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outer richmond eats???

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I just moved to the outer richmond and am looking for advice on great eats in the area. So far, I've really only been to Pizzetta 211 (LOVED IT) and Mescolanza on Clement. Anyone have any fav spots out here?

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  1. I like 211 too. Also there's Oyaji, Aziza, and Best Panda. Lots of little Asian places on Clement and California. I just got some sausages at the Seakor Polish Deli on Geary near 24th or 25th, also some other Russian/Eastern Euro places I haven't tried and Korean out there.

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    1. re: Candice

      i second chapeau. i also like jang soo b.b.q. for korean. it's at 6314 geary between 25th and 26th or 27th.

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      Claudette Wyms

      I like Ernesto's (next block west of Mescolanza) for Italian food and good pizzas, although different than 211.

      1. How "outer" are you talking? There's El Mansour, Chapeau, Pachi's, Tia Margarita, Blue Fin Sushi, all on the western side of Park Presidio. Way far out is El Masri (Egyptian).

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        1. re: Maya

          Has anyone had a good experience at Al Masri? We ate there 4 years ago when we first moved into the neighborhood and it was, um, weird. The mezza were all delicious (hummous, baba ghanoush, and a couple of others I don't remember now), but the mains (rabbit for me, beef for my partner) tasted like they had been in a freezer for a loooong time. We were pretty much the only people in there until the bar tender started making phone calls and groups of his friends started showing up. He greeted one of them with the words, "Oh thank god. We need you tonight more than ever." Oh, and the owner spent some time chatting with us about his notoriously bad temper, and how the restaurant was just a hobby but his real business was a belly dancing school. The whole thing was just bizarre. We've never been back.

        2. I love Golden Mandalay (Southeast Asian) on California by 6th Ave. Really good samosas and tea salad.

          For the ultimate cheap eats, I like Denny's Cafe (not the chain) on Geary by 20th Ave. Daily breakfast (8-11) and afternoon tea (3 or 3:30-6) specials, including coffee or hot tea for around $3. Daily and dinner specials (garlic bread, cup of soup, entree and a drink) starts at around $6. The food isn't to-die-for, but for the price, it's pretty darn good.

          1. When I'm in S.F. in February I might be looking for something nearby my friends' place. Is there anything not to miss within a 15-minute walk of Lake & 26th (i.e. someplace you'd travel to, not a compromise)?

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            1. re: Peter Cherches

              You're in striking distance of Aziza. And, while not a "destination", when you feel like some chicken noodle soup (Pho ga), check out Turtle Tower -

              1. re: Peter Cherches

                Aziza's definitely a destination. I've driven there from Berkeley and will again.

                1. re: Peter Cherches

                  Peter - walk yourself right down to the Northern Italian place called "Mescolanza" on Clement St. between 23 and 24th Avenues. I have been going to this little neighborhood gem for the 20 years its been in the neighborhood and have NOT had a bad meal there...ever. I also happen to like the little french bistro " Chapeau" on Clement near 14th Avenue. Be prepared for tight quarters there - wear your "Right Guard" though because those tables are close...LOL!

                2. Here are a few of my favorite spots in the Outer Richmond (besides the already mentioned):
                  - Java Indonesian Restaurant near Clement and 4th Avenue. Get their spicy fries, Ban Dai or Sweet and Sour Pork (Best ever!)
                  - Bill's Place near Clement and 24th Avenue. One of my favorite burger joints. Down home diner atmosphere with good burgers, good fries and milk shakes.
                  - Ton Kiang near Geary and 23rd Avenue. Yummy dim sum and Hakka style Chinese food.
                  - Han Il Kwan near Balboa and 19th Avenue (I think). Really good selection of Korean bbq.

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                  1. re: shnigglebob

                    I've had the rijstaffel at Java and thought the food was absolutely deplorable. I've been meaning to try the Indonesian restaurant close by on California.

                    1. re: Atomica

                      I'm sorry that you thought it was deplorable, Atomica. But I still love Java. The staff is so nice and they even catered my boyfriend's birthday party last year. We had over 6 trays of delicious food for less than $100. That's a bargain! I will continue to go back for their spicy french fries. Sure, it's probably not the most authentic Indonesian food, but I love it for what it is. :o)

                      1. re: Maya

                        I was talking about Java on Clement. The website for The Richmond says it's on Balboa. I'm confused.

                        1. re: Atomica

                          I was thinking of Jakarta, sorry.

                    2. To prior posts I would add Shanghai Dumpling King @ Balboa and 34th and Tommy's Mexican on Geary and 24th for the margaritas.

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                      1. re: Trevallon

                        I second Shanghai Dumpling - very tasty shanghai dumplings and other dishes. I would also add Miki Restaurant for home-cooked Japanese food on Balboa across from the theatre, and Oyaji restaurant for izakaya and ramen.

                        In the Inner Richmond, I like Burma Superstar (Clement and 6th), Spices II (Clement and 7th or 8th), Chapeau and Mai's (Vietnamese).

                        1. re: makaroon

                          Golden Mandalay is definitely a good alternative to Burma Superstar. Nicer surroundings and usually no wait!

                      2. I love La Vie on Geary between 22nd and 23rd avenues for Vietnamese food. And, there's a really good Korean place on that block that's relatively new. I can't remember the name right now but excellent.

                        1. Gordo's on Clement St - cheap, filling burritos.

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                          1. re: sushi202

                            I cannot second a burrito place that uses American cheese in their burritos!

                          2. Pacific Cafe at 34th and Geary has excellent seafood and is reasonably priced. They also give you free wine while you're waiting for a table.

                            1. Lots of good suggestions. I would second the recommendation for Ernestos as a comfortable Italian choice. I have eaten there for thirty years and it is always consistently satisfying. It was a frequent weeknight choice when i worked in that area. Bill's Hamburgers is also consistently excellent.

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                              1. re: smokestack lightning

                                Lots of good suggestions, even if three years late.

                              2. ppq dungeness island on clement is very good. i'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet on this thread.

                                1. Hard Knox Cafe on Clement @ 26th

                                  Hard Knox Cafe
                                  2448 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121