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Jul 27, 2005 01:50 PM

Inner Sunset

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Hi all, I recently moved into the area and am looking for rec's in Inner Sunset besides Marnie Thai and Parkchow. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  1. For japanese food, I like Chika and Koo. Chika is more old school whereas Koo has fancier, more adventurous grub. Personally, I am not a fan of Ebisu and avoid it. For baked goods, Arizmendi Bakery has yummy scones and cheese rolls. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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    1. re: armaburrito

      I second that emotion as far as Ebisu. I went once and was very excited...that excitement waned when I walked in and smelled a strong odor of fish. Not impressed.

        1. re: cedichou

          I realize this is an old thread, but I only made it to Koo for the first time recently. It deserved its reputation. They have varieties of fish that are only found at a handful of places in San Francisco, and the fish is of very high quality. I had fresh (recently live) soft-shell crab tempura, something you can wait all year for.

          That said, Koo seems to have some issues with service and identity (high end creative sushi or UCSF hangout).

          The bar was empty when I arrived, but I was told rather brusquely that all the seats were reserved. Several were still empty when I left.

          Fortunately my server was friendly and knowledgeable. When I asked if the umeboshi were house made, she said yes, so I ordered them. But she returned to say she'd checked and they weren't, so I ordered something else.

          Prices are reasonable for the caliber of fish and sake aside from a few ridiculous markups for soda, miso, and goma ae; it would be easy to spend 50% more at Sebo.

        2. re: armaburrito

          A late comment... but I was a Arizmendi most mornings last week. Their English Muffins are fabulous. I actually bought a bunch to freeze before leaving SF. I've had their currant scone, blueberry pear scone, and cheese roll. All were wonderful. I didn't have a chance to try their pizza, but I did read that they made a lite bake... so you can finish baking it at home.

          Arizmendi Bakery
          1331 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

        3. Plutos
          Arzimendi (brioche knots!)
          Wonderful Foods (23 & Irving) best Tapioca Milk Tea.

          1. Some more:

            San Tung (Irving near 11th Ave.) -- great dry fried chicken wings, dumplings, dry fried green beans, noodle dishes

            Naan & Curry (642 Irving St. near 8th Ave.) -- good, inexpensive naan, dal, tandoori chicken, eggplant, curried potatoes and cauliflower, etc.

            Pasta Pomodoro (816 Irving Street near 8th Ave.) -- good branch of this chain

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            1. re: Nancy Berry

              I wouldn't waste your time with Naan and curry, I think it is overrated, long lines and you leave smelling like a tandor. That other cheap Indian place on 9th is better (though the name escapes me).

              1. re: richgirl

                Tasy Curry on 9th. Although, you won't escape smelling like tandori either...but much less of it. IMO, better curries than Naan n Curry.

                1. re: Lamechop

                  Yes, but can they to N 'n' C's naan?

            2. SAN TUNG. Delicious food - so many dishes and only a couple "blah" ones out of the 20 or so that I have tried (dry fried chicken wings are the best, as well as the dumplings, soup noodles, pork with green onions, the list goes on!)

              Arizmendi, as others have posted. Great pizza by the slice (Cal style), brioche, bread, english muffins, and especially cheese rolls.

              Yummy Yummy vietnamese next to San Tung isn't half bad.

              Beanery for coffee.

              1. Everyone has had great suggestions. I might add:
                Nan King Road Bistro (for the warm duck salad)
                Yummy Yummy
                Arizmendi (not to belabor a point)
                L'Avenida Taqueria