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Good neighborhood places for my trip out to SF

NCHOW Feb 17, 2009 11:11 AM

I am coming out to the Bay Area for a few days, staying in San Francisco. I'm interested in finding the neighborhood restaurants that have absolutely amazing food. Doesn't have to be fancy, just really tasty, heart food.

Any suggestions? I'll have a car so I don't mind driving a little. Thanks!

  1. Ruth Lafler Feb 17, 2009 11:27 AM

    La Ciccia.

    La Ciccia
    291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      NCHOW Feb 17, 2009 02:14 PM

      Cool! Checking it out now. Thanks!

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      woofer Feb 17, 2009 12:23 PM

      we just ate at 1550 hyde cafe & wine bar. it was fantastic and truely tucked away neighborhood gem.

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        NCHOW Feb 17, 2009 02:16 PM

        it looks amazing! What did you order?

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          woofer Feb 17, 2009 02:34 PM

          we had the olives & a manchego cheese plate to start. they have great sourdough.
          both had the chopped salad, excellent.
          husband had the short ribs & i had the pork milanese.
          shared a bittersweet chocolate pot de creme.

          i think their menu changes a lot.

          1. re: woofer
            rworange Mar 12, 2009 11:56 PM


            1550 Hyde
            1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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        andrew344 Feb 17, 2009 02:39 PM

        Try L'Ardoise in Duboce Triangle. It is tucked away on a really pretty tree lined street and they serve French bistro style food. I would also search out Chez Spencer. It is more contemporary French and I consider it to be one of the best hidden gems in SF.

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          BernalKC Feb 17, 2009 03:37 PM

          Never been there. But thinking about a hidden nieghborhood french bistro reminds me... has anyone been to South Park Cafe recently? My wife used to work near there and I loved the place, both the food and the ambiance. But that was a while ago. I wouldn't expect it to change, but I'm curious what other's think.

          151 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

          South Park Cafe
          108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107

        2. pamf Feb 17, 2009 03:31 PM

          Aziza, in the Richmond District, north of Golden Gate Park


          I went there for the first time during the recent Dine About Town promotion and it was great, all around, food, service, atmosphere. The are California-infulenced middle eastern.

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            sfbing Feb 17, 2009 03:41 PM

            Canteen for dinner. Looks like a diner with amazing food.
            Takara, Maki, or SPQR in Fillmore/Japantown area.
            Laiola or A16 in the Marina.
            Incanto is in a nice neighborhood.
            Not in the same class as above, but Park Chow, Koo, Lime Tree Cafe, Hotei are good and inexpensive in the inner sunset if you are planning a trip to the Park.

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              NCHOW Feb 17, 2009 04:28 PM

              Thanks to all for a great list of recommendations. I feel like I'll be able to have a great trip.

              1. DebitNM Feb 17, 2009 06:07 PM

                We had dinner at Incanto on Sunday. We had a great meal and thought the restaurant was a very comfortable place, a real in the neighborhood feel to it.

                1550 Church Street,
                on the southwest corner of Church and Duncan Streets in San Francisco's Noe Valley.

                We had a tasty Antipasto' fresh sardines, sweetbreads, pasta with pork ragu, cod and duck confit. Everything was excellent.

                One person did the Mystery White Flight and got 3 glasses of white but he wasn't impressed with any of them.


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                1. re: DebitNM
                  rworange Mar 12, 2009 11:58 PM

                  Incanto link

                  Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar
                  1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

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