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SF Restaurant for a Girls Night Out

If you like sushi, the Marina is fun for a girl's night. Parking isn't too bad and there's a lively nightlife as well.

If you like sushi I'd suggest Umami for a classier meal: http://www.yelp.com/biz/umami-san-fra...

And Ace Wasabi if you want a louder sake-bombing atmosphere:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/ace-wasabis-r...

Hope this helps! :)

Moving to San Francisco: Foodie friendly neighborhoods?

First of all, congrats on moving to the best city in the world! :)

I'd recommend seriously considering the Lower Haight and the Mission.

Lower Haight:
casual stuff- clothing stores, street art, dog parks, one bus to the Marina, Sunset, Mission, Downtown areas
ethnic food- Indian, Ethiopian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, WIngs, and more (all within 3-4 blocks)
funky places - Everywhere
craft beer/cocktail bars- Toronado (infamous for beer selection; was featured on Anthony Bourdain's show), Mad Dog (great trivia nights/sports bar), Nickies & Danny Coyles (Irish), Noc Noc (funky bar, feels like you're in a cartoon)
grocery stores - Safeway

The Mission also has a ton of great ethnic food, funky shops, street art, and a Whole Foods supermarket. Something to keep in mind though is that most areas of the Mission get pretty sketchy at night.

Hope this helps!

Great blog about food, history, and presidents

Thanks for sharing, this is so interesting!

Feb 28, 2013
ChowDownSF in Food Media & News

3-Day visit to SF from NYC...

Do you NEED to see it? No. Is it fun? Yes! And you may be taking our lovely city for granted, because nope our beautiful bay can not be found "anywhere else." Some people may not have had the experience of eating SF sourdough while looking out at the bay.

3-Day visit to SF from NYC...

True! Even as a native we venture down there sometimes for fun and to see the sights!

don't hit me-Dim Sum

Both! I prefer the baked just as a personal preference

don't hit me-Dim Sum

All I know is the earlier the better, as with any dim sum. Sorry I can't be more specific! I think they open at 7am though, if that helps :)

don't hit me-Dim Sum

Sorry It's actually on 9th & Judah. Very small, hole-in-the-wall place called Hing Wang. Between 8th & 9th ave. They have the best cha siu bao.

There's also Andy's on 9th but it's not as good in my opinion.

Best Pho in SF?

Wide selection of Pho, affordable, as well as they bring you the meat on top and you get to finish cooking it in your broth. Also, mainly because my vietnamese friends have been bringing me here for so long and defending it as the best Pho in the city.

Best Pho in SF?

Me and my friends prefer PPQ on 19th & Irving. We've been going there for years and have never been disappointed.

3-Day visit to SF from NYC...

With all due respect, "must-go" is completely subjective. These are my recommendations to OP of places I would refer to friends visiting the city. If you have your own recommendations feel free to leave them for the OP.

3-Day visit to SF from NYC...

Um hello there!

As an SF Native I must stand by my recommendations:

Smuggler's Cove actually is pirate themed- the entire venue is intended to be the inside of a pirate ship.

Not convinced? Search for "pirate" on their Yelp page and 292 reviews come up: http://www.yelp.com/biz/smugglers-cov...

That's why there's such a great rum selection. And why it's called SMUGGLER'S COVE. Just saying. If you've ever been there and talked to any of the staff/looked around you would know it's pirate themed. Cool, on to the clam chowder!

This may be more of a subjective experience. I personally think the infamous Boudin's SF clam chowder is delicious - I've been eating it my entire life. And seeing as it's an SF staple, I think it's a perfect SF experience to nosh on some warm thick soup while looking out onto the Bay. Your decision!

That's just my two cents. :D

Need suggestions for 5 day trip to SF/Napa Valley from NYC

Yes, Sheng Kee Bakery!! There one on 19th & Irving is nice and spacious.

Tartine is delicious. I would also recommend Arizmendi Bakery on 9th & Irving, it's a local favorite.

Sushi Boat is fun because the boats go around :)

Mexican, pretty much anywhere in the Mission. YUM. I also like ChaChaChas on Haight or in the Mission for tapas. SO good. Get the platanos (tiny fried bananas).

I would recommend French Laundry. There's a buzz going around about it lately! Also, Foreign Cinema in on Mission & 20th is great as well as Dobbs Ferry in Hayes Valley.

Enjoy your trip! Let us know how it goes :)

3-Day visit to SF from NYC...

Boudin Bakery: Clam Chowder (Pier 39 or downtown @ Powell St). A San Francisco staple. It's supposed to be nice this weekend too so I would suggest Pier 39 on the Bay for the best overall experience.

Curry Village: Delicious curry buffet on 9th & Irving. Great service, selection & prices (about $11 for lunch and $15 for dinner). You really can't beat that.

Straw: Hayes Valley, great different menu - they have a burger with donuts for buns!

Savor in Noe Valley OR Craftsman & Wolves in the Mission: both amazing for brunch. Craftsman has their staple "the Rebel Within," which is a muffin with an egg inside.

Smuggler's Cove: Pirate bar in Hayes Valley

ENJOY!! Let me know how your trip goes :)

San Francisco Recommendations for Spring Break

I would definitely recommend going to Boudin Bakery for their Clam Chowder!! It's an SF staple and super delicious. There's one right by you in Union Square at the Macy's, but for the full effect I would go to the one by Pier 39, and eat on the water. Fun for everyone!

don't hit me-Dim Sum

You can find great dim sum in the Richmond/Clement street as well as on 9th & Irving! Yum

A quick trip Fri- Tues -We Love Food!

Boudin Bakery: Clam Chowder (Pier 39 or downtown @ Powell St). A San Francisco staple. It's supposed to be nice this weekend too so I would suggest Pier 39 on the Bay for the best overall experience.

Curry Village: Delicious curry buffet on 9th & Irving. Great service, selection & prices (about $11 for lunch and $15 for dinner). You really can't beat that. Photos of dishes on my blog below.

Straw: Hayes Valley, great different menu - they have a burger with donuts for buns!

Savor in Noe Valley OR Craftsman & Wolves in the Mission: both amazing for brunch. Craftsman has their staple "the Rebel Within," which is a muffin with an egg inside.

Smuggler's Cove: Pirate bar in Hayes Valley

ENJOY!! Let me know how your trip goes :)

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SF Dish of the Month (March 2013) - Voting

CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA!

(Caps just don't feel right without an exclamation point)

Dinner near Kabuki Theater [San Francisco]

Definitely go to Dosa!! I actually have not had a chance to go to it yet, but I've heard from SO many people raving about it. Supposed to be one of the best Indian places in the city, and great atmosphere. It's super high on my SF dining list.

And literally across the street from the Kabuki, on Fillmore & the street after Geary.

Critique my list

Pier 23 is awesome on a sunny day - overlooking the bay & great food.

Tommy's Joynt is overhyped in my opinion!

I would add Straw in Hayes Valley to your list. It has a really unique menu of food and drink! Something you really won't find anywhere else.

Have fun! :)

Brunch for 6 in SF

I was also going to suggest Bar Tartine - so good! I'm also a big fan of Savor in Noe Valley. You can take the J Church Outbound from Powell Street to get there.

My friends and I went there after NYE this year, so I can assure you it's great after a long night! :)

I'm attaching a pic of the *delish* French Toast & fresh fruit I got there that day.

Hope this helps!
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