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Sep 11, 2009 09:04 AM

Enjoyed Range, Canteen, Slanted Door last time…

I was wondering what places in the same kind of not-quite-super-expensive price range anyone might suggest now. Last time I was also steered towards Ame, Coco 500, Foreign Cinema, Delfina’s and Zuni but couldn't go. Still good choices? Good mixology is appreciated. Speaking of which, how is the food at Alembic?

Last time I was floored by the goat-cheese pasta at Range. Is that still on the menu? I’m not averse to doing a repeat if Range is still great.


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  1. If its good mixology (and good food) you want, you may be interested in Slow Club/Beretta/Nopa. If its good pasta you want, you may want to try Antica Trattoria, which, IMO is under-appreciated compared to its true worth.

    Antica Trattoria
    2400 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    Slow Club
    2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: bong

      The cocktails at Beretta are one of a kind. I'd go there for cocktails over Nopa and Slow Club. However, the restaurant is not very big and it gets very very crowded so that it gets loud and packed with a trendy crowd. If you can get there early enough (6 pm?) then you can sit at the bar and try the Mother Teresa, which might not be on their drink menu but you can ask for it anyway. It is a delicious drink made with orgeat. The saffron risotto was also excellent, but I was underwhelmed with the pizzas. Perhaps you can head to Range after since they do change their menu regularly so that they might have new items. I love Range too and have rarely been disappointed except for once with a softshell crab appetizer.

      1. re: bong

        Speaking of under appreciated, I still like Serpentine - sister of the slow club, but one sister's always a little nicer than the other! One of their cocktails - the one with the absinthe, honey, whiskey, and rosemary is excellent.

        2495 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

      2. Nice, thanks for the ideas. This is for Sunday and Monday nights, so hopefully crowds won't be an issue. Mixology is not paramount for dinner, more of a tie-breaker.

        (Saturday night I think we're just going to hit some Mexican place.)

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        1. re: Alcachofa

          Would strongly recommend Foreign Cinema for Sunday Brunch, and then Delfina for dinner.

          The food at Alembic is quite good indeed, although it still feels more like a bar than a restaurant, and can get very crowded and noisy.

          1. re: vulber

            Just got a rec from a non-hound for Bix. Looks like the reviews are very mixed, considering the price point. (i.e., food may not be bad but probably overpriced)

        2. Oh well, I ended up at Range Sunday night, because it was one of the few options available on Sunday. Not that there was anything wrong with that! The goat cheese pasta is back on the menu! (I wonder if the chef saw my post ;-)), and I had a very delicious cod entree, with lime, basil, and beans. Very good. Mrs. Alcachofa had some salmon with chantrelles and leeks which she claims was the best salmon she's ever had.

          Monday, we ended up at Zare at the Fly Trap, which was recommended by another hound. WOW that place was good. And, bonus, the bartending craft is truly well above par here. Food was phenomenal, not a clunker in the bunch, though we did just order appetizers and sides, did not try the entrees.

          Still have Delfina on my list for next time!

          We also ate breakfast at Zazie, not far from Golden Gate Park (Cole Valley?), VERY good gingerbread pancakes with lemon curd spread. Mrs. A ordered a sandwich of mixed greens, roasted tomatoes, bacon and goat cheese, with the roast chicken add-on. Delicious on very yummy bread.

          And we did have the cheese plate at The Alembic, along with a couple cocktails. Good cheese.

          Breakfast on the way out of town (headed up to Sonoma) was at Ella's on Presidio Ave. Also a very good breakfast. Still, Zazie was amazing, so it is hard to compete with that.

          Picture 1 is the sandwich at Zazi, Pic 2 is the Cod from Range, and Pic 3 is the Salmon from Range.

          Zare at Fly Trap
          606 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

          941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

          1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117