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Jul 1, 2008 11:53 AM

DC Hound coming to SF for first time: thoughts?

Hey Everyone,

I'm coming to San Fran for my first time to visit some friends of mine during the fourth of July. I'm pretty excited about it and have been doing some reading on here and some other sites to get an idea of places that I should try visit while in town. I'm looking for places that are unique to the city and, specifically, stuff that I can't really get back east. I'll be staying at my friend's place in Lower Haight

Here is my list thus far.... I'd love to hear your suggestions:

El Farolito - green chile sauce, carne asada burrito, super quesadilla
La Tacqueria - El Dorado style Carnitas Taco
Cu Co - Spicy Carnitas Burrito

J's Pots of Soul
Metro Kathmandu

Pho Garden
Shanghai Dumpling King
Yank Sing


No idea, you guys have more opinions on this with seemingly little consensus. Perhaps you guys can recommend a good one in Lower Haight?


What do you all think? I'm a sushi snob and when I'm in NYC (once a month) a usually frequent Sushi Yasuda, Ushi Wakamaru, and Blue Ribbon. I'm open to suggestions.

I'm open to any other suggestions and would truly appreciate your thoughts on the list above.

Thanks! I'm looking forward to checking out your city

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  1. Lower Haight, Rosamunde Sausage or Memphis Minnie's.

    11 Replies
      1. re: MarcDC

        Ugh - do a search on Memphis Minnie's and I think you see more detractors than fans. In the lower Haight, consider RNM which is fabulous, although a bit pricier than a taco truck or inexpensive Asian. Very cool San Francisco scene, great cocktails, and a grilled salad to-die-for.

        1. re: Carrie 218

          I also recommend you skip Memphis Minnie's since Rockland's in DC is much better.
          I would add a brunch to your list - Kate's Kitchen on Haight, Zazie on Cole near Haight or the Pork Store on Haight. I lived in DC and missed good brunch venues.

          1. re: Mari

            yikes... if Rockland's is better that isn't saying much.

            thanks for the breakfast suggestions!

            1. re: MarcDC

              Memphis Minnie's is definitely one of the better BBQ options the Bay Area has to offer (my personal fav), but it is hardy something I would travel all the way from DC for. Being so close to VA, I'm sure you can find many more options back home.

              1. re: Civil Bear

                I wouldn't send someone from that area across town for barbecue, but the request was for places in the lower Haight for a sandwich.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  are there any must not miss Breakfast places in the city? I'm willing to go anywhere for a great brunch (other than the two I noted above)?

                  1. re: MarcDC

                    Canteen (on Saturday and Sunday), Bar Tartine (same days), Tartine bakery (any day of the week for pastries).

          2. re: Carrie 218

            Memphis Minnie's smokes some great meat. This topic does a good job of showing the range of opinion:


            1. re: Carrie 218

              I found Memphis Minnie's to be under-seasoned and overpriced.

              1. re: bayareaberg

                People regularly complain about MM's prices, but they're about the same as at the competing, inferior BBQ places. And it's a much nicer place to dine in.

        2. Definitely hit Uva Enoteca in the Lower Haight. Also, just try Memphis Minnie's, it's better than the naysayers say...

          1. For Sushi, Try Zushi Puzzle on Lombard and Buchannan. Sit at the bar, and put yourself in Roger's hands. Don't let the name fool you, he's a master sushi chef (the only one in SF, if I'm not mistaken).

            My favorite burger is at Big Mouth on 24th between Mission and Valencia.

            1. >>"El Farolito - green chile sauce, carne asada burrito, super quesadilla
              La Tacqueria - El Dorado style Carnitas Taco"

              If by "El Dorado style" you mean "tacos dorados (golden/crispy tacos), I didn't know they did those at La Taquaria. Although I enjoy crispy tacos from time to time, I believe the regular "soft" ones are the standard there. I like to order two with carne asada, but only one with guacamole, then share the guac between the two. And the Salsa Verde (green chili sauce) in the plastic squeeze bottles is a must between each bite!