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Where can I find the best sushi in San Francisco?

Hands down, no question, Tekka. It's an unparalled experience. Run by an older couple, this place only has 11 seats, 2 seatings a night, no reservations. Phenomenally fresh sashimi/nigiri. No rolls. If you can't get in, try Sushi Bistro down the street (both in the Inner Richmond). Sushi B has an extensive menu of sushi/sashimi/rolls (more than just the standard fare) as well as great selections of other things (salads, tempura, teryaki).

Mar 31, 2012
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Several days in San Fran

I personally LOVE Burma Superstar, although the waits are long. Their sister restaurant, B-Star, is just down the street and does accept reservations.

For Mediterranean/Greek Kokkari is phenomenal. Very nice ambiance, great cocktails/wine menu, food is consistantly delicious and service is usually spot on. A little pricy though. You could also check out Saha... a somewhat hidden but well-reviewed spot in the Hotel Carlton. It's Yemeni-fusion. Intimate space, lots of small plates for sharing. If you do make it to Saha, try the Yemeni Helba.

Mar 31, 2012
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Joe Dimaggio's shuttered?

DH and I just purchased a Groupon for Joe Dimaggio's a couple of weeks ago. Reservation link is broken, aren't answering phones and the last Yelp review was ten days ago, where someone posted that they too, couldn't get the reservations link to work, nor get an answer by phone. Anyone have any insight? Thanks!

Oct 26, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Groupon

It's huge in SF. There are also a number of other companies which offer the same sorts of deals. I have used a number of these and they are great! I have tried a number of new places, as well as visited some old favorites which just happen to come up. As long as you tip on the pre-discount amount, no one seems to care at all.

Sep 06, 2010
jdinsf in Not About Food

Same Calories, Different Fat Content?

I would go with bang-for-your-buck here. Obviously, strictly speaking, calorie-wise, if all you ate was 1000 calories of snickers bars a day (assuming you eat significantly more calories now), you would loose weight. a calorie, taken alone, is a calorie. doesn't matter if it's from butter or kale. Now, from a holistic perspective, calories can either be of quality - such as those that provide nutrition- or can be "empty." In terms of the cracker/chip dilemma, I would advise that you choose the matzo. Why? If you're on a restricted calorie diet, but still don't want to feel hungry, you should choose foods that will keep you feeling full longer. Foods high in fiber notoriously help satiate you for longer than those with less (for example, an actual apple satiates you much more than the equivalent number of calories of apple juice). For this reason, I would choose the matzo.

Aug 24, 2010
jdinsf in General Topics

Splitting the bill etiquitte PRIOR to the dinner

I think it's great to set expectations ahead of time but, as some others suggest, non-drinkers/DDs shouldn't have to pony up for alcohol. I would hope that after a certain point, adults would all be cognizant enough to realize if they're ordering significantly more (booze or food) than others, and would offer to chip in more.

Aug 10, 2010
jdinsf in Not About Food

'fess up, "i'm a hog when it comes to eating ____ ."

I can't eat too much at one time, unless I'm confronted with raw oysters, salty cashews or home-made chicken soup.

Aug 09, 2010
jdinsf in General Topics

Emergency Food Supply Kit....do you have one and what's in it?

We live in earthquake country and have a Red Cross kit. I would caution those who list dehydrated foods/foods that need to be heated or prepared with water to remember that potable water and/or heat may not be available in the 72 hrs following an emergency, and that portable heating devices, such as camp stoves, are probably inadvisable due to fire risk. At least in earthquake territory, the experts recommend high-energy, ready to eat foods.

Aug 09, 2010
jdinsf in General Topics

What is missing in your culinary education and why?

Weird, but I always screw up stir-fry and plain rice. Stir fry is either woefully over-sauced or the veggies get mushy or the protein gets dry. Plain rice always gets burned or is way too sticky. I do pasta really well and can do a mean pilaf. Somehow these are the only two (pretty basic) things that I literally can't do to save my life.

Aug 09, 2010
jdinsf in General Topics

Chez Panisse Cafe - RANT

What a wretched experience. I haven't had the experience of dining at the cafe, but I do hope that you sent back the improperly cleaned quail. Especially given the prices, I would have sent it back in a heartbeat.

