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What to eat at Great American Music and Food festival at Shoreline Sat?

The Bobby Flay,etc. event at the Shoreline will present some tough choices. I want to make sure I eat something I can't normally get around here. I can't handle more than 2 entrees, plus somethings to go. May be budget challenging as well. I need help narrowing down my choices (nothing too hot, spicy). Thanks for any input.

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  1. Partial menu from 96 hours SFChron. What do you like? Remember, first plate of food from any vendor free.
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

    More at the site.
    http://www.greatamericanfoodandmusicf...

    1. Not so sure about this as a food event, but it might be worth $50+ to to see Marshall Crenshaw, the ultimate powerpopster, and have a real Philly cheesesteak or roast pork with rapini from Tony Luke's. Other promising options: Katz's pastrami sandwiches, Graeter's ice cream.

      1. I vote for Katz's and Southside Market Barbecue. Also consider a BLT with Benton's bacon from Zingerman's. Don't bother with Pink's hot dog, Junior's cheesecake, Barney Greengrass (their lox is fine, but they use a really terrible bagel, which is ironic, given the intro to the article wolfe linked).

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        1. re: daveena

          When I travel to Manhattan,before I even unpack, I head over to Barney Greengrass for Sable on a bagel...I have found their bagels to be consistently fresh, and a good representation of NY bagels at their best...no rolls with holes there...they have the proper shine from an egg wash and an undercurrent of malt from the malt sweetener. The Upper Westside (home to Zabars and H&H Bagels) would not eat here if it didn't have acceptable bagels, or knishes, or rugelach or smoked fish....perhaps you had a bad experience...but as a Brooklyn/Manhattan boy, I would be ecstatic if we had similar bagels here in S.F....let alone silky Sable...!

          1. re: ChowFun_derek

            I think H&H bagels are bad, too.
            Actually, when I complained about how bad the Barney Greengrass bagel was on the Manhattan board, someone said they thought the bagels were from H&H. I haven't had an H&H in years, but I don't remember it being remotely as bad as the one I had at BG. Maybe they ran out of their usual bagels and substituted it with something inferior.

            I go further up the Westside for my bagels - Absolute Bagel has the best I've ever tasted.

        2. Are Pink's Hotdogs overrated? I was thinking this would be a good chance to try them.

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          1. re: Zoe19

            Yes. The only thing worse than the dogs is having to wait for that level of mediocrity.

            1. re: tex.s.toast

              Thanks! Now I have more room for a Philly cheesesteak!

          2. Just had a Katz pastrami sandwich for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it was the BEST pastrami sandwich I've ever had! Looking forward to trying it again this weekend. If they let me buy a few pounds to take home, I'd be even happier!!