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Good Place to eat near Haight Street?? Relatively cheap

Volmass38 Sep 15, 2006 07:17 PM

Coming through San Francisco for a few hours, any good recommendations, all cuisines welcome.

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    antrobin Sep 30, 2006 06:16 AM

    I like Zam Zam.

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      niki rothman Sep 29, 2006 08:59 PM

      Thanks! Any chance you have a link to the Asian foods in the Mission list that is mentioned?

      I should give Yamo a try when I get back to my routine. Been off my feed lately. But nice to have something of a new/real bargain restaurant right in the neighborhood to try.

      I also thought the spag with clam sauce at Val P & P was first rate. Worth twice the price a la cart, and they throw in all the extras to make a huge delicious meal. They even gave me garlic bread with mine.

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        niki rothman Sep 26, 2006 09:04 PM

        Cha Cha Cha on the south side of Haight on the corner just a block east of Stanyan. Inexpensive, cool atmosphere - comfy booths. "Small" plates around $7 - with the baguette, one plate is enough for a good light lunch. Jerk chicken over rice and fried calamari are wonderful. I've never eaten anything there that I didn't think was really good.

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          chaddict Sep 28, 2006 07:34 PM

          Niki, you know I love you but I have to respectfully disagree. In the early '80s, I thought the food was pretty good. Now I just think it is ok and overpriced for what you get. But that is just one person's opinion so take it for what it is worth.

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            Robert Lauriston Sep 28, 2006 07:41 PM

            What I remember is mostly drinking sangria while waiting a long time for a table.

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              Chuckles the Clone Sep 28, 2006 09:38 PM

              It's been a number of years since my last time there. Do they still have
              the long lines and sangria to drink while waiting? While it may not sound
              like much, that was one of the main attractions. Along with the chicken paillard.

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                MuppetGrrl Sep 29, 2006 09:33 PM

                The sangria's pretty much the reason to go.

              2. re: chaddict
                niki rothman Sep 28, 2006 10:11 PM

                Hi honey! I love you too. I especially love your passion about food. But are we talking about the same restaurant? Cha Cha Cha? I would really like to hear more about your experience. maybe you and i just order different stuff? My mother in law has this theory that restaurants ALL make some stuff good and some stuff bad and depending on what you order two people could have radically different opinions about the same place - both right. But every time Richard and I go to Amoeba music we look forward to eating there. I eat the jerk chicken or squid, he plays the field, but has liked everything. The last time i was there was about 2 months ago. Unless the prices have gone up it was about $6 or $7 each - and you know I am always after a bargain and I like to see a lot of food for the money. But, C.H.A, tell me what it is that you ate there that you felt gyped? Hmm...I actually only started eating there about a year ago. I wonder if it could be that because you started eating there a long time ago that it used to be a lot better and you feel it's not what it used to be, and i don't have that "good old days" kinda syndrome going - so there's no disappointment. But what is YOUR fave restaurant around there - I'll try your recommendation. It would be fun to try something new when I'm on a DVD shopping spree.

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                  chaddict Sep 29, 2006 04:44 AM

                  Hey there! Full disclosure: have not been there in almost 2 years and things can change a lot, especially if there are chef and/or cook changes. I think you are probably right about the fact that I went regularly in the early days and am comparing everything else to that. And you are most certainly right that most restaurants have both good and bad. Tell you what: I'll try the jerk chicken and whatever else catches my fancy this weekend and will report back. However, it will be the Mission location as I am truly lazy.

                  As for the upper Haight, I don't particularly like anything up that way. Many servicable restaurants but nothing that I would want to go back to. (Bad grammar, I know.) And to Chuckles: yeah, getting buzzed before even hitting the table really was half the draw. It sure ain't the tootsie rolls!

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                    niki rothman Sep 29, 2006 02:35 PM

                    OK be warned - the jerk chicken is quite hot, they even go by the book and use Scotch bonnets, and it is very tender. I actually was moved to call them to ask the cook how they got that chicken so darned tender. But the squid is the draw really. I would go halfway across town for good fried calamari. But they place the pile atop a HUGE portion of garlic lemon aioli - which could soggy-fy the surrounding morsels. Be sure to ask for it on the side. Actually, I ignore it and just ask for a whole sliced lemon to cut the grease. I've never eaten at the Valencia branch - because although CCC is just fine, Val. P & P is my personal fave for that stretch of Valencia. And please don't put yourself down. The hell with being a stickler for obsolete grammar - nobody should have to worry about dangling prepositions when everybody else is just letting them dangle to their little heart's content.
                    Enjoy your weekend.

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                      chaddict Sep 29, 2006 07:59 PM

                      Just for others trying to figure out locations, etc. ChaChaCha is actually on Mission, either between 18th and 19th or 19th and 20th (Google map is giving me a hard time). 2327 Mission.

                      And Niki, a big kiss to you for pointing out Valencia Pizza and Pasta to me many moons ago. One of the bargains of the century in the Mission.

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                        niki rothman Sep 29, 2006 08:14 PM

                        Oh, you are so welcome! What are your fave things to eat at Val P & P? I tend to get stuck in a rut ordering the same things and would like to branch out. But the lamb shanks are so wonderful - better than my own version - that I wind up ordering them. Also the squid - it's even better than CCC.

                        Was it you who recommended Yamo so enthusiastically - I'd like to try it. What are your favorite dishes there?

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                          Robert Lauriston Sep 29, 2006 08:18 PM

                          The original Cha Cha Cha is at 1801 Haight St.


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                            chaddict Sep 29, 2006 08:30 PM

                            That I realize. I simply meant that the second location is on Mission, not Valencia.

