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Aug 21, 2007 11:00 AM

San Francisco State

We have to move my son into the San Francisco State dorms on this week. Can anyone recommend a decent dinner restaurant(s) in the SFSU/Stonestown area? Any ethnic would be cool as would be mid-range white tablecloth. Walking distance would be best so the kid could walk back sometime when he tires of the "institutional" cuisine.

Also suggestions fo cheap breakfast lunch in the area would be helpful as well. Short muni rides on the M are acceptable for this.

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  1. There is not much at Stonestown except for their food court, a McDonalds, Chevy's, and Olive Garden. You can go up to Lakeside Village on Ocean Ave (east of 19th Ave) and there are a few places (Chinese, Thai, & Italian), but most of your good ethnic restaurants would be north on Taraval, Noriega, and Irving streets.

    Found this site too for SFSU:

    1. The M goes from San Francisco State to West Portal, where there is a much greater selection of restaurants. It goes through Lakeside Village (Ocean Ave. between 19th Ave. and Junipero Serra) where I can recommend:

      -- Lakeside Cafe for great burgers, breakfasts, inexpensive early bird dinners, and better than decent if unexciting entree choices

      -- Jitra for very good Thai food

      In West Portal, I recommend:

      -- Bursa for excellent Turkish food

      -- Old Krakow for hearty Polish food -- some folks don't like this place, but I've always been happy with my dinners here, and their cheese filled dessert crepe is fabulous.

      On Holloway, not far from SF State is a very good Japanese restaurant called Yama Sushi.

      And on Ocean (not far, but a streetcar transfer from the M to the K):

      -- Happy Bakery and Deli for wonderful Chinese bbq roast duck and soy sauce chicken plates

      -- Zanze's for fabulous cheesecakes -- to go only -- you can walk from the M streetcar stop on Junipero Serra.

      Also, the 28 bus goes up 19th Ave. where there are lots and lots of restaurants (mainly, but not only, on the west (ocean) side of shopping streets like Taravel, Noriega and Irving.

      Happy Bakery
      1548 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

      60 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

      Lakeside Cafe
      2529 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

      Jitra Thai Cuisine
      2545 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

      Old Krakow Polish Restaurant - closing June 15, moving
      385 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

      Yama Sushi Restaurant
      850 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

      Zanze's Cheesecake
      2405 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

      1. A lot of your cheap ethnic eats will be along Irving Ave. You can hop the 19th Ave. MUNI (I think it's still the #28 bus line) and get off at Irving. Down one side (toward the beach) are lots of great Vietnamese options (try PPQ), along with and some good Chinese and Thai options too.

        And a little further up Irving on the opposite side of 19th Ave. (near Irving and 10th/11th Ave.) are Park Chow, Pasta Pomodoro, PJ's Oyster Bed, and several coffeehouses too.

        Park Chow
        1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

        PPQ Vietnamese Cuisine
        1816 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

        Pasta Pomodoro
        816 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

        PJ's Oyster Bed
        737 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

        1. While you're there with a car, take him to Old Mandarin Islamic.

          Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
          3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            You may not want to do this on this trip, but believe it or not there is actually quite decent food at the student union, and it's cheap! I went to grad school there about 13 years ago and it got me through just fine. It may have changed in the last decade, but here's what I remember...

            Main level there's a nice little "diner" grill style place where you can get a good burger or some good corned beed hash and eggs in the mornings. They have dishes of the day like lasagna or borsch. All for around $5-6. Lots of salad options and usually a vegan option as well. On the other side of the dining place is a taqueria. The ladies that work there seem like they know what they're doing. Burritos and the works are again about $5.

            Downstairs, there's a Panda Express type place, you can get 2-3 items and fried rice for under $5, it's not R&G lounge, but it's not bad in a pinch. There's a pizza by the slice that also has pastas... again... for under $5. There's the obligatory coffee and juice bar.

            All this will a nice video game sound in the background. You can shoot some pool or play foosball while you're at it. Not haute cuisine, but not a bad place to fill up and get ready for the next class!