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Help! Good sushi in SF, neighborhood eats in North Beach?

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We are coming to San Fran next week, and we want to find the best sushi in town - freshest fish, unique SF ambience, etc., etc. My husband is very interested in a sushi place that does the boat thing - sushi floats by on boats and you pick up what you want. Can we get the best sushi with the boat experience?? Where should we go?

Also, we are staying in the North Beach neighborhood and would like to know some good eats there for breakfast and lunch.

Okay, one more - best dim sum in Chinatown?

THANKS! MJ & KT

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    1. there is a small restaurant on Colombus and Geary called Da Flora, owned by Flora & Mary Beth. Some people think this is some of the tastiest most simple Italian food around there. I think I have had some preety dam good meals there. All their bread an desserts are home made by MB and Flora is a real coneuseur of Italian wines. It is small, it is oldfashioned, but you will remember it fondly.

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        1. re: mambooster7

          Thank you, it's on our list! We love simple Italian, along with a simple wine!

          We'll let you know what we think after we've been.

        2. You will probably get tons of responses regarding the "best" sushi if you do some searching on the boards. This question gets asked at least twice month or maybe even once a week. I don't frequent the ultra expensive places, which is price is an indicator would suggest that it's the "best", but a few above average places may include Ino Sushi and Kyo Ya, located in the Grand Palace Hotel, though it's been over 10 years since I've been to either of these. I wonder if they stilll have sushi at the Nikko Hotel. I looked it up it's called Anzu. Hope others who have been to these places can comment.

          http://www.restaurantanzu.com/page.as...

          www.kyo-ya-restaurant.com

          What I really wanted to comment on was the boat thing, no such thing as good boat sushi. Don't even try. The one in Japantown is the only one I know of, and that is below average at best.

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          1. re: badbatzmaru

            Thanks for the tips. We'll check into them - no one else has posted to say they have been more recently, but we're all for an adventure.

          2. La Boulange, the fancy patisserie on Columbus, is doing breakfast and lunch specials. Mama's (on Washington Square) for brunch is a SF institution. Osteria del Forno is a great little place on Columbus for lunch or dinner.... One could go on and on.

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            1. re: Gary Soup

              Oh my, how are we going to get to all these places in 4 days? We will just have to eat our way through the city.

              Thanks for the information - we'll hit what we can on this trip, and then have to plan another!

            2. Just a couple of notes -
              Boat places are tourist traps. Crap fish. The fish is floating by on a boat - of course it's not good.
              Unique SF ambiance - most good sushi places here have terrible atmosphere. The places with good atmosphere - they don't care about the fish. The places with good fish - they don't care about the atmosphere.
              I personally think Zushi Puzzle, at the bar, is the best sushi. But like the other poster said, everyone has a favorite here, so you're going to get a thousand different answers.
              :-)

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              1. re: mrsricho

                Okay, we get it about the sushi boats. My husband was taken to one the last time he was in SF on a biz trip, so he liked the fun of it. But he was probably too loopy on sake to discern the lesser quality of the fish. We definitely want quality fish, and now we understand to look for a crappy atmosphere to lead us to best quality fish!