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Who's familiar with old San Francisco restaurants?

Anyone mentioned the Hot House? It was on Balboa in the Outer Richmond. The thing that I always remember was the red sauce that they slathered on the tamales. I can't seem to find anything like it anymore. I recall reading a thread on Chowhound once about that red sauce..but can't seem to dig it up.

And what about the cafeteria style Manning on market around 5th Street. Anyone remember that place?

Mar 19, 2011
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Dungeness Crab Prices '10

$2.49 per lb. today at Pacific Super ( El Camino & Westborough). The tanks were full so hopefully this price will last through tomorrow.

Dec 08, 2010
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ISO Burgers, Fries and Shakes in SF

The Bill's Place on Clement is pretty Old School. I think it opened back in 1959. I always thought they only have one location. I'm not remembering that they have branches on 9th Ave as well as Sloat. How long ago was this that?

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Bill's Place
2315 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Nov 27, 2010
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ISO Burgers, Fries and Shakes in SF

Check out Bill's Place on Clement.

http://www.billsplace.qpg.com/

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Bill's Place
2315 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Nov 27, 2010
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Thankgiving Buffet in North Bay (Marin, Sonoma)

When Todai left , a restaurant named MC Skewer Sushi and Grill took over the spot. they did not stay very long. Biut yes they did have all-you-can eat Churrascaria (Brazilian grilled meats) on the menu.

Kome's menu is more like what was at Todai and what you will find at places like Moonstar and other all you can eat Asian style buffets, mainly Chinese and Japanese fare.

I would stick to the Japanese station at Kome. The Chinese food is nothing to write home about.

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Moonstar Restaurant
383 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

Todai Restaurant
2200 Eastridge Loop Ste 2074, San Jose, CA 95122

Nov 24, 2010
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Can anyone tell me if May Lin China Inc. still makes Black Bean Hot Sauce

Casey,

99 Ranch is an Asian supermaket chain here in the SF Bay Area. They also have stores in Southern Cal. The BBHS that I referred to is actually closer to what is called an XO sauce. Here is a link that talks about it

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?/topic/47071-home-made-hot-chili-oil-recipe/

Also, here is the link to buy the sauce online in case you can't find it in your neck of the woods.

.http://www.yanksing.com/to-order/sauc...

Jun 10, 2010
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Can anyone tell me if May Lin China Inc. still makes Black Bean Hot Sauce

From the looks of the May Lin jar, the closet thing that comes to mind is the BBHS made by Yang Sing. Have you tried that before? It is very good, black beans with bits of shallots and bits some other kinds of preserved vegetables. 99 Ranch has them.

Jun 10, 2010
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Baked pork buns at Lung Fung Bakery in SF

Usually i go for their steamed items (e.g, siu mai, har gao, etc). I also like their shrimp and egg patty ( it's like a small egg fu yung without the bean sprouts) and mini chicken pie.

Jun 09, 2010
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Baked pork buns at Lung Fung Bakery in SF

Thanks for the rec. TC Pastry has always been one of my favorite places for take out dim sum. However, i have never had their CSB until your recommendation. This past weekend, i finally tried their CSB and enjoyed it very much. The texture of the bread is reminiscent of Cafe Bekery's, The filling is not as highly seasoned (i.e., salty) as Cafe Bakery, which is a good thing. Overall, a very good CSB and at 3 for $1.60 (or was it $1.65? I forget :-) ) it may soon become my favorite too!

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Cafe Bakery
1365 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

TC Pastry
2222 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Jun 08, 2010
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Baked pork buns at Lung Fung Bakery in SF

How does it compare with the char siu bao from Cafe Bakery? That's my standard for CSB, But at $1.35 each, I wouldn't mind looking for a cheaper alternative (especially for occasions when I have to buy several dozens) :-)

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Cafe Bakery
1365 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

May 15, 2010
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Where can I buy fresh anchovies?

I saw fresh anchovies at Pacific Supermarket in SSF today.

1015 El Camino Real
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Apr 11, 2010
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best dim sum in SF?

The restaurant that you're thinkng of is probably Hang Ah Tea Room, located in the alley next to the playground on Sacramento Street between Grant and Stockton Streets.

Mar 08, 2010
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Bakeries in SF selling deserts with chestnuts? Cakes or tarts?

Chinese bakeries such as Sheng Kee usually have chestnet cakes.

http://www.shengkee.com/share/cgi-bin...

There's a Sheng kee on Irving and 20th Ave in the Sunset.

Dec 24, 2009
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Afternoon tea - weekends only?

Second LoveJoys. Other options:

Secret Garden Tea House in the inner Sunset:
http://www.secretgardenteahouse.net/

Tal-y-Tara in the Richmond:
http://www.talytara.com/tea.html

Aug 15, 2009
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Menus for HK/Cantonese/Sichuan traditional cuisine

Koi Palace is one of the best cantonese restaurants in the SF Bay Area.

