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A former San Franciscan looking for updated recommendations for a trip in November

ptrefler Oct 6, 2006 04:55 PM

I lived in San Francisco for 25 years and will be out in November for a week to visit family and friends. I am planning to go to The Slanted Door (I have been there), Myth (I have not been yet) and was looking for recommendations for restaurants for dinner. I am staying by Union Square and like to walk if possible. I have been and like the standbys - Boulevard, Postrio, Hawthorne Lane, Farralon, Fringale, etc. but wondered what was new and interesting. It will be for a party of 6 and I probably need to set up 3 more dinners.

Also would like to know if Myth is a good or bad idea.


  1. Robert Lauriston Oct 6, 2006 05:01 PM

    You know that Gerald Hirigoyen, original chef of Fringale, is now at Piperade and also owns Bocadillos?

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      Maya Oct 6, 2006 10:11 PM

      I loved Myth but haven't been in a year or so. NOPA is a great new spot, and my current favorite is Luella (open for about 1 1/2 years).

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        ptrefler Oct 10, 2006 12:15 PM

        I really appreciate the opinion on Myth and will look into NOPA and Luella.

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          Maya Oct 10, 2006 04:26 PM

          Another one you might try is La Ciccia, new Sardinian place in Noe Valley.

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        dontworryaboutit Oct 9, 2006 07:04 AM

        Acqurello (sp?)

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        1. re: dontworryaboutit
          ptrefler Oct 10, 2006 12:16 PM

          I have been to Aquerello (I can't spell it either) and liked it, will check out the others you suggested. Thank you.

        2. Paul H Oct 9, 2006 01:20 PM

          Myth is a very good idea. More expensive, but worth trying in the Union Square area are Fifth Floor, Masa's and Campton Place. Rubicon has a new chef (2 years), and you might have a good time at Jeanty at Jacks. If you regard Fringale as walking distance, there is bacar, close by. Further afield but both fairly new, good and interesting are Range and Bushi-Tei. Have fun!

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          1. re: Paul H
            Robert Lauriston Oct 9, 2006 03:44 PM

            Have you been to Masa's or Campton Place under their current chefs? There haven't been many reports here on either. Reports on Fifth Floor have been pretty mixed.

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              ptrefler Oct 10, 2006 12:10 PM

              Yes, I have been to both Masa's and Campton Place - on my last trip, they were both good, but I didn't have an overwhelming desire to go rushing back. I started going to Masa's when it opened, but something just didn't strike me on my last visit. Coincidentally, I paid my first, and probably last visit to the Fifth Floor on that trip. I felt a little like I was in an opium den with very strange food. (take a look at the online menu). The service was excellent and the food beautifully prepared and very expensive, but strange. I guess you would call it an experience.

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              ptrefler Oct 10, 2006 12:14 PM

              thank you, I have tried a number of places you mentioned, but will check out Range and Bushi-Tei (I have a fairly wide walking range, I used to live in New York).

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              lettuce Oct 9, 2006 04:17 PM

              I have been to both Myth and Scott Howard in the past week. While they were both great, if I had to choose one it would be Scott Howard - the food there was excellent.

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                ptrefler Oct 10, 2006 12:13 PM

                thank you, I had not heard abou Scott Howard. I will give it a try

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