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Good Chinese around UCSF

thanks everyone. Brother's surgery went great. We walked down Irving. unfortunately San Ting and the Noodle king are closed on Wednesday. We ended up trying out South Sea Seafood and it was decent.

New question. Can anyone suggest a place for early dinner or lunch on Saturday for a family dinner? We'll have kids and as many as 10. I was thinking something like Pizzeria Delfina but looks difficult

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Pizzeria Delfina
2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

May 11, 2011
samanh in San Francisco Bay Area

no reservations Friday during Jazzfest

Thanks everyone
Bayona, Green Goddess(food good but service bad even by NO standards) and Brigstens were great. We ended up skipping out on a day of JF to eat and buy art, We also went to the Verti Mart and got a All That Jazz and a grilled shrimp sandwich which were amazing. Did end up at the Palace after one JF night and I don't recommend it. Jeremy Davenport's lounge was also mediocre for food or drinks. Overall a great trip.

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Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

May 03, 2011
samanh in New Orleans

Good Chinese around UCSF

That's great advice. I have my 70 year-old mother who has no compunction about walking to a good meal, but has her limits.

Apr 26, 2011
samanh in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Chinese around UCSF

Thanks everyone
these all sound good. I've been to the Beijing restaurant in Alemany which was good. Any other non-Chinese suggestions walkable about UCSF?

Apr 26, 2011
samanh in San Francisco Bay Area

no reservations Friday during Jazzfest

Thanks everyone. Will mull it over. have as many as 6 in our group, but may pair off. Will probably stay and eat some at the Jazzfest and then head out and do the walking thing since we are in the FQ. Mostly stay sober at the jazzfest but can make an exception and we usually stay until we get tired. I guess sometimes the best plan is not to have one. Roux and Coop sound interesting. Have been to CP a few times, appreciate the suggestion but will probably see how it goes nearby

Apr 26, 2011
samanh in New Orleans

no reservations Friday during Jazzfest

Any suggestions. I tried a whole bunch of places and could not get a good time. Thankfully we have reservations at Bayona and Coquette on the other days.

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Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Apr 26, 2011
samanh in New Orleans

Good Chinese around UCSF

My brother is having cspine surgery at UCSF in 3 weeks. My parents and I are coming into town to help out. Wondering if anyone has any recs for Chinese in the area. (We are Chinese BTW) I would think Richmond or Sunset places but somewhere we could pop out to have lunch or dinner. Been to Shanghai Dumpling King and Burma Super star and thought both were good. Thanks in advance!

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Shanghai Dumpling King
3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Apr 26, 2011
samanh in San Francisco Bay Area

Prospect Heights recommendations

Just wanted to let every know that I appreciated the recs....As things ended up we had very little time to check out the restaurants that we wanted b/c of the wedding. But I have to say that I loved Prospect Heights and liked it better than Manhattan by a long stretch. We hung out in the park, played soccer, enjoyed the cafes, even got a massage at the Chinese place on Vanderbilt (yes, it is really a massage place). The museums, botanical garden and library were top notch and free or inexpensive. The farmer's market was impressive and I found the recs from the wine shop to be good. We stayed at the Sofia Inn on Park and Vanderbilt which was a great deal and gave us a full kitchen.

We did try out Tom's Place, Milk Bar and Joyce's bakery which were all pretty good. I do recommend the Strawberry croissant at the bakery. I had my first egg cream at Tom's place. It was good. That place is crazy busy. Really wanted to try Aliseo but could never find a free dinner. thanks again everyone.

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Aliseo
665 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Jun 07, 2010
samanh in Outer Boroughs

Prospect Heights recommendations

Thank you so much..Is Marche the same as Le Petite Marche?

