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Ideas needed - good food, fairly casual atmosphere in SF

Will be in SF in a few weeks and was looking for ideas for places with really good food, but not high end. I've been to Firefly and Chapeau! and was looking for something of that ilk.

Thanks for your help

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  1. I really like Restaurant LuLu on Folsom, Azie is also good but a little more trendy. Pier Market on Pier 39 is also a good choice imo.

    however it really depends on what you prefer to eat.

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    1. re: wchane

      The food at LuLu was good on my one visit there, but be prepared for possibly the LOUDEST restaurant you've ever been to. With those acoustics, I won't go back.

      1. re: Steve Green

        Lulu's not so loud if you get seated on the raised platform along the west wall or in the separate room behind the bar (former Lulu Bis).

      2. re: wchane

        Why do you like Pier Market? I haven't had such good luck with Pier 39 restuarants. What do you suggest ordering there?

      3. Blue Plate on Mission around 29th. Excellent food very casual atmosphere but great service.
        Globe on Pacific@Battery is also very casual but cute-awesome food.

        1. Check out this thread:

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

          might be along the lines you're looking for.

          1. Range on Valencia might do it, especially if you like cocktails.

            1. sometimes I feel like a broken record, but check out La Ciccia, Sardinian on 30th near Church...prices comparable to Firefly, (or even a bit less), less expensive than many of the other options mentioned here, and the food and service are excellent. Only caveat: it just got a favorable review in the Chronicle, and it is small, so make a reservation!