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mizuhito Aug 15, 2006 04:48 AM

Hi - where's the best place for a real chowhound to eat
just before going to see a show in San Francisco? The theatre's
on Geary St, kind of near Union Square. The meal shouldn't
be too heavy. TIA!!!

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    Jefferson RE: mizuhito Aug 15, 2006 07:18 AM

    Isn't there a Cheesecake Factory around there? (Just Kidding)

    I don't have a sense of geography, but I once ate the Hayes Street Grill at the appropriate hour and I swear that half the restaurant left for the theatre all at the same time.

    My most delicious meal that I think of as kind of near Union Square was at the Indonesian restaurant Borobudur. http://www.borobudursf.com/ I had the advantage of being there with a friend whose father was Indonesian, so I didn't need to think too much about the menu, just taste and enjoy. (This was several years ago and it was a bit of a dive back then; it seems to be fancier now, at least judging from the web site...)

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      Ruth Lafler RE: Jefferson Aug 15, 2006 07:43 AM

      Hayes Street Grill is on the far side of Civic Center, and serves primarily a ballet/opera/symphony crowd.

      I think the most chowish place near the theater district is Sultan, which serves up some of the best Indian food in the city, in a much nicer atmosphere than most of the "Tandoorloin" dives for only a little more money, and is about two blocks (actually, one block and two half blocks) from the theaters on Geary. Ask Maryam (the hostess/waitress/chef's daughter) to recommend some dishes for you, particularly seasonal vegetables.

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      China RE: mizuhito Aug 15, 2006 03:35 PM

      I would second Sultan as the best chowish pre-theater option. Maryam had the chef cook up a special vegetable dish which was fantastic. Everything was well spiced, fresh, and flavorful. Don't be put off by the hotel dining room atmosphere, Sultan is an excellent choice for a pre-theater meal. Don't forget to try the homemade Mango Kulfi.

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        MuppetGrrl RE: mizuhito Aug 15, 2006 04:28 PM

        If you like sushi, Sanraku's at Sutter and Taylor. Cafe Claude's on Claude Street, off Bush near Kearny, but their service can be slowish (good, but relaxed).

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          Peter Cherches RE: mizuhito Aug 15, 2006 04:30 PM

          I enjoyed Ponzu the one time I went. I believe it's at Taylor & O'Farrell or thereabouts.

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            djh RE: mizuhito Aug 15, 2006 07:50 PM

            If you're hankerin for Mexican, Colibri is a very good and convenient choice. On Geary right across from the Curran.

            http://www.colibrimexicanbistro.com/

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              mizuhito RE: mizuhito Aug 18, 2006 01:36 AM

              Thanks for the suggestion of El Colibri, which is where we went. This place is fantastic! 4.9 out of 5! We had a Jicama salad that was good except that the Jicama pieces were too big and required too durned much chewing. But the salad had all kinds of assorted goodies on it and everyone there is served these delicious homemade corn tortillas with 3 kinds of salsa and I had there the best duck I've ever had ANYWHERE, no exceptions, and the dessert (blanco y negro, a mouse better than any frenchman could do) was superb. Highly recommended. And Thanks!

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