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Recs for dinner near or in the Civic Center area (in S.F.)

ellenbh Jun 9, 2008 11:13 AM

we'll be dining on a Tuesday evening (4 of us). Looking for good food that is not too expensive and fairly casual. Thanks for any ideas!

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    bobpantzer RE: ellenbh Jun 9, 2008 12:36 PM

    Check out Zuni Cafe, Absinthe, Zupenkuche, the Italian place across the street from Absinthe--sorry, can't remember the name (something like Stella Della or Della Stella, maybe). Jardiniere is there but it's more formal and expensive but great!

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      Xiao Yang RE: bobpantzer Jun 9, 2008 01:28 PM

      Stelline? Is it any good?

      Hayes Street Grill, Bistro Clovis on Market St.

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        wdot RE: Xiao Yang Jun 10, 2008 12:08 AM

        I would go to farmer brown for some great comfort food in a "trendy" setting. The short ribs are great and I liked the fried oysters and okra starter.


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        Senor Popusa RE: bobpantzer Jun 17, 2008 07:05 PM

        Suppenkuche is a great place - Hayes & Laguna. Delicious and reasonably priced German food.
        Paztxi's pizza is good deep dish pizza on Hayes & Octavia.

      3. Senor Popusa RE: ellenbh Jun 9, 2008 01:13 PM

        Some of the above choices may be too spendy or not casual enough.

        I do like the Suppenkuche suggestion - its at the corner of Hayes & Laguna.
        Bar Jules @ Hayes just west of Laguna www.barjules.com Next door to Suppenkuche
        Even more casual is Patxi's Pizza on Hayes near Octavia. Deep dish, pretty good, price is right. It is a sit down place with waiter service etc. Not a slice place.

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          OliviaMilliken RE: ellenbh Jun 9, 2008 04:29 PM

          Il Borgo is a great little Italian restaurant that is family run. It has a lot of charm and the prices are very reasonable. It is on Fell and Laguna.

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            Windy RE: OliviaMilliken Jun 9, 2008 04:42 PM

            I've really enjoyed Il Borgo too.

            Bodega Bistro on Larkin has great Vietnamese food at a modest price (considerably less than most of the options near Symphony Hall and the Opera House).

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              gemster RE: OliviaMilliken Jun 16, 2008 10:43 PM

              Third the Il Borgo recommendation!

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