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Best SF Value Restaurants

Thanks for all these great responses. Based on some I guess I should clarify what I meant by "value." Definitely, value is subjective. It doesn't necessarily mean inexpensive. It definitely excludes (in my mind) places that charge more solely because a lot of wealthy people live or work nearby or because it has catches some current trend. Good value can come from good food and/or bigger portions even if the price is high. It's the ratio of how satisfied you are relative to what you paid. I'm new to SF but here's another example: I've been several times to Piperade. I always go for lunch because it's the same menu as dinner but less expensive (better *value*). I always pay about $100 for two including wine but I leave there feeling like I'm in heaven; it's 100% totally satisfying, so it's good value, even though pricey. The opposite was Pesce where, for $80 at dinner I had to fill up on their crusty bread and still left feeling hungry - and ripped off. Thanks for taking the time to offer all these great suggestions, all of which I'll try.

Mar 13, 2009
mizuhito in San Francisco Bay Area

Best SF Value Restaurants

I read sooo many reviews that say "food is overpriced" or "too expensive" and the like. So I'm curious - what are people's recommendations for the best bang per buck? Places where the food is great, who cares about the decor and ambiance, and you don't go broke there, you don't have to splurge, it's not a special-occasion-only deal, you don't feel like you were taken advantage of. Probably no tapas places would qualify. I think maybe an example would be Woodhouse Fish Co. What do you think? TIA!

Mar 12, 2009
mizuhito in San Francisco Bay Area

Semifreddi's Bread in Nob Hill Area

By chance I discovered Cala earlier this evening, and you're right - they have a nice selection. The Odessa rye is one of my favorites but I didn't see that they had it. Also, their (SF's) morning buns are fabulous and by 6pm certainly they'd be gone. Thanks so much for the tip! mzht

Mar 03, 2009
mizuhito in San Francisco Bay Area

Semifreddi's Bread in Nob Hill Area

Hi, I just moved to Nob Hill. Given that Semifreddi's bread is absolutely the best in the Bay Area, no argument whatsoever, could someone please help me find a store that sells it nearby? Certainly, I'd be willing to travel several miles to buy this fine product but it would be nice if it were close. Markets, groceries, etc. TIA!

Mar 01, 2009
mizuhito in San Francisco Bay Area

go to Declancy's -- Oakland

What, exactly, *is* soul food? It's not Southern, because they don't have hushpuppies. So what is it? I looked at the menu for this place and it definitely looks pricy.

Mar 16, 2007
mizuhito in San Francisco Bay Area

Authentic Irish in Bay Area

The other day the Chronicle had an article on authentic irish food,
including a recipe and a great looking pictures of steak & oyster stew
and coleslaw with brie dressing. But they didn't mention restaurants
at all. Anybody know of a place to get good Irish food in the Bay Area?
Anyplace make steak & oyster stew? Please?

Mar 16, 2007
mizuhito in San Francisco Bay Area

Chow Before A Show

Thanks for the suggestion of El Colibri, which is where we went. This place is fantastic! 4.9 out of 5! We had a Jicama salad that was good except that the Jicama pieces were too big and required too durned much chewing. But the salad had all kinds of assorted goodies on it and everyone there is served these delicious homemade corn tortillas with 3 kinds of salsa and I had there the best duck I've ever had ANYWHERE, no exceptions, and the dessert (blanco y negro, a mouse better than any frenchman could do) was superb. Highly recommended. And Thanks!

Aug 18, 2006
mizuhito in San Francisco Bay Area

Chow Before A Show

Hi - where's the best place for a real chowhound to eat
just before going to see a show in San Francisco? The theatre's
on Geary St, kind of near Union Square. The meal shouldn't
be too heavy. TIA!!!

Aug 15, 2006
mizuhito in San Francisco Bay Area