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Decent food in Union Sq. area?????

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hanker Sep 11, 2007 08:16 PM

Can anyone recommend a restaurant in the downtown/union sq area in San Fran?
Too tired to take a cab! Desperate for decent non hotel food!

  1. rworange Sep 11, 2007 08:40 PM

    The restaurants on Belden Place might be a good choice.
    http://www.belden-place.com/

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      Oakland Barb Sep 11, 2007 09:46 PM

      Haven't been to Scala's for a while but it used to be pretty reliable.

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        hanker Sep 11, 2007 11:13 PM

        thanks. that is where I was thinkin............

        1. re: hanker
          Chris Rising Sep 12, 2007 11:59 AM

          I found Scala's to be reliably mediocre. I went to Cortez a week or so ago and enjoyed it. Small plates, good cocktails, wide variety of options.

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        yoyo28 Sep 12, 2007 12:47 AM

        Michael Mina is pretty decent, however it is in a hotel.

        1. mariacarmen Sep 12, 2007 11:29 AM

          Walk down to Westfield Center (yes, i know, it's a MALL) and try Out The Door, which is an offshoot Slanted Door - a fancified Vietnamese place that most people seem to think is our city's best restaurant! i disagree, but Out The Door is a different story. Try the pork bahn mi. no, not authentic, but very good nonetheless.

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          1. re: mariacarmen
            sgwood415 Sep 12, 2007 11:35 AM

            I doubt you'll find many people on Chowhound who'd call that place the city's best restaurant.

            There are many decent chow options around Union Sq. This thread comes up at least once a week, so a quick search will turn up the details you'lre looking for. Keep an eye out for

            Le Colonial (Vietnamese/French)
            Farallon (seafood)
            Hidden Vine (wine bar w/ light bites)
            Belden Lane (mentioned by rworange. B44 & Plouf are good)
            Cafe Claude (casual French)

            (Also, you're quite close to Chinatown, so search for posts there)

            1. re: sgwood415
              mariacarmen Sep 12, 2007 11:43 AM

              Everytime someone comes from out of town people on chowhound push SD as a must do, among the top 3 or 4 not to miss when here. i'm bewildered by it.

              also in Belden Lane is Cafe Tiramisu. excellent italian, despite the dorky name.

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