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Instinctive cook May 29, 2008 01:12 PM

My husband just heard about Michael Mina- a chef I've known about for a few years. I was disappointed when I saw the number of restaurants there are in the group and thought it might not be as good as he was told. We have one night in SF- we loved Boulevard a few years ago and I always crave the roast chicken at Zuni Cafe- any other suggestions??

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    bobpantzer RE: Instinctive cook May 29, 2008 02:26 PM

    Fleur de Lys
    Dining Room at The Ritz Carlton
    Gary Danko
    Acquerello
    Quince

    1. Paul H RE: Instinctive cook May 29, 2008 02:55 PM

      There is certainly a big spread between Zuni, Boulevard, and Michael Mina. Are you looking for a Michael Mina-type experience, are you looking for a Zuni experience, or are you looking for something in between (Boulevard)? It's tough to suggest something given your examples as they are all so different.

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        bobpantzer RE: Paul H May 29, 2008 03:01 PM

        Paul H is right. Most of my suggestions in my earlier post are in the Boulevard/Michael Minna category and not Zuni kind of places. Actually, Zuni is kind of a unique place and maybe in a category all its own.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: bobpantzer May 29, 2008 04:55 PM

          Lulu and Nopa are kind of like Zuni, but the original's still the best.

      2. steve h. RE: Instinctive cook May 29, 2008 05:43 PM

        quince is pretty good. the california cable car to van ness works if you're willing to walk a few blocks.

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          keg RE: steve h. May 29, 2008 09:48 PM

          Damning with faint praise? Chef Tusk's level of dedication is uncommon. He's amazingly dedicated to foraging. This means you'll truly taste place as well as the subtleties of Tusk's approach to creating food memories. pretty good, yeah.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: keg May 30, 2008 08:35 AM

            For a place with such high ambitions, Quince gets a lot of reports along the lines of "the pastas were incredible, next time we'll order more of those and skip the entrees."

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              gemster RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 16, 2008 11:02 PM

              But I think that's more a testament to the quality of the pastas than anything else...

        2. Carrie 218 RE: Instinctive cook May 29, 2008 11:49 PM

          I would go to any of the following before I returned to MM (which I find staid, pretentious, and downright mediocre):

          Ame
          Coi
          Boulevard
          Canteen
          Incanto
          Aziza

          1. ankimo RE: Instinctive cook Jun 17, 2008 04:06 PM

            Ame

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