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casualgal Mar 3, 2008 11:38 AM

Where do you recommend- high and low end? Also is Gaspare's (on Geary) the place for pizza? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

I've checked out Cafe Mereb (1541 Clement St.) and their Mediterranean food is very good. I'll be going back on a Saturday night to try the Eritrean dinner specials. Breakfasts are served all day too.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: casualgal Mar 3, 2008 11:43 AM

    Pizzetta 211
    Troya (Turkish)
    Burma Super Star or Mandalay (Burmese)
    Best Panda (Hong Kong seafood)
    Han Il Kwan (Korean)
    Singapore-Malaysian
    Aziza (Cal-Moroccan)

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      Dave MP RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 3, 2008 04:52 PM

      I second the recs for the Burmese places (I think if you live in the Richmond it's your duty to try them all at least once) and for Best Panda.

      I ate at Singapore-Malaysian once and was disappointed - perhaps I should give it another shot. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/389504

      That post reminded me of Creations Dessert House, which is a lot of fun.

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      sfcitygirl RE: casualgal Mar 3, 2008 12:29 PM

      Like Robert, I highly recommend:

      Burma Super Star
      Aziza
      Pizzetta 211

      I also love:

      Turtle Tower (Pho)
      Tanuki (Japanese)
      Chapeau (French)
      Namu (Love the Loco Moco for Brunch)
      Rohan (Cool soju bar with tasty bites)

      Hope you enjoy the neighborhood!

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        DezzerSF RE: sfcitygirl Mar 3, 2008 04:37 PM

        What do you like at Rohan? I didn't really like their Bi Bim Bap. It comes steamed with tough chicken and not enough sauce to put it all together.

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        Keesey RE: casualgal Mar 3, 2008 02:16 PM

        I second Burma Superstar and Chapeau!

        Would also like to add:
        Oyaji - Japanese Izakayas
        Shabu House
        PPQ Dungeness Island Vietnamese - affordable, tasty crab
        Brother's - Korean BBQ

        1. SunsetKid RE: casualgal Mar 3, 2008 02:18 PM

          I like Mescolanza for Italian food. They make a great Caesar salad. For California cuisine, I like Clement Street Bar & Grill.

          1. Dave MP RE: casualgal Mar 3, 2008 04:46 PM

            To add to the list:

            Pagan Restaurant, new Burmese and Thai
            Shanghai House
            Spices II

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              ML8000 RE: casualgal Mar 3, 2008 05:57 PM

              Bill's Place on Clement at 24th is good for old school burgers.

              I like Gordo (23rd/Clement and Geary/18th) for grilled chicken and the chile verde. You'll have to muddle through to see what you like. It's good to okay, convenient but not the Mission.

              La Vie on Geary/22th is very good Vietnamese.

              Joe's Ice Cream is another old school place, ice cream made on site. Nice owners.

              Kirin Chinese -- very good, best with at least 3 others, Geary/25th.

              Giorgio's Pizzeria - 2nd/Clement

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                Trevallon RE: casualgal Mar 3, 2008 09:33 PM

                The standard 2 pizza spots in the Richmond are Giorgio's and Gaspare's. I like them both - they aren't Pizzetta 211, but then you won't wait for a table like Pizzetta 211 either. Crust on a Gaspare's pizza can be amazing - but it won't be every time.

                I second earlier suggestions of Mescolanza and Shanghia House. I like Miki - Japanese food next door to Shanghai House - too.

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                  ML8000 RE: casualgal Mar 3, 2008 10:46 PM

                  Oh yeah, Shanghai Dumpling King on Balboa/34th. I was just there. The soup dumplings are very good. They stack up very well to LA.

                  Right across the street is Simple Pleasures Cafe, a great pre-Starbucks cafe. I really like this place.

                  1. rworange RE: casualgal Mar 4, 2008 03:10 PM

                    Cafe Sadko on Clement has some good Russian food.
                    http://www.chow.com/places/10062

                    Across the street is AK subs. I haven't tried that location, but I liked the one in SOMA. This AK subs also has a meat market

                    Other good Russian markets are

                    Gastronom
                    http://www.chow.com/places/11999

                    New World Market
                    http://www.chow.com/places/12006

                    Israel Kosher Market
                    http://www.chow.com/places/5519

                    The last doesn't look like much, but has some excellent baked goods.

                    Nearby is John Campbell's Irish Bakery which is also excellent
                    http://www.chow.com/digest/3541

                    Blackwell's wine and spirits is very good. They have wine tasting on the weekends.
                    http://www.chow.com/places/43

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                      dinnerout RE: casualgal Mar 4, 2008 07:02 PM

                      I like Mescolanza and also The Richmond on Balboa. Aziza, too, of course!

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                        Fig Newton RE: casualgal Mar 5, 2008 08:45 AM

                        I'm a big fan of the bibimbap at My Tofu House.

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                          kresge86 RE: casualgal Mar 5, 2008 08:16 PM

                          Gaspare's is definitely "the" pizza place.

                          I also like:
                          Troya (Turkish) on Clement,
                          Aziza (Moroccan) on Geary,
                          Shanghai Dumpling King on Balboa,
                          Q on Clement,
                          The Richmond on Balboa,
                          John Campbell's Irish Bakery on Geary,
                          Brothers Korean on Geary,
                          Tawan (Thai) on Geary,
                          Pancho's (Mexican) on Geary,
                          Mescolanza (Italian) on Clement,
                          Al Masri (Egyptian) on Balboa,
                          Bistro Chin (Japanese) on California, and
                          Hukilau (Hawaiian) on Masonic/Geary.

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                            Trevallon RE: kresge86 Mar 5, 2008 08:21 PM

                            Can't believe I forgot to mention The Richmond!

                            Of course - recommended !

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                            casualgal RE: casualgal Mar 18, 2008 05:19 PM

                            Thanks everyone for all the suggestions! Very much appreciated!

                            1. TasteTV RE: casualgal Mar 18, 2008 05:35 PM

                              Q on Clement
                              Giorgio's Pizza
                              Genki Ramen
                              Troya (Turkish)
                              Burma Super Star
                              Tommy's Mexican

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