi bar in Noe Valley. They are a very "basic" sushi place - no crazy rolls or anything like that, they have good quality fish and great service. What they truly excel at is their housemade tofu, though.

Sep 04, 2007
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Michelada

I love this drink! Lately, my friends have been using Clamato to mix with their beers, which is interesting, especially if you like the clam flavor. I prefer the traditional Michelada. They actually sell this in a can, pre-made, as well.

Sep 04, 2007
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