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Belcampo Meat (Russian Hill, San Francisco)

Yeah I don't buy much red meat, but I'm hooked on Olivier's, his cuts seem a little different than most, the quality it great and about the same prices as Whole Foods (and he's around the corner from Mr. & Mrs. Misc.). I picked up a pack of hot dogs from Belcampo ($12 for 6 iirc) that were awesome, pretty dense and true beefy flavor (my boss picked up a pack as well and thought they were too salty).

Jul 23, 2014
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Zuni 2014

I know you preface by saying you had a decadent meal, but was that meal shared or did you eat all that solo? Sounds great either way, its been a few years since I've been back there.

Jul 21, 2014
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Wine country central location

I'm a fan of Sebastopol, not too far South of Healdsburg, lots of great wineries in the area, the new Barlow Complex outside town with good foodstuff, close to Wildflour Bakery, Freestone cheese, etc., close to Petaluma – Della Fattoria, etc., not too far from SF. I suppose it depends where you want to mainly spend your time. The town of Sonoma is pretty far from Healdsburg but a little closer to Napa.

Jul 17, 2014
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Chad Robertson's influence on SF pizza scene

Ahh, before my time. Well then I'm just glad the pendulum has swung back around.

Jul 15, 2014
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Chad Robertson's influence on SF pizza scene

When I moved here from NYC in late 1996, my experience was that aside from a few places like Tomassos, Gaspare and Villa Romano, the pizza was pretty dreadful and generic. This is based on North Beach Pizza, Buffalo De Mozzerella and others I’m trying not to recall. I always wondered if there were other better places around then that I just didn’t know about. I would gorge on pizza during return trips to NY. Now when I go back to NY I don’t really go out of my way to eat pizza, as SF is in the middle of such a pizza renaissance that I can’t even keep up with all the new places opening.

Jul 15, 2014
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Chad Robertson's influence on SF pizza scene

I’m also I fan of Pasquales (the Sloat location) for a basic, cheap take-out pie. I like the sausage and onion, generous amount of fennely sausage. Doesn’t get any of the love or attention on this board as some of the less deserving places (I’m looking at you Pizza Shop on 24th St. with your skimpy toppings)

Jul 15, 2014
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Chad Robertson's influence on SF pizza scene

I've been three times and never had a burnt pie. I do find that their pies tend to taste the same regardless of the toppings, compared to say Gialina where the different topping combinations really stand out.

Jul 14, 2014
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Help picking Wine?

Ahh, good tip. I usually order when they have their one cent shipping deals for a case, but that's good if you want less than that.

Jul 13, 2014
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Help picking Wine?

I picked up some verjus from the Pennyroyal stand at the Healdsurg farmers market two weeks ago but they were just selling that and the grape juice, not wine.

Jul 12, 2014
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Best Eye Candy Staff in town

Beachy Cream

Jul 08, 2014
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I think I got myself a plan- now which of these 3 wine itineraries would you choose? :)

Actually Wind Gap moved to the Barlow complex in Sebastopol - not sure if Ryme is still in that space in Forrestville - but if OP goes to Forrestville the Nightingale Bakery is another spot for excellent bread.

Jun 25, 2014
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LA to SF Weekend Trip Report

That's the problem with these lists, these sites need to constantly generate content so they come up with useless information. I've had the croque monsieur and thought it was fine, but this is the first time I've ever heard of it referred to as "iconic SF" food. Their country loaf, however, I would characterize as an iconic SF food item.

Jun 25, 2014
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LA to SF Weekend Trip Report

The vibe in Dogpatch kind of reminds me of the Arts District in DTLA.

Jun 24, 2014
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LA to SF Weekend Trip Report

Thanks for reporting back. I haven't been to Commis in several years but I do recall being impressed with the wine pairings. San Francisco has quite a range of Italian places and as Robert notes a diverse pizza scene that seems to show no signs of slowing down with new places opening regularly, so I'd be wary of making any broad pronouncements based on one meal at Cotogna. Glad you enjoyed Slocombe, definitely hit Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous and Bi-Rite next time.

Jun 24, 2014
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French Laundry and Meadowood on the SAME day?!?! [Napa Valley]

What I'd do is hightail it down to SF and squeeze in a meal at Saison between the two.

Seriously though, my lunch at French Laundry was 3.5 hours and I couldn't imagine eating another long meal so soon afterwards.

Jun 19, 2014
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Where to live in Oakland for food?

Make sure to get your fill of good BBQ before making the move.

Jun 11, 2014
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Sonoma Cty visits March & May 2014: Pt 1 of 2 - Backyard to La Gare

Thanks for the reports, we have a family reunion in Healdsburg at the end of the month so these are very helpful. I had a similarly bad meal (dinner) at the Fremont Diner after reading almost universal praises, but the setting is so nice I might go back to try breakfast or brunch, which I understand to be their strong point.

