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May 4, 2008 03:53 PM

Dinner at Church & 30th?

There are a lot of new (to me) restaurants in the area of Church & 30th Streets in San Francisco. Any particular good places for dinner?

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  1. Incanto is only a few blocks away and serves excellent Italian food.

    La Ciccia is right there and serves excellent Sardinian food.

    Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar
    1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

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    1. re: Euonymous

      Link to La Ciccia

      La Ciccia
      291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

    2. Incanto and La Ciccia are both great. Two of the four best rustic Italian places in town.

      Angkor Borei's around four blocks away.

      Angkor-Borei Restaurant
      3471 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. Most of these aren't new restaurants, but it's a good thread for the area.

        1. I'm not afraid to say I love Eric's, a place specializing in California Chinese cuisine, though it doesn't get much respect on the board because it's not "authentic."

          Great portobello chicken, sesame beef, Shanghai chicken.

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          1. re: katya

            I like Eric's. You just have to make sure that you don't walk in expecting "cheap" and "authentic".

            1. re: katya

              Well, I don't respect Eric's because I've been served dreadful food. Nothing to do with authenticity.

              Aside from Incanto and La Ciccia, I would skip the restaurants on outer Church and head over to Mission between 30th and Valencia. Many better choices (as noted Angkor Borei, Pastores, Yo's, Inka's, Lotus Garden, Blue Plate).

              1. re: Windy

                >Well, I don't respect Eric's because I've been served dreadful food.
                >Nothing to do with authenticity.
                It's also the failure mode ...
                Some years ago, we receieved an "objectively flawed" soup ... 6 people took
                one spoonful and ate no more. Not only did the staff refuse to acknowledge
                it as flawed [without trying it], they didnt take it off the bill [again, everybody just
                had one spoon so most of it was left over], but they also said [in chinese ...
                to the chinese speaker at the table] "White People like it that way" [there were
                three Austrians at the table]. We were sort of flabbergasted when our friend translated what the waitress said.

                [There was a large, undissolved lump of something in there ... i dunno if it was
                some kind of pepper, powedered soup flavor, msg, but it was nasty].

                1. re: Windy

                  angkor borei, yo's and blue plate are three of my favorites! :)

              2. Other than what's been noted, I like the new Clay Oven.

                There's apparently a Henry's Hunan moving into the Pescheria space. I'm not real excited about that, but maybe it will be a good addition.

                Toast is reliable for lunch. I would avoid joining the giant crowds for breakfast unless you enjoy waiting forever to be seated for breakfast. We regularly marvel at the crowds waiting for breakfast at Toast, Boogaloo's, and Chloe's. The food isn't THAT good at any of those places.

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                1. re: Atomica

                  it is a known fact that people LOVE waiting for brunch, regardless of the quality of the food. we could start a whole new thread of places with ok to slightly less than ok food which garner gigantic waits for weekend brunches: savor, kate's kitchen, and dotties all spring to mind without even really giving it any thought.

                  given that, it seems that one could conclude there are a shortage of breakfast places causing this demand crunch. sadly, from personal experience, this seems not to be the simplest explanation. if it were true no breakfast places would ever go under and every restaurateur who tried to add brunch on weekends would succeed fabulously, neither of which are particularly true.