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Lunch in Civic Center during jury duty

El Castillito on 370 Golden Gate Ave (and Larkin St) makes great Mission burritos

Lunch Geek at 1400 Market St (between Polk St and Fell St) has typical sandwiches but they experiment with Asian-themed specials like coconut-infused pulled pork banh mi and Taiwanese meatball sandwiches

Brenda's on 652 Polk St (and Eddy St) has the best catfish and shrimp po-boys if you call ahead for takeout.

Lers Ros Thai on 730 Larkin St (between Ellis St and O'Farrell St) is a bit farther but still manageable in one hour since the food comes out so quick. Call ahead for takeout and it will be ready by the time you arrive.

Dungeness crab price $/lb for '09 season

Anyone know the prices from the boats by the pier?

Sunday Brunch in the City

+1 for Brenda's.

I sent my friends to Moussy's Cafe a while ago and they reported back that they had a great brunch there. They do classic French bistro: eggs benedict, omelettes, quiche, and variations on croque-monsieurs.

Brenda's French Soul Food
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

1345 Bush St, San Francisco, CA

Sentinel - First look

There isn't much activity in the morning but they're there. They make coffee and two or three types of pastries. Today it was blueberry muffins and coffee cake.

Rubicon in SF Closing Sat Aug 9 2008 - Dang

Drew Nieporent on Rubicon's operating finances: "The rent was $60,000 more than any of our places in New York," said Nieporent. "The payroll in San Francisco was $100,000 more than New York. And San Francisco's health insurance requirements were killing us. The restaurant was doing well, but we just couldn't make money."

This is why we don't get nice things here.

Place to grab kimbap (Korean "sushi") in downtown SF?

The first one is Woo Ri Market at Fillmore x Geary.

Woo Ri Food Market
1528 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA

Breakfast in downtown SF?

Cafe de la Presse does good French breakfast and omelets.

La Boulange bakery just opened an outpost on Market St and 3rd St. No omelets but they make a tasty mini-quiche. Of course, there's always the croissants and assorted pastries. There's outdoor seating so it's a nice way to take it easy in the morning.

Cafe De La Presse
352 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108


Also a big fan of Trattoria la Siciliana. It was my go-to Italian when I was a student and I still swing by from time to time. There's a bit of a wait and it can get a bit noisy but the food has always been exceptional. And he'll be able to come back with his friends.

Trattoria La Siciliana
2993 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

BonBonSF - New Patisserie on Kearny @ Bush

I've been working on Kearny Street for 4 years and while the places that have been opening are a bit nicer, I don't think you have to worry about "full-on gentrification." Togo's is out and the location that BonBon moved into was a series of sad restaurants. I'm hoping that awful Canadian teriyaki chain and El Faro will give up their spaces so we can get some decent Mexican food on this street. But overall, I've been real happy with the new ethnic eateries and I'm glad many of them are small operations.

SF cafe with free wifi and good lattes + food?

I like Golden Gate Perk. It's small, quiet and has very little foot traffic. The coffee is good (I think they serve Illy). They make sandwiches but the best is the Korean food - delicious bibimbap! And since you're Kearny Street, you have access to an entire street full of international cuisine.

Gilroy Garlic Festival?

Nearly the exact same food and vendors as any other San Francisco summer festival plus garlic ice cream. Which really isn't all that great after the first "Hmm.. interesting" bite.

First Time at Genki Ramen, SF

Thanks for the report. Looking forward to your take on the newly-opened Halu in Inner Richmond.

Best Croque Monsieur in SF?

Brenda's does a nice croque monsieur. The sourdough bread is a bit unconventional but still very tasty.

I love Japanese but not sushi...

Norikonoko serves terrific authentic homestyle food. The place is run by an old couple. I recommend getting the daily specials. It's a bit on the pricey side but well worth it. Near Berkeley campus on Telegraph between Blake St. and Parker St. If you've been to Kui Shin Bo in SF Japantown, it's similar but with no sushi and instead, they do robata.

Norikonoko Japanese Rstrnt
2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Teen Scene? Lunch spot around Union Square?

For non-teens and more adventurous eaters, I would recommend Bar Crudo just up a few blocks from Belden. Everything there is consistently stellar. The seafood chowder is mindblowingly rich and tasty and a bargain at $14. The crudo sampler, salads, and hot dishes are also great (I think I've just recited most of the menu). If you like beer, they have a terrific selection of Belgian and international beers, some of which can't be found elsewhere.

Bar Crudo
655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Teen Scene? Lunch spot around Union Square?

I'd also recommend going down to Belden Lane or the nearby Cafe Claude. It's great fun for out-of-towners and young foodies to see and experience all these European restaurants packed together and browse through their menus. The food may not be the best in the city but it's quite good and fairly priced. We frequently take the new college interns at work there for their first lunch and they're always impressed. B44, Bastille, and Plouf are recommended. After lunch, drop by Best-O-Burger for a small scoop of gelato.

That stretch of Kearny Street has plenty of other great international options. On a single block, there's Bangkok Best and Banana Leaf (Thai) and Paladar (Cuban).

Halu on 8th Ave and Clement?

