Help My Mechanic Tony Eat Something
- Jim Leff Sep 25, 2006 02:45 PM
I hate to be a downer, but one of my best friends (my mechanic Tony, whose mother - an astounding cook - I've profiled on the site in the past) has a brother in very very bad shape in SF General. He's flown out to SF, and has lost 15 pounds in three weeks because he's too frantic and upset to eat, and doesn't know where to go. This is a job for Chowhound.com
He's staying on Masonic, in the 1200's. And his brother is, again, in SF General.
Tony likes inexpensive places where people are kind and the food is fresh. He's got a good palate for shortcuts and compromises (his mom's fault), sort of a princess-and-the-pea type. He likes anything good (though is very tough to please on Italian), but has a health food side to him.
Anything in either locale?
Near SF General, I had a great burrito al pastor at Taqueria San Francisco, which is on the corner of 24th and York (only 3 blocks from the hospital). In fact it is up there on the list of best burritos I've ever had (but I've spent most of my life in the Northeast). My DC had a veggie burrito that she really liked.
There are lots of great places on 24th for snacks, burritos, tacos, tortas, juices, bread.
Yesterday I visited the Poleng Lounge on Fulton and Masonic and I was impressed with the food. It's pan-asian - I had a papaya salad (really fresh and delicious) and a bowl of curry, along with a pot of lychee black tea. Thats comfort food for me.
Their tea selection is great, displayed on the bar in little metal tins so you can see and smell them. It just opened -
the prices are right, portions impressive, and the staff couldnt be nicer.
I would also tell him to drink a few beers at magnolia pub on masonic and haight - they have great food too.
Near the hospital, i would recommend Manivanh Thai, which is 2732 24th street (At Potrero Ave). Last week I had the pad gra prow with pork, which comes with rice for $7.05. It was really fresh and delicious, I've also had the pork prig-khing there, which was also great. It's nothing pretty inside--so I get take out and eat in a park.
also, el toyanese taco trucks on harrison street and 22nd street. carnitas tacos all the way.
1200 Masonic is near Haight St. so that might help with searches. (San Francisco
street address numbering is totally screwed up, so you always need a cross
street for reference. ) I really like the Pork Store for breakfast. Right there near
the corner of Haight. Good basic breakfast in a sit-at-the-counter setting.
There's been a decent, recent thread about Chinese in Mission/Potrero, which
is the area the hospital is in. Although the immediate hospital area is pretty
bleak (where *do* all those doctors eat???) pretty much everything mentioned
in that thread is a lunchtime walk away.
The location is close to the upper Richmond and Sunset. It will require a short bus ride.
San Tong on Iriving is a great dinner option. While other place have seats this place has a waiting line.
There a lot of interest Aisan places on the same street. Have not tried them all but have only driven by.
It's been a couple of years since I've been to either of these, so please correct me if I'm
out of date, but for dinner both the Universal Cafe and the Slow Club might be
good choices for a single diner looking for a nice tablecloth-y place where they
wouldn't feel out of place eating alone.
Very old Slow Club reviews:
2501 Mariposa St
Ditto, Universal Cafe:
2814 19th St
How is he getting around? Car, cab or public transportation?
In a real pinch, the sandwich shop right across the street from General has decent, if not amazing sandwiches. After all my years visiting General, don't know the name, but it is right across the street from the emergency room entrance.
Unfortunately, as he probably already knows, there is nothing edible at the General cafe except the frozen yogurt. That's not even in a food snob way, so the sandwich shop can be real welcome.
Is this a situation where he's also going to need recs for late nite or 24 hour eats? If he has access to a fridge where he's staying, Whole Foods has good take-out meals and soups if coming home late. Lamb shanks are particularily good.
Open to delivery at the hospital or home? Then hounds could make some suggestions for the best of Waiter on Wheels.
i would direct him to bravo pizza, mission and geneva, where the entrees are humongous and fela will treat him as her favorite son.
The Upper Haight is full of relatively cheap places. I think there was a thread recently, try a search, but here are a few of my faves:
As others have mentioned, Magnolia has good pub grub and beer.
For super quick and easy, Best of Thai (near the corner of Haight and Masonic) has comforting noodle stir-fries and soups. The spicy beef noodle soup is very satisfying.
Similarly, the Citrus Club down the street towards the park has good Aisan soups and stir-fries. Go for Vietnamese chicken soup with rice noodles or the stir-fried chow mein with prawns and shitakes.
I like Balazo for mexican in that area.
Asqew Grill is cheap, easy, and healthy.
