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So we will be heading to the SF Zoo for my daughter's 4th birthday (to see the kangaroos of course for anyone who has read my other posts) The plan was to go to the zoo in the early afternoon and then get dinner at 5pm when the zoo closes so we can wait out traffic before heading back over the bridge. Not being really familiar with SF is there a certain area that would be best to stick to, since I'm assuming the traffic in SF would be brutal at 5.
Besides the traffic issue the place needs to be cheap, not too sketchy of an area for my daughter, but we don't need it to be too kid friendly, she is well behaved and eats everything. So far I had in mind Beijing Restaurant and a tapas place (forget the name) that i saw here on the good value thread. Open to anything that is truly great though and that we won't get in the Walnut Creek area (which is most everything!) thanks!

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  1. I'm going to be in that area this weekend, I'm planning on checking out The Pizza Place on Noriega. I haven't been before, but I've heard good things so I'm willing to give it a try, besides there's not much out that way . They are on Noriega (obviously) @ 46th, and they open at noon, so sounds perfect for you.

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    1. re: Kristine

      Funny as I took my two kids (3 and 5) to the zoo couple weeks ago and we went to Pizza Place on Noriega afterwards. Was perfect for the time. Pie was good enough although I prefer my local Giorgio's for parlor pie.

      1. re: poulet_roti

        I agree, I was a little disappointed after my visit, honestly I had expected much more, I found the pizza average at best . The crust was hard and flavorless and the toppings were more than a little greasy. The pizza at Giorgio's is way better.

    2. If you're thinking Beijing Restaurant, you might consider Old Mandarin Islamic (Vicente & 42nd.) It is closer to the zoo. Stay with their specialty menu only, though.

      1. Burgermeister in Daly City on the other side of the lake, easy drive 5 min drive, newish, casual, not too expensive, good burgers.

        Boulevard Cafe in Daly City, just up the road from Burgermeister on John Daly Blvd, casual, mid-century redux, a little more but nicer seating, service.

        Tennessee Grill on Taraval in SF, old school diner, blue plate specials, cheap, locals hang out but very nice staff. The Tennessee Special (burger and fries) is like $4.50 and the beef is fresh and not a patty.

        Other options might be Kingdom of Dumpling (Shanghai soup dumplings) on Taraval.

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        Boulevard Cafe
        2 Poncetta Dr, Daly City, CA 94015

        Burger Meister
        507 Westlake Ctr, Daly City, CA 94015

        1. You could try Win's which I believe is way out on Taraval near the Ocean. They have great roast duck and good chow mein.

          1. How are the falafel in Walnut Creek?
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/588856

            1. Thanks to all the posts, sorry for being so delayed in my response, I feel so bad. My daughter got sick after I wrote the post and we spent her birthday, and the week after, camped out at home. We are still trying to get back to the zoo though so I will keep in mind this thread. One question about Old Mandarin, I noticed most of the dishes recommended there are lamb. Husband won't eat lamb, is it still worth it? And no wolfe in my opinion there is not good falafel but I'm heading to Israel in three weeks and am saving myself for the real deal. I'll keep that thread in mind though when I get back! Thanks again for the responses.