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Aug 31, 2008 02:58 PM

Beet Salad in San Francisco...

Can anyone tell me where I can get a good beet salad in San Francisco?

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  1. What style of beet salad are you looking for?

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I'm not sure how to answer that. It's been difficult to find one AT ALL, so I would start with ANY one that you think is good. I had one in Boston a few months ago (at Stephanie's on Newbury, if you've ever been there), which was GORGEOUS: Red beets, baby spinach, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, asparagus, tomatoes, pickled onions, chickpeas... It was really lovely. Something along the lines of that would be great, but I'm open to new experiences. If you know one that you really like, I would be happy to try it. Just point me in the right direction.

      1. re: eric.hope

        Ah. You do realize that the beet-goat cheese salad pretty much originated in San Francisco, supposedly because Michael Bauer loved it and every restaurant put a version on their menu. I usually think of that salad as being ubiquitous, but I think that most places that would serve it are into seasonality, and beets aren't really in season (or rather, there are lots of other things that are in season for which the season is much shorter).

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I haven't been seeing a lot of beets at the farmers' market lately. I think late spring is when there are lots of sweet baby ones and you find them on lots of menus.

          Chez Panisse was serving marinated beets with goat cheese years before Michael Bauer moved here.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I meant that, according to the story, Michael Bauer raved about a beet goat cheese salad at a restaurant he reviewed here, after which restaurants started to curry favor by adding it to their menus, and it became a trend.

            I saw some lovely beets a my local grocery today, but I agree that while beets are available year round, they usually turn up on menus in the spring.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I've heard industry people joke about that. "The review's finally out, now we can drop the damned beet and goat cheese salad."

        2. re: eric.hope

          Huh? Beet salad is a cliché in the Bay Area. It's this year's equivalent of all the restaurants that suddenly served burrata cheese appetizers last year.

          To be honest, I'm not of much help here because I've come across too many beet salads in restaurants in the past year, stopped ordering them, and can't recall/keep track of them all to offer any specific pointers.

          1. re: swag

            I think beet salad had been a cliché for years before burrata became trendy.

            But when the beets are young and sweet, they're delicious served that way, so who cares?

      2. My mother-in-law makes a great one! Not of the beet and goat cheese variety, but more sliced beets in a very garlicky vinaigrette. Anyway, she's in town from NY, you wanna' come by?

        1. Not sure if it's quite the style of salad you seem to be seeking, but Cafe Picaro has a Red Beet Salad on the menu. I don't particularly care for beets, but a friend of mine always orders it when he's there.

          Picaro Cafe
          3120 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. Bar Crudo is a lobster and beet salad that I really enjoyed. They put burrata cheese and pistachios on it. Light and tasty.

            The restaurant as a whole I really love. Fantastic (raw) flavors.


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            1. re: Ciscoman

              At this time of year Bar Crudo's lobster and burrata salad replaces the beets with heirloom tomatoes. Or perhaps I should say, during the winter, Bar Crudo replaces the tomatoes in it's lobster and burrata salad with beets. (I think this salad originated a Summer or two ago with the tomato version). I was there last week and personally much prefer the summer tomato version myself although I have eaten both many times.

            2. Limon Rotisserie has a different kind of beet salad--beets, potatoes, green beans and corn in a mustard dressing. Very good.

              Limon Rotisserie
              1001 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110