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Dinner Border of NorthBeach/Financial?

heymary Jan 24, 2007 08:47 PM

I am going tomorrow (thursday) evening to an event at Istituto Italiano di Cultura
425 Washington. The website says its near the Transamerica Building. Any recommendations for a restaurant nearby that is (1) relatively inexpensive and (2) likely to have some nice dishes for a no-flesh vegetarian. Thanks, I appreciate all the advice I get on this board, its been amazing!!

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    Concetta RE: heymary Jan 25, 2007 10:57 AM


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      dunn.sanfrancisco RE: heymary Jan 25, 2007 11:32 AM

      Interesting challenge! North Beach is famous around the world for its restaurants, but the clear majority of those places are Italian or Sicilian-Italian and meatless dinners are likely going to be confined to pesto pasta and such. The Financial District is famous among San Franciscans (I work in the FD and can bear witness to this) for a general lack of restaurants of just about any kind. There are exceptions, of course, and some very fine exceptions, but I personally know of no vegetarian or vegan dinner restaurants nearby. If there are any, I am confident someone will correct me very soon.

      I suggest you take a look at the Friends of Animals San Francisco Vegan Restaurant Guide, which you can find here: http://www.friendsofanimals.org/progr...

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        sfgirlie RE: heymary Jan 25, 2007 11:39 AM

        I work in the area - I would recommend CItizen Thai and the Monkey - ask for the Monkey menu - everything is under $10.

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: heymary Jan 25, 2007 12:58 PM

          Sai's is decent cheap Vietnamese. It's half a block away.

          Bocadillos is really good but relatively expensive for tapas.

          [edited per Ruth's correction]

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            Ruth Lafler RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 25, 2007 01:07 PM

            On what map is Belden Place 2.5 blocks from any address on Washington? I count a minimum of four (Washington to Clay, to Sacramento, to California, to Pine).

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              Robert Lauriston RE: Ruth Lafler Jan 25, 2007 01:11 PM

              Right you are. Google was flaky.

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            ML8000 RE: heymary Jan 25, 2007 03:47 PM

            Caffe Macaroni - right near TA bldg, two locations across the street from each other. One more casual, should have veggie. Friendly bunch, v.good food, never had a bad meal. www.caffemacaroni.com

            1. Pincho RE: heymary Jan 25, 2007 10:20 PM

              How about Helmand, three blocks North on Broadway? The food is Afghani. Not an upscale place and not too expensive, bit no hole-in-the-wall either.

              There are a number of vegetarian options - I recommend the braised pumpkin, and the pan-fried eggplant. I believe they have a vegetable stew as well.

              If you don't know this area -- there are a number strip clubs, so not the nicest location. No worse than many of the other North Beach spots though.

              Helmand Restaurant
              430 Broadway
              San Francisco, CA 94133
              (415) 362-0641

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                Maya RE: heymary Jan 26, 2007 12:17 PM


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