Aug 08, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

recommendations for Marina area

Check out Netti's crabshack. It's bright, airy, walkable from your area, and has some of the best seafood in the City. They have a whole crab dinner (choose roasted or steamed, sides, etc) for around $30. Great wines and cocktails too.

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Nettie's Crab Shack
2032 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Aug 08, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Is This Salmon Farmed?

As Helena points out, there are some places where the answer is obvious (salmon dinner for $5.99? not wild). That said, waiters at upscale establishments should absolutely know the answer. If not, getting the answer shouldn't be a "production," but rather a quick inquiry with the kitchen staff (if the kitchen staff doesn't know, the place is beyond help).

Aug 08, 2010
jdinsf in Features

SF Great Dining at the Bar?

I would check out Tadich Grill. It's not only an SF favorite (with both locals and visitors), but it has a very large, lively bar that is the perfect place for single diners to eat! If you're a fan, I recommend either the ciopinno or the hangtown fry. Top either one off with an extra-spicy bloody mary! You can walk from Union Square (about 15 mins give or take), or catch the cable car!

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Tadich Grill
240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Aug 01, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Virgin w/ 4 days & 15 restaurants help!!!

I have to agree with the above posters where Mina is concerned. Not only do I enjoy Danko immensely more, but it's also uniquely SF. Mina has dozens of restaurants throughout the US. Many serve very similar fare. While you are here you should have things that you can't get other places, such as Danko and the others on your list.

Aug 01, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Feedback on itinerary

It's a great place, plus the view is awesome and the experience of the hustle and bustle of the famed restaurant is well worth it. Agreed with Shaking Beef recommendation.

Jul 29, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

What is YOUR meaning of fine dining?

Of course the term "fine dining" is relative and somewhat arbitrary. I think OP acknowledges this when they inquire about each individual definition. Personally, cost doesn't really factor in to whether I consider it a "fine dining" experience, but higher prices do tend to strongly correlate to what I consider fine dining establishments. I think it's first and foremost exquisitely prepared fresh food that is presented artfully. Secondly, service is a definite consideration. Having a gracious head waiter, knowledgeable and attentive sommelier, all dishes served at the correct time and temperature, etc. Basically a seamless dining experience. Finally, ambiance must be considered. A vase of fake flowers, worn carpet edges or patrons welcomed in shorts and flip-flops negate my idea of "fine dining." All that said, I've had awesome food and service at many restaurants which I cheerfully recommend (at all price points) which, in some cases, have surpassed the quality in "fine dining" establishments.

Jul 27, 2010
jdinsf in General Topics

Dark 'n' Stormy Recommendations?

Yes yes yes on Smuggler's Cove. Best Dark n' Stormies I've had in the City. Very cool place too. Just be sure to plan your visit for a weeknight or go early on a Friday or Sat. It's a super popular, but small joint, and it fills up fast.

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Smuggler's Cove
650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Jul 27, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Brunswick Stew etc from 51st State truck?

Tried it today. The stew was spicy, meaty and filling! I couldn't finish it. The toast was just ok- pretty greasy. Overall I was very satisfied and will go back soon!

Jul 21, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Tiredof Eating out? [moved from General Chowhounding board]

I think this in large part depends on where you live. We live in San Francisco, and there are an endless number of restaurants (both high and low end, all types of ethnic cuisines, food trucks, etc). I couldn't fathom getting bored with the selection. I could certainly understand getting bored, though, if you live in a town with much more limited selection, and/or were limited due to budget constraints. Now, despite all of the choices at our disposal, I do cook 4-5 nights a week, and eat lunch at home about 1/2 the time. I like cooking, there are great, fresh ingredients available, and I realize that eating out is generally less healthy/cost-effective than eating at home.

Jul 13, 2010
jdinsf in Not About Food

Casual and fun for large group - Union Square/Wharf

My absolute favorite Italian place (and the one the far and away comes closest to my grandmother's cooking) is Caffe Maccaroni Scuie Scuie, just off Columbus and Jackson. If you make reservations, they can accommodate your group upstairs. Everyone there - the waitstaff , the manager, the owners- are straight from Italy and the atmosphere is lively and fun. Add to this a very moderately priced menu and wine list, and it's perfect for what you're describing.

