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Suggest some places I may never have been- Polk Gulch, TL, Mission...

I'm in the mood to try something new. Looking in the area bounded by Franklin, not more into the Marina than, say, Washington. Polk Gulch, Tenderloin, Mission (all the way out to Bernal) all fair game. I live in a neighbourhood I like to call the "Tender Addition" (Sutter/Van Ness area) and I've yet to really find good eats around there. Other than Tommy's Joynt.

We love new experiences and ethnic food. Would like sit-down, but not super schmancy. Is Brick worth trying?

This is for a late dinner and (ideally) drinks tonight.

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  1. Ozone is on Sutter and Polk. They're good if you order the right stuff. They have plenty of drinks.

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    1. re: Problem Child

      Thai food, right? Next to Vertigo across from Hemlock? I'll look into it, thanks!

    2. You might like to try O'Reilly's Holy Grail. It is located in the former Mayes Oyster House. Good food and nice setting.
      http://www.oreillysholygrail.com/inde...

      1. Bodega Bistro, with its divine Vietnamese, is right there on Eddy/Larkin and is perfect for your requirements. Great food, nice place not too fancy. Amazing value. I have eaten there 2x in the last 3 wks and am very impressed.

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        1. re: BlaineResident

          You can start the night with drinks at Bambuddah (corner of eddy/larkin) or Olive (larkin at olive) before Bodega, which serves b&w only.

          Also, have you tried Sauce (gough and grove or hayes)? I think that's within the parameters you mention. I really liked it the one time I went. Simple dishes, prepared well and the room is comfortable. They have a full bar there and, though I drank wine while dining there, the bartender was squeezing the fruit juice to order. I saw a slew of mojitos and other drinks flying from the bar.

          As to your question about Brick, if you do a search, you won't find any glowing reviews. Maybe an "OK" at best, but most people seem to have been disappointed by it.

          1. re: fine wino

            Bambuddah serves dinner, too, and has nicer atmo than Bodega Bistro. Good value wine list, too.

            Between Sauce and Brick- hard call. I thought they had very similar style menus ("eclectic" small plates pulling from many different cuisines) and found a lot of the food at both places was too many ingredients in too small a plate- flavor circus! If I *had* to go back, Brick was at least a bit more inventive than Sauce.

            Chowsmurf should definately hit Little Saigon- on Larkin from Sutter down to Turk, there's Turtle Tower (good pho), Bodega Bistro, Bambuddha Lounge, and Saigon Sandwich (super cheap). I've heard Pagolac is good, too, but not checked it out yet. Skip Mangosteen.

        2. Farmer Brown has gotten a lot of ink (pixels?) on this board. Check out some reviews here.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          Also, if you're going all the way out in the Mission, try Front Porch.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          I have not yet been to FP, but FB was wonderful, and the 1/2-price cocktails until 7pm are delicious. Great scene, too.

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          1. re: foodiegrl

            I super-second farmer brown! But be warned that tonight (thurs)is "live music night" and the band is LOUD! Actually the restaurant is pretty loud so if you want to have intimate conversation with your dining conpanion(s), it will be hard to do there unless you really snuggle. Hey, that could be cool though!

          2. We went to Farmer Brown on Saturday night- it is a favorite! (I was pleased to see that the pork tenderloin- which for me was dry and inedibly overcooked- has been replaced with a chop. I had the fried chicken, but I bet the chop is way better than the loin.)

            Oh! Front Porch! I've been meaning to try that. Thanks for the reminder. I'm going to check that out. Also Sauce sounds good- he's a sucker for fresh squeezed juice drinks.

            I did a search for Brick right after I asked that question. Yeah-- I'll be taking a pass on that until I hear overwhelming chatter to the contrary.

            Thanks all!

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            1. re: Chowsmurf

              Good call on Brick. We tasted their tartare appetizer at the SF mag event in July, and it was a bland yucky mess. They really missed out on making a good first impression with us and about 1,000 other food enthusiasts. I will not be going there soon (for food, at least).