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NEW: Elmira Rosticceria - sandwich, coffee shop, breakfast/brunch in SF Tenderloin - any reports?

Had a meeting in the the area yesterday so I dropped by Elmira Rosticceria for lunch. Noticed they offered a tuna melt which I have always been a fan of. At $11 a la carte I was pretty apprehensive about ordering it, but it advertised poached albacore with olive oil, capers and fontina so I gave it a go. Not the biggest, but easily the best tuna melt I have ever had.

Perfect ratio of tuna, dressing, cheese and toasted ciabatta. Salty and meaty and slightly gooey, with just a hint of sweetness and bitterness all against that crunchy and chewy bread. So glad I made the leap.

The side of thinly cut house-made kettle chips were also perfect. Crispy without a trace of greasiness. Sprinkled with black pepper & hot-sauce (my doing) they were the bomb.

The only blemish? No toothpicks on site!

about 3 hours ago
Civil Bear in San Francisco Bay Area

Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Made it out to St. Francis Fountain on 24th St. for B&G today ($3.50). I've never tried upscale B&G before and these were no exception. Two mediocre & smallish fresh baked biscuits - medium density for biscuits I'd say. Sausage gravy had pepper and small bits of sausage mixed in, and tasted more of sage than I am used to. Nothing special here.

about 3 hours ago
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The Presidential @4505 Burgers & BBQ - Divisadero [San Francisco]

I wonder if they are using the original pit to hold the meat as described in my post above.

1 day ago
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Trip to Berkeley from DC

If you are taking 80 then I assume you will be coming through Reno rather than Tahoe (50). If so I can recommend an easy stop off the freeway in Colfax (about 45 min east of Sacramento) called Dine N Dash. It is much better than it sounds. Local flare with pretty good food, large portions, and very reasonable prices (Flat Iron Steak with fries, fresh sauteed veggies and a salad for $18).

If you find yourself in Sacramento at lunchtime during the week, then Jamie's Bar & Grill is quite good albeit packed. Smoked Prime Rib is their signature dish. It's a couple of miles out of the way on 99 however, but again easy freeway access, and IMO worth it.

Jul 22, 2014
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Naeng Myun at Kunjip in Santa Clara --- where else?

Man, that Maeun Galbi Jim easily made my top 10 tastes for 2013. I had to make sure to go back for more again this year following the SVBBQ. Thanks for the memory!

Jul 22, 2014
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Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

>>"Why do I never see Pacific Lobster on any menu until I get to Mexico?"

Water is too cold along the California coast.

Jul 07, 2014
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Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

Joe's special is a spinach and ground beef egg scramble with mushrooms and garlic.

Hangtown Fry is an oyster and bacon scramble supposedly created as the most expensive breakfast successful prospectors could get during the gold rush.

Jul 05, 2014
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Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

Moving in another direction, but certainly unique are Cal-Vietnamese (Slanted Door) and Cal-Moroccan (Aziza).

Jul 04, 2014
Civil Bear in San Francisco Bay Area

Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

Mea culpa. I didn't mean to imply artichokes could not be found elsewhere in the world, just that they are a local favorite that were not readily available to many folks outside the region not so long ago. I guess I should have said "somewhat unique".

Jul 03, 2014
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Updated Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market Recommendations [San Francisco]

I plan to take visiting family members to the Farmer's Market at the the Ferry Plaza this Saturday. Haven't been for several years so I am hoping for some updated recommendations.

TIA

Jul 03, 2014
Civil Bear in San Francisco Bay Area

Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

Some not yet mentioned:
-BBQ'd Oysters along the Marin coast (north of the GG Bridge).
-Artichokes (at least they were unique at one time)
-Vietnamese Crab over garlic noodles (best when local crab is in season)
-Pilgrimage meal at Chez Pannise (birthplace of California Cuisine)

Jul 03, 2014
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SF Dish of the Month (July 2014) - Nominations/Voting

BISCUITS AND GRAVY

Jun 30, 2014
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Biscuits and Gravy

Sounds like a good candidate for dish of the month.

Jun 30, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

Thanks for taking one for the team!

Jun 29, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

Sounds like the Burmese Kitchen falafels have improved considerably. I ordered them a few years ago and they were crunchy and coarse grained nearly all the way through. So much so that I never dared order them again.

Perhaps they deserve another shot!

Jun 29, 2014
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Hatch Green Chiles 2014

Most Raley's stores in the bay area will roast them for you.

