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Lunch near Moscone

Tom Hall Feb 24, 2009 02:45 PM

I will be in the the city for 6 days for a meeting at Moscone soon. Unfortunately, it runs through a weekend. I need good lunch places that are within walking distance or a short bus ride, like Fringale. I would appreciate your recommendations. Cost, cuisine and decor do not matter.

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    mizchalmers RE: Tom Hall Feb 24, 2009 03:19 PM

    I like Samovar, up the stairs from Moscone and beautifully situated in Yerba Buena Park; and Caffe Museo at SF Moma. Samovar has tea services - I especially like the Russian, Moroccan and Indian meals. Caffe Museo usually has a good pasta special. Both are on the spendy side though not exorbitant. There's an AG Ferrari on Mission and 3rd and a Specialty's on Mission and 2nd, if you just want a sandwich. Actually the very best sandwiches are at Cafe Madeleine, on O'Farrell Street. It's very close to the Armani Cafe, which has good pasta.

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      hmruthi RE: mizchalmers Feb 24, 2009 06:05 PM

      I second Samovar - it's really good and if it's a nice day you can enjoy the view outside.

    2. Melanie Wong RE: Tom Hall Feb 24, 2009 03:33 PM

      Be sure to pick up a sandwich and soup from The Sentinel.

      Here's the list of Places tagged with Moscone for "neighborhood", can't tell you which ones are open for lunch, but you need to eat dinner too, no?

      1. anyhow RE: Tom Hall Feb 24, 2009 03:44 PM

        Two, on Hawthorne St. for lunch, dinner, or just happy hour.

        22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105

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          rahir RE: Tom Hall Feb 24, 2009 04:12 PM

          Two doesn't serve lunch anymore. Samovar is a great option, plus they have a $10 special running right now that's a great deal: 1/2 turkey or tofu sandwich, cup of soup, salad, and choice of three pots of tea for $10!

          Second The Sentinel, too.

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            Melanie Wong RE: rahir Feb 24, 2009 04:18 PM

            Here's a link to your post on the veggie sandwich at The Sentinel,

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              anyhow RE: rahir Feb 24, 2009 04:21 PM

              Thank you for the news about Two. It has been a while..............

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              bouncepass RE: Tom Hall Feb 24, 2009 09:20 PM

              Here are my choices when I'm at a meeting at Moscone. Note that I prefer to walk a bit further to get away from the meeting crowd, and I lean towards more Asian food for SF lunches:

              Katana-Ya: serviceable Japanese ramen. Can be a wait.

              Dojima-An: I think they do nice cooked food, especially their katsu-don special (on the wall). Can be a wait.

              Sultan: much better than average Indian lunch buffet. A bit pricier as well.

              Shalimar: no decor, but very good Pakistani kebabs. Haven't tried other dishes, though. Your clothing may come out a bit smoky, so beware if that matters.

              Turtle Tower: there are a bunch of Vietnamese places in the neighborhood, and this is probably as good a place as any to start exploring. Others might be able to chime in on their preferred dishes.

              Town Hall: well executed upscale American comfort food. Pricier.

              Places I want to try: Muracci's (improbably-named Japanese curry); Ame and Bong Su for more upscale, Asian fusiony food.

              And you can always finish your lunch with a cream puff from Beard Papa (both locations very close to Moscone).

              Hope this helps.

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                SunsetKid RE: bouncepass Feb 25, 2009 02:40 PM

                Try also the cafeterias at SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Neither requires museum admission.

              2. Glencora RE: Tom Hall Feb 25, 2009 02:52 PM

                I had a late lunch at Thirsty Bear last week. Tapas, small plates. There was a tasty crab special of stuffed piquillo peppers. Seemed to be mostly locals there. No people wearing name tags. (Why don't they take them off?)

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