May 26, 2010
samanh in Outer Boroughs

Prospect Heights recommendations

thanks
will try these out and report back

May 26, 2010
samanh in Outer Boroughs

Prospect Heights recommendations

Family from Chapel Hill, NC coming to Brooklyn for a wedding. We are staying 2 blocks from the Grand Army Plaza for the weekend. ("We" are a very pregnant wife, a 4 year old boy and me. we don't have a car.) Hoping to get recs within a reasonable distance. Kinda more interested in family owned Italian, ethnic, great cafes/bakeries. Thanks in advance for suggestions. Kiddo does really well even in fancy places. Price not as important.

Also, anybody know about pick-up soccer in the park?

May 25, 2010
samanh in Outer Boroughs

Lunch on Saturday near the National Mall last weekend of March

thanks all, Eastern Market seems it may be to explore. Any favorites there for you?

Lunch on Saturday near the National Mall last weekend of March

this, zaytina looks goos

Lunch on Saturday near the National Mall last weekend of March

Ok, my first post failed miserably since I posted it so poorly. I have abandoned any thoughts of picnics etc....(very foolish I have been told). Many of the nicer restaurants don't seem to have Saturday lunch. Any suggestions for a a place that would accommodate a group which includes 2 toddlers and an infant. Worried that museum cafes will be shoulder to shoulder. price not as important as good food and convenience so we can still visit a museum around the mall that day. We are good at ethnic. Thanks again for all those who answered the first one and all those who answer this one.

Places you would consider a must in Seattle

appreciate the replies and will explore the other links.

Mar 11, 2010
samanh in Greater Seattle

Places that are a must in Vancouver

awesome recs. They sound great. Especially intrigued about Peaceful. Will check it out and let you know.

Mar 11, 2010
samanh in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Places you would consider a must in Seattle

We are spending 3 days in Seattle in April. Would be appreciative of suggestions for places we should not miss. Probably can't afford any place very expensive, but willing to splurge once or twice. Thanks in advance...

Mar 10, 2010
samanh in Greater Seattle

Places that are a must in Vancouver

We are spending 3 days in Vancouver in April. Would be appreciative of suggestions for places we should not miss. Probably can't afford any place very expensive, but willing to splurge once or twice. Thanks in advance...

Mar 10, 2010
samanh in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Staying in Kure Beach, NC. Rec's for Carolina Beach or Wilmington, please?

Wilmington
I'm not an expert but we really liked Catch. It is a BYOB wine and the food was seafood with Asian fusion plus some good fried fish. Circa 1922 was also good with a little more atmosphere. Indochine has gobs of atmosphere and decent food.
Kure Beach
Freddies had a really good basalmic pork chop. Jack Mackerals is actually decent.

I agree that the Tiki Bar is fun to sit on a pier and get drinks and burgers.

Feb 21, 2010
samanh in Southeast

Any " Best " places in the Wilmington, NC / Carolina beach area ?

I'm not an expert but we really liked Catch. It is a BYOB wine and the food was seafood with Asian fusion plus some good fried fish. Circa 1922 was also good with a little more atmosphere. Indochine has gobs of atmosphere and decent food. Freddies had a really good basalmic pork chop. Jack Mackerals is actually decent.

The Tiki Bar is fun to sit on a pier and get drinks and burgers. The Fat Pelican is the most unique bar I've been to in NC.

Feb 21, 2010
samanh in Southeast

Saturday on the mall during Cherry Blossom blooming

what would be your lunchtime suggestions? Would Tosca work with children or Central?

Saturday on the mall during Cherry Blossom blooming

good point. forget the picnic

Saturday on the mall during Cherry Blossom blooming

Coming from Chapel Hill for the weekend to stay near the Capitol during Cherry Blossom time. (Thinking of Obelisk for dinner.) We have a four year old who eats everything. Wondering if it is a good idea to picnic for lunch with another family with a toddler an infant. Any suggestions for location or where to purchase supplies? If this is a bad idea, would love suggestions for us to eat lunch near there. Price not much of a problem as much as 2 toddlers and an infant. The American Indian museum cafe looked interesting but the reviews were mixed. Thanks in advance.

