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Dining Report: NYC Chowhound in SF

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Thanks to great recommendations from other Chowhounds, we had a series of wonderful meals in San Francicso in our 6-day visit:

LA TAQUERIA
Located at at Mission and 24th. Widely recommended and deservedly so. We had some of the best tacos we've ever enjoyed. There's always a line, but it moves quickly. The burritos were good, but the tacos were better. We ended up going here three times!

CAFE TARTINE
Located at Guerrero and 18th. Again, there's always a line. The lemon tarts were amazing, and the brownies and bags of cookies (kind of pricey at $6.50 for a bag of 11 cookies) made great gifts.

EOS
Located at 901 Cole Street. Excellent small plates of Asian fusion food. The tuna rolls were superb. Most plates have 6 or so servings, so the place is perfect for a group.

ZUNI
Still a champ. I remember coming here in the 1980s. The roasted chicken served on a bread salad is perhaps the best chicken I've ever had. It takes an hour to prepare, but it's worth the wait. I asked the waitress if the Zuni cookbook version of this dish resembles the real thing, and she said some folks have come close, but it's taken them several times. No doubt a wood-burning fire would help.

FOREIGN CINEMA
On Mission and 21. One of the best brunches we've had. Dinners here are supposed to be pricey, but the brunch was quite reasonable. We sat outside beneath the space heaters, which were comfortable. I had a scrambled eggs tostada, which was great. Their huckleberry pop tart was also wonderful.

HOME
Gay dining near the Castro. Enjoyable comfort food and reasonable prices.

MANGAROSA
Upscale Brazilian food (with a bit of Italian thrown in) in North Beach at 1548 Stockton Street, again at reasonable prices.

MAMA'S
On Washington Square Park in North Beach. The best brunch ever...and it even tops the glorious Good Enough to Eat in New York City. On a weekday, it opens at 8, and all the tables were filled by 8:30.

LIGURIA BAKERY
Right across the street from Mama's. The best foccaccia I've ever had. We bought 4 of them to bring back to NYC. If you can't get into Mama's grab some foccaccia and sit in the park. The lady at the counter told us that their 100th anniversary is coming up in 2011.

Thanks SF and fellow Chowhounds. We'll be back! I want to try Range and Palma Mexicatessan next time.

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  1. Thanks for your report! It sounds like you picked a very solid slate of places to visit. I'm glad you weren't met with any major disappointments.

    1. Great report, thanks! Next time you should definitely try some other taquerias to compare to La Taqueria - I personally do not think they are the best. It would be interesting to hear more direct comparisons from visitors. La Palma would be a good example of a place to try, as would Cancun, San Jose, Vallarta, etc.