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champagne Jul 19, 2006 02:24 AM

Any suggestions for a place for dinner at the Ferry building on thursday night? We don't want to go to Slanted Door.
We've been grocery shopping at the ferry building but have never really had dinner there.
Any suggestions? or should we not have dinner there? Isn't there a special farmer's market on Thursday nights?

  1. anna Jul 19, 2006 02:52 AM

    I don't think you'll have too many options for dinner at the Ferry Building. Boulevard is not far away and it is a wonderful restaurant.

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      DRR Jul 19, 2006 03:28 AM

      Boulevard is "can't miss." One Market is nice as well. And not too far up the street is the always reliable and recently rejuvenated Fog City Diner. And if you want to stay in the Ferry Building itself, Hog Island is good too (though it's pretty much a one note operation--albeit a good one).

      1. Porthos Jul 19, 2006 04:27 AM

        If you're intent on staying in the Ferry Building, you can do your grocery shopping during the day, buy whatever bread, cheese, and roasted meat/cold cuts you fancy and bring them over to the Wine Merchant. They allow you to bring in outside food and you can just go ballistic with the wines available that day. It's like an indoor picnic.

        1. wchane Jul 19, 2006 06:12 AM

          if you like japanese, you might want to try delica rf-1. it's a interesting place, a new spin to japanese food.

          http://www.delicarf1.com/menu.html

          I'd probably do what porthos suggested, buy a bunch of stuff at delica then ask the wine merchants to pair it with wine.

          oh...skip market bar, service is great, food was horrible for what they charge.

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            rtmonty Jul 19, 2006 02:14 PM

            We ate at the Market Bar at the Ferry Building several weeks ago and it wasn't bad. Probably not the best meal in the city but the setting was nice and the food was certainly acceptable.

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            1. re: rtmonty
              The Dive Jul 20, 2006 04:00 PM

              I actually had a nice lunch there about a month ago -- oysters and a nice fish with fresh porcini. Granted I didn't pay for it.

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              The Blissful Glutton Jul 19, 2006 02:16 PM

              I say walk to Boulevard

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                djh Jul 19, 2006 05:07 PM

                If you are set on the ferry building and not slanted door, Hog Island is your best option -- assuming you like oysters. There is a farmer's market thursday, so the place will likely be crowded.

                If you're looking for something quick and casual, I like Mijita, Traci Des Jardins' (Jardiniere) take on a taqueira, tho many complain ... with some justification ... that it is overpriced. I've also enjoyed the take away fare from Mistral, tho its roasted meats and stews are a bit heavy for summer dining. Delica is good, too, tho I find the japanese salads and panko-crusted offerings more suited for lunch then dinner, but that's just my taste.

                Boulevard is a good nearby choice, as is Shanghai 1930 for chinese food, a bit further down the block.

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                1. re: djh
                  Robert Lauriston Jul 19, 2006 05:22 PM

                  I think the prices at Mijita are quite reasonable considering the location and quality of the ingredients, and their albondigas soup's a tasty snack, but their tortillas are weird and the food's often not nearly as hot as it should be.

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                    djh Jul 19, 2006 05:43 PM

                    I don't have a problem with the prices either, because i appreciate the value in their ingredients. Just providing fair warning to the OP, since not everyone agrees.

                    Tortillas are different, for sure. But I like the rustic organic feel to them. I'm partial to their carne asada tacos with grilled green onions and cilantro. My only complaint is I often find their housemade salsas and guac somewhat bland; they could use a bit more kick for my taste.

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                      Earl Grey Jul 20, 2006 12:10 AM

                      The funny thing is, you don't walk by the place and smell the food and think, "I have to eat here", which is a thought I get at dozens of places in the Mission or at certain taco trucks. There's a sterility to the place that strikes me as the opposite of Mexican cuisine.
                      I've heard over and over the the albondigas soup and breakfast chilequiles are excellent.

                      1. re: Earl Grey
                        Robert Lauriston Jul 20, 2006 03:53 PM

                        I rarely smell the food from any of the Ferry Plaza places. Prevailing breeze or the ventilation system or something.

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                      Sixy Jul 20, 2006 09:52 PM

                      I tried it for the first time recently too - and didnt have a problem with it but i think the quesadillas are "weird" too - like deep fried pasties. oh well.
                      The strawberry Acqua Fresca [sp?] was SO DIVINE, I have been in on every visit since but they have never had it again when i have been there, much to my disappointment.

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                        Melanie Wong Jul 21, 2006 05:58 AM

                        Sounds like you found quesadilla dorada made with genuine fresh masa, something to be treasured.

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                          Sixy Jul 21, 2006 06:09 AM

                          ahh! is that not how they are there usually then? I was confused because on the menu it sounded like something different to what i recieved. I cant recall exactly but i thought it said pan fried or equivalent, but what I was given was definitely deep fried.

                          1. re: Melanie Wong
                            Melanie Wong Jul 21, 2006 06:20 AM

                            Sam, I've not had a quesadilla at Mijita, so couldn't tell you. Anyway, here's a post where Ruth described her encounter with a quesadilla made with fresh masa in Fruitvale, in her case it was griddled.

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

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                      The Blissful Glutton Jul 19, 2006 05:14 PM

                      Here is info on the Thu night market.
                      http://www.cuesa.org/markets/days/thu...

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                        Earl Grey Jul 20, 2006 09:38 PM

                        "I rarely smell the food from any of the Ferry Plaza places. Prevailing breeze or the ventilation system or something"

                        I'm just lucky I guess!

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                        1. re: Earl Grey
                          rabaja Jul 21, 2006 03:43 AM

                          To be fair, the aromas coming out of Boulette's are often glorious, savory and sweet. That's about all that I can afford to do here though, is smell.

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