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Dinner in Daly City?

sfkusinera May 22, 2008 03:39 PM

Watching the new Indiana Jones flick in Daly City Century 20 tonight at 9pm. Any ideas for dinner in DC or nearby? Looking for something not a chain, not fast food, and not Filipino (we already know all the Filipino joints in DC). Thanks!

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    nerdigrrl May 22, 2008 04:07 PM

    Val's steakhouse.

    It's an old school restaurant with a lounge (but that's what I love about it!)

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      Nancy Berry May 22, 2008 04:40 PM

      Boulevard Cafe -- good food and it's very close to the Century 20. Here's a link to their menu: http://www.theboulevardcafe.com/menu....

      By the way, I've eaten at Val's and was not very impressed with the food.

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        sfkusinera May 22, 2008 04:50 PM

        i always passed by Val's and wondered...

        Boulevard sounds like a good choice. I love breakfast there.

        Any other suggestions still welcome. Thanks!

        1. re: sfkusinera
          Atomica May 23, 2008 06:39 AM

          Val's is fun once, but the prices are outrageous for the terrible quality of ingredients and truly sloppy preparation. I got the sense that they just don't care. At Boulevard Cafe, they put in a lot of effort and skill. They're consistently very good for breakfast, quite solid across the board. I need to get there for dinner sometime.

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            NoeMan May 23, 2008 06:52 AM

            I love Val's for the vibe and a shot of nostalgia. The food isn't outstanding, and it is anti-trendy (thank God), but I usually get the iceberg wedge which is very good, followed by prime rib and a baked potato which are usually good to very good. I also never noticed the prices being high. I'll pay more attention next time. Sometimes we just feel like an unpretentious hearty meal and Val's is like an old friend. It's the kind of place my extended family would've gathered on Sunday evenings, except we were in Chicago. The service can be a little slow sometimes as they dote on the regulars, but we usually aren't in a hurry. That could be a problem, pre-movie.

            Boulevard would be great (better food and also an older style but more newly updated vibe) pre-movie

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              Atomica May 23, 2008 07:23 AM

              Val's is *totally* my kind of place. I was dying to try it. I love the signage, the elderly people, the decor, the menu, the cocktail lounge. It takes you back to an earlier time. Actually, now that I look at the menu online, the prices aren't that heinous. I just thought it was unremarkable Sysco crap, pre-chopped stuff, etc., and I didn't think the food was prepared well at all. Could be that I ordered the wrong thing.

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                rworange May 23, 2008 11:55 AM


                Val's Restaurant & Lounge
                2468 Junipero Serra Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

                1. re: Atomica
                  NoeMan May 25, 2008 07:59 AM

                  I doubt you ordered the wrong thing, maybe they just blew it that night. It is definitely Sysco stuff, but that's what those places use. I guess it's not really great chow from a chowhound perspective, but to my weird way of thinking, it's a great retro chowish experience, Sysco and all.

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          kc72 May 22, 2008 05:53 PM

          the burger place by westlake TJ's
          the vietnamese place on the southside of westlake center
          does kukje still have the sit down food area inside?

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            chipman May 22, 2008 06:23 PM

            Joe's of Westlake sells burgers, but it isn't a burger place.

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              kc72 May 22, 2008 06:26 PM

              i didn't say Joe's was a burger place, those were separate places.

              found the name.. the other place is called BurgerMeister

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                chipman May 22, 2008 07:09 PM

                OK, now that I read it again I can see you meant two different places.

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              wontonsoup May 22, 2008 09:01 PM

              Yes, Kukje still has the sit-down area. Delicious tofu dishes, the Korean names of which I forget...

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              sfkusinera May 23, 2008 02:04 AM

              thanks for all the suggestions! I like the Vietnamese place in Westlake, the resto in Kukje, and never tried Joe's, but will one day, thanks.

              We ended up having a really nice, quick, casual dinner at Boulevard. The burger was tasty (thick, nicely charred patty) and one of the best fish and chips I've ever had (huge, deeply browned, crunchy Alaska cod filets) and nice onion rings. I had only been there for breakfast but it was nice for a pre-movie dinner. We've always eaten Vietnamese, Filipino, or Nation's when in Daly City, and wanted something different, so it hit the spot. Movie was pretty good, too!

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              1. re: sfkusinera
                rworange May 23, 2008 11:56 AM

                Thanks for reporting back

                Boulevard Cafe
                2 Poncetta Dr, Daly City, CA 94015

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