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Looking for good dining in SF

Thanks for the advice! Today is our first trip back. We're staying on Lombard this time...won't get there until late afternoon, staying over. Our appt. is late, and the weather is sketchy. Pacific Catch sounds like a great place to do a little shopping before heading back inland tomorrow.

Looking for good dining in SF

We'll be visiting SF off and on for awhile due to medical issues, and are looking for recommendations for enjoyable dining. We'd like to try a sampling of cuisines. We'll be hanging out in the UCSF medical complex area, but since we have to drive to get there anyway, we have transportation. Our tastes are pretty varied... We'd like to know what and where to find good Chinese, Japanese/sushi, Indian, Thai, and a good seafood place. I'm not looking for Michelin stars, just honest, clean, good food. Could someone please direct me to a fish monger there as well? The idea of stocking up on goodies in the city appeals to me greatly as well! Thanks!!

Hog Island Oyster Farm **OR** Tomales Bay Oyster Co?

I actually did this once. I gave my hubby an Oysterfest for our anniversary. I got a room in Inverness, packed all my oyster needs and we hit all three oyster farms in one day, then settled in to enjoy the spoils (pun) of our venture. The DROC were the largest that we got...and while we enjoyed them, they were a bit too big for my preference. The Pacific oysters were comparable between HI and TBOC, but the Kumomotos from HI were addicting. I order oysters from them shipped in...once in awhile you just have to have them! The last time I got an oyster yen (hubby could eat them anytime) we needed to be in SF and picked up an order of 3 doz. at the Farmers' Market at the Ferry Building. I had to pre-order...but...what a treat!

Sacramento Foodies-ISO BEST Foodie shopping & dining...

Oto's on Freeport...you've got my attention!! I could buy actual "sushi quality" fish? Not meaning to sound horribly snobbish, but when you live away from the airports everything comes in mega-frozen or worse and then is passed off as "sushi grade" ! I laugh and make the best of it. Sometimes I can get a really nice piece, other times...well...we make do with a lot of shrimp! That's the kind of place I'm thinking of! Where I can fill my pantry with those odd ingredients I reach for once a month. Thanks so much!!

Dec 30, 2009
NoCAFoodie in California

Sacramento Foodies-ISO BEST Foodie shopping & dining...

Thanks so much! Recently noticed them advertised in La Cucina as well...!

Dec 26, 2009
NoCAFoodie in California

Sacramento Foodies-ISO BEST Foodie shopping & dining...

Thanks so much! That helps a lot. I'm familiar with most of those areas. For some reason I can't place Folsom & 58th, but I bet Google can! I realize food is difficult. I was just thinking of things like the fact that Ray Yamamoto does sushi on weekdays - thanks for that tidbit!! BIG selling point!! That all helps a lot!

Dec 18, 2009
NoCAFoodie in California

Sacramento Foodies-ISO BEST Foodie shopping & dining...

We live in the culinary desert of the north, north state. Sacramento or Redding are our closest "cities" for "foodie" shopping. Foodie...scratch Redding. So...help, please...please...

Best places to find...

Ethnic ingredients? I cook all Asian cuisines, Italian (Hazan in particular at the moment), Mexican, would love to start Spanish (i.e. Tapas), French, et al... Not Indian though.

Is there anywhere I can acquire veal bones for stock at a sensible price? $18.99 for osso bucco is not a sensible price for veal stock bones. Any fabulous places for wonderful tidbits I certainly cannot find at home? I'm the kind who, upon finding real Spanish chorizo, promptly decided we were having paella for dinner and picked up everything else just cuz we found chorizo!! And loved it!!

Specialty cooking items....I want, crave, need a sticky rice steamer! A real, no kidding paella pan? I have a theory about mounting a paella pan over a wok ring...

Hubby is very easy going...he'd just love great places to nosh along the way, and a nice place to have dinner in the end. Someplace that will make my eyes light up and encourage me to delve deeper into culinary mastery.

Thanks so much...I know there are some great Sacramento Foodies out there! I'm not worried about getting there before Christmas day either!

Dec 18, 2009
NoCAFoodie in California

Anything NEW in far N. Calif?

Just checked through the posts and responded to a couple...and thought I'd throw out an appeal...is anyone aware of any good changes in far-northern CA dining? I'm headed for Mt. Shasta for 3 days and don't know whether to pack supplies to cook, or just what... Has anyone been up that way lately? TIA ~

Aug 02, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

Black Bear Diner?

Ahhh...apparently BBD is hit and miss depending on owner/management. The BBD home in Mt. Shasta is always crowded...and we've eaten there all seasons. However, the younger crew at BBD Redding made for an uncomfortable meal. I guess it's kind of like Colonel Sanders in that regard....you've tried one, you haven't tried them all...

Aug 02, 2008
NoCAFoodie in Chains

Driving from SF to Portland - Redding for Lunch?

Forgettable...that about says it. We had the same experience. We wanted to try "something different" on a pass through Redding. It was different...we'd never been to a Red Robin, and can't say I'd stop by there again! LOL! We're headed up that way tomorrow, and I was hoping against hope that there was something new and exciting going on...even Black Bear Diner in Mt. Shasta was closed our last trip through. Will definitely report back when we get back.

