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Tida Aug 4, 1999 04:30 PM

I've just moved from Manhattan to San Francisco and would appreciate any advice, help, suggestions as to where to find a few things....In addition to being a chowhound, I also love to cook. Any advice about where to get fresh produce or where to find a good butcher and seafood store- geography is not a limitation. I'll go anywhere for quality ingredients. So far, I've been getting to know my immediate environs of San Franciso and have been to the Farmers' Market, to Whole Foods, Falletti's, Bryan's, and to 2 Chinese markets in Richmond. Any other suggestions would be great.

Also, I'm looking for an excellent patisserie. In NY, I lived around the block from Bonte and Payard and I need to find a good dacquoise.

Is there any kind of guide to food in San Francisco? Ed Levine published a guide "New York Eats" and I wonder if there's a San Francisco version? Anyone know?

Much thanks for any advice.

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    nycbuzz Apr 6, 2000 03:48 PM

    Andronico's in SF is also a great place to get gourmet items/ingredients. SInce traveling is not an issue I would recommend trying out Draeger's in San Mateo and Menlo Park. There is also a "farmer's style store" at Stanford shopping center that has fresh produce and the like.

    1. t
      Tom Hilton Aug 12, 1999 02:04 PM

      You've hit several of the best. Falletti's,
      regrettably, will cease to exist after 12/31/99.
      Which farmer's market did you go to--the one at Civic
      Center, or the (more gourmet) Saturday one on The
      Embarcadero? And were those Chinese markets in
      Richmond, or in The Richmond?

      Here are a couple more suggestions. Andronico's has
      excellent meats, seafood, deli items, and general
      gourmet food; they tend to be pricy. Clement St. (in
      the Richmond) has lots of Asian markets of various
      flavors (Southeast Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean).
      99 Ranch, in Daly City, is a fantastic pan-Asian
      supermarket (there's an entire aisle of chile sauces,
      for example) with good and reasonably priced produce
      and fish counter, plus take-out dim sum. 24th St.,
      east of Mission, has several good sources for Mexican
      and other Latin American ingredients (La Palma, Casa
      Sanchez, e.g.); Mi Rancho, in Oakland, is another
      great source.

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      1. re: Tom Hilton
        Tida Aug 16, 1999 04:04 PM

        Thank you to everyone who's responded. I have noted the names of the neighborhoods and specific places to shop around in and eagerly await the weekends when I can explore!

        After pouring through Patricia Unterman's guide to food in SF, I visited many stores she recommended in SF's Chinatown. Though some were no longer in business as the guide was last updated in 1997, the information was still invaluable. After comparing what I saw in Chinatown to the markets I've already shopped in in the Richmond district, I am quite happy to report that excellent and varied ingredients can be found in both neighborhoods.

        Next weekend, I am going to explore North Beach for Italian foodstuffs and perhaps the Mission for Latin. I look forward to using the guide ( LIFESAVER!) and visiting some of the suggested places posted here. Thanks for all the help!

        1. re: Tida
          Dave Feldman Aug 16, 1999 11:22 PM

          Thanks for checking in again.

          I hope you'll get a chance to try Fina Estampa, the
          wonderful Peruvian restaurant on Mission. Fabulous
          ceviche, fish soup, beef/potato/onion/peppers combos,

          1. re: Dave Feldman
            Tida Aug 17, 1999 12:43 PM

            From seeing the many recommendations for Fina Estampa from previous postings, I have already put this on my list of MUST EATs. My husband also had the pleasure of going to Peru for business and enjoys Peruvian food. He's really excited about it! Thanks for the rec!

      2. d
        Dave Feldman Aug 5, 1999 01:01 AM

        Patricia Unterman's "Food Lover's Guide to San
        Francisco" is a terrific resource, and is organized by
        neighborhood. I believe the latest edition is dated
        1997, so the listings aren't fresh, but I wouldn't
        hesitate to buy it. It covers restaurants, markets,
        take-out establishments, etc.

        1. j
          Joe Miller Aug 5, 1999 12:56 AM

          Start with the jillions of previous postings on
          Chowhound. Then try

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