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Best Chicken/Veal Parm in SF?

Who do yall think has the best down home traditional chicken or veal parmesan in the city?

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  1. I liked the Chicken Parmesan at Original Joes in SF, unfortunately they are still closed due to a fire, I think they are planning to re-open at some point. Other than that I don't know because I rarely order it as I prefer to make my own.

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    Original Joe's Restaurant
    601 Union St, San Francisco, CA

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    1. re: virtualguthrie

      I've heard they are not going to reopen because of "boiler" problems. I hope my info is wrong; this is one of my favorite places.

      1. re: walker

        I hope your info is wrong, too. Not because I hope you are wrong in some personal way (as if I even know you), but rather because I want that place to re-open. Is it divine chowhounding food? No. Is it a marvelous sample of inexpensive, old-school dining? Yes. Or at least it was before the fire.

        It was edible. It was available (open late). It was affordable. The staff was affable. Since it was around the corner from the bustling Exit Theatre complex, it was jokingly referred to as "the Sardi's of the Tenderloin". May it soon return.

        1. re: weem

          Like I said, I hope I'm wrong; the info came from a retired, long time employee.

        2. re: walker

          Per the Chron, as of June 4, the owners expected their insurance settlement within 60 days.

          http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

      2. Try either Joe's of Westlake (in Daly City) or the Gold Mirror (on Taraval in SF).

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        1. re: DavidT

          I like Gold Mirror a lot.
          I was at Westlake Joe's yesterday for the passable fillet of sole. Sat at the counter watching them cook "frozen" vegetables. I really don't see myself returning here.

          1. re: walker

            The strengths of Westlake Joe's are their charcoal-broiled meats (and fish) and their pan-sauted items. For side dishes, get the fried potatoes and a side salad (which are passable) and skip the vegetables and over-cooked pastas.

            1. re: DavidT

              ..you can pay an extra 2 bucks and have the pasta cooked al dente just for you

              1. re: DavidT

                I had to pay .90 cents more just to get mashed potatoes instead of fries.

          2. Gaspare's in the Richmond district. I personally love/crave their Veal Milanese, which is essentially the basis for their veal parmesan. My SO usually orders the veal or chicken parmesan and loves it.

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            Gaspare Pizza House
            5546 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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            1. re: kresge86

              I'll second Gaspare's, never had chicken parmesan there but everything else I've ever had there is great. Great pizza, a traditional Italian place in the East Coast style.

            2. Thanks so much...i'm thankful for the suggestions. We're planning our vacation to SF/Napa next week and my husband made promise he could get good ol chicken parm one night...i think i'm trying to take him to too many "fru fru" places! I'll post my itinary in the next couple of days and look forward to thoughts and suggestions. Thanks!

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              1. re: texag99

                E'Angelo in the Marina is another option. I think it is good, basic Italian. No reservations and they now take credit cards. My husbands gets the veal parm when we go there and it is very good.

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                E Angelo Restaurant
                2234 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

              2. Oy! What a question! I guess... I'd go to E'Angelo in the Marina. Traditional (American-) Italian hole in the wall with good food. No reservations, no credit cards. Family run (as in, it is owned and operated by a family;not...)