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Apr 9, 2007 01:56 PM

After 15 years of vegetarianism

I'm eating meat again and thrilled at so many dining options. I'd love to get your recommendations on:

* Your favorite (meat) dish
* The Bay Area restaurant/eatery I can find it in.

Here are some dishes I'm looking forward to enjoying again:
roast chicken
chicken enchiladas
pork chops
coq au vin
sausage pizza
beef hash
biscuits & gravy
pork buns
beef stew
chicken pot pie

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  1. Zuni for roast chicken.

    Cafe Rouge in Berkeley for steak, lamb, and pork chops.

    Pizzaiolo in Oakland for sausage pizza and meatballs.

    A16 in SF for meatballs.

    Incanto in SF for all kinds of cold cuts.

    Get yourself some bacon, sausage, and bratwurst from Fatted Calf to cook at home.

    Similar question came up last year:

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    1. Welcome back to the world of omnivores. I second all of Robert's recs, and also add:

      Beef stew, lamb stew - Aziza
      Pepperoni and sausage pizza - Picco in Larkspur (Marin county)
      Turkey pot pie - 900 Grayson in Berkeley (weekday lunch only)
      Lasagne - Dopo in Oakland
      Pork Chop - NOPA
      Beef hash - Canteen (not always available)
      Fatted Calf also carries brochettes when available. Get to know Fatted Calf, they will be your new best friend.
      Incanto has unbelievably good pork and lamb (menu changes regularly). Really, all the meat I've had there has been incredible.

      1. Welcome back to omnivorism!

        You picked a perfect time: usually I sneer at dining fads, but I'm wholeheartedly behind the house-made salumi trend. I had prosciutto at both Perbacco and La Ciccia in the last couple of weeks -- they were very different, but both delicious!

        For bacon, I really like Nueske -- you can get it in various high-end butchers. For a real treat, look for a place that has it by the slab and have them hand-cut some nice, thick slices. Sooooo goooood!

        1. Spaghetti & meatballs at Mary's Pizza Shack

          Pastaria (or is it Pasteria) in Los Gatos makes a divine sausage lasagna.

          1. I agreee with Ruth about Nueske bacon. It is served at 900 Grayson.

            Hobbes bacon has always been great. Not as good as Nueske, but my second favorite. Hayes Street Grill at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers has it for breakfast.

            Love Zuni chicken ... for less lofty priced chicken (zuni is about $40) ....

            Lola's on Solano in Albany. Just my favorite chicken. Everytime I go there it amazes me how good it is

            Roli Rosti at various farmers markets including Old Oakland, Marin and Ferry Plaza.

            Pork buns - Golden Gate Bakery, SF

            Chicken pot pie - Bakesale Betty's, Oakland

            Chicken enchiladas - Hacienda Grill, Richond. They have a rosemary chicken version that is so good

            Bratwurst / sausage - worth a stop to Dittmar's in Mountain View for the house-made sausages and a meat-o-rama in general. All cold cuts are house made.

            The DiBrova Sausage cart at the Friday Old Oakland Farmers Market is good too.

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            1. re: rworange

              Does Bakesale Betty still make chicken pot pie? I thought she stopped making pot pies to concentrate on the fried chicken sandwiches.

              1. re: Morton the Mousse

                Really? That's too bad. I really loved that pie. When did she stop making them?

                1. re: rworange

                  They're back again. She was having problems w/ how labor intensive they are to make. Now she sells them unbaked and frozen. Takes about 90 minutes to bake.

              2. re: rworange

                Hobbs bacon is very good. Hard to find.

                Zuni's roast chicken is $41 for an order intended to feed two.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I'm surprised to hear Hobbs is hard to find. I always assumed it was all over the place. I don't ordr bacon that often and usually buy it at Hayes Street at FP. I know that Hidden City Cafe in Point Richmond has Hobbs bacon and other meat & sausages.

                  I just kind of assume that everyone knows that Zuni serve a whole chicken, but good to note that. The other two places are take-home chicken.

                2. re: rworange

                  Another vote for both Hobbs and Nueske bacon. You can get the Neuske (and I think the Hobbs as well) at Golden Gate Meats at the Ferry Building.