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6th Ave and Balboa Restaurants, Bars & Cafes?

I've just moved to this neighborhood and noticed a small strip of restaurants at 6th and Balboa and was looking for recommendations. I prefer vegetarian and seafood entrees. Are any of these restaurants better/comparable to what I can find on Geary or Clement street? I used to live off Clement but have never crossed over to the other side of Geary for food. Thanks!

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  1. I really like the Richmond, (yes, that's the name) it's on Balboa and 7th. I'm not sure about vegitarian, but they always have a seafood entree. The chef always serves an amuse as well.

    There is some korean hot pot place on the corner of 5th(?) that was some of the blandest food I've ever eaten, avoid them. My tofu hotpot tasted like water.

    1. The Richmond is great. I've heard good things about Sushi Bistro but have not been there in its current incarnation.

      1. I liked sushi bistro when i lived on 9th. The sushi chefs are really nice to talk to also.

        1. I *LOVE* Emperor Palace. Every time I go back home to SF I always stop there, right after I get into SFO. They have really really cheap Chinese food that I think is really good. However, if you're not into the whole authentic Chinese restaurant thing, with Chinese menus on the walls and dingy bathrooms and not a whole lot of ambiance, this place is not for you. But if you want that cheap and good Chinese food fix, Emperor Palace is really good - I think they're better than a lot of places on Clement.

          1. Try Q on 3rd Ave and Clement...as an aside, I see your screen name is tatertot, at Q they serve mac n cheese with tatertots on top...so good.

            1. Another plug for The Richmond - we've only been once but loved it and intend to go back (and I don't live anywhere that neighborhood!)

              1. Katya's is an upscale Russian place where I've enjoyed all of my three meals. Cinderella Bakery, across the street, is a S.F. institution as is the waiter. Great food, however, and better baked goods on the way out.

                1. Tekka is an a little mom and pop Japanese restaurant between 6th and 7th on Balboa. They open at 7:00/7:30 and their usually a line. The place only seats like 10-12 people, so you usually have to queve up early. I haven't been in a couple of years, but I always enjoyed the wife's homey Japanese dishes. The husband does all of the sushi work and the quality is usually decent.

                  1. Thanks for all your suggestions! I still haven't tried Tekka but want to soon. So far I've tried:

                    Sushi Bistro, Balboa Sushi, Melissa's, Thai Noodle Jump, Bay Fung Tong Seafood.

                    I really liked Sushi Bistro for their creative sushi rolls. The biggest surprise was Bay Fung Tong Seafood. The food was delicious and really cheap. They have a really extensive menu too. I thought Melissa's was pretty bland. Thai Noodle Jump was pretty good but I'd rather walk up to Clement Street to King of Thai.

                    I'll keep updating as I try more restaurants and try to give better descriptions next time!

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                    1. re: tatertot

                      Really, you must get to Tekka! Noburu-san is seriously entertaining and I adore his lovely wife. Had an excellent pork belly dish last week. If you are fanatical about knife skills, this may not be the place for you. But you WILL fall in love with them.