I had dinner at Halu on Sunday night around 5:30pm and sat at the counter. I ordered the chashu ramen and on recommendation from the waitress, also got the chicken and basil kushi katsu (deep fried) skewer and stuffed mushroom yakitori (grilled) skewer. Each order is 2 skewers with a bit of house tonkatsu sauce. The deep fried chicken and basil skewer was delicious - very juicy and flavorful and the basil added nice contrast. The mushroom was stuffed with a bit of cream cheese (I think) and minced onion, cilantro, and parsley - also very tasty. The ramen had a deep, rich broth with basic toppings - wakame seaweed, boiled egg, pickled red ginger - accompanying buttery soft, meaty thick slices of chashu pork. The noodles had good texture, a bit softer than I prefer but that can be remedied next time. I'll definitely come back for the ramen but I'm also eager to try the other yakitori and kushi katsu items as well as some unique homemade items like tofu steak (tofu with 3 sauce preparations) and special flavored teas.

Business looked good. About halfway into my meal, all the seats had filled up with one or two people waiting outside. I chatted up Shig and his friend at the counter and they were excited by the traffic and reception the restaurant has been getting since opening. Recommended (especially before word gets out even more)!

Anything Good around McAfee Stadium?

The NY Times mapped out the hits and misses in every baseball stadium. For McAfee Coliseum, they recommend the "famous ball tip sandwich" from Kinder's BBQ: hoagie roll stuffed with sliced barbecue sirloin, lettuce, tomatoes, and Kinder's smoky-sweet sauce. They say to avoid fried fish, fried chicken, and fried anything.

Range chicken hor fun soup (aka Pho ga) @ Huang's Kitchen, SF

Stopped in Sunday at lunch for the pho ga. It's very much like Melanie described it. The broth isn't as rich and meaty as TT but still very tasty and clean. I'd say it distinctly has a Chinese flavor with the addition of fried shallots and sesame oil. The pho ga had hearty pieces of chicken, unlike the thin strips in TT's pho ga. I also got the shredded papaya salad as an starter which was also bright and refreshing.

Best Vietnamese in Little Saigon (SF)

I think he meant the pickled veggies.

And I don't know what type of controls the franchise has in place but the Lee's in Tenderloin tastes nothing like the ones in Southern CA.

Best Macaroni and Cheese

Also really enjoy the mac & cheese at Memphis Minnie's.

Belden Alley suggestions?

More votes for Plouf. If you have a large party, get a few variations of the mussels.

Best-O-Burger Open

Couldn't get through on the phone but looking at the secret menu, there's a Mozz-O Meatball item that's served "after 5:00 and all day Sat. & Sun." I assume they're open after 5 but I'm sure they're closed by 6. And it looks like they do weekends unless that secret item isn't in effect yet.

Paella in S. F recommendations

Could've sworn I had one there but on a glance, I'm not seeing it in the menus. I'll edit my post.


Kui Shin Bo, in the same building as Ino, has daily specials of homestyle Japanese food. Type of food you would eat for dinner in Japan (sushi is a dining out experience). They do sushi and sashimi but the 4-5 daily specials are the draw. Usually seasonal grilled fish, fried seafood, katsu, curries, and authentic teriyaki.

Pretty sure it's open on Monday but you may want to call and check.

Kui Shin Bo
22 Peace Plz # 535, San Francisco, CA

Paella in S. F recommendations

Better: Alegrias, Zarzuela
Good/Mediocre: B44, Picaro

Alegrias and Zarzuela both do great paella. B44 is pretty good as well. Picaro is OK.

44 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

Alegrias Food From Spain
2018 Lombard, San Francisco, CA 94123

2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Picaro Cafe
3120 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Domo Japanese restaurant?

Owned by Luke Sung of Isa and run by a partner. Haven't been there yet but I scanned the menu a few days after opening and it definitely falls more in the izakaya/small bites realm and less of a formal sushi restaurant. Heavier emphasis on rolls, maki, and crudo. Nice addition to the neighborhood and I don't think it's in competition with nearby Sebo.

Best-O-Burger Open

They're actually cooked on big cast iron skillet pans like the Lodge cookware. It puts a slight, tasty crust on the patties but I think you have to eat it on the spot to appreciate it.

The Best-O Burger website also has a link to a secret menu which includes some burger variants and a cookie-and-gelato sandwich. Zing!

Hell's Kitchen Mystery Chef?

It's funny as how Top Chef is becoming more legitimate with the inclusion of real, top-notch working chefs, Hell's Kitchen is going the opposite way by picking the most inexperienced and worst line cooks. The editors are obviously getting pretty desperate for stories by concocting drama where there isn't any. Ramsay needs to dump this franchise and go back to Kitchen Nightmares, or better yet, The F Word.

May 07, 2008
junesix in Food Media & News

Pac Heights Recommendations?

You're just north of Japantown and all the sushi and Japanese food spots there - Kiss, Ino, and Kappa. For special occasions, Kappa has a killer omakase menu if you call in advance to book.

There's the newly re-opened Cafe Majestic with Chron's 2008 Rising Star Chef, Ian Begg.

On Fillmore Street, SPQR and Fresca (Peruvian).

Fresca Restaurant
2114 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Kappa Japanese Restaurant
1700 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Kiss Seafood
1700 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Cafe Majestic
1500 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Ino Sushi
22 Peace Plz # 510, San Francisco, CA