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funmarysf Feb 1, 2007 11:36 AM

I am a major chowhound and spend most of my time in restaurants with notable food and wine, however, its sometimes fun to do something different. Last night, on a DAT recommendation from the boards, I tried Forbes Island for the first time... what a trip! This place is crazy... you take a boat there, eat in this underwater pirate like ship vessel, etc. The food was ok, but it was definitely unique and fun. I am a born and raised San Franciscan and had never heard of this place!

Are there other fun and unique places to dine where the focus is more on the fun experience? I would put Benihana and Teatro Zinzani in this category, though I have never been to the latter. I guess these are all kind of touristy, but as a local, I do think its sometimes fun to do something out of the ordinary like this!

  1. scarmoza Feb 1, 2007 12:29 PM

    This is not touristy - but I think it deserves a mention.

    Sharing a bowl of ravioli's and drinking a few pints with friends while watching Kitten on the Keys perform at the Rite Spot is a great San Francisco treat. I wouldn't go to the Rite Spot for their ravioli's otherwise. Kitten makes it a whole lotta fun.
    http://www.ritespotcafe.net/

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      funmarysf Feb 1, 2007 12:55 PM

      Sounds interesting, thanks. I guess Yoshi's should be in this list too!

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        Maya Feb 1, 2007 01:14 PM

        Yoshi's should be at the TOP of this list, in my opinion. You could also add the FIllmore and Great American Music Hall, in the same vein.

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          Robert Lauriston Feb 1, 2007 01:39 PM

          Yoshi's reportedly has decent food since the chef change.

          Has anyone ever had anything at the Fillmore or GMAC that wasn't awful?

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            Maya Feb 2, 2007 08:57 AM

            Hey, the question was a fun experience with okay food. The burgers at both aren't bad.

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              Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2007 09:04 AM

              My experiences at both were sufficiently bad that I'd avoid eating at either again. Yoshi's is the only concert venue I can think of that actually puts effort into serving good food.

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      narulamd Feb 1, 2007 01:19 PM

      i'm not an sf native, but have spent some time there and a year ago, we went to supper club. while i've heard some people have had bad experiences, we enjoyed ourselves with the various talent performing. some eastern european contortionist girls, etc.

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        Robert Lauriston Feb 1, 2007 01:40 PM

        Supperclub's chef quit because the owners didn't care enough about the food.

      2. coolbean98 Feb 1, 2007 01:44 PM

        AsiaSF is definitely dinner and a show, of sorts.

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          srr Feb 2, 2007 09:43 AM

          I have been to Teatro Zinzanni and I would recommend it. The show is great and the food is good for the setting. They aren't breaking any ground, but it's simple and fresh.

          1. Cindy Feb 2, 2007 10:04 AM

            How about hot pot cooking? Fun to do with a group. Also, I would put the Melting Pot up there, experience is more about the fun than the food.

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              funmarysf Feb 2, 2007 01:42 PM

              Oh, fondue... what a great idea!

            2. Lori SF Feb 2, 2007 10:08 AM

              Destino- on Market
              Live Latin Music - Flamenco guitarist on Tuesday nights, tango dancers on Wednesday nights.

              Foreign Cinama - a film during dinner in the courtyard patio area.

              Town Hall-Fourth Annual Fat Party~Mardi Gras Party
              Tue., February 20, 2007-Guests are encouraged to don masquerade masks for the New Orleans-style party

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                Pamela2 Feb 2, 2007 11:46 AM

                A dear friend compelled her husband to take her to Teatro Zinzani for her 60th birthday and was not disappointed. She said it was a wild experience and thoroughly enjoyed the food.

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