Jun 11, 2014
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The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Agree about the HRD burrito and most all of their stuff really, using super low quality and fatty meats. The kimchi burrito is just greasy and actually pretty gross.

Jun 07, 2014
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The Presidential @4505 Burgers & BBQ - Divisadero [San Francisco]

Had the 3 meat (brisket, ribs, sausage) with two sides (fries and baked beans) to go last night, plus a side of the Frankaroni and bag of chicharrones. Except for the fries and the chicharrones (and ribs maybe) I thought everything was pretty lackluster.
Brisket had plenty of smoke flavor but was mostly dry and tasted overwhelmingly of salt. Same for the sausage, except the sausage lacked the smoke element. Ribs actually were my favorite, dense, light smoke flavor. Sauces were all fairly generic. Fries fried in tallow were very good, nice beefy flavor. Baked beans were ridiculously sweet. The two pickle slices were good, nice sweet/vinegar balance. Frankeroni - lots of velveeta flavor but not much else, couldn’t taste any hot dogs in there and wasn’t really crispy – not enough flavor for the calories. Chicharrones were excellent as they always are.
Place was packed around 7:00 so people seem to like it. Either they are packing them on based on their burger reputation or I have different standards when it comes to BBQ, because I thought this was all pretty C-grade stuff.

Jun 07, 2014
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More questions on Dine About Town.

Jun 03, 2014
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Birthday party at winery in Sonoma/Napa?

I went to a wedding a few years back at Michel-Schlumberger and it was quite lovely eating in the interior courtyard at night. Don't know if they still rent it out.

Jun 03, 2014
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Disneyland/California Adventure Reflections

We did 2 days at Disney/CA Adventure about two years ago, stayed just outside the park, but pretty much avoided eating in the park as I needed a change of scenery after a couple hours so slightly alternative itinerary, choosing places within quick driving distance.
Day one: Grab coffee at Starbucks, free hotel fruit and Banh Mi Sandwiches to eat in the park from Banh Mi Cho Cu Bakery in Westminster – solid Banh Mi and they held up well after 3 hours in the stroller. Cheesy pretzel and sno-cone in the park. Dinner at Thai Nakorn, Garden Grove, very good, but portions are large, even apps, so can’t try very much with just two people.
Day Two: Pastries/coffee from Starbucks near the park and free fruit from the hotel. Snack at the Corn Dog truck – really excellent corn dog, hot all the way through, nice crispy but not too bready coating. Lunch: drove to Bludso's in Compton, Texas Sampler, got there early so no line and no traffic, ate it by the pool, then back into the park for the late afternoon/evening. Also got a couple beers at Flo’s Café in CA Adventure – agree it’s a nice place to sit for a minute. Dinner we drove and met friends at Animal – so not really Disney-centric.

Jun 03, 2014
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The Pastrami List 2014

Seems to be a disconnect with the Langer's entry. The article says the No. 19 is the runner up but the picture and text erroneously describe the plain pastrami sandwich as the “No. 19”

Jun 02, 2014
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Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

heh heh - just give me your address Bob and I'll send the detectives right over with them.

May 27, 2014
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Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

Reporting back after a gluttonous weekend. Thanks to all the LA hounds for generously sharing their advice, opinions and snark (er, wit).