Aug 02, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

Good food near Sac Airport

This is going to sound ridiculous...but, here goes...
We found really good Mexican at a Shell station just outside of the Arco Arena area. It was as though a permanent taco truck had opened inside the station. We had really good tacos, but then...it's been a few years, now that I think about it. You might check out the Blue Gecko on Garden Hwy. and don't go to Chevy's....

Apr 13, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

Anyone eaten at Senthong's in Dunsmuir lately?

We ate there in Sept. or October of last year...it's been one of the better choices we've made in the area. Mt. Shasta City has nothing I'd get crazy about recommending, although the grub at The Dugout was at least interesting. Senthongs was open...think it was a Saturday night. If you're looking for better, try the Railroad Park...they have a restaurant there, you'll need reservations, and the food was quite good, though more pricey.

Apr 13, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

Red Bluff and Lassen Nat'l Park

Thanks so much! We tried to do a drive through last weekend, but once we'd hit groceries...we couldn't waste much time. We had the fur-kid with us...uncrated! Eeek!

Feb 24, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

Red Bluff and Lassen Nat'l Park

I just heard The Albatross closed too...but has reopened as ??
I haven't been that far north in awhile...

Feb 17, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

In Chico..one to offer and one to ask for

The Red Lantern? Perhaps the Red Tavern... on the Esplanade... down near the hospital area...Good food!
Thanks for the heads-up on Priya! I've been wondering...
Kramore Inn also gets good notes for Sunday; avoid Nash's for Sunday brunch...too much going on there, but give them a go for dinner, when it's less insane.
Cocodine Thai off the Skyway in the Raleys shopping center was good...
I've been told of several new places...but haven't been yet.
- New "sushi" restaurant in town, on The Esplanade, but where?
- New dinner house above Jamba Juice downtown

I'd love to hear if anyone has been to either of these...

Feb 17, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

Almost worth a trip to Chico

Please share more! It's always great to find a new place!

Feb 09, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

It's 2008 - Roseville dining?

Hey thanks!
This gives us a lot of options and thoughts to pursue! You folks are the BEST!

Jan 03, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

It's 2008 - Roseville dining?

I'm sorry...I should have been a lot more clear. We shall be three...perhaps 4, usually only 3 though. We'd like a nice place with really good food, we shy away from chains usually, and an atmosphere that lets us chat and where we won't get shoved out the door as soon as we've finished our entrees!

Jan 02, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

It's 2008 - Roseville dining?

We'll be down that way in a couple of days. Cuisine style is open. We're all pretty flexible, and want to sit around and catch up on the past 18 months or so. What's new? What's good?
What should we avoid at all costs?

Thanks in advance!

Jan 01, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

Lassen Road Trip Report

They have their deli open at a temp location across the street from their restaurant... http://www.granzellas.com/

Jan 01, 2008
NoCAFoodie in California

SEDONA for lunch- need suggestions for day trip

I was in Sedona a year ago, but didn't get a chance to sneak out much on my own for food...business trip with food included, and company oriented dinners...but here's a list:
http://visitsedona.com/index.php?acti...
Javelina Cafe got great reviews...Cafe Blue Moon was just what they said it was...I'd have loved to go up to the Airport Cafe...you go right along side one of the "big" vortices that way too. I didn't have any SW food there that I'd recommend...but I didn't get much time to do research! Have fun! It's gorgeous!

Dec 25, 2007
NoCAFoodie in Southwest

Lunch - Oroville to Chico?

I'm really sorry you were sent to Maria's. It's not the best by any stretch. For a Taqueria in Oroville, try Taqueria Estrella at Feather River and Montgomery in the strip mall behind the mini-mart. They don't have sit-down space, but the food is loads better; also try the Mexican market La Esmeralda. Their food is fabulous! Still, not much of a place to sit down, but with Riverbend Park right there now, if the weather is good, all will be well! I love their market...and their meat counter!

Dec 21, 2007
NoCAFoodie in California

Lunch - Oroville to Chico?

You'll have to get reservations for one of their Wine Tasting/Pairing dinners. We went from February until September, when Life got out of hand for awhile. We'll be looking to get back into the swing of things again in '08. Meals were small plate offerings with each wine course...most were truly enjoyable, and wines were available that night.

Dec 21, 2007
NoCAFoodie in California

Lunch - Oroville to Chico?

I'm sorry I missed this before you had to decide. Tuesday-Friday, a great stop is Checkers. Ok, the wait staff is kids, but it's for a good cause, and the food is great at a cheap price. I've managed in and out in an hour several times. It also has easy access to Hwy. 70.

Dec 15, 2007
NoCAFoodie in California

ISO Tapas for a 1st timer, No. CA

Thanks so much! Sounds like how we like to do sushi...the more the merrier!

Dec 08, 2007
NoCAFoodie in California

ISO Tapas for a 1st timer, No. CA

...somewhere within about 150 miles radius of Chico. I've never experienced them, or Spanish cuisine (aside from paella made at home-good recipe tho!), and I've got two weeks off coming up at Christmas... Any recs Hounds?

