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Feb 7, 2008 01:28 PM

Best (cost no object) American food in SF

A friend on mine has visitors coming from China who want the best American food in S.F. Price is not a problem. I suggested Gary Danko (I know that is a little French). Any other suggestions?

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  1. Maybe Michael Mina and Boulevard. I like BIX too.

    1. A newcomer to the scene is Epic Roasthouse. Its pretty much what you would consider high end American. I haven't been yet.

      Epic Roasthouse
      369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

        1. That's sort of a tough one. High end hotel seem sort of logical, Michael Mina, the Diningroom at the Ritz, etc...but they all have a French touch. Maybe the Big 4, although I've never been.

          Epic Roasthouse sounds like it could work. Lulu might also -- although a med influence. If it were in wine country, I'd say Ad Hoc. (Family style at Ad Hoc or Lulu might be welcome if they're from China.)

          1. What could be more American than Homard American and Steak? Price no problem then
            Ruth's Chris or Morton's. My wife loved Ruth's steak and they say they have 2+ pound lobsters available.

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            1. re: wolfe

              Ruth's Chris and Morton's are both national chains, waste of a meal in San Francisco. And, like Bob's (a branch of a Texas chain), they both wet-age their beef, so no way they're the best in town.

              For dry-aged steak, Acme Chophouse, Alfred's, or Harris'. El Raigon also dry-ages its beef, but it's Argentine-style.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                As I said my wife loved Ruth's steak and Maine Lobster is as American as apple pie, baseball and Chevrolet.I am sure the price will impress them.

                1. re: wolfe

                  Morton's and Ruth's Chris both have branches in Hong Kong.

                    1. re: PeterL

                      I think most Chinese who can visit the U.S. on a "price is not a problem" basis get to Hong Kong on a regular basis.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        It depends on who's paying. I used to be involved with hosting visiting Chinese delegations of professionals, many of which had never been out of China. It was the company I worked for that picked up the tab.

                        1. re: Xiao Yang

                          Regardless of whether they have been to one of those is hard for me to imagine them enjoying it more than somewhere like Acme Chop House for example, just because of the Acme location. What could be more American than eating in a ball park? (and the location is also nice for a short stroll to water's edge afterwards or before).

                          1. re: susancinsf

                            I wasn't implying we ever took them to a steakhouse chain. I was replying to RL's comment about whether they might have been to HK or not before.

                  1. re: wolfe

                    Ruth's Chris is better than Outback, but that's not saying much.

                    And it is so far from measuring up to the best of what SF has to offer as to seem absurd....

                2. re: wolfe

                  Yeah I can't imagine how the SF locations of national chains like Mortons with 74 locations, 4 of which are international, and Ruth's Chris with over 110 locations, 3 of which are in Asian markets, can be the best there is to offer.

                  Not to say you can't enjoy a meal there, or that some people aren't impressed by price tags alone, but .....