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May 24, 2007 05:07 PM

Ethnic/local dinner in San Francisco

I'm looking for a good ethnic/local resteraunt for dinner within a 5-10 minute walk of the Moscone Center. Any ideas?

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  1. Henry's Hunan, 110 Natoma
    Naan 'n' Chutney, 474 Third

    There's also Cha Am, average but OK Thai, 701 Folsom.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks. I checked out Naan 'n' Chutney, but it looked more like a lunch place than for a sit-down dinner, so I had a great meal at Cha Am. For my first ChowHound meal, I think it worked out pretty well.

    2. THAI: Cha-Am express, 4th/Howard
      DIM SUM: Yank Sing, Stevenson btwn 1st/2nd
      INDIAN: Mehfil, 2nd/Folsom

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      1. re: sondrac

        Some pretty negative reports on Cha Am Express here. What have you had there that you liked?

        Yank Sing is lunch only.

        Mehfil is sitdown, fairly nice decor and furnishings compared with the average Pakistani place.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I have heard about Cha-Am from co-workers. Sorry if it's a mislead. We frequent Mehfil regularly for lunch - "curry in a hurry". :)

        2. re: sondrac

          Unless I'm confused about the location, Cha Am Express (not to be confused with Cha Am) is turning into a Jollibee's.

        3. Pazzia, a cute Italian place on 3rd between Folsom and Howard, might work. (You say "ethnic": what does that mean? Not American?)

          Some people like Bong Su, a fancy Vietnamese at 3rd and Folsom, but I think other places are better.

          Chaat Cafe is a decent casual Indian stop at 3rd and Folsom, and there's a Chinese place called Canton Restaurant on Folsom between 2nd and 3rd. Someone else on here recommended Yank Sing, but I don't know if they're open for dinner.

          I also like TWO, a fancier restaurant serving mostly American food (but it's good) on Hawthorne Lane between Howard and Folsom.

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          1. re: stonefruit

            Ah, the local food places. Adding records for them all:

            22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105

            Yank Sing
            49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

            Bong Su
            311 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

            Pazzia Restaurant
            337 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

            Cafe Chaat
            320 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

            Mehfil Indian Cuisine
            600 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

            Cha AM Restaurant
            701 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107