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Nordstrom Cafe, SF

nooodles Jan 31, 2006 01:02 AM

I was debating whether to post this, but decided that I had eaten one thing that was worth mentioning to french fry-loving 'hounds.

Olive aioli. So simple, so delicious. Has anyone else had this with french fries? The tanginess of the olives really adds something to the fries, which were fine but not exceptional.

Nordstrom Cafe remains a solid lunch spot if you're downtown and need a quick bite in a relatively nice setting. It's not as expensive (or quite as delicious) as eating inside Neiman Marcus or any of the Belden Place/Maiden Lane eateries, but the setting is much more convival and relaxing than a noisy Thai place or Lori's Diner.

Good pizza, great mussels, hot soup, friendly service, and Mighty Leaf Tea.

Link: http://www.chezpei.com/2006/01/nordst...

Image: http://www.chezpei.com/uploaded_image...

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    Peter RE: nooodles Jan 31, 2006 10:00 AM

    Used to be they have $0.25 coffee or tea on an honor system. Those were the days.

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      Karen RE: nooodles Jan 31, 2006 10:07 AM

      Agree with your rec. I was surprised at the quality the first time I dined there and only chose it in order not to leave the store (Stanford location). They have a salad with crisp greens, chicken, berries (strawberries, raspberries), nuts and cheese all tossed together with a berry/walnut vinaigrette. Another salad with blackened salmon, haricot verts, hard-boiled egg and roasted potato is also yummy.

      So simple, yet so satisfying.

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        CH Addict RE: nooodles Jan 31, 2006 10:49 AM

        Hey, good food is good food no matter where you find it. I remember many years back having a great old-school cobb salad at the Stonestown Nordstrom Cafe.

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          Peninsula Patty RE: nooodles Jan 31, 2006 03:15 PM

          Thanks for the tip. That picture is great.

          I love both the San Francisco and Stonestown Nordstroms for a food break. The food is always good.

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            anna RE: nooodles Jan 31, 2006 08:13 PM

            I really like the food at Nordstrom Cafe. The Stonestown one has a great steak sandwich, some delicious soups (chicken avocado and tomato basil are my favorites), and a lovely chicken and berries salad. I often have a cup of soup and a grilled cheese (from the kids menu, comes w/ chips and a fountain drink) when craving some comfort food.
            The only "complaint" I have is that the downtown location is no longer the same as the other cafes. It has a different menu than the others at a slightly higher price. However, you do get table service instead of ordering from the counter and good food. It's definitely a solid, casual lunch and dinner spot.

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              ChowFun (derek) RE: anna Feb 1, 2006 03:48 AM

              Have I missed the Nordstroms' Cafe in Stonestown??? Where exactly is it located??

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                CH Addict RE: ChowFun (derek) Feb 1, 2006 10:26 AM

                The basement.

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              mangocrush RE: nooodles Jan 31, 2006 11:21 PM

              What are the prices like?

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                nooodles RE: mangocrush Jan 31, 2006 11:57 PM

                I usually spend $10-15 per person there. Entrees are $10-15 if I recall correctly.

                Yesterday's two bowls of bisque, fries, and two pots of tea ran under $20. We were both plenty full. Two entrees has always been too much for me at lunch time; one appetizer and one entree is a good lunch portion.

                Pizza is a good price saving option, and they're tasty with non-boring toppings.

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                  Frosty Melon RE: nooodles Feb 1, 2006 03:55 PM

                  "Two entrees has always been too much for me at lunch time; one appetizer and one entree is a good lunch portion."

                  Sorry, do you mean for you or for you and another?

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                  Merrily1941 RE: mangocrush Jan 14, 2011 06:18 PM

                  Used to have 25 cent coffee!!!!! The coffee got us in there and then we spent more money all over the store!

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                  tyler k RE: nooodles Feb 1, 2006 03:18 PM

                  I have to agree with the Olive Aioli with fries statement. It is a fine addition to the flavor mix from fries. If only they could get the fries part right, they seem to have consistency issues, not unlike most other restaurants serving fries as an additive item. The only other restaurant which has a similar condiment for fries is Frijtz (sp?) in Hayes Valley. Frijtz has an aioli, but i think it is garlic instead of olive.

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                    Merrily1941 RE: nooodles Jan 14, 2011 06:16 PM

                    Nordstroms, please bring back your 25 cent coffee, which was/is excellent. Everything I have gotten there is good! Bye!

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