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Need some recommendations around California Pacific Medical Center, SF

sandrachang Sep 29, 2006 06:27 PM

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....


  1. Melanie Wong Oct 8, 2006 07:39 AM

    Sandra, where'd you end up?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      sandrachang Oct 16, 2006 06:55 PM

      We ended up getting take out (at the husband's request, since he was hungry too) at Silver Lake (in San Mateo!) - he'd been eating the nasty cafeteria food, and really wanted some rice and good Chinese food!!

      thanks to all for the suggestions!!

      1. re: sandrachang
        Melanie Wong Oct 17, 2006 02:33 AM

        And you were all better fed for it.

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      jaweino Oct 1, 2006 12:29 AM

      I like Fresca a lot. It's Peruvian. They have excellent sandwiches, bocadillos, among other things for lunch. Dinner is also very good there, if a little noisy. Florio is a good Bistro for dinner. I also like Jackson Fillmore Trattoria. There's another Thai place on the corner of Steiner and Sutter, that I think is better than the one on Fillmore.

      1. Melanie Wong Sep 30, 2006 12:32 AM

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

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        1. re: Melanie Wong
          poulet_roti Sep 30, 2006 05:44 PM

          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.

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          mariamargarita Sep 30, 2006 12:16 AM

          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
            chaddict Sep 30, 2006 03:15 PM

            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
              Melanie Wong Sep 30, 2006 05:09 PM

              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
                Husky Sep 30, 2006 06:48 PM

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

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            chocolatetartguy Sep 29, 2006 08:39 PM

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

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              Sebby Sep 29, 2006 06:52 PM

              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 Bistro..it's west on California, next to the bread shop, before Mollie Stones.

              1. Husky Sep 29, 2006 06:40 PM

                Try Chez Nous on Fillmore. http://www.opentable.com/rest_profile...

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