Catch in WIlmington is exactly that

Recently been to a cozy neighborhood place in Philadelphia and enjoyed the BYOB experience and the family owned atmosphere. What could be better than authentic Italian dishes prepared with pride, wine of your choice and a reasonable bill?
I thought the same about Catch in Wilmington,even though it serves modern seafood cuisine with an asian touch. Catch is cozy in that coziness aptly describes more than one aspect of the experience there. It's coziness lies in its physical structure which does not really allow large parties to dominate. With two bar like counters where people can only sit side by side, it lends itself to intimacy by eliminating the ability of any one person to hold the attention or more than 2 others. Everyone really has to lean together, huddle over their food and be comfortable sharing space. On a chilly night, I really enjoyed this with old friends and family. The other aspect of the coziness was the accommodating staff and the chef who came out to talk and seemed interested in our questions and our opinions.
The food was incredible. Firecracker shrimp, Saigon Salad, and Sweet Potato Salad were amazing. The fried seafood platter was lightly fried and well seasoned. I thought the Drunken noodles were ok; everyone seemed to really like it. The soup special was well done. fish and coconut milk broth---almost like a lightly spiced thai soup which the chef got just right. Being Asian, we just loved the fusion of local ingredients with Asian sauces and spices.
We're definitely looking forward to coming back.-COLLAPSE (by samanh, updated November 17, 2009)

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Catch
215 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Nov 17, 2009
samanh in Southeast

Radacchio and side Car

Yeah, I told everyone attending the conference about Radicchio. Philly was awesome this weekend. the weather and food could not have been better. If only the Eagles won.
Ate last night at Amada. I really enjoyed it despite the price and the scene. I think you need to be into that of course. I take my 3 year-old everywhere.
Those sauteed mushrooms were fantastic. the Tinto and Sangria were also really good. Sardines and tuna unique and interesting. Squid was ok but still good. I really felt like drinking tinto, eating tapas, and waxing philosophic all night. Tried Capogiro and it was great.
Philly is a great food town. Jogged all around town to keep up with it.

Nov 09, 2009
samanh in Pennsylvania

Radacchio and side Car

Just wanted to let everyone know what an incredible place this is. We're from North Carolina and I was determined to find great Italian in Philadelphia b/c the pickings are thin locally. No reservations hurt some since we have a 3 year-old and we did not arrive until 5:50. We waited about 40 minutes a Saturday night. We were also not prepared for the BYO wine. Of course this was all our fault.

However, the food, service and price could not be better. Actually, I thought I would be paying twice as much before I left. Bucatini and Paccheri were incredible. Octopus special and whole fish were sublime. I thought the Fagliolata was also very good. Just got back from SF and had a great time but this was just as good but much less expensive.

Also ate at SideCar for brunch. Another great experience. chicken and waffles, Challah French Toast, crab omelet, and bloody mary's were something to write home about.

Nov 07, 2009
samanh in Pennsylvania

Tarheels visit SF Bay report (thanks everyone)

Sounds good, will try the Shop next time in town

Nov 02, 2009
samanh in San Francisco Bay Area

Tarheels visit SF Bay report (thanks everyone)

He did it for 1/2 the price for the 6 year-old and I think the 3 year-old was free. UNC needed that. Goodness knows, we paid enough for the coach. I'm actually a Stanford guy, but UNC has been an excellent sub for lack of Pac 10.

Nov 01, 2009
samanh in San Francisco Bay Area

Tarheels visit SF Bay report (thanks everyone)

Thought I would thank everyone who helped me plan my long weekend for in SF.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/660567
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/652873

I don't think I could have eaten much more. Amazing to be in town last weekend and the weather could not have been better. Wish I lived in SF again, not that Chapel Hill does not have its great points.

