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neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

Re Trick Dog, it really depends on when you go. If it is at five to have a cocktail or two before getting in line at Flour & Water (or other nearby resto without reservations) then it will be fairly empty. Prime time and it will be a zoo.

about 12 hours ago
Civil Bear in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

If you are looking for a food centric neighbourhood (fellow canadian here), the the Mission is your choice. If you want to be in the center of it all then I would say somewhere near North Beach.

Meh to Foreign Cinema. Folks seem to either love or hate Namu Gaji (at least it is different), and if you are going to Trick Dog for drinks then you might as well hit up the parent ship Flour & Water for dinner) you can typically get a table there if you show up just before opening).

about 24 hours ago
Civil Bear in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

I believe the commercial season opens 11/15 (pending weather and price agreements). It would be shame if you just missed out.

O'Mai Cafe on Clement: Kobe beef banh mi, Vietnamese iced coffe in Mason jars -- and anatomically correct Bun bo Hue [San Francisco]

American Wagyu can be just as succulent. It would just be a bit disingenuous to call it Kobe if its not from Japan.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

Depending on which end of November you plan on coming, our local Dungeness Crab may or may not be in season. If it is, you will want to be sure to get some. Steamed or in a ciopeno are great ways to go, and perfectly acceptable versions can be found even in Fisherman's Wharf (i.e. Scoma's). The local Vietnamese and Chinese versions are also wonderful and unique.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

All of those places are great, but just know they require tough to get reservations.

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

Park Chow immediately comes to mind. Great value, good American food near Golden Gate Park, and does not typically require reservations.

p.s. jeans will be fine at all but the most highest end restos in SF.

O'Mai Cafe on Clement: Kobe beef banh mi, Vietnamese iced coffe in Mason jars -- and anatomically correct Bun bo Hue [San Francisco]

I wonder if it is real Kobe imported from Japan.

Tadich Grill?? [San Francisco]

I've never had anything less than a great piece of fish at Tadich. Favorite is the the mesquite grilled halibut that is always cooked to perfection. Much better than I can do at home and I'm a guy that grills or BBQ's just about every week of the year. Love the rub they put on their fish too.

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

Most folks tend to respond more when they have a differing opinion rather than when they agree. Your positive reviews were from what most feel are good restaurants so is only natural that you will get less responses to those reviews. If you want to go against the grain then you should expect some push back.

most varied Vietnamese herb plate

Not up on the nomenclature of the various herbs, but Vietnamese House in SF typically offers at least one more herb (maybe two) than the standard cilantro, basil & mint.

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

Was under the impression for some reason that the OP wanted to stay in SF. Old Mandarin Islamic does fit the criteria of being north of SFO.

There certainly are plenty of good options at OMI beyond the hot pot:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7454...

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

For pho with the most generous "herb plate", the winner has to go to Vietnamese House on Eddy; however, the apps are the best thing on their menu (and they all come with incredibly generous herb plates). The best pho places for the buck IMO would be northern style pho ga at nearby Turtle Tower (limited herbs due to being northern style) and PPQ for southern pho bo out on Irving.

The best traditional Banh Mi is also nearby at Saigon Sandwich, but if you want to try something different for a few more bucks (crispy duck, pork belie, etc.) you may want to try Cafe Bunn Mi on Clement.

For obscure regional Chinese (at least for me) Old Mandarin Islamic would be a great choice, albeit a bit of a schlep out to the Sunset district.

Dinner Monday night near Rohnert Park?

Hana Japanese in Rohnert Park is quite good.

Help finalizing restaurants, deserts, cocktail/speakeasy, as well as opinions on SF staples

First time I went to a Chipotle I couldn't believe how bland and blah it was. A few years passes and I wondered if it could possibly be as bad as I remembered. I wont be back a third time.

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

Looks like I may have made the wrong choice with Rinconcito when Balompie was closed. La Santaneca appeared to have a few more customers but the hanging signage with missing letters made me think they weren't running on all cylinders.

