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Jul 9, 2007 06:07 AM

What places do you go to because of chowhound?

I read this question on the Boston board. What places do you go to because of chowhound.

I go to many places because of places I read about on chowhound.

A few:
Back-A-Yard, Menlo Park
Thanh Thanh, Newark
New China, Union City

What are yours?

Thanh Thanh Sandwiches Food to Go
6180 Jarvis Ave, Newark, CA 94560

Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill
1189 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025

New China
1743 Decoto Rd, Union City, CA 94587

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  1. I was introduced to Everyday Beijing and Shanghai East, both in San Mateo, because of Chowhound.

    1. That's an interesting question, because "causation" can be interpreted a couple of ways. If you mean places I read about on chowhound and then made part of my regular food beat, I'd have trouble coming up with an answer. On the other hand, if you mean places that I was inspired to "discover" because of Chowhound, the number is too many to count. For example, even though I'd patronized taco trucks off and on over the years, I was inspired to go out and do a serious investigation of Oakland taco trucks by Melanie's taco truck reports from Santa Rosa. And then there's the third category, which is places I first tried specifically through Chowhound, i.e. at a chowdown (too many to list) or with dining companions I met through Chowhound (La Ciccia comes to mind).

      A couple of places I never would have tried if it weren't for Chowhound:

      Champa Garden
      Binh Minh Quan

      Champa Garden
      2102 8th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

      Binh Minh Quan
      338 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Another place I might not have walked into (or even noticed) without Chowhound is Shanghai (original location) in Oakland. At the time, it hadn't been open very long and there had only been a couple of passing comments on Chowhound, but the board was in the middle of the Great XLB Quest of 2002 and I was keeping an eye out for Shanghai restaurants. Now, of course, it's a board favorite.

        Also, I'm adding a link to La Ciccia, which I neglected to provide above.

        La Ciccia
        291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

        Shanghai Restaurant
        930 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Kappa. Though it was eventually "discovered" by the local food critics, I found it through Chowhound about two years before the mainstream press reviewed it. Also Ino Sushi, which is not exactly in a high foot-traffic area, and Bodega Bistro.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Both of these for me too, plus the Lime Tree.

        2. I think Chowhound is great for stretching geography & uncovering places as they open. Given that .... there are several places I likely would never have found w/o Chowhound:

          1. Old Port Lobster Shack .... I mean how tempted are you to try a restaurant in a strip mall in the industrial/commercial part of RWC
          2. Cafe Gibralter HMB ... No way you can "discover" this place by walking in -- it's not visible from the highway
          3. Most of SushiMonster's list .... wow
          4. I don't live in SF, so following that scene is tough .... CH has led me to Oola (great in the early days), Coco500, Incanto .....

          1. The only restaurant that I an think of that's in my regular restaurant rotation because I read about it on this board is Lotus Garden, a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant in the outer Mission. We go there every couple of weeks and the food is always wonderful and Kathy, the owner, treats us well.

            Lotus Garden
            3216 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. The two that come to mind are St. Francis Fountain on 24th Street for brunch and Delissio because it's so hidden on Market St. that I would probably have missed it. Another one that I just went to yesterday is Axis Cafe on 8th St. in SF.

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              1. re: Mari

                There's now a second location of Delessio:

                Delessio Market & Bakery
                1695 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                DeLessio Market & Bakery
                302 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA 94117