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eater_va Jun 12, 2008 08:02 AM

Have reservations at Zuni (lunch), Aqua and Coi (dinner) next week. Im coming from DC -- any local ingredients I should be seeking to try on the menus (or general, recent menu suggestions for these spots).

Also, looking for a place for lunch on Thursday. Dim Sum. Any suggestions beyond Yank Sing? I may be near Powell St. BART so I was looking at Tian Sing.

  1. Cynsa Jun 14, 2008 07:30 AM

    During strawberry season, I go for the Strawberry Manju at Benkyo-do in JapanTown.

    http://www.benkyodocompany.com/manju/...

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    Benkyodo
    1747 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA

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      shellie Jun 12, 2008 10:54 PM

      Robert's list was good - I would just add ramps, sorel, and mussels.

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      1. re: shellie
        Robert Lauriston Jun 13, 2008 09:45 AM

        High season for mussels is fall and winter. Though most of them come from the airport, and it's always fall or winter somewhere on the globe.

        Ramps season is short, roughly April and May.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          Xiao Yang Jun 13, 2008 10:03 AM

          Not only that, but ramps are more of an East Coast fetish to begin with, and certainly not something a foodie from DC will be seeking out in California.

          1. re: Xiao Yang
            Ruth Lafler Jun 13, 2008 07:41 PM

            Both ramps and mussels were featured at Fish and Farm this week, which makes me think there's a local source for both.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler
              Xiao Yang Jun 13, 2008 08:06 PM

              I'm not saying there are no ramps around here this time of year, but that people in the Easterns states get excited when they (and fiddlehead ferns) first appear as harbingers of Spring.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler
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                wally Jun 13, 2008 08:26 PM

                Hog Island raises mussels and clams in addition to oysters.

        2. Robert Lauriston Jun 12, 2008 09:44 AM

          Zuni's menu changes daily, so is a good place to look to find out what's in season.

          Some stuff I've seen on market-driven menus lately:

          fennel
          garlic
          onions
          favas
          spinach
          lamb's quarter
          English peas
          pea leaf (Chinese restaurants)
          green beans
          beets
          artichokes
          morels
          porcini
          new potatoes
          local halibut
          cherries
          Meyer lemons
          apricots
          strawberries

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            Ruth Lafler Jun 12, 2008 10:09 AM

            Yeah, that pretty much reflects was was on the menu at Fish and Farm this week.

          2. Mari Jun 12, 2008 09:14 AM

            Zuni has a coffee granita on the menu year round, I think. If the weather stays warm then it would be a nice afternoon treat with your lunch.

            1. Xiao Yang Jun 12, 2008 08:41 AM

              Tian Sing is a good option for that part of town. Good to excellent dim sum, somewhat pricey compared to Chinatown but not compared to Yank Sing, and comfortably configured for solo and couple diners.

              Sporq has the dim sum menu:

              http://www.sporq.com/sanfrancisco/tia...

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              1. re: Xiao Yang
                wolfe Jun 12, 2008 08:50 AM

                Is 37A XLB?

                1. re: wolfe
                  Xiao Yang Jun 12, 2008 09:16 AM

                  Yep.

                2. re: Xiao Yang
                  grayelf Jun 13, 2008 09:55 AM

                  X_Y, thanks for the tip on Sporq -- really handy to help plan good Chow for out of towner.

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