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Richmond District Recommendations, Please

Be sure to peruse the the New World Market on Geary.

Second the rec for Cafe Bunn Mi on Clement, but for the pork belly and the crispy duck bahn mi.

Spicy Queen, Spices I & II, and Chile House are all good choices for Sichuan.

Hong Kong Lounge II for dim sum.

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

La Taquaria is your best choice for both. Just be sure to add some of the salsa verde from the squeeze bottles at your table.

Most underrated restaurants in San Francisco

Recently went back for the F&C at the Pig & Whistle. 2 large cod fillets, perfectly battered - even better than I remembered. Fries were great too, but they are cut fresh and so must be eaten piping hot.
2801 Geary Boulevard @ Wood Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-885 4779

Berkeley to Petaluma via Richmond/SR bridge thence 101 north...midday Saturday 6/27/15, economy to midrange, easy on/off, character(s), Farmer's Markets, etc?

No matter, it's just the first exit after the 80/580 split.

Bay Area - I need your help

Just to clarify, I'm recommending the original hole-in-the-wall PPQ on Irving that does not serve crab.

Bay Area - I need your help

Mac-n-cheese at Ricky Bobby. Burger is pretty good too.

Pho - PPQ Beef Noodle House for southern style pho bo that's not too sweet. I also really like their curry chicken pho.

Best Bakeries/Patisseries for pastries/croissants in San Francisco

Thank you for this recommendation. Although I though the prices seemed a bit high for the smallish size of the pastries, the kouign amann and croissant were indeed amazing. The wife's KA was like a little hockey puck, hard and caramelized on the outside and light & fluffy on the inside. My shirt and car seat can attest to the flakiness of the buttery croissant.

Pastrami Sandwich at Tommy's Joynt (SF)

The Chicken Coop would be another, although I noticed the better location on Mission is gone.

Best Authentic Chinese in Richmond, CA

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the OP meant the Richmond district in SF.

Pastrami Sandwich at Tommy's Joynt (SF)

I've never had chewy meat at Tommmy's Joint. Ever.

Driving from SFO to Anderson Valley - any can't miss stops along the way? Lunch in SF and then?

>>"The Giants are in Philadelphia today."

And it wouldn't affect traffic from SFO to the GGB in any meaningful way if they were in town.

La Taqueria & Special Place for Cocktails? [San Francisco]

Taquarias are a polarizing topic in SF, and La Taquaria has its share of lovers and it haters. It's my personal favorite in town for flavors and quality of meats and is priced accordingly.

Just know that it is an order and pick up at the counter type place with wooden benches and tables for dining. Great for mingling with strangers at lunch but not a dinner destination, IMO.

There also plenty of nearby hipster bars in the area. It just depends on what kind of atmosphere you guys are looking for.

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

Ike's is overrated,IMO. Lots of unique combos but the sum is rarely better than the parts. Instead I would recommend Rhea's Deli for interesting combos that work.

800 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Plain grilled fish?

Tadich uses a rub with their grilled fish, so the OP should ask if it contains salt. I would assume it does, but perhaps they add the salt separately.

Sicilian Pizza anywhere?

Tried Tony's version at the Graton Casino. I did not enjoy it as the crust to toppings ratio was way too off. Maybe a 2 inch thick crust with a super thin layer of sauce and a few thin slices of pepperoni. I'd be better off just getting focaccia somewhere.

Chronicle top 100 2015

Nico Nido Nojo Nopa Nopalito...

Even the names blend the same.

Top pho in the Tenderloin (SF)?

I've never been there. What makes it the best?

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

I've also been mildly pleased with the food at Saigon Express. Better than expected considering the makeup of the place.

Nick's Cove - Marshall

BBQ'd oysters along the Marin coast are traditionally grilled on the half shell, basted with garlic butter and then topped off with BBQ sauce. The technique was first perfected by Anastacio Gonzalez over at Nick's Cove, but he was subsequently hired away by Tony's and then the Marshal Tavern.

Because the process goes rather quickly, when doing them at home we usually assign different folks to add the different ingredients (e.g. butter, sauce, tequila, Tabasco, whatever else sounds good...), and the oysters come off as soon as they begin to simmer.

Shandong House rebrands itself as Xi'an Gourmet [San Francisco]

Went back to Xi'an Gourmet recently due to a hankering for the cumin lamb sammy. They changed the bun so that it completely encompasses the lamb contents. It made the sammy a bit breadier but it had good flavor and texture. Overall it was a bit spicier and greasier than I remembered, but still mighty tasty.

The dan dan noodles were completely different than before. Chewy udon sized pulled noodles were great. The dish itself was no longer bland albeit not very traditional (eg there was no sesame oil that I could detect). Even though it is was quite different than most versions I have had I would certainly order it again.

Is "calamari steak" available in SF?

Can't say I agree when it comes to braised dishes. Lamb shanks and short ribs still seem as popular as ever.

Good vacation rental where I can roast a pig outside?

That is a surprise. Do you have a link?

It doesn't appear to make the top 10 locations in the Bay as far as plastic bags are concerned:

Or the top 10 polluted beaches in California:

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

Can you substantiate that? Every corned beef recipe I have come across calls for a wet brine. It would be a pretty safe bet that if you purchase one it was also wet brined.

FWIW, Robert's Corned Meats cures their corned beef in a wet brine.

Good vacation rental where I can roast a pig outside?

Good call. We did a rib burn there for my friend's start-up a few years ago and it worked out great.

Moving to North/East Bay

You could live 20 minutes away from the Mill Valley Park & Ride (Manzanita) and still make it in to work in under an hour.

Moving to North/East Bay

Yes they are. Check 'em out.

Moving to North/East Bay

Not true. During the morning commute the bus from the Mill Valley Park & Ride takes 30-40 minutes to get to the Financial District (past Union Square) depending on the hour. BART from Lafayette is about the same, and you would still need to get to and from the BART stations.

Moving to North/East Bay

>>"If you want to keep the commute under an hour, forget Marin"

Ridiculous. Mill Valley and Corte Madera, where the OP is interested, are easily commutable in under an hour. My commute from Novato is an hour on most days. Traffic is non-existent southbound in the mornings after San Rafael and it doesn't pick up northbound in the afternoons until Mill Valley. The Eastbay and trying to cross the Bay Bridge has way more traffic.

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

The deckle is actually the fat layer between the flat and the point of a brisket, so I suspect they mean they are using the point (for the fatty portion of their pastrami). The deckle isn't typically used for anything, but the point is commonly used for corned beef (and pastrami).

Regardless, whatever they like to use for their pastrami would work just as well for their corned beef (and vice versa).

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

Yes, that and lots of back pepper is why there is the huge difference between corned beef and pastrami. Point is, if they are happy with the corned beef they are getting there is no reason they wouldn't be happy adding their pastrami rub and smoking it to make pastrami.

If they just want to be able to say they are doing everything in house, then why not do the same with their corned beef? It wouldn't be any more trouble.

Not a big deal - just odd to me is all.