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chow near Catherdral Hill hotel?

toodie jane May 17, 2007 09:38 AM

looking for b'fast, lunch and dinner, $ to $$ price range, for adults with ecclectic tastes.

Also anything near Mt Zion hospital/UCSF med ctr--Divisadero/Geary area. For this weekend.

I hear the Bay to Breakers is on Sunday--will this make dining out difficult?

thank youse

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  1. Windy RE: toodie jane May 17, 2007 10:07 AM

    Bay to Breakers is over by 10 or 11. All that means is brunch is crowded and parking is a pain.

    Near Cathedral Hill:
    Swan Oyster Depot (lunch Sat) on Polk
    Tajine - Moroccan on Polk
    Bodega Bistro or Mangosteen-Vietnamese on Larkin
    Red Door Cafe - breakfast on California

    There's a good place for scones (Sconeworks) on Ellis, although they may only be open weekdays. Otherwise pick up baked goods at Whole Foods.

    You're also close to Hayes Valley and Japantown. Basically easy to walk in any direction.

    Do a search on Mt. Zion. There are have been many past roundups.

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      mojoeater RE: Windy May 17, 2007 10:09 AM

      What about that sandwich shop right across the street? Johnny's or something like that? We had some excellent sourdough sandwiches there a couple years ago.

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        Melanie Wong RE: mojoeater May 17, 2007 11:22 AM

        That's Tommy's Joynt,

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          mojoeater RE: Melanie Wong May 17, 2007 11:32 AM

          That's it! We were stuck at a conference at the Cathedral Hill and got desperate during our half hour breaks. The fact that I could get corned beef that good (and a couple of cold ones) right next to the hotel saved me!

      2. re: Windy
        fyoulady RE: Windy May 17, 2007 11:40 AM

        The Bay to Breakers goes all day ;)

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          toodie jane RE: Windy May 17, 2007 12:04 PM

          Thanks--I tried searching Mt Zion here to no avail. Also, using google for that neighborhood turned up some dubious sounding spots only. Though I did find out about Chapeau! and it sounds like maybe a place to try for dinner. Geary Parkway neighborhood is also on our radar.

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            cafecreme RE: toodie jane May 17, 2007 11:12 PM

            Chapeau! is really good and they have an early prix-fixe that is a good bargain.

          2. re: Windy
            Melanie Wong RE: Windy May 17, 2007 12:13 PM


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              toodie jane RE: Melanie Wong May 18, 2007 07:07 AM

              thanks for finding this, melanie, my search came up "0". Now I've got a list and I'm out the door! big city here I come.

          3. Robert Lauriston RE: toodie jane May 17, 2007 11:27 AM

            That hotel's at Van Ness and Geary, that's a few blocks from Alborz, Thai House Express, A La Turka, Bodega Bistro, Pagolac, and Turtle Tower.

            Has anyone tried El Yucateco?

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              rworange RE: Robert Lauriston May 17, 2007 02:32 PM

              El Yucateco closed a few months back. It was ok, but in an awful location. In terms of food from the Yucatan in the area, the others were better.

            2. baron45 RE: toodie jane May 17, 2007 11:38 AM

              On Van Ness btwn Post & Sutter (one block north of the hotel), there are a couple places for:

              1) slice of pizza at Village Pizzaria

              2) Japanese noodles and rice at the little kiosk adjacent to Kyoto Sushi.

              1. Gary Soup RE: toodie jane May 17, 2007 11:21 PM

                Up the hill from Geary and Diviz (north side between the Kaiser Medical Office Building and Presidio Avenue) is ZaZang Korean Noodles, specializing in what the name implies.

                1. toodie jane RE: toodie jane May 21, 2007 10:29 AM

                  here's the lowdown on my weekend's chowhound adventures:

                  Turns out I had my hospitals mixed up. Family was at Cal Pacific Med Ctr. d'oh! So far so good on the proceedure.

                  Did go to Arizmendi--drove past Fri evening while trying to find a parking spot for PJ's Oyster.... --LOL!!. I went to school with an Arismendi, so went back early Sat a to see if here was any relation. Found parking in the lot behind PJ's on the south side of Irving. Got some scones and a chocolate thing, bran muffins for the hospital staff, and a cheese roll for me. All were pronounced excellent. Talked with a friendly local couple who gave me some chow pointers. Everyone I ran into in SF was so very friendly.

                  According to an clipping posted, Arizmendi is an employee owned collective named after a Basque (ed.) priest who founded a baking collective (ed.) which now has something like 35,000 'employees' worldwide!

                  Also had nice sushi next to my motel on Geary. Sushi Tani. Fresh and satisfying, prices in the moderate range. Nice neighborhood feel to the place.

                  Other chow included a late afternnon butter/sugar/almond flour crepe at Crepes-A-Go-Go on Union St; very nice staff.(I was able to do the shallow steps down to Cow Hollow and took a taxi back up hill) and brother and I had some serviceable thin crust pizza at Village Pizzeria next to the hotel downtown.

                  Thanks to all who chipped in with advice--I felt like I had some friendly moral support, and not so much like the country mouse visiting the big city. Chowhounds are so great.


                  I had SUCH a good time--despite the intensity of the hospital-- and can easily invision myself tottering around SF as an old lady chowhound checking out the scene.

                  Sunday noon I stopped by downtown WF for some road food, and got some rather cardboard-y marinated shrimp and some good corn chowder and roll for lunch. I had to laugh--they have studied their (boomer)demographics well--Motown was blasting on the PA system. It was a veritable feeding frenzy going on.

                  The WF bakery had just discontinued making tres leches cake and suggested I cruise Mission St on my way out of town to score some, but alas no parking, and most bakeries were closed. Safeway was out. But the eatieries! egads--one could spend a month of lunches and dinners investigating a few blocks. Did get a rather insipid piece of cake near the far end of Mission, at a place that looked like it specializes in huge fiesta-sized cakes. Lemon-flavored meringue is.... what kind of leche?....but the cake itself was satisfying, nice and spongey.

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                    cafecreme RE: toodie jane May 24, 2007 06:25 PM

                    glad things went well with your trip. too bad you missed the tres leches thread--see under Bay Area boards (i'd paste it but I'm already in the middle of this posting)--next time go to Delessio's Bakery (you can park there, too!)for delicious tres leches. It's at Broderick between Oak and Fell near the Haight Ashbury neighborhood.

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                      toodie jane RE: cafecreme May 27, 2007 09:38 AM

                      I was leaving town from downtown WF, so decided to head straight through on Mission to catch the 280. I will find Delessio's on a map and remember it for next time. Yay, parking!!

                      unfortunatley, my recent tres leches binge is now adhered to my hips, but hopefully not for a lifetime!

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                        cafecreme RE: toodie jane May 27, 2007 01:35 PM

                        I hear you--it's addictive!

                  2. Windy RE: toodie jane Jul 8, 2007 08:30 PM

                    I happened to park by the Cathedral Hill on my way to see "Ratatouille." On the way out, ravenously hungry and thinking about what I could cook on the way home, I happened to walk by the open doors of Tommy's Joynt. A young hostess welcomed me in as I drooled over leg of lamb versus roast turkey.

                    Okay, it's not haute cuisine. Alarmingly friendly too. The guys behind the steam table with the big knives are pros.

                    Lamb won out (for $7.75, with roasted potatoes and carrots, two huge bones, and a roll and butter). It was tender and tasty, nothing a lighter hand with gravy or some haricot verts wouldn't have dressed up. The line was out the door by the time I left.

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