Dec 03, 2007
NoCAFoodie in California

Crescent City suggestions?

I have to agree with you Muncheroo. We were a bit put off by the fried everything at the Charthouse, and ate at the Harbor View Grotto instead. The next time around we ate at the BW Hotel's restaurant...wish we'd insisted on the Grotto (we were with friends).

Thanks for sharing about the Thai place. Sounds good to me!

Sep 03, 2007
NoCAFoodie in California

Dining I-5 north of Redding

I don't seem to be having a much better luck than Polar Bear did 3 years ago. I've been up 3 times in August, including over Labor Day and these are my discoveries...
* Redding is the "last chance" for almost everything. If you know you don't have it by the time you get to Redding, get it there, We've eaten several places immediately off I-5 along Cypress Ave. - Black Bear Diner, Denney's @ The Vagabond (on Bechelli Ln.), and the Lumberjack. Stick with the chain, although the folks at The Lumberjack were very nice about the inedible food.
*North of Castella, but south of the Hwy. 89 cut-off is a Railroad Campground, Hotel and RESTAURANT. They're only open until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening, but we had really good meal, good service, and reasonable prices. The Mr. had calamari picatta - fork tender with a luscious rich sauce. I had Chicken Florentine - which was HUGE, tasty and nicely presented. If you can catch them on the way through some weekend, they're worth the stop off.
*Dunsmuir has a sweet little diner off Siskiyou Avenue. It's small, but the food is reasonably priced, decent sized servings, and it's open 24/7. We didn't visit in the middle of the night, but they're open! We continue to hear good things about the Thai restaurant, but haven't gotten there yet.
*Mt. Shasta found us seated at Lily's for 15 minutes with nothing other than water, while an argument went on in the back. We didn't get much past that. We took a good look at Vivify - it was recommended by a Shastan; macrobiotic lunch; sushi and other items served cafeteria style at dinner. Pass. Stings...appears to be a chain, but we were able to be seated and had a decent meal. It beat our dinner at The Black Bear Diner in Redding the preceding night hands down. Interesting and unique pub-grub was available at Billy Goat's Tavern, corner of Mt. Shasta Blvd. where it goes into Downtown. They had a good selection of burgers, all of which could be up-graded to Kobe beef for $2.50 (the blue-cheese Kobe burger was fabulous), a deep-fried soft-shell crab BLT on ciabatta, buffalo wings or buffalo popper shrimp, vegan items, salads and a number of other pub-style fare. Their garlic fries are literally fried with a head of garlic, which might find its way to your garlic bread...a sliced ciabatta roll topped with Asiago and half a roasted head of garlic baked onto each half. 2 pints of brew each, a Kobe blue cheese burger, fish and chips and garlic bread came to $40 before tip - and they were open on Sunday.

I'll add to this thread as I visit other places. Lai Lai's was recommended for good, fresh Chinese food, and Vivify was recommended, but we weren't necessarily in a "cafeteria-style" mood. I'm glad to hear about The Skillet. I'll have to give that a try...I'm a sucker for good biscuits and gravy!

Sep 03, 2007
NoCAFoodie in California

Oyster update, Pt. Reyes area

Being reasonably internet literate, I did my share of research surfing before setting off for a weekend of oyster-hunting. I forgot one minor thing...the internet does not self-update. Having said that...we had a great trip regardless!

Drakes Bay Oyster Farm ~ We were told it would be rustic, and it was. The oysters here were much, much larger than others we selected during our trip, and were right tasty as well. A little more dirt on the outsides to scrub off, but still...that ocean essence was truly great. 2 doz. of these babies left with us.

Tomales Bay Oyster Farm ~ Lovely plump and meaty oysters with a creamy taste...ah! We weren't sure about how it worked...parking was limited (it was full of picnickers), but service was quick and efficient. We picked up 3 doz. medium oysters here. Cash & carry here...

Hog Island Oyster Farm ~ I was looking forward to the restaurant...it's boarded up. Love to hear the story...? The picnic area was already booked (reservations required), but that was no problem as we weren't planning to stay there and eat, or BBQ as the case may be. I think we will someday, but not this trip. We picked up 2 doz. kumamoto oysters and hit the road. Next day, we came back and picked up a bag of 50 kumamotos and a doz. each of the small and medium sweetwater oysters. I am now totally addicted to kumamotos. How am I going to survive living in-land far from those succulent little gems?

If I missed a farm, someone please tell me!

Other stops included the Cowgirl Creamery (picked up a picnic bag to go-excellent!) and Bovine Bakery (got 2 sourdough loaves to go - equally excellent!); The Tides in Bodega Bay (enjoyed shopping, didn't eat there); Spud Point Crab was PACKED...or we'd have stopped there; The Station House in Pt. Reyes Station - had decent fish and chips, loved the Boontville Amber Ale; got reservations for the Olema Inn, but passed up due to the feast we'd collected. We enjoyed everything the entire weekend! Thanks so much for the hospitality folks!

ISO Recs for W Marin area...Inverness, etc.

Thanks so much! That all rings pretty true to all my travels along the coast. Some days are diamonds, some days are empty oyster shells....