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Jan 13, 2009 12:16 PM

Need some chow help: NOPA, Brick or Canteen?

Heading out for dinner tomorrow with the SO and we want to try one of these three - never been to any of them. I've heard great things about NOPA and Canteen, haven't heard much about Brick. I believe they're all pretty similar in price.

Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I've never been to Brick, so I can't say anything about it.

    The food is great at NOPA and Canteen--but the atmosphere and overall experience are quite different.

    Because of its sized and timed seatings, you are in and out of Canteen--there's not much time pre- or post-meal. It is intimate, quirky and delightful (in my book), and while I won't say you're rushed, you aren't encouraged to lounge about either.

    NOPA is an operation on a different order. The space is huge and beautiful, and there's a bar with an extensive and impressive cocktail menu. You have the luxury of lingering, which I like sometimes.

    I would give Canteen a hat tip for more creative combinations, but NOPA's a solid meal. I especially like the wood-grilled items there.

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    1. re: pane

      I found out Canteen is closed for the inauguration until 1/22, off to NOPA tonight.

    2. We took some friends out for a birthday dinner this Friday and tho NOPA is our Go-to place, we took a chance on Brick for somewhere new. I would say that overall it was pretty good. Great drinks. For starters we had 2 orders of the scallops, a dish of the mac and cheese(both of which were great), and the pork sliders. For entrees two of us had the chicken two ways, roast breast and a small stew with biscuit. good flavour but the breasts were barely warm. One person had the skate wing which was very tasty and I had the burger and fries the fries were not hot and i did not eat them but the burger was fine. Our main complaint was the live music which was much too loud for small space. If i lived in the city i would eat there more often, 'specially on nights without music. For 4 people 4starters, 4 entrees 3 cocktails and a bottle of pinot $200 seemed reasonable.
      PS, my partner says to mention the fresh bread of which he devoured two plates

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      1. re: budnball

        Thanks, we ended up at NOPA and it was fantastic. The food was all very well prepared - we had the warm goat cheese app, the white bean app (my favorite of the night), pork chop and the papparedelle. I'm really excited to go back and try the burger along with a few other things.

        The one thing that really stood out was how much fun the staff seemed to be having and how much they seemed to enjoy working there. I haven't had that feeling at a restaurant in some time.

      2. link

        560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

        Brick - CLOSED, reopening as Fly
        1085 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109