                            Valencia P&P: spaghetti with clams and whatever chicken dish is the special (usually roasted). Can't remember what else I have tried but I, like you, am stuck in a rut and order the same old things.

                            Here's a recent post on Yamo: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                chefkiki Sep 24, 2006 09:20 PM

                Citrus Club, on Upper Haight

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                  dunstable Sep 22, 2006 11:35 PM

                  No love for Kate's Kitchen? I guess it's more of a brunch spot, but I'm a fan.

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                    abe1329 Sep 24, 2006 09:57 PM

                    Where's Kate's Kitchen??

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                      dunstable Sep 25, 2006 11:07 PM

                      It's in the Lower Haight near Fillmore, in the same general area as Minnie's, Rosamunde, and Toronado. Other side, though.

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                      larochelle Sep 25, 2006 01:56 AM


                      Katie's Kitchen has decent pancakes but everything else ranges from terrible to just okay. Their breakfast potatoes are awful and their biscuits are worse. The croissant breakfast sandwich is okay and the hush puppies aren't bad, but that's about it.

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                        dunstable Sep 25, 2006 11:07 PM

                        pooh, I like it! Try the corned beef hash thing.

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                          larochelle Sep 26, 2006 03:03 PM

                          Double Yuck! I understand their "corned beef hash thing" has its fans so I didn't slam that particular dish but in my opinion its the worst thing on the menu. As far as I'm concerned, its a menu misrepresentation - its not a hash at all - its HUGE chunks of meat and vegetables thrown together, there's no sear or crust, there's no melding of ingregrients.

                          Believe me, I live a block away. I'd love it if KK was good and I had another breakfast choice. The croissant sandwich is the only thing worth the calories but its not worth waiting in line for.

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                          Manimal Sep 29, 2006 08:13 PM

                          I CAN'T STAND this place. it's awful! I have no idea how they have lines, ever. Their breakfast potatoes are particularly foul.

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                            dunstable Oct 1, 2006 09:44 PM

                            haha, truth be told, owing to the lines I usually eat at Minnie's for brunch, if I'm in that zone. but I still like it *sheepish grin*

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                          larochelle Sep 26, 2006 02:52 PM

                          Its in the 400 block of Haight next to the Medical Cannibas place & Walgreens.

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                          abe1329 Sep 22, 2006 03:50 PM

                          Please go to All You Knead! Cheap, delicious and in the heart of the Haight. Awesome breakfast, good pizza, yummy fries. Just good food and HUGE portions.

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                            motil Sep 19, 2006 04:13 AM

                            I like the upstairs Thai place across from the Red Vic (unsure of name). Axum, in the loewr Haight, is a little divey but has great Ethiopian food.

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                              nsheth Sep 19, 2006 04:33 AM

                              The upstairs Thai place is Ploy II. I recently randomly met someone who grew up in Thailand that recommended the place, so I checked it out. Nothing blew me away, but I thought it was very good. Close to where I live, I'm sure I'll go back to get my Thai food fix . . .

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                                Civil Bear Sep 25, 2006 11:29 PM

                                I'll third Ploy II. The place was a tasty mainstay when I worked in the area.

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                                niki rothman Sep 26, 2006 09:06 PM

                                What do you like best to eat there? Unless there is a buffet, I'm never sure what to order in an Ethiopian rest.

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                                scenicrec Sep 17, 2006 01:36 AM

                                Zazie, in nearby Cole Valley does a great breakfast and a nice lunch. You can eat there, then stroll to Boulangerie de Cole Valley for dessrt!

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                                  kevin Sep 16, 2006 11:04 PM

                                  wait does memphis minni'e have the change in ownership or rosamunde's and since when????

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                                    chaddict Sep 16, 2006 11:36 PM


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                                      larochelle Sep 18, 2006 08:44 PM

                                      Rosamunde's. As I understand it, Jeff sold it to one of his suppliers & moved to Mexico. I think it became official this summer (July 2006).

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                                      ML8000 Sep 16, 2006 03:19 AM

                                      A third on Rosamunde's. Geez, haven't been there for a while.

                                      The Pork Store Cafe is pretty fab as well...but no diner.

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                                        Amahal420 Sep 16, 2006 02:50 AM

                                        Memphis Minnies, Burger Joint, Taqueria Balazo and asqew grill are my favs. All pretty cheap.

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                                          TheRobin Sep 15, 2006 09:21 PM

                                          A great place in the Haight (not lower Haight like all the other's so far) is Magnolia Brewpub at Masonic. Great beers and really quite good eats, and not too bad on the pocketbook either...

                                          1. chaddict Sep 15, 2006 07:30 PM

                                            Lower Haight, Rosamunde's sausages.

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                                              MuppetGrrl Sep 15, 2006 07:31 PM

                                              Echoing Rosamunde/Toronado!

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                                                Robert Lauriston Sep 15, 2006 07:53 PM

                                                Or Memphis Minnie's. Same block.

                                              2. re: chaddict
                                                Melanie Wong Sep 16, 2006 05:05 AM

                                                Still the same after the change in ownership?

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                                                  larochelle Sep 16, 2006 09:45 PM

                                                  So far the only difference is the higher prices.

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                                                    Tripeler Sep 26, 2006 03:34 PM

                                                    Which were insanely low to begin with, when you consider the quality of their sausages and trimmings.

                                                    1. re: larochelle
                                                      Robert Lauriston Sep 26, 2006 09:12 PM

                                                      Several people have complained otherwise.


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                                                  sachadinamo Sep 15, 2006 07:23 PM

                                                  There is a good place by the Castro, relatively close to Haight
                                                  Cote Sud they have a $25.00 prix fixe that runs all night and it is excellent

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