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Philly Cheese Steak?

I prefer Jake's Steaks over The Cheesesteak Shop (on Divisadero) and Buster's, though I haven't tried Phat Philly yet (nor Pat's/Geno's, so I can't attest to "authenticity", just tastiness).

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Jake's Steaks
3301 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Phat Philly
3388 24th St, San Francisco, CA

Feb 08, 2011
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

where can I get "homemade" bacon?

At GGM, it was actually a slab they sliced to order (at least when I went). I think they had some pre-sliced too, but less than the amount I wanted, so I'm guessing that may be part of why they pulled out a new slab.

Jan 07, 2009
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where can I get "homemade" bacon?

Finally got around to trying some of the Nueske's (via GGM @ the Ferry Building), and that was rather good (and smoky). Maybe a ~tiny~ bit too smokey, but it could've just been batch variance.

Next up (once my arteries clear up a bit), Magnani's.

Jan 02, 2009
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

where can I get "homemade" bacon?

Tried some from Fatted Calf, and while good, it still wasn't as smokey as I'm now looking for.

I suppose next on the list to try would be Neuseke's from GGM (would try Magnani's or Corralitos, but I'm closer to the Ferry Building).

Sep 24, 2008
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

where can I get "homemade" bacon?

I'm not talking about pre-packaged thick cut/applewood smoked/etc like Nieman Ranch or your run of the mill whole foods/trader joes/etc. I'm talking about a place (restaurant/deli/unmarked-white-van?) that smokes their own pork. Yes, I've seen the recipes online, but I'm a bit lazy to go that far...for now.

Had some bacon (on a BLT as part of a sampler) at a BBQ place in Kauai, and it was the best bacon I've ever had. You could really taste the smokiness of the bacon, and checking their menu later, they said they make their own. After that, I'm surprised more BBQ places don't make and sell their own bacon.

Sep 18, 2008
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

best kobe beef in bay area

wagyu bahn mi would be interesting.

Jul 19, 2007
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best kobe beef in bay area

I'm not sure what other restaurants around here import wagyu.

I was at Bushi-Tei in SF once, and they had wagyu on the menu. I asked the server where it's from and he said it's US wagyu, but they have some imported wagyu that's not on the menu. While interested, I didn't order it at the time. I'm not sure if it was a limited/periodic occurrence, but I haven't been back since then.

Jul 19, 2007
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best kobe beef in bay area

I'm guessing some folks may mention Alexander's in Cupertino, but their wagyu/kobe steaks aren't that great, even though they're supposed to be graded A5 (highest rating on the beef scale in Japanese grading chart), and imported from Japan (Kagoshima prefecture, as listed on their menu). Granted, a lot of it could have been how they prepared it when I had it, which was pre-sliced, with bacon bits and a sweet sauce over it (none of which was mentioned on the menu). It wasn't bad per se, but I'm one of those purists who think a good steak (nevermind a pricey wagyu steak) should stand on it's own, maybe with a dash of salt and/or pepper to taste. If someone likes A1 sauce on your steak, maybe they'll like this preparation. If I sucked all the sauce and bacon off (which was actually quite good... who doesn't like bacon?), you can kind of taste the beef, which wasn't bad, but definitely not worth the price IMO, at least in that form.

Granted, the rest of the meal was excellent, and the "regular" steaks were quite good and were classically prepared. I wouldn't mind making another trip from the city down there again. I just think their wagyu isn't all that.

To put this in relative terms, I've had both so-so, and good wagyu in Tokyo and the good stuff was some damn good beef, worth every single yen. After eating the good wagyu, all other beef I had for at least a year after that was just disappointing.

Jul 17, 2007
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

Hyde@ Jackson - what's nearby

There's a bunch in that area -

Luella is a few blocks up on Hyde (get the coca cola braised short ribs - I think Sunday nights are "kids night", with a menu for kids),

A few blocks further up on Hyde/Union is Swensen's Ice Cream - much better than anything you'd get out of your grocer's freezer section.

Star of India on Polk/Broadway is okay - with a $9 all you can eat buffet (though for Indian delivery, I'm starting to prefer Pakwan - entrees are a lot cheaper) ,

Sushi Rapture on Leavenworth/Washington is pretty decent neighborhood Japanese food (I like their karaage).

