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one hungry night in SF

A friend and I are will be in the city Sunday & Monday to explore the Academy of Science Museum. We both enjoy great food but are on somewhat of a budget. We'll lunch at the Museum but wonder about tasty, healthy/fresh "honest" (not pretentious nor fru-fru) food for our Sunday supper. My companion is not extremely adventurous with food (no Burmese, no Vietnamese, no Ethiopian) but is open to Italian, seafood, so-called modern American food, maybe Greek. Any ideas?

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  1. Where are you staying near? Near the Academy is Park Chow at 9th/Lincoln. Not fru-fru, reasonably priced, very good food,honest.

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    1. re: ML8000

      We're actually splurging (my friend's idea!) and staying at the Fairmont. We have a car and could taxi to the right place. thanks.

    2. Please be specific about the budget - "somewhat of a budget" has recently ranged from $10/pp, $20/pp, $40/pp from different posters - and specify inclusion of tax, tip, and how much alcohol (if any).

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      1. re: bbulkow

        "somewhat of a budget" to us means $20-25 b4 tax & tip....alcohol will probably consist of a glass of wine or a singular martini (also not included in the $20). Neither of us dine out much in our home town so an entree at $20 seems a splurge.
        thanks again.

      2. You must try at least once -- delectable and cheap chicken prepared in Vietnamese style. This place is a hole in the wall -- but the food is so yummy and really cheap -- under $10 for a whole mess of chicken and side dishes. All of it very familiar for your non-adventurous friend -- but still Asian enough to be interesting for you. The owner cooks your order while you watch fro the counter. California and Polk

        Cordon Bleu Vietnamese Restaurant
        1574 California St
        San Francisco, CA 94109
        (415) 673-5637‎

        1. You might consider Tadich Grill. It is the City's oldest restaurant. Great straighfoward seafood, large portions, best sourdough in the city, fantastic martinis, and you will have definitely felt like you dined in San Francisco. Oh, and a short cab ride from your hotel.

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          Tadich Grill
          240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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          1. re: Civil Bear

            I've always wanted to try Tadich Grill but see that it's closed on Sunday! Anything similar that might be open? Thanks!

            1. re: deltagirl

              I don't know if they're open on Sunday but you might check out Sam's Grill, also an old school, long time establishment. Also right there is Belden Lane which gives you several options in one place, in a similar price range.

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              Sam's Grill & Sea Food Restaurant
              374 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104

              1. re: ML8000

                Belden Place restaurants

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                Belden Place
                44 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

                1. re: ML8000

                  Tadich is closed on Sundays.

                  Sam's is closed both on Saturday and Sunday.

            2. So you know, my pal and I ended up going to Amarena at Larkin x Green. Excellent risotto with perfectly cooked shrimp & clams. As good as the food was the atmosphere and staff. The wait staff were perfectly professional, sweetly warm and most charming. It was a stellar dining experience.

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              1. re: deltagirl

                Thanks for reporting back.

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                Amarena Restaurant
                2162 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109