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Apr 13, 2008 02:30 AM

Cherry Blossom Festival, SF

The Cherry Blossom Festival is this weekend and next in Japantown in San Francisco. I tried the takoyaki (4 pcs of $2). Frankly, I couldn't tell if it was tako in there or not. Lines weren't bad at 11:30.

I'm volunteering there next weekend as well, so I'll have a chance to try some other stands (many run by community and church groups). So far, I saw sushi, spam musubi, soba, udon, unagi bento, teriburger and shave ice.

For dessert, I opted for a strawberry manju at Benkyodo (they don't have a booth, but the store is at Sutter & Buchanan).

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  1. I went yesterday -- very sad that you could walk up and get $5.00 yakisoba instantly (it was very good with lots of bacon) but that the line for a burger was 40-people long...

    1. Thanks for the heads up. It's one of my favorite festivals. I always want to drag the whole Chinatown Chamber of Commerce with me and harangue them about how Japantown puts Chinatown to shame when it comes to offering eats at their street festivals

      1. My favorite is the imagawayaki hot off the little griddles. Yum!

        1. I did go back late yesterday afternoon for one of those teriyaki burgers.

          I shouldn't have bothered -- they get their line because there is no way to get around the fact that meat on a grill, spewing aromatic smoke is enticing. It SMELLS great but tasted just so-so.

          1. I love Sakura - and this year, there actually were Sakura! There is no octopus in the takoyaki, unfortunately - just "fish stocks" (either it's too $$ or they think it'd upset the tourists). But the lines there are always long because they're addictive, and this is about the only chance people have to try them here. I love the imagawayaki, too - cheap and delicious. And you can't beat $2 sake, hot or cold.

            My favorite matsuri food, though, is the roasted corn they have at the SJ Obon festival in August. Damn, that's good.

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            1. re: Deeg67

              Years ago they used tako, but there were some Health Dept. issues with lack of refrigeration, so they switched to hamburger.

              I haven't had any there in a long time, so maybe they're now just down to "fish stocks." (To me, it actually sounds better than hamburger.)