If you go over to Cole Valley, you've got a bunch of additional choices: Burgermeister for (duh) good burgers (including chicken and veggie options), a great sushi place in Grandeho's, upscale food and wine at Eos, and a surprisingly ambitious menu at the Kezar Bar and Grill. Also, Bambino's turns out decent italian standards and better pizza, and Zaze serves good solid french.
Hukilau is a Hawaiian place that serves good portions at a reasonable price. They were picked as a bargain bites last year in the SF Chron. They have a restaurant at Masonic and Geary. Plenty of food for the price and a nice place to chill out..except maybe on live music days (fridays) which can get loud.
$12 three course Italian Dinners Tuesday on Cole and they will deliver. Haven't tried it but thumbs up from Chowhounds
Actually Cole has a couple of good joints. Kezar Bar and Restaurant was a comforting after hospital dinner spot for me ... different hospital, but near MasonIC. Yeah, Masonic not the street with the shorter name. Never mind that other, sorry.
Jim, naturally you've sent him to La Palma Mexicatessen which is walking distance from the hospital, right? And, he can get Mitchell's ice cream at St. Francis Fountain in the same area.
He can get latin-style marinated (in juice, garlic, spices) grilled chicken at La Parilla on 24th St. at Folsom. They sometimes overcook the chicken, so I'd recommend dark meat, but even the white meat is tasty. I like the sides, too -- beans (three kinds,) rice(three kinds,) salsa, tortillas, plantain, yucca. Also good aguas frescas, flan (never tried it.) There's another one at Columbus and Broadway.
Oh, that address is near La Palma! Ok, then he's got to get those great cocadas, too http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Thanks, guys, I don't have time to research this myself, am big-time occupied doing this ChowTour http://www.chow.com/tour
...but I didn't want to let Tony down.
re: Jim Leff
The hospital is at the east end of the 24th st latin american zone. Maybe 3 short blocks
from La Palma.
Anyone tried Papa Potrero lately? On the corner of 24th and Potrero directly
across from the hospital. When I had a doctor friend there, we would regularly
have lunch there of some sort of pasta. Never awesome but cheap-fast-good.
Again, this was probably too long ago to reliably make a recommendation.
I'm picking up on the healthfood-side comment and will make the following recs:
- Jay's Cheesesteak (one location on Divis at Oak-ish and another at 22nd or 23rd and Mission) has a fantastic seitan cheesesteak. I get mine with cherry peppers and mushrooms)
- Herbivoire (interestingly, their two locales are right next to Jay's Cheesesteak locales- Divis and Oakish and Mission near 23rd) It's all vegan fare, but I love the seitan shawarma and the black bean burrito is a healthier (and, IMO, tastier and more earthy) take on a mission-style burrito with a whole wheat tortilla, brown rice, black beans, for-real avocado. I get both with an extra side of harissa. The shawarma is served with baked fries that can be kind of hit or miss. I tend to order them well-done and it helps some with the soggy/greasy miss aspect.
I know when I'm stressed and enmotionally run down, I like food that makes me feel like I'm taking care of myself/wholesome/sustaining. Best wishes to Tony and his brother!
Burger Joint on Valencia and 19th St, I think they have one in the Haight as well. Parking may be a bit tight. Burget Joint also has a website, just search it. Also, at the corner of 19th St and Valencia is a restuarant, makes pizzas, lunch and dinners on weekends, forgot the name. Hope the brother gets well soon.
Whiz Burger at South Van Ness and 18th has plenty of parking...not sure how the burgers are any longer. It's been a while. Got some fries there about 8 months ago.
When I drive by I keep telling myself I should stop because pretty soon someone is going to stuff in a buttload of lofts in that corner and that will be that.
Its one of those places where condos would be an improvement. I've tried that place a number of times over the years and all it has was parking and greasy food.
Just a note, if for some reason Tony goes to Mitchells Ice Cream mentioned in this thread, Goood Fricken Chicken is a block away. Both are kind of long hauls from General though.
I actually enjoy Whiz Burger quite a bit! I've had the burgers, the fries, the onion rings and the cheesesteak. It'll stick with you for a good long time, but it's tasty in that "this'll kill ya" kind of way. Best eaten with a few brews in you late at night. That said, this was back in 2000.
Ok, this is only good if he is driving or taking the 22, but for "inexpensive places where people are kind and the food is fresh," I can't recommend Yamo enough. Jim, I know you have heard mixed things but I bet that comes from the Chowdown. Here is a recent report: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...