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Caffe Macaroni Sciue Sciue
124 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94111

Jul 13, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

What's missing in SF?

Concur with all of the above, also will add Armenian food to the list.

Jul 09, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Have Tacos Will Travel

For oysters, I hands down recommend Hog Island Oysters in The Ferry Building. Absolutely freshest, most-succulent, home-grown oysters I've ever tasted. On Mondays and Thursdays from 5-7, you can get the oysters for $1 a piece, enjoy some fresh bakes Acme bread and sip on a happy hour priced beer. You'll also get a great view of the Bay and get to visit the Ferry Building, which is a must-do.

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Hog Island Oyster Co
20215 Hwy 1, Marshall, CA

Hog Island Oyster Co
610 1st St, Napa, CA

Jun 10, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Need 4 SF Recommendations: July 4, Late night dining, dim sum, bfast

I really like Mexico DF, but it may be different from what you're expecting "Mexican" food to be like. It's upscale, uses super-fresh, organic ingredients- not the enchilada/rice/refried bean combo that is so often thought of as Mexican. I would highly recommend it though, as the food is excellent (try the guacamole and the carnitas) and you can go for a stroll along the Embarcadero afterward. If you want something more casual, head to the Mission and try one of the countless taquerias.

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Mexico DF
139 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Jun 10, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

My 90-year old visitor seeks great crab meal

I just took my husband and parents to Nettie's Crab Shack in the Marina. It's fabulous! There is a crab dinner for $40 which comes with a whole dungeness crab (steamed or grilled), two fabulous sides and whoopie pies for dessert. The restaurant is bright and clean, and the service was fabulous. I highly recommend it for a proper crab dinner. Tadich is a favorite too, but perhaps not specifically for crab- the ciopinno is excellent though. Scomas, IMO is VERY expensive for the quality. Also, you can make reservations at Netties.

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Tadich Grill
240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Nettie's Crab Shack
2032 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

May 27, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Town Hall outdoor lunch BBQ?

Is Town Hall doing their outdoor lunch BBQs this year? I can't find anything about it online.

Thanks!

Jdinsf

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Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Apr 20, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

where to take dad on 80th birthday?

FWIW, I'm going to vote against Globe. It's small, can get loud and has a very casual vibe.
I'm going to throw in a rec for Big Four http://www.big4restaurant.com/ It's super classy, great food and drinks, it's been around for a while and it feels special. Your Dad can definitley get a great steak, or enjoy other great entrees.

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Big Four
1075 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Apr 08, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Caviar at the Kids' Table

I simply don't invite people to dinner parties if I feel I have to actively limit how much/what they're eating if it's being served. No fun to monitor or portion out to my guests. If I **could** afford to serve caviar, I would hope my invitees would indulge. This would include children, who I would only invite if I felt their presence would be appropriate. Now, I do agree that anyone (adult or child) who hogs 3/4 of the brie or shovels in mouthfulls of caviar is rude. But they probably won't be invited back.

Mar 09, 2010
jdinsf in Features

Why is deli meat unhealthy?

Have to agree with mcf here. If you purchase fresh deli meats they're excellent sources of protein and can be a high-energy, low fat snack for your family.

Mar 02, 2010
jdinsf in General Topics

SF First Anniversary--Need Advice on Everything

You will find good answers to your food related questions if you provide just a little more info (likes, dislikes, specific budget,etc). For other things, such as where to stay, etc consult the Trip Advisor SF Forum http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-...

Feb 27, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Where did everyone go?

My husband and I just got back from another phenomenal dinner at Perbacco. From the salumi to the tagliatelle, everything was divine as usual. But we hadn't originally planned on a V-Day dinner out, and did the last minute search (literally 6 PM) on Open Table. We were SHOCKED to find that Perbacco had numerous, prime-time openings, and booked for 7:30. The restaurant was only about 2/3 full. We were especially surprised because they didn't offer the dreaded Valentines fixed price menu, but rather their regular menu. So to those that did go out on Valentines Day, were restaurants full, or is this "holiday" another victim of the recession?

Feb 14, 2010
jdinsf in San Francisco Bay Area