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

Headed out to Balompie in Bernal Heights today but found it closed, so I thought I would try nearby Rinconcito Salvadoreno Restaurante instead. I figured that I may be in trouble when I picked up the sticky plastic menu from the counter. More encouraging though was finding the menu was entirely in Spanish except, oddly enough, for the headings (e.g. Desayuno/Breakfast).

The pupasas were decent but came with a very watery slaw and the standard hot sauce. They were also pretty flat and appeared dense but ate better than they looked. There was also the portion of grilled cheese that had spilled out to the side.

Also tried the fried yuca con chicharron. The crispy chicharrones were crunchy, moist and wonderful but the yuca was just plane bad (rubbery & tasteless).

Rohnert Park to SF --- what to eat along the way?

Marin prefers their cubanos overloaded with mustard?

Count me in as a repeat visit fan of Sol and a been there done that fan of El Chevere.

Rohnert Park to SF --- what to eat along the way?

BBQ N Curry and Della Fattoria are quite good, but I would hit up Sol Food if you have never been, just because good and fairly unique. Real Doner does not hold up to what you could get in SF, IMHO.

Phillies - A cheesesteak joint in San Francisco

Yup, that's it!

Phillies - A cheesesteak joint in San Francisco

Heh, the tots at Deli Lama were great. Fried until golden and crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, and held up well on the ride back to the office. A humongous portion for $2.50.

Sandwich (hot pastrami with Swiss on rye) was pretty good for the area. Not destination worthy though.

Help finalizing restaurants, deserts, cocktail/speakeasy, as well as opinions on SF staples

If you liked Zuni then you might want to try Nopa. Personally I would replace Foreign Cinema with it.

Ike's is about the hype and the large menu. It definitely fits quantity over quality category that you are trying to avoid. Rhea's Deli would be an excellent choice for sandwiches.

Any authentic taquaria in the mission blows away Chipotle.

Phillies - A cheesesteak joint in San Francisco

Thanks for the report. Sounds like this is in the former location of Starvin Marvins which also put out good phillie cheesestakes shaved from ribeye.

Oddly enough, I also had tots for the first time in ages today, but from the Deli Lama.

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

I thought the point was La Taquaria is too slow and therefore flawed. Even if Chipotle were an acceptable alternative (which I do not believe to be the case), La Taquaria is not slow, particularly when you consider the amount of business is gets. In fact I have marveled at its efficiency.

Now Yglesias could argue that La Taquaria is flawed because it does to much business, but that would be almost as silly.

Barbecue in Cloverdale!

Interesting enough is that because the only times I ever get out that way is to and from the Konocti contests, I've never had the urge to order more BBQ at the HR&BBQ. I understand the owner has been out of the country for awhile, so I wonder if he is back now?

Original Joe's in North Beach [San Francisco]

Agreed. The new location also has a more modern and less old school vibe than the previous location. If the OP is looking for something closer to the past then I would suggest Westlake Joe's in DC.

Good Asian/Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco?

A cool place would be Slanted Door, although it is on the pricey side for Vietnamese. Still, it is very popular with visitors:

http://www.slanteddoor.com/

Less expensive and less cool, but still great food would be Bodega Bistro.

http://www.bodegabistrosf.net/index.htm

Even less expensive, and more authentic than the two above recs would be Turtle Tower, where its newest location (near the Civic Center) has some vibe to it:

http://www.turtletowersf.com/

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

Okay <<whew!>>, I can confirm as of 9/2/14 Los Planes De Renderos is still in business. Pupusas are still the best. 'Nuff said.

What's the best Thai (or any SE Asian) in Santa Rosa? In Sonoma County?

If you are in the Rohnert Park area then I'm surprised you didn't mention Mai Vietnamese in Cotati. the pho tai bo vien was quite good for the area as were the Goi Cuon and Cha Gio made with lumpia wrappers. The owner was a hoot too. A bit more expensive than I am used to in SF IIRC, but all Asian food north of the GGB seems to be.

SFBA Dish of the Month (Sept 2014) - Nominations/Voting

HASH (corned beef, smoked brisket and other versions)