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Sep 21, 2006 05:46 AM

Entertaining East Coast family in SF

My in-laws are visiting us next week, and I'm trying to think of some good dinner options in SF during their stay. Looking for a place that gives good SF cuisine, no budget in mind, fancy atmosphere not required, good hearty portions is a plus. (Chez Panisse and Rubicon did not impress them on a past visit - they want to leave feeling full for not too much money.) Father-in-law is a true meats-and-potatoes kinda guy, so no truly ethnic cuisines. Any recommendations?

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  1. Blue Plate.
    New soul food place,um,Farmer Brown's??

    1. house of prime rib, izzy's, capp's corner, bravo pizza

      1. East Coast parents + $ no object + large portions + meat 'n' potatoes + big city splash = Boulevard!

        1. Boulevard looks wonderful, but some reviewers on Citysearch claim that the portions are so small that they left I'm a bit hesitant?

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          1. re: alina555

            I have never left Boulevard feeling hungry. The portions have always been very generous.

          2. Come on folks. Here are some real deal places...

            Suppenkuche, a great authentic German place in Hayes Valley. The dumplings are the size of solfballs!

            Home, either one is great food at great prices.

            Little Star Pizza, I dare anyone to walk away feel hungry after eating here.

            Cha Cha Cha, hardy, filling, lively and tasty Caribbean

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            1. re: TheRobin

              But none of those meet the criteria of being "San Francisco cuisine" and/or non-ethnic.

              My vote would be for Tadich Grill. Very San Francisco. Large portions. Although it's mostly seafood, the approach is very "meat and potatoes" and there are non-seafood options on the menu.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                I think Home counts as SF cuisine. It's a pretty local take on American comfort food / home cooking.

                More or less the same goes for Blue Plate.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Totally take them to the Tadich -- very hearty.

                  I do not recommend taking people from the east coast for pizza unless it's at someplace like A16, which is not the standard east-coast pizza style.

                  1. re: a_and_w

                    I second the anti-pizza suggestion. Little Star is ostensibly quite different from typical East Coast pizza, but it's not a huge step up from Uno's.

                2. re: TheRobin

                  Suppenkuche, a great authentic German place in Hayes Valley. The dumplings are the size of solfballs!


                  Suppenkuche's best attended when they open, 5:00 pm. By maybe 6:30 it's crowded; gets LOUD, and I do mean LOUD. Be prepared to shout to be heard by your guests. Parking's also a problem by 6:00 pm in a not great neighborhood - public housing to the North.

                  Food's good! German food by a German owner. Price is good. Staff's good.

                  Beer's not - hauling beer from far and away isn't conducive to 'fresh' - watch out for the cardboard taste of oxidation and don't be afraid to send that back for a different brew. The one beer that never seems to be bad no matter what is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - don't know if they have that, as they specialize in German beer.

                  Black Forest cake & Quark cheese cake are yummy. Coffee's usually good.

                  I've learned to not order beer - Suppenkuche has tasty sodas and wine. Good beer can be had at Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.

                  Good for a group is you don't mind the volume. You might try Sunday Brunch.

                  1. re: Waterboy

                    Is it just me or has Suppenkuche gone downhill in the last couple of years? I live around the corner and still go for dinner semi-regularly, but it doesn't seems as good these days. The spaetzle, in particular, just isn't as delicate onion/cheese creamy. And the weinerschnitzel is drier.

                    However, it is still good, solid food and a fun, albeit loud, place to eat. Excellent Reislings, too.