Jun 29, 2014
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richmond costco selling hawaii poke today

Re #2, obviously the best flavor is a matter of individual preference, but the #1 seller is likely the "spicy" made with sriracha and mayo. Its really good over fresh made sushi rice.

The "wasabi" is a hit in our house too.

Jun 29, 2014
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richmond costco selling hawaii poke today

Picked some up in Novato last Thursday. Nearly as good as the stuff you find in Foodland in Hawaii.

Jun 29, 2014
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Ramen Street Festival part of J-Pop Summit, SF Japantown July 19-20, 2014!

Not wanting to nit-pick, but just to clarify, this coming weekend is June 21-22. The event is as you stated, July 19-20.

Wish I could make it!

Jun 19, 2014
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The Presidential @4505 Burgers & BBQ - Divisadero [San Francisco]

Finally made it out to 4505 today. Split a brisket, spareribs, and spicy sausage combo with the Mrs. Thought is was pretty good restaurant quality Q. loved the bark, smoke and seasoning in the brisket and ribs, but they dried out a bit from eating them outside on a windy day. Portion of brisket was all from the point.

Was also impressed with the perfectly cooked sides: fried mac, fries, and Parker roll. Sauces were okay if not standard: SoCarolina mustard and vinegar sauce tasted exactly of mustard and vinegar. The red sauce labelled sweet and thick ala Memphis style was actually savory and thin ala Texas (no heat though).

Couldn't quite get a definitive answer on the processes though. Was told they think the gas powered Southern Pride smoker is enhanced with hickory and then the food is held at a lower temp in an oven that uses oak. I did see a bunch of almond stacked along the side of the building.

Jun 17, 2014
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World Cup 2014 Viewing and Eats

Balompie is my standard choice.

Also noticed the Ponderosa is offering lunchtime viewing on their signboard out front.

Jun 13, 2014
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Fresh Hatch Green Chiles (2013)

Can chile grown outside of the Hatch Valley be sold as Hatch chile? Apparently a chile labelled "New Mexico" cannot be from outside NM.

Jun 12, 2014
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Fresh Hatch Green Chiles (2013)

Heh, just this morning I pulled a bag out of the freezer dated August 16, 2013.

Jun 12, 2014
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brunch in Marin

Marvin's in Novato. Outdoor seating in fairly quiet.

Jun 10, 2014
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The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Ordered the carne asada burrito without beans from La Taquaria the other day. It costs $1.25 extra for no beans because they add more meat.

That was easily the most tender, juicy and flavorful carne asada I have had from a taquaria in quite some time. The accompanying pico de gallo was also fresh, and the spicy salsa verde put the whole thing over the top.

Everyone has there favorite, but for me La Taquaria is unbeatable.

Jun 06, 2014
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Turtle Tower, Lers Ros, Mitchell’s Ice Cream, La Ciccia (San Francisco: Day 3)

Makes sense, although I have not had this issue with other fresh made noodles in broth such as at the House of Pancakes. I suspect the noodles at TT are thinner though, which would make a difference. I would also assume ingredients and the way they were made would be a factor as well.

Jun 04, 2014
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Turtle Tower, Lers Ros, Mitchell’s Ice Cream, La Ciccia (San Francisco: Day 3)

Heh, the best metric I have come across was at an Indian restaurant several years ago. The choices were mild, medium, hot, British hot, and Indian hot. Glad I went with "British hot" as the dish ended up being at just about the peak of my enjoyable hot meter.

Jun 04, 2014
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Turtle Tower, Lers Ros, Mitchell’s Ice Cream, La Ciccia (San Francisco: Day 3)

I knew TT's noodle's were fresh, but did not realize that equated to soft.

Jun 04, 2014
Civil Bear in San Francisco Bay Area

Turtle Tower, Lers Ros, Mitchell’s Ice Cream, La Ciccia (San Francisco: Day 3)

Thank you for the report!

I like the pho ga broth at TT, but find the noodles too soft.

Sorry your dish at Lers Ros was not a winner. Speaking of "Thai spicy", I recently had lunch at the nearby House of Thai, which has gotten nearly as much praise as LR. Asked the waitress for "Thai spicy" and she asked in a doubting tone if had ever had their version of "Thai spicy". I said no, but that I had been to Thailand. The dish came out with practically no heat.

Glad you liked your trip to La Ciccia. I will finally be making my first visit this Friday. Disappointed to hear about the tuna heart though.

Jun 04, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

LOL, that is what I get for saying "for sure." Thank you for the correction.

Jun 02, 2014
Civil Bear in San Francisco Bay Area