We started out the first day at the Academy of Sciences(really amazed) and went to the Shanghai Dumpling King for lunch in the Richmond. Being Chinese, I loved this place for its value and authentic feel and taste. The shanghai dumplings and Hang Zhou dumplings were great, but I probably should not have gotten both since they were similar. (suggested by the staff). Beef stew in clay pot also amazing that day, and not bad with the scallion pancakes. Vegetable potstickers decent (for my wife who does not eat meat) Wish I could have tried the noodles and other buns but there is only so much I could do. 3 year-old loved it. Of course, not a great place if you are looking for decor and atmosphere.

Delfina Pizzeria in Pac Heights for dinner. This was with 4 children under 10. Still a little full from lunch, so I think that took away a little from the impact this place would have had on me on a different day. We had to get there right at 5:30 to get a table otherwise the place was mobbed. This is a hard place to plan around for a large party visiting from out of town. Good thing our friends knew to be there right when it opened. Salad, Affetatti, olives and prosciutti pie and broccoli raab I would recommend.

Next day back to the Park, King Tut and the tower (kids loved it). Park Chow was decent, and good quality. Beet salad was good. Thai noodle curry was ok, but probably would stay away from the too ethnic in this place and stick to the good California fare. I would be back if I lived in the Sunset area. It was easy to walk from the park with 3 children all under 5. Staff and patrons were great. I think people's comments on this were right on. Shanghai Dumpling King and other suggestions are not things I can get in Chapel Hill, while Park Chow I can find something like that in the Triangle.

R&G Lounge prix fix banquet menu B for dinner. Not in love with this place, but I had to see all my cousins and buy them dinner somewhere. Pricey, and the staff and service were not that nice. On the other had, some of the dishes were outstanding. Pepper crab, Prawns and walnuts, Scallops and beef, and peking Duck were great. Chinese food which I could not experience in the Triangle. Maybe I would not have been so put out by them trying to clear us out for the next party if I didn't shoulder the whole cost myself. For someone willing to accept some negatives and looking to experience a great SF Chinese Banquet made easy, I recommend it.

Friday lunch in Chinatown. Good day to ride the cable car to the Top of the Mark and walk around Chinatown. Jai Yun, I thought was exceptional for 35$ a person. Of course it helped that i had my mom call Chef Nei to smooth out any language and dietary problems beforehand. I was a little nervous otherwise since we had small children and people who did not eat meat. Honestly think this was better than the Lounge since it is so unique. Each dish exemplified great traditional Chinese cooking with the best ingredients presented in a very non-Chinese tasting menu style. I have eaten in every China town worth talking about in the US and Canada and I think I have only experienced something like this in Hong Kong and Taipei. Next time will try it for 25$ per head instead. I'm not sure if I need to find out about dinner, because I was fairly impressed by lunch and I'm not looking to pay 2-3 times for more for the same.

Golden Gate Bakery- awesome egg tarts, worth the wait. The service is somewhat Soup Nazi, but I guess they are correct in their attitude that there is nothing to think about other than how many of these things do you think you can eat. Invariably, you can eat more than you envisioned because these things just slide down your throat and are addicting.

Dinner at the Slanted Door. Let me just say that my wife is Vietnamese and was very impressed by our experience here. She described it as more authentic than she expected, but done with the best ingredients possible. Pricey, but again we knew that coming in. We did the prix fix which really wasn't b/c they add on more per person for just about anything worth getting. Imperial rolls, shaken beef, brussel sprouts, yellowtail sashiml, and cellophane noodles were memorable. Ribs and grapefruit salad were just ok for me but everyone loved them. Sort of a scene in there on Friday night.

Next day at the Ferry Building for the market. Blue Bottle was great. Don't really recommend Boccalone. The guy behind the counter got rude if you ask questions. Too many other choices to have to put up with that. Otherwise, I don't think I can say enough about this place so I'll stop.
Thanks again for the suggestions. Wish I could come back and try your other ones.

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Jai Yun
680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Park Chow
1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Shanghai Dumpling King
3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Oct 31, 2009
samanh in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch near Golden Gate museums

After some looking into, the Shanghai Dumpling King looks like a great idea!

Oct 20, 2009
samanh in San Francisco Bay Area