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May 28, 2009 09:01 PM

Where to eat in Ferry Terminal?

Suggestions appreciated. Visiting for six days in greater SF area.

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  1. What day of the week? Farmers' market days (Tuesday/Saturday) have more lunch options. They're also supposed to start holding a street food market on Thursdays in July.

    I'm fond of the panini from Boccalone.

    Watch for reports of Daniel Patterson's (of Coi fame) new Italian rotisserie and sandwich shop, Il Cane Rosso, scheduled to open in June.

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    1. re: Morton the Mousse

      I was going to suggest Boulette's Larder but it seems from your profile you already ate there. What else have you tried so far.

      Aside ... Morton, you might check out the Chick-o-peas thread. It is a new organic falafel place that I think you would really like next time you are in the area. It's next to Triple Rock.

      1. re: rworange

        Had some of the best brisket ever, ever, I repeat, at Boulettes Larder.

    2. Are you looking for a sit down meal or a do-it-yourself meal? Also, when will you be here? Daniel Patterson's new place is scheduled for some time in June.

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      1. re: Paul H

        Due in SF June and leaving on the 22nd. Wont have a place to cook, I think, but a friend might lend me his kitchen. Hmm, what an idea.

      2. Out the Door for taking away and eating by the bay, or arriving at Slanted Door when they open and eating lunch at the bar. *Love* the green papaya salad. (I think that's what it was called, it's been more than a year since I've been there, just confessing in case their menu has changed!)

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        1. re: lemonverbena

          Slanted Door is terribly inconsistent, which is not acceptable for a restaurant with such a big reputation. I was there again last week - I go there once every couple of months on an expense account so I get to try everything - and was shocked by the poor quality of the food. The five spice chicken was very dry and overcooked, and the stir fried vermicelli tasted like they forgot to add salt.

          On the other hand, what I have found to be very consistent at the ferry building are places like Delica-RF and Boccalone. Delica-RF is a Japanese style "deli" serving salads (hijiki, spinach, and burdock are my three favorites), croquettes (definitely wait for the ones that have just been fried), and bigger items like curry beef with rice and chicken and tofu patty. Boccalone is a fairly new entrant next store serving salumi (I love their samplers in a cone) and sandwiches.

        2. Any other locations would be also appreciated. Thanks thus far.

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          1. re: EclecticEater

            i like the ferry building for a weekday lunch. sitting at the bar at hog island, slurping a dozen oysters and sipping some sparkling wine always works for me.

            grabbing odds and ends from here and there, sitting at the wine merchant's bar and enjoying a bottle of something good is another favorite.

            1. re: steve h.

              I second Hog Island. Their oysters have always been great, but I had their clam chowder for the first time and it was delicious too.

              See photos here:

            2. re: EclecticEater

              I've eaten a half-dozen or so times at the San Francisco Fish Company, and it has never steered me wrong. Tasty po' boys (they always have oyster, often soft shell crab). My parents always love the steamed mussels.

              San Francisco Fish Company
              1 Ferry Building # 31, San Francisco, CA 94111-4230

            3. Hard to beat a bacon cheeseburger (or Ahi burger) with sweet potato fries from Taylors Automatic refresher.