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San Francisco Pre-Alcatraz Swim Pasta Dinner

Several friends and I are going to do the Alcatraz SharkFest Swim this Saturday and are looking for a place go for some good pasta dishes. Nothing too pricey, just good, tasty, and filling! We are staying down near Fisherman's Wharf so perhaps something in North Beach or the area would save us the hassle of cabs, but we are willing to go where the food gurus send us. Thanks!!

Topolobampo (?) or alternatives

A friend of mine who is knowledgeable about things culinary recommends Topolobampo on an upcoming visit to Chicago in the spring. What do the local Chowhounds think and do they have an alternative. I read the recent postings on upscale Mexican and didn't notice it listed. Any reason? We are staying at the Hotel Monaco for 4 nites in the spring and any recommendations for nearby eateries of any type are appreciated as always.

Divingdoc

Nov 13, 2007
divingdoc in Chicago Area

Seafood, Italian in Chicago (BUT)

Thank you very much for your reply. I have already begun checking out the websites you recommended. We will post our impressions after our visit.

Oct 31, 2007
divingdoc in Chicago Area

Seafood, Italian in Chicago (BUT)

My wife and I are visiting Chicago at the end of March for 4 days, staying at the Hotel Monaco. While we don't eat meat, we do eat seafood and poultry. But we live on the ocean in northern California and I catch and spearfish all fresh seafood ( salmon, halibut, abalone, dungeness crab, oysters, etc.) so a seafood restaurant has be special and fresh. Ethnic seafood is fine as well (sushi, thai,etc.). And Italian food is a favorite as well, especially regional and authentic Italian cooking. After a trip to Italy for 5 weeks last May we are a bit spoiled. We don't mind a cab ride, especially if the meal is worth it. By the way, it doesn't have to be fancy, just good!
Thanks for any advice...

divingdoc

Oct 31, 2007
divingdoc in Chicago Area