Crepe House on Polk/Washington can be hit or miss, but is generally pretty good. Way packed during weekend lunch/brunch time (which could be a plus if you want to peoplewatch), but otherwise seating isn't a problem.

Jul 10, 2007
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a great downtown steahouse

Assuming you mean downtown SF, Bob's isn't bad, though they do give you a rather large carrot (depending on the maturity level of you group, you may get a few giggles) with the steaks. Basic steakhouse fare, not too stuffy.

Alfred's is your old school steak house. A bit stuffy, but the food is good. They have a 60oz Porterhouse on the menu if you're particularly hungry (though it takes longer to prepare).

Bobo's isn't really downtown, but if it's within your distance, they're my favorite steak in the city, followed closely by Harris's (also not really downtown). A more laid back atmosphere, and their bone-in cuts are great.

Haven't been to Morton's or Ruth's Chris, since I'm not too big on large chains for nicer meals.

Jun 26, 2007
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Favorites at the SF Ferry Bldg Farmer's Market?

The croquettes (and katsu) at DELICA rf1 are better than some of the ones I've had in Japan. I always feel a little touristy going there, but dammit, they're yummy. Along with their veggies (seems seasonal, usually asparagus or green beans) and sesame-miso dressing.

Jun 06, 2007
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

BBQ Restaurants in San Francisco?

Another vote for Big Nate's, though they can be hit or miss.

Jun 06, 2007
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

What to order in an Americanized Chinese Restaurant?

Noodles (like chow mein/fun) aren't always a safe bet. I've had noodles at Chinese places outside of the bay area, and it's very hit or miss. Even some of the crappier places IN the bay area can be a miss.

May 16, 2007
tobze in General Topics

Fish & Chips

Picadilly Fish and Chips, on Polk/Pine in the city. Good old fashioned fish and chips (and nearly whatever else you want battered and deep fried - oysters, mushrooms, zucchini, shrimp, etc) that make you feel guilty after eating it. They use some old school grease/lard/oil/fat/lipids which gives it a certain yummy (yet artery clogging) taste. Not many places make it like this anymore - the only other ones I know of around here are Old Chelsea a few blocks away closer to the TL, and a place over in Sausalito whose name I can't remember.

I've had the f&c at the Irish Bank a few times, and they're not bad, but they're not the same style - the batter is a bit more dry and crunchy, instead of moist yet crispy.

Mar 16, 2007
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Affogato / gelato in the FiDi?

Are there any quick places in the FiDi that serve affogato? If not, what about just gelato (so I can drop by a coffee shop and make my own affogato)? The coffee shop on Bush/Montgomery used to have it before they changed owners, but it looks like they no longer do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affogato

Mar 13, 2007
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

Food Court Choices at 380 Bush

The places in the Dungeon have gone downhill over the years. I used to go to the Japanese and Vietnamese places there weekly, but they both changed ownership a year or two ago, and they're just not the same. The Japanese place upped their prices a bit, and are trying to be a bit more full-menu'ed (call me a sushi snob, but I'd really hesitate before eating sushi from there). The Vietnamese place - I gave the new pho a try a few times, and every time, the noodles were cut really short - making it quite a chore to eat with chopsticks or a fork (a spork may have been successful). I haven't tried lately (since I've pretty much taken them out of my rotation), so they may have changed since then. There are a ton of tastier places to eat around there, especially if you're only around for a day. If you don't mind the walk, Delica-RF1 in the Ferry Building has awesome Japanese deli food.

Mar 07, 2007
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Where to Eat Lunch Near Sansome and Montgomery

Oddly, I've worked on the same block (or across the street) for quite some time as well (though I guess so do a few thousand other folks...)

I'm sorry, but El Faro just sucks. I've tried them a few times, and all their food is ridiculously bland. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if their food is more bland, or if the Mexican place in the "dungeon"/"basement" food court (at Kearny/Bush) is (don't ever get the nachos there).

