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kra81 Feb 21, 2006 07:59 PM

Hi guys... I'm coming to San Francisco for a weekend in April and wanted to see what are the must go to restaurants of the moment?

I'm contemplating
Canteen
Pizzeria Delfina
A16
Town Hall
Bar Tartine

any other ideas?

i always go to yank sing, tartine, lark creek inn....

thanks in advance. and jealous of all your good eats!

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    doodleboomer RE: kra81 Feb 21, 2006 08:20 PM

    skip pizzeria delfina and hit pizzetta 211 (23rd at California) instead...so wonderfully thin, crispy, organic and fresh ingredients. also aziza is great, and i hear from a francophile that garcon is great

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      Tony RE: kra81 Feb 22, 2006 01:05 AM

      Places I've enjoyed lately:

      Maverick

      Chez Papa

      Slanted Door

      Aziza

      The House

      Quince

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        Lord Griffin RE: kra81 Feb 22, 2006 03:27 AM

        I like all your choices. pizzeria delfina is definitely my fav pizza in the city. get the brocolli rabe with their house cured peperonni.

        Like a previous poster said, aziza and quince are good additions. theres just so much to hit. i would skip town hall and do something else. aziza, quince, myth, etc. also if you go to pizzeria delfina you dont need to go to a16. delfinas meatballs are better, and their pizza is better... and their salads are better. mmmmmm delfina pizzeria...must go soon.

        do canteen for lunch.

        zuni is love/hate. i love it. go there if you want to go to an sf institution.

        have fun!

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          Amy G RE: Lord Griffin Feb 22, 2007 02:11 PM

          I feel exactly the same way about A16 against Pizzeria Delfina. A16 has much better pizza, meatballs, sausage, and salads. It also has a much better wine list and service. The only thing that I live better about PD over A16 is the neighborhood.

          I do love Aziza and Zuni and I would add Canteen instead of Maverick, which is just fine if you are nearby but not worth a trip.

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          kra81 RE: kra81 Feb 22, 2006 01:05 PM

          thanks for all the great ideas... i love quince so much but i want to try someplace new... you all mentioned aziza and it looks great. i think i'll do that. thanks!

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            mvasudeva RE: kra81 Feb 22, 2007 11:36 AM

            Just a last minute plug for Town Hall. We had a thorougly enjoyable experience there in November. The food may not have been wonderful--I can't really remember what we ate, but the service and experience were stellar. The staff were so friendly and relaxed, and we never felt rushed. Waiters were joking with customers in a really laid back way. Just one example, we sat at the bar because we got there early (and had some great martinis, by the way) and when we were finished, I went over to the host and said we were ready to be seated. Meanwhile, my husband was attempting to pay our bar tab which ended up taking a long time. The host stood behind us at the bar chatting, not in the least put out that we had taken him away from the stand when we weren't really ready. He was quite friendly. So, if you are looking for something with a kind of relaxed vibe, Town Hall might be worth a visit. I know we'll be going back.

            We've also really enjoyed Canteen--but you've got to be comfortable with the whole eat your meal in 1.5 hours and get out thing. We tend to like a slower atmosphere. We sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the chef work (the staff were not very friendly--not unfriendly but pretty busy). The place runs at a quick pace. The food was great.
            Have a great visit!

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              Robert Lauriston RE: mvasudeva Feb 22, 2007 11:44 AM

              If you want a relaxed meal at Canteen, go late.

            2. Robert Lauriston RE: kra81 Feb 22, 2007 11:44 AM

              I love Zuni but not everybody does. Its style is roughly similar to Campanile's.

              Pizzetta 211 and Pizzeria Delfina are about as good as pizza gets with a gas deck oven, but A16's is in a class by itself. Unless you schlep to Oakland for Pizzaiolo.

              Canteen and Aziza are unique.

              1. Lori SF RE: kra81 Feb 22, 2007 12:02 PM

                Being from LA I would go to some places that LA does not have food and style wise.. don't be jealous I miss great sushi, Mexican and Korean!

                My vote for you-
                A16
                Bar Tartine
                Bar Crudo- do you like raw fish? This is such a cool spot and the food is lovely.
                Azzia- might be a good choice too

                Zuni- This was my first stop when I would visit SF, I have been going there for 15 years or more since they first opened. I like going for lunch, getting oysters and have some wine.
                Almost all the food is good. Yes somewhat like Campanile's ...by the way Charlie Chaplin's lived in that building.

                I like Town Hall but there are several places in LA that are similar.

                Chez Papa- sit outside for lunch if the weather is nice.

                On Canteen- I was not as impressed with the food. Definitely, nothing like it in LA so I could see going for breakfast instead.

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