Friday: Stuck with tradition and drove straight from SF to Langers, arriving at 12:00, just ahead of the crowds. Got the pastrami platter this time which was perfect for wife, me and kid – for about $5 more than the price of 2 sandwiches you get enough pastrami for 2 large sandwiches, 4 slices of rye, large scoop of chopped chicken liver, French fries, baked beans, cole slaw, swiss cheese, Russian dressing and an assortment of veggies that served no real purpose. So the wife made her No. 19 and I had pastrami with chicken liver and mustard – great as usual, nice moist cut of pastrami and the waitress threw in a couple more slices of rye with the leftovers to finish off the chicken liver later.
Chichen Itza for dinner was prefect, simple ceviche, excellent cochinita pibil and a special of smoky grilled shrimp over rice with a nutty/creamy/habanero sauce that was really excellent and a not too sweet jamaica. Place is super casual, easy parking right in front, would definitely come back to try more of the menu and regret not buying a bottle of their hot sauce.
Stopped by the Nickel Diner on the way back to the hotel for their versions of a Ding Dong (great – actually pretty true to the original in texture and composition), cherry pop tart type thing (just OK, dough a little heavy) and the bacon maple donut (lots of people seem to be doing these, but this is among the best versions I’ve had, like eating pancakes with bacon and syrup, great with coffee the next morning).
Saturday: Couple lattes from G&B at the Grand Central Market, then over to Wexlers for bagel with lox and bagel with smoked sturgeon – both really good. They told me they have a baker make the bagels to their specifications – nicely crunchy on the outside, not too large or dense, slightly chewy.
Checked out the Bradbury building then walked around Grand Park then brief pool lounge before lunch at Guerilla Tacos. Had 2 each of the crispy blue potato I think with greens and tomatoes, some kind of spicy sausage taco and grilled eggplant (I’m forgetting multiple ingredients here). These were great, the crispy potato and veggie the clear winner, the eggplant not so successful. We got there too late for one with uni if I recall. Since it was around the corner, we hit the Pie Hole for a strawberry lavender sort of pop tart (excellent, really flakey and the lavender was just enough – sometimes too much tastes like you’re eating soap), coconut custard pie (rich, excellent) with a layer of raspberry and a lemon meringue mini pie (good, classic version). Checked out the Last Bookstore (awesome place for kids), then just enough time to for a tour of the LA Times from my wife’s uncle who is an editor there (and score my free copy of Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best guide!).
Dinner at Night + Market: Loved this place, better than any Thai in SF. Fried papaya app, pork hock, fried pigs tails (these are divine), crab fried rice, some super spicy jungle curry soup from the specials menu, pad kee mao. My friends are somewhat spice averse so we ordered everything mild, but lucky for me N+M’s mild is pretty spicy. Free hotel desk cookies and leftover pastries for dessert.
Sunday: Back to G&B for lattes with their home ground almond milk (not really my thing). Wexlers again for bagels with lox and bagel with egg, cheddar and pastrami – so I got a little taste of the pastrami – flavor was great but can’t really judge the texture/moisture in this context since its been pan fried. Took everything to go and had our breakfast at the beautiful garden behind the Disney Hall. Two hours at the MOCA and off to Mexicali Tacos for lunch –Arghh, closed – Damn you Yelp. Marsicos Jalisco Downtown – also closed. So quick decision to hit Guisados – last time we went to the Boyle Heights location, so this time we hit Echo Park and it was a much better lunch spot, nice patio out back. Taco samplers and a shrimp taco, the only one I didn’t like was the chicharon – mushy reconstituted chicharons – others were as good as last time. Back to hotel for a pool dip before dinner.
Tar & Roses – Love the patio space with the roof rolled open. My friend pre-ordered the goat dinner and this was excellent. Grilled little gem salad with currants, I forget what cheese and pancetta – perfect starter, half a goat with prefect couscous (I’ve always found couscous kind of boring, but this show how good it is when cooked perfectly, slightly lemony with pine nuts), 3 dipping sauces (harissa, yogurt and tomato) and wood roasted purple and orange carrots with crème fraiche and currants. The tomato dipping sauce/side was amazing, sort of slightly stewed tomatoes with champagne and cider vinegar – nicely cut the richness of the goat. Oh the goat – a magnificent plate of meat, way too much for 4 of us plus child. Strawberry crostata and some kind of fudge-like chocolaty goodness with ice cream – both excellent. Saw lots of great things going by that I’d come back to try. This goat dinner is really a bargain for the quality and quantity of food.
Monday: up early to avoid the traffic back to SF, walk to the car and oh did I leave my back window open all night? Arrggghhh, window smashed and one large rock and two crack pipes left in the back seat (sans crack), took all my Ty Segall CDs but left one of Sonic Youth’s lesser works and a children’s sing along disc (those LA crackheads have good taste). So morning was spent at the LAPD and getting a new window on Mission Street. 11:00, not too bad, can still swing by Portos Burbank on the way North for some road cubanos and pastries. CLOSED, again despite being listed as “open now” on Yelp – a pox your house Yelp.

So great eats overall and thanks to all the advice from this board I have enough of a list of places for next year as well, so that I wont need to hassle you for further advice – though I likely will anyway.

May 27, 2014
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where can I find the best local strawberries?

Thanks, yes I think that's it. Made a strawberry rhubarb crumble with them Saturday that tasted of pure summer.

May 19, 2014
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where can I find the best local strawberries?

I don’t know the name of the farm, but at the Northwest corner of the Saturday Alemany Market there is a vendor that currently has a wide variety of excellent organic strawberries at not much more than the non-organic strawberries throughout the market. Their greens are really good as well.

May 19, 2014
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Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

Lers Ros is great and is the big player for non dumbed down Thai in SF.

Kin Khao is a new one that's getting a lot of press but I haven't been yet.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9166...

I don't think SF has a deep bench of authentic Thai food but enough good ones that you can get your fix.

May 10, 2014
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Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

Belcampo: there’s one up here, so I’m not going to burn of my few LA meals on it. Interesting to see so little ink spilled on the SF board about it vs. the massive thread going here.

Horse Thief: Honestly, I doubt I’ll do it, BBQ is something I generally only eat if its really really good – I don’t bother in SF and my wife has family in Austin so I just save it for those visits. Exception made for Bludsoes.

Wexlers: Since GCM is so close to the hotel wouldn’t be a big deal to grab a sandwich for the drive out of town – maybe I’ll ask for a taste a la Katz's when I get my bagel Saturday a.m. .

May 07, 2014
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Best tacos in the U.S. ...and the winner is...

Say it ain’t say so, where will I go, how will I eat if I can't rely on these lists

May 07, 2014
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