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Sep 18, 2008 05:05 PM

ISO Restaurant Rec. in Bernal Heights, SF


Does anyone have any recommendations for a yummy restaurant in Bernal Heights in SF?

There are 4 of us.

Here's our wishlist:

1) Impressively Yummy.
2) Nice Ambience
3) Decent Prices
4) Prefer an ethnicity other than American BUT if the restaurant is too good to pass up (and it's American), we'll take your recommendations!
5) This might be the biggest filter: We would like it to be closer to Mission and 30th. I know there are some great gems further down Cortland....but we just have to be closer to Mission.


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  1. Angkor Borei (Cambodian)
    Lotus Garden (Vietnamese)
    Pastores (Mexican)

    All have delicious food. The nicest ambience is probably Angkor Borei, but I'm partial to Lotus Garden myself, for their excellent banh xeo among other things. Eating at Pastores is like going to someone's house for a delicious Mexican meal. Irma will customize your order as much as you like, and her beans are awesome. Beware, though, as she's not always open during the posted hours.

    Here's a long thread about dining in the area:

    Angkor-Borei Restaurant
    3471 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Lotus Garden
    3216 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Pastores Restaurant
    3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Euonymous

      Euonymous' list is just about right. I would refer to this as Mission St. (Upper Mission?) rather than Bernal Heights proper.

      If you wanted to add "American" spots, you could put Blue Plate to your list.

      Blue Plate
      3218 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. re: Calvinist

        Thanks Calvinist...yeah, those lines of Outer Mission and Bernal Heights seem to blur a bit, depending on your source.

        1. re: Euonymous

          Agree with Euonymous. Angkor Borei's ambience is very nice and all places have good food. I like Pastores and Irma is great, but I really think there are big clunkers on the menu. Plus, I'm sorry, but low quality bag tortilla chips--they're right there behind the counter for you to see. Get the mole and you'll be fine.

          I really like Stefano's, the new Italian place on San Jose and 30th. We've eaten there a couple of times and had some delicious dishes--good pizza, great Alfredo, excellent zucchini soup, some all right calamari, some pretty good amatriciana, a good salad. It's a nice menu. No liquor license, but you can take your own wine! No corkage fee and they have glassware--they're happy if you bring wine because they want you to be happy (that's what the owner told me).

          People like Blue Plate. I've had ups and downs. And a big thumbs down on Liberty from me.

          1. re: Atomica

            Thanks for the first report back (that I've seen anyway) on Stefano's....will check it out soon...though of course, if one is going to go to San Jose and 30th, one could go another two blocks and eat at La Ciccia....(outstanding Sardinian; more expensive than some of the other places mentioned, but definitely worth it).

            I prefer Pastores for breakfast; and second or third the Lotus Garden and Angkor Borei recommendations (I prefer the food at Lotus Garden). Agreed with you that Liberty Cafe is a thumbs down.

            Cafe Stefano
            59 30th St, San Francisco, CA

            1. re: Atomica

              How exciting about Stefano's. I've been wanting to check it out and would love decent pizza in walking distance.

              Piqueo's (Peruvian tapas on Cortland) and Yo's Sushi should also be on this list. I'm also middling on Blue Plate.

              1. re: Windy

                It's not Gialina or Pizzeria Delfina level pizza, but it is decent.

          2. Liberty Cafe is nice. Haven't been there in a long time. American, or new American...but very good for a neighborhood place, as I recall. Right on Cortland.

            Liberty Cafe and Bakery
            410 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

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