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Great restaurant near a BART Stop

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I have a limited amount of time next Thursday to have a great lunch which coming from and back to the SFO airport.
I'm also trying to avoid an expensive taxi ride.
Are there any great restaurants very near a BART stop, which would make it easily accessible to get from and back to the train?

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  1. You didn't mention cost, but Boulevard is about a four minute walk (one short and one long block) from the Embarcadero BART station. Boulevard most certainly qualifies as a place where you can get a great lunch.

    Another great choice -- Jeanty at Jacks -- is five blocks (six or seven minutes) from the Montgomery St. station.

    The BART ride from the airport to the Embarcadero station is about 33 minutes and the maximum wait time for a train could be 15 minutes (if you just miss a train). You need to plan 2 hours for gate to restaurant to gate plus lunch time. You might be able to do this with a three-hour layover. If you get strapped for time, a cab ride back to the airport will take 20 minutes and cost about $40.

    1. I don't know what you mean by "great", but Fook Yuen is within walking distance from the Milbrae station.

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      1. re: Peter

        Across the street from the Millbrae Caltrain Station is a Japanese style restaurant: OSHO.

        Across El Camino from the Millbrae Caltrain Station is the Hong Kong Flower Lounge, a Chinese style restaurant.

        I reference the Caltrain station because I don't know exactly where the Millbrae BART station is, but the two transit systems connect at the Millbrae Caltrain station.

        1. re: Alan408

          I think that dim sum in Millbrae at Fook Yuen or Hong Kong Flower Lounge would be a great choice for lunch, comparable if not better to any dim sum restaurant in San Francisco. And they are both very easily accessible from SFO.

      2. 24th or 16th and Mission stops put you in range of a bunch of good junk

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        1. re: Billy52

          Near the 16th St station, I'd recommend Limon (modern Peruvian), though I've only had dinner there, and Ti Couz (French crepes), one of my favorite places for lunch. Luna Park is pretty good as well, I like it better at lunch than at dinner personally.

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          Robert Lauriston

          Mi Lindo Yucatan (24th St. station)
          Tartine (16th St.)
          Yank Sing (Montgomery)
          Boulevard (Embarcadero)
          Slanted Door (Embarcadero)

          1. If you're really strapped for time, walk over to the international terminal - there's a branch of Ebisu, the very popular Sunset District sushi restaurant, as well as one of Emporio Rulli, an Italian style cafe that serves great cappuccinos, sandwiches, and pastries. There are other places, too... Anyone else have in-airport recommendations? I've linked the airport's web site for more information.

            Link: http://www.flysfo.com/guide_nonflash/...

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            1. re: Alexandra

              I like Firewood Cafe for salads, thin-crust pizzas and pastas. The SFO location is nice; it doesn't feel like you're in a terminal. You can't hear any loudspeaker announcements and the decor is very nice. It's just inside the main entrance to the international terminal, and just downstairs from where the AirTrain lets you off. Couldn't be easier.

              1. re: Chowderhead

                Forgot to add the link to Firewood's site.

                Link: http://www.firewoodcafe.com

              2. re: Alexandra

                Another place that some chowhounds have liked at SFO is Harbor Village, but I haven't tried it myself:

                Also see the link below for more discussions on SFO restaurants.

                Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              3. Hayes Street Grill and Absinthe are a few blocks from the Civic Center BART station in Hayes Valley...and Zuni is a few blocks down Market Street, also from Civic Center BART

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                1. re: Paulie

                  Zuni is a very San Francisco specific experience, and would be a good choice if the original poster decides to do the BART round trip to the city. I'd choose it over Boulevard personally, and it's somewhat cheaper as well.

                2. You don't say how long a time you have, but if you can add the hour round trip or so it takes continuing on from SF and under the Bay, the famed Italian restaurant, Oliveto, is directly across the street from the Rockridge, Oakland station. Chef Paul Bertolli has his excellent cook book out -- just about everything made in-house including salumi, balsamico, pasta, etc. Great set of food shops adjacent to pick up foodstuff to pack or snack on the plane.

                  1. Super Star Yong De, Chinese/Japanese/sushi, 2922 Diamond St., directly across the street from the Glen Park BART station in SF. Open 11 to 11, 365 days a year. 415-333-7883.

                    It looks unassuming, but the food is a knockout, and it's buried in a neighborhood utterly unknown to out-of-towners.

                    1. One great spot about 3 blocks walk from Embarcadero Station is Tadich Grill on California St. (I believe Tadich is the oldest continually operated restaurant in the entire State, so that should tell you something right there). Google Tadich Grill to get an idea of what I am talking about. If you love fresh seafood, and are not too fond of nouvelle cuisine or food trends, you will have entered Nirvana when you open the front door. I love their cioppino; with their sourdough and a tall glass of ale or porter.