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May 18, 2009 01:06 PM

LA hound headin' up to what are you folks "hella" good at?

No seriously, what does SF have that I can't get in LA, UNDER 20pp?

Will be staying at the Sofitel in Redwood City 5/22 - 5/24, with a car.

The only places on my list are...
- Falafel Drive in (San Jose) - close to Shoreline Ampitheater, so good for me
- Top Dog
- Tartine Cafe (sp?)
- XLB @Shanghai Dumpling King

Anything else guys? If you guys have a rec for killer clam chowder, I'd be forever grateful :)

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  1. Well, since clams are an East Coast thing, clam chowder is not something we're "hella" good at. However, since you're in Redwood City, you might want to check out Old Port Lobster Shack.

    1. I must respectfully disagree with Ruth. It would be a bit of a schlep from Redwood City, but a pretty drive, up the coast to Bodega Bay, where Spud Point Crab Shack makes the BEST clam chowder I've ever eaten. (And I have loved clam chowder since I was a child and have had many many versions.) It's SUPER casual, just a little shack with some picnic tables outside. The chowder is divine: it tastes like the ocean, fresh and clean, and every bite has the richest clam taste, and it''s full of pieces of what sure tastes like fresh clams. I assure that it's definitely "hella" good!

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      1. re: Kathleen M

        Thanks, will look into it later. Sounds "hella" delicious :)

        1. re: ns1

          It's a great drive to get there, with many options on the way. The clam chowder is as good as described, and I also liked the crab cakes very much. Very un-touristy; you have to know where it is to get there. Here are two pics of the place, the one that comes up and the next one.

          Spud Point Crab Company
          1860 Westshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

      2. What area are you going to be spending most of your time?

        Falafel Drive In is not close to Shoreline, it is near the intersection of 280 & 880. With only a long weekend, I am not sure if it warrants a trip unless you make a slight detour on your way back home (if you are driving). I highly recommend Bi Rite Creamery (salted caramel) in SF for ice cream.

        Shalimar, Lahore Karahi in SF for tandoori chicken, kabobs. If you are going to be near Sunnyvale or Santa Clara, there are several options for Indian food.

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        1. re: ceekskat

          I'll be @Shoreline for a concert on Friday, leaving back to LA on Sunday

          According to google maps, Falafel Drive in (should be) on the drive TO shoreline (please correct me if I'm wrong)

          Will look into the Indian recs. LA proper isn't that good for Indian, unfortunately.

          1. re: ns1

            Falafel Drive-In is 15 miles the other direction in San Jose. Traffic filled, otherwise unremarkable miles.

            1. re: oaktowngirl


              Falafel Drive-in
              2301 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

              1. re: Shane Greenwood

                Quick report. went yesterday on the way to the concert

                - Falafel pretty good, very unique, but would prefer Falafel Arax in LA (a la carte)
                - The SANDWICH was pretty awesome. I craved it again last night. IT's that hot sauce that really did it for me. A sandwich who's whole > sum of its parts.
                - Tahini sauce was kinda runny

                Who knows where today takes us..

                1. re: ns1

                  As a falafel fiend, 'm curious about how you thought the tahini sauce was runny. In my experience, the tahini put on falafel has always been quite loose, the thickest I've seen was the consistency of thin cream. Have you had differently elsewhere?

                  1. re: Humbucker

                    Well the best way I can describe it is in the way it sticks to the falafel. The layer of sauce that covered the falafel after every dip was way thinner than I am used to.

                    Just felt a tad watered down.

            2. re: ns1

              you have a wide range of Indian eateries to pick from, representing a variety of regional styles. In the price range specified, and not as easily found in other parts of the state, there are more than a few South Indian spots, many of which are vegetarian.

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