For burritios, I'd rather go to Carmen's Taqueria on Market, between Sansome and Montgomery (near See's). Bit more hole-in-the-wall type place, but they have decent tasting good sized burritos - nothing fancy, plus you get chips and a drink included. For a more "upscale" burrito, there's Tlaloc over on Commercial (between Sansome/Montgomery). Of course, for the mega-chain interpretation of a burrito, there's Del Taco (the only one on this side of the bay) on Market/3rd, and Chipotle on New Montgomery.

Mar 07, 2007
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Where to buy Wagyu Beef in San Francisco?

I was there earlier this week - no wagyu.

Mar 01, 2007
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hawaiian plate lunch in Bay Area

Here's a listing of a bunch (all?) of the Hawaiian food joints in the Bay Area http://pw1.netcom.com/~halkop/food.html , though it includes sit-down places in addition to plate lunch places.

I like the katsu at Hawaiian Drive in in Daly City. Actually, the actual meat isn't bad, but it's the sauce I really like.

Jan 08, 2007
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

DAT Steaks-Ruth's Chris vs. Lark Creek Steak?

I went to Alfred's for lunch last week and had their DAT selection. It's different from their regular you listed:

Starter of - Soup or Salad
Entree of - Salmon
or Filets with Onions, Mushrooms, and Bacon (there was a fancier description, but I forgot exactly)
Dessert of - Coffee/Espresso Ice Cream, or [something else]

Jan 08, 2007
tobze in San Francisco Bay Area

Best hot dog?

If you don't need/want/desire a grilled dog, the ones at the food counter at Costco are awesome (and cheap).

Nov 17, 2006
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fish and chips

They're Korean, not Japanese.

I think they and Old Chelsea are owned by the same folks, but either way, they both taste identical. Best fish and chips in town IMO. Irish Bank isn't bad too - big portions.

Nov 17, 2006
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Roadside BBQ - 2nd Ave.and Geary Blvd

Reheating is understandable, to a degree. But, the pork seemed like it was from the day before, with the tips of the shreds sort of discolored and slightly dried out. Maybe that's how it's been sometimes at the other places I've been, but they've always been slathered with sauce (which I like), so you can't see the meat.

Oct 26, 2006
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Roadside BBQ - 2nd Ave.and Geary Blvd

I went there on a Tuesday, and had pretty much the same experience - lukewarm food, and mediocre to below mediocre pulled pork and brisket. I'm pretty sure both of them were just reheated from an earlier batch. The BBQ sauce tasted like your run of the mill bottled stuff. Some of their sides however are good sized and pretty tasty (the sweet potato fries), whereas others are not so great (like the coleslaw - without mayo - wtf?).

I like Big Nate's (on Folsom at 12th) better for their brisket and pork. They can be a bit hit or miss at times, but the hits outnumber the misses (and I've never had a miss as bad as what I had at Roadside). Their sides however are rather basic (or lacking, depending how you look at it).

I'll go back to Roadside again, just not anytime soon. I hope they stick around though - it's nice to have choices.

Oct 23, 2006
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fresh unagi in SF?

I shop at Nijiya periodically, and the packaged stuff just isn't the same, no matter how you cook it (I suppose grilling would taste somewhat better than microwaving it). The thing is the fresh ones I had weren't bathed/soaked in sauce, so they actually taste like fish/eel. I suppose one could try rinsing the sauce off.... They're as different as a filet-o-fish is to a fillet of fresh snapper. The other thing was instead of grilling/toaster-ovening them, they used a blow torch. Sounds a little Tim Allen-ish, but it was damn tasty.

Sep 06, 2006
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fresh unagi in SF?

(Did a search, but didn't find much in terms of results)

Are there any restaurants in SF that serve fresh unagi? After having non-packaged unagi in Japan, the pre-packaged stuff that everyone here seems to use just pales in comparison. Throwing a pre-packaged eel in a toaster oven doesn't count as fresh.

Sep 05, 2006
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Chicken Fried Steak in SF

Bob's Steak and Chops (on Montgomery/California) has a pretty good version. They only have it at lunch though. I'm not from Texas though, so take that for what you will (though Bob's does have another shop in Texas...)

Aug 02, 2006
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