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Mar 2, 2007 04:14 PM

Hayes Valley lunch ideas, please

I'll be on the hunt for the perfect shoes tomorrow and will undoubtedly need lunch. Anything delicious and somewhat informal that you can recommend in Hayes Valley?

Many thanks!

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  1. Frjtz for the frites or fries. Spooky in a hippie-esque sort of funky way...but good fries.

    1. I second frjtz, they also got decent salads

      Ive heard paxties for pizza is ok, as is the kebob place on gough

      1. If it's a nice day try Arlequin. They have a lovely back patio and a delicious bacon, cheese, and apple or pear panini, as well as homemade potato chips and delicious pastries. Their soups, stews, and salads are also good, as is their selection of wines by the glass (just in case you found the right pair of shoes and want to celebrate, or didn't and want to console yourself.)

        The service is cafeteria-style, so it's quite casual.

        384B Hayes St
        San Francisco, CA 94102
        (415) 626-1211

        Mon-Fri 8am-8pm;Sat 9am-7pm;Sun 9am-6pm

        1. Hayes Street Grill is open for lunch, and definitely "somewhat informal" (but not hippie-esque). Speaking of frites, HSG's fries might be the best in town with or without the peanuty dipping sauce they serve with them.

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          1. re: Gary Soup

            I've had the fries at HSG many times but never a peanutty dipping sauce, what's it like?

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              It was slightly spicy, a bit like a satay sauce, as I recall. I haven't been there in a long time, but I asked one of the HSG guys at the Farmers Market recently, and he said they were still making it.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                They have never automatically served it with the fries when I was there, but is one of the choices for sauce with the fish. So I am sure you could request it with the fries, but that is why you haven't been served it in the past.

                1. re: Meredith

                  Now that you mention it, it may have actually come with the fish, but the fish certainly didn't need anything so assertive, but it went great with the fries.

            2. Isn't Absinthe in the Hayes valley? Affordable French, try the onion soup! Comfy banquette seats in a red velour wonderland.

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              1. re: lamoufette

                Arlequin is next door to Absinthe & run by then as well. They have a nice patio in the back. The pastry chef at Absinthe also makes all the sweets for Arlequin.