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Aug 11, 2009 04:16 PM

Better than LA.......

Drving N from L.A in Sept.. - What's the one place (or two) signature to the Bay Area that we, southerners might not have. Open to just about anything except high $$$'s. Not much into alcohol either. Or, the best in Chinese or other Asian, seafood or ?? YOU may think is better than what we have in the greater L.A. area. TIA! KQ :)

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  1. I moved up here from LA a few months ago and have been on a similar quest. The 2 answers I have found so far are Aziza, a Moroccan place that blew me away, and Indian food at one of the many exceptional spots in the Silicon Valley. Go with Aziza- you will not be disappointed, and there's nothing like it in LA.

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    1. re: PAHound

      LOVE this idea - It's a winner!! But, what does one order???? I love the seafood idea. How about the tasting menu??? Quail???

      1. re: Kitchen Queen

        "Must order at Aziza":

        5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

      2. re: PAHound

        PA Hiound and Robert...Just returned last night from the Bay area. So many really great places to eat!!! However, I followed your suggestion and ate at Aziza. My cousin, who lives in Cow Hollow was part of the equation. He, my husband and I has a fabulous time. they had the lentil soup, I had a garlic/almond soup. Delish but, garlic for 2 days!!! We shared the bastilla and they had lamb shank. I had the sturgeon. Everyrhing was superb. Thank you! Next time tho, I think I'll just go exploring. Found other really terrific places. Loved Perry's too, in C.H. district. S.F. is a special place!!! BTW, if you're ever out in the Oakland area, try Le Cheval @ Clay and 11th(French-Vietnamese and, Ensarro
        (Ethiopian) on Grand. Le Cheval is another special place. YUM! Happy Eating

      3. san francisco has mass transit. maybe take the j-church out to noe valley and indulge yourself at incanto.

        san francisco to us easterners is quite small and approachable. a very cool place.

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        1. re: steve h.

          Thanks for this suggestion. Looks delish. Maybe I'll save this for the end of the week!

        2. Sounds like you need to read the thread I began a little over a year ago.

          You must go to the 150 year old Tadich Grill. Think very old San Francisco... lots of wood, waiters are mostly old men in long white lab coats that you might expect a fishmonger to be wearing if they weren't so clean. Order the cioppino... it's not cheap at $25, but it's marvelous. Sand dabs, too... both very local, if not historic SF dishes, and super delicious. Comes with sourdough, of course.

          Mr Taster

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          1. re: Mr Taster

            Thanks Mr. Taster- I'll actually be in the bay area for a week attending a conference in OAK. I'll have opportunity to go to several places.

            1. re: Kitchen Queen

              In Oakland, you might check out Dopo, the cheapest of our several great Cal-Italian places.

              Oakland has the best Korean and some of the best Mexican food in the Bay Area, but nothing on either score to impress someone from LA.

              1. re: Kitchen Queen

                OAK has pretty poor food, especially compared to SFO, which has quite nice food, especially outside security at the international terminal. You have to drive out of the airport rather far, north to Fruitvale for mexican or to the downtown area, or the various shopping districts like Piedmont Ave, which is realistically about 30 minutes from the airport.

                1. re: bbulkow

                  I'm sure KQ is referring to the city not the airport. Queen, correct me if I am mistaken. I hope this is not a re-release of "The Terminal."

                  1. re: wolfe

                    LOL! No re-release..I'm actually driving and attending a conference at the OAK Marriott.

                    1. re: Kitchen Queen

                      Shanghai's a great cheap place nearby for lunch. I don't know whether you have better Shanghai places in LA, but their best dishes are spectacularly good,.

                      Shanghai Restaurant
                      930 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

                  2. re: bbulkow

                    "OAK has pretty poor food, especially compared to SFO"???

                    Oakland and the Eastbay has some of the best food in the world!

                    (I have been around the World 4 times and have been to 48 of the 50 States)

                    What are you talking about?


                    I can't believe no one else questioned you about your statement?

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Robert et all,

                        If you'll note in a reply above, I LOVED the atmosphere and the restaurants of Oakland. Two signature places: Le Cheval French-Vietnamese with fab lunches under 10$. I had a clay pot and wish I was just next door to eat there again and again. Another delighftul spot was Ensarro Ethiopean on Grand. Family owned and run - Mom and sis cook in the back. The boys wait tables. Stayed there with my tea and Japanese visitor undisturbed for about 2 hours. I know there's many more signatures, including the soul food shops I kept passing by in the J.L. Square area. The Inn @ J.L. square was so convenient to all and parking was free!! Thanks again for all the suggestions. My dining experiences defintely became part of the total equation. I'm looking forwward to a visit again soon. :) KQ

                  3. re: Kitchen Queen

                    If you're in Oakland for a conference, you and a few other conference goers might enjoy drinks and salumi at Adesso on Piedmont. Sister resto of Dopo which is down the street. Great for some free bites too from 5-6pm and after 10pm for late night snacking.

                    1. re: nicedragonboy

                      I would have recommended Adesso except the original post says "Not much into alcohol," which also strikes The Trappist.

                      Adesso's late night free food is the last hour before closing, so if the hours haven't changed it's after 10:30 Mon.-Wed. and after 11 Thurs.-Sat.

                2. Thank you all for the recs. I'll report back to you and let you know what / where...