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Sep 29, 2006 06:27 PM

Need some recommendations around California Pacific Medical Center, SF

We are visiting a friend at CPMC today - last time, we tried a Thai place near California, which was okay - any other ones near that area (is it Fillmore/California?) - not something like Johnny Rockets or anything....


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    1. La Mediterrane is right there on Filmore, nice Middle Eastern food. Small blue awning...might be one block up the hill, east side of block.
      Also, the Sidewalk Cafe on California is a nice's west on California, next to the bread shop, before Mollie Stones.

      1. How about Vivande Porta Via. They have a takeout counter and a few small tables. And very close to PMC.

        1. I used to work at this CPMC and can tell you the following places are the ones I'd go to eat:
          -The Grove - pricey, semi trendy cafe with decent coffee and a nice variety of edibles. Would stick to simple dishes, they mess up anything too complicated
          -La Boulange - french cafe, related to Boulangerie Bay Bread, everything is pretty wonderful and they have sweets
          -Neecha Thai on 2100 Sutter Street (Not on Fillmore but one block over) is fantastic Thai food, miles above the grossness of Thai Stick 2000
          -Osaka Sushi on Fillmore & Clay

          Also second La Med & Sidewalk Cafe.

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          1. re: mariamargarita

            I think I must be the only person on Chowhound who finds La Mediterranee insipid. Once again, dragging out the "good ol' days" but years ago it was good. Not great but good. Now, I just don't get it, And this is one I tried again a few months ago.

            1. re: chaddict

              Move over on that rocking chair, granny, and let me join you. Your experience is more recent, but I'm in agreement that Mediterranee used to be good and has slipped a lot.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I agree with both of you -- La Mediterranee is not what it used to be in terms of quality.

          2. For dessert, stop by Bittersweet for hot chocolate or Tango Gelato for some Argentine style gelato.

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              I would concur with the less than favorable opinions of La Mediterranee. Chez Nous is excellent on Fillmore Street. Otherwise, the new California Street Deli at the JCC is pretty solid if you want a pastrami sandwich or something along those lines.