Link to their menu page:

Koi Palace: http://www.koipalace.com/shell.html?p...

Jul 25, 2009
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Looking for bakery bargains

Sheng Kee Bakery sells their entire assortment of sweet and salty buns at a discount (I think it's 2 for $1.50) after 8 p.m everyday. I go to the store across from 99Ranch in Daly City, but I'm sure the other locations have the same deal.

http://www.shengkee.com/share/cgi-bin...

Jul 10, 2009
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SF Chili Dogs and Root Beer Floats

You might wnat to check out Bill's Place in SF's Richmond district. While they specialize in burgers, they also have chili dog on the menu. Great milkshakes and ice cream floats

2315 Clement St, San Francisco 94121
(Btwn 24th & 25th Ave)

Apr 04, 2009
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Need weekday lunch suggestions north side of SF

You might want to check out Spruce. They are located right next to Pacific Heights. Nice ambience and they are open for lunch on Mondays.

http://www.sprucesf.com/

Mar 12, 2009
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La Mian, ... anywhere around the Bay?

San Wong in SF Japantown serves La Mien.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/430477

Jun 01, 2008
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Looking for an awesome porkchop

I had the Smoked Red Wattle Pork Chop at Cafe Rouge this past weekend.. it was a huge double cut chop, smoked then grilled over a wood fire..The chop was amazingly juicy despite the fact that it was over two inches thick...which suggest that the chop was probably brined. It was served with red rice and broccolini, asparagus, and sweet peas.

Apr 21, 2008
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best hot and sour soup in SF

I like the Hot & Sour Soup at Hunan Homes.

Mar 20, 2008
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Best soy sauce for sushi?

Kikkoman makes a soy sauce specifically for sushi and sashimi. It's call Kappou Sashimi Soy Sauce. This soy sauce contains bonito extract and mirin; perfect with sushi. I picked mine up at Ranch 99, but I would think that most Asian markets should carry it.

Dec 13, 2007
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Capital Restaurant - New Year's Night

We enjoy both the salted egg and the Chinese sausage versions. Instead of using ground pork, they chop the pork the old fashion way which gives it a better texture. Also, there is a generous amount of fat in the pork which gives the patty almost a silken texture. Apparently, the pork patty is a very popular dish at Capital. On certain days of the week, they offer it as a lunch special served with rice. We tried to order it several times after 1 pm and they were out.

Feb 20, 2007
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GOEDUCK

Try South Sea Village on 15th and Irving. You can order the geoduck cooked two ways. The meat inside the shell is used to make a soup, while the siphon or trunk can be stir fried with garlic and chives or quickly blanched and served with a soy based dipping sauce.

Feb 20, 2007
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Capital Restaurant - New Year's Night

Besides the chicken wings, another favorite of ours is the steamed pork patty. This is one dish that's not to be missed when you go to Capital. The dish is offered in four variations:

1. pork with Chinese sausage and mushroom
2. pork with salted fish
3. pork with salted duck eggs
4. pork with salted radish (chung choy)

Feb 19, 2007
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ocean beach cafes

There's also Bashful Bull on Taraval around 43rd? Good Pancakes and Burgers.

Feb 17, 2007
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"Hakka" style Chinese food in San Francisco?

Ton Kiang on Geary in the Richmond District serves Hakka dishes. Try their salt baked chicken, steamed bacon with mustard greens, and their twice cooked pork, all traditional Hakka favorites.

Jan 06, 2007
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Seeking upscale SF fusion, experimental a plus

Another Asian-fusion restaurant that you might want to try is EOS.

http://www.eossf.com/home.html

Jan 05, 2007
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"Pork Chop House" in S.F. Chinatown - still open?

Mariposa's roast pork looks delicious! I will definitely give a try.

However, from the photo, it appears that Mariposa's version is prepared in the same manner as the roast pork that one would find at a typical Chinese BBQ deli. I was looking for something more in line with what they serve at Sun Lan Ting, the "old school" Chinese American roast pork described in L.W.'s earlier post and in the dive blog:

http://divefood.blogspot.com/2006/03/....

This version is becoming increasingly hard to find. Other than Sun lan Ting and Capital Restaurant, I have not seen it at any other places in SF Chinatown.

Dec 30, 2006
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"Pork Chop House" in S.F. Chinatown - still open?

Thanks for the menu scans. I'm surprise they don't have Shrimp in Lobster Sauce, one of my favorite old school Cantonese stir fry dishes!

I have not yet tried the roast pork at Mariposa. Do they serve it with the ribs like they do at Sun Lan Ting? Do they give you a choice of curry gravy or brown (spanish) gravy?

Dec 30, 2006
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