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Hamburgers - SF Dish of the Month September 2013

Prather Ranch beef is pastured/grass fed and significantly better than Niman Ranch if you care about how the animals are treated, what they eat, etc. Niman used to be better but went downhill after the founder sold the company a few years ago. I also like the taste of Prather Ranch meats. To me the expense is justified.

Sep 26, 2013
waluso in San Francisco Bay Area

Hamburgers - SF Dish of the Month September 2013

My favorite place for burgers by far in the SF or peninsula area is Bistro SF Grill in lower pac heights. They have grass fed beef, venison, buffalo, chicken, boar, alligator, and I think some others. It's a bit pricey but very good.

http://bistrosfgrill.com

Sep 20, 2013
waluso in San Francisco Bay Area
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chowhound family that likes adventure with great foodie places

Does Super Duper use grassfed beef and "good" ingredients? I love Roam because of the good ingredients plus good prices, but would be nice to have other options!

Sep 20, 2013
waluso in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeking Nut-Free Restuarant in San Francisco

You might want to try Pica Pica: http://www.picapicakitchen.com/. It is a gluten free restaurant. In my experience, restaurants that are knowledgeable in general about food allergies will be very careful with any allergy.

Feb 21, 2013
waluso in San Francisco Bay Area

Butcher for bacon/ham/sausage

I had detailed discussions with them and they said they could not make the bacon, ham, and sausage without soy oil and MSG. I would have taken any kind of sausage but they all had soy (I don't remember if they all had MSG). The bacon and ham I believe both had MSG. They said they are working on a more natural version of their bacon but it won't be ready for a while. I asked if they could make it without the soy and MSG and they said no. The only options they gave me were to take the meat raw, or take it to another butcher. There were other ingredients too that the person I talked to couldn't pronounce but I didn't write them down.

Jun 18, 2012
waluso in San Francisco Bay Area

Butcher for bacon/ham/sausage

Thanks, I will check these out. By the way, Bud's Custom Meats was the original butcher. I was really disappointed that they use msg and other ingredients they couldn't even pronounce. I can deal with the nitrates, but not the other stuff. My fallback is to make my own.

Jun 18, 2012
waluso in San Francisco Bay Area

Butcher for bacon/ham/sausage

I just bought a pastured pig but the butcher used by the ranch uses msg, soy oil, and other ingredients that I don't want in bacon, ham, and sausage. So now I have a raw belly slab, ham, and a bunch of ground pork. I would like to take it to another butcher to make into bacon, ham, and sausage. I am looking for a butcher that uses natural, preferably organic ingredients. I am in the peninsula but willing to drive anywhere in the bay area.

Thanks!

Jun 18, 2012
waluso in San Francisco Bay Area

Egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, nut-free cupcakes?

I'm ordered from Let Them Eat Cake and they were very accommodating and the cupcakes were very good. I can't recall if we had the cupcakes made without eggs, but they were definitely gluten-free and dairy-free (as well as free of many other allergens). They worked closely with us to make sure the cupcakes had none of my daughter's allergens. I also ordered from Crave and they were delicious as well, but my daughter's allergies were better so the list we were avoiding was much shorter (but still free of gluten and dairy). Another place to try is Zest Bakery in San Carlos. I'm not sure if they do gluten, dairy, and egg free, but everything is gluten free and delicious!

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Zest Bakery
1224 Arroyo Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070

Dec 26, 2010
waluso in San Francisco Bay Area

Toddler-Friendly Restaurants Near Metro Center

I will be visiting DC for a conference this week with my significant other and my 2-year old. I am looking for restaurant suggestions (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) near Metro Center that are kid-friendly, and also around the mall area for lunches. I would really like to find some places that serve local, organic ingredients if possible. Something with a patio or area for kids to play is a plus (but not interested in McD's or similar fast food). Any budget is fine. Thanks!

Oct 03, 2010
waluso in Washington DC & Baltimore

Organic restaurants in peninsula or SF (or restaurants that understand food allergies)

Thank you so much rworange! I will definitely check out Cafe Gratitude. I have also been wanting to try Ubuntu in Napa but haven't made it up there yet.

At Sirayvah I have been ordering a green curry chicken (not exactly on the menu but they made it for me) and served over steamed vegetables since I can't have rice. It was excellent and the vegetables were very fresh. My husband had a noodle dish he liked and we had larb gai for an appetizer that came with 5-6 bites served on individual small lettuce leaves. They will make things spicy as you request. I was really impressed with how attentive they were to my allergies, the quality of the ingredients, and how friendly they were. In fact we have been going almost every week because it's the only place I have found that I feel comfortable eating at. We had absolutely no problems with service. I do agree it's a bit pricey but I think it's worth it.

Nov 13, 2008
waluso in San Francisco Bay Area

Organic restaurants in peninsula or SF (or restaurants that understand food allergies)

Because of significant food allergies that were recently diagnosed, I am on a very strict diet and cannot eat many things (such as dairy, wheat, rice, corn, gluten, and many others) and I have to stick with mostly organic foods. For the past few months I have been cooking all my own meals to avoid eating an allergen, but its getting old and I really need to find some places that would work with me (at least for special occasions). The only place I have found so far is Sirayvah Thai in San Carlos (they are wonderful!). Do you know of any restaurants (I don't care what type of food - I'm desperate!) in the peninsula or SF that use organic ingredients and/or who may be really accomodating to someone with food allergies?

Nov 13, 2008
waluso in San Francisco Bay Area