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What to order at Chow

SarahKC May 18, 2007 10:40 AM

Hi there --

My friends really want to go to Chow. I have always found it mediocre but perhaps I'm not ordering well. Suggestions?


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  1. Jacquilynne RE: SarahKC May 18, 2007 10:45 AM

    Dessert! Anything with caramel sauce on it, really.

    The salads were also quite nice.

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      coolbean98 RE: Jacquilynne May 18, 2007 04:51 PM

      Yes yes yes! I can't leave without the ginger cake with caramel and pumpkin ice cream! I also tend to get...I can't even remember because I get so distracted by the dessert. Mussels, I think, and also the Thai steak salad.

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      ckr RE: SarahKC May 18, 2007 10:49 AM

      I just ate there last night! The fennel pizza and half roast chicken are consistantly good-actually have become fresher and tastier than ever--if you like spicy, ask for a few of the piquant jalapeno peppers on the pizza, if you can handle it they match the fennel sausage wonderfully--the thin crust is crispy too...the goat cheese starter is served as fondue style-rich but agreeable. I would stay away from those noodle soups on the menu, not very nice (dont even sit next to someone thats ordered it because you'll hear them complain all evening). the sapid chocolate pie is a must...

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        sydthekyd RE: ckr May 18, 2007 11:51 AM

        I'd like to know what is so "not very nice about the noodle soups, please.

      2. See Food RE: SarahKC May 18, 2007 11:31 AM

        Chow in Lafayette? or Park Chow in the city?

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          SarahKC RE: See Food May 18, 2007 11:34 AM

          Chow at Church and Market. Thanks for your suggestions

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            Meredith RE: SarahKC May 18, 2007 11:37 AM

            I frequently order the pizza - woodfired pizza with very little attitude. It is one of my favorites in SF though I do ask them to cook it a little extra. The special sandwiches of the day can be good too. The cobb salad is usually nice but they overdress it so I tend to ask for less dressing or the dressing on the side.
            And the gingerbread cake - I am one of its fans. My favorite dessert (but I do love ll things gingerbread)

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              psb RE: SarahKC May 18, 2007 11:38 AM

              my standard order at chow/park chow is the large shortrib order.
              it's a pretty heavy meal but i think it is quite good, especially at
              chow prices.

              what i dont like about chow is the space and the self-help silverware
              on the table.

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            ML8000 RE: SarahKC May 18, 2007 11:45 AM

            Besides the pizza, the short ribs are very good. The usual pan seared salmon is pretty good although nothing special.

            The thing about Chow is that it's not going to blow anyone away and isn't gorgeous food BUT everything is very well prepared and reasonably priced for what you get. Half of the "fun" at Chow is the price. You can literally spend more at a Denny's for way less so there's a satisfaction factor, i.e., great eats, don't feel gouged.

            1. The Dive RE: SarahKC May 18, 2007 12:01 PM

              I tend to get the duck leg. Fantastic value, with good sides. What I like about Chow is the two sizes of entrees, great prices, good quality ingredients and wonderful pecan pie. The beer and wine lists are small, but well edited. it is a good weeknight standard.

              1. singleguychef RE: SarahKC May 18, 2007 01:17 PM

                I think the starter mussels are a great deal because you get a big bowl of them. If you like mussels, then this is perfect. Here's a photo: http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/200...

                I agree with ML8000 that Chow is good for the price, which is reasonable. The portions are nice size and has a funky neighborhood vibe. But don't go in expecting to be blown away.

                1. choctastic RE: SarahKC May 18, 2007 04:08 PM

                  What do you guys think about the portion size on the pastas? Haven't been there in a while but I always thought their pasta portions were really small, esp compared to the portions of other main dishes like the grilled meats w/ sides (pretty hefty). Has this changed at all?

                  agreed on the gingerbread. love it, inhale it.

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                    chemchef RE: choctastic May 18, 2007 04:32 PM

                    My husband and I were there about a month or so ago, and I have to say, I agree with you. Our food was good, but I got the burger, and hubby got the "lasagne" and his portion was pretty tiny, while mine was good size. That's interesting that it seems to be that way across the board.

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