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Dinner before Wicked at the Orpheum?

kdkrone Sep 24, 2009 07:14 AM

It has been forever since we have been in SF to eat. I have read the threads that came up with "Wicked" and "Orpheum", so I am aware of the Zuni and Heaven's Dog recommendations. Does anyone have any other suggestions? We are a group of 6 omnivores...!

Ken K

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    Brandon Nelson Sep 24, 2009 08:30 AM

    There is a pretty rich and varied selection of choices near union square. Is budget any sort of consideration?

    BTW, the show is awesome! Have a great time.

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      rworange Sep 27, 2009 12:54 AM

      Do you have any names of restaurants you like to narrow it down and help the OP?

      Ken, have you gone yet?

      Since you mention you are omnivores, I'm going to mention a place high on my to try list. It is Brazilian which means meat, meat, meat ... and caipirinhas. I've been reading good things about Bossa Nova and it is only a few blocks from the theatre.

      Have any Chowhounds tried it?

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        Robert Lauriston Sep 27, 2009 11:21 AM

        Bossa Nova's good but go when you're in no particular hurry.


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      PYTHONCHARLY Sep 24, 2009 08:36 AM

      Stay away from Michale Mina's at the Westin St Francis, really overrated, lousy food.

      Morton's always has a good steak, and a really fun place with good food is Scala's nearby.

      Hope i spelled that correctly.

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        kdkrone Sep 24, 2009 08:42 AM

        Thanks. I hadn't heard of Scala's. I used to work in SF in the late 80's and traveled there frequently into the early 2000's, but then college tuition for two kids hit us, so we have not traveled in a while!

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        bobpantzer Sep 24, 2009 08:45 AM

        Fish and Farm is not that far away and is excellent and also reasonably priced.

        Absinthe is also terric and may be a bit closer.

        Hayes Street Grill is always reliable.

        1. Robert Lauriston Sep 24, 2009 01:05 PM

          Burmese Kitchen (formerly Larkin Express).

          I think some people are confusing the Orpheum, which is at 8th and Market, the east end of the Civic Center area, with the Curran, which is near Union Square.

          Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
          452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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            bobpantzer Sep 24, 2009 02:57 PM

            Robert is right, Scala's, Morton's and Michael Mina are all quite a hike to the Orpheum.

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              PYTHONCHARLY Sep 27, 2009 04:26 AM

              OH YES, SORRY.

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            lannanh Sep 28, 2009 09:03 PM

            We went to Miss Saigon before Wicked. Very reasonably priced, good food and close to the theater. I highly recommend the Crispy Fried Rice, I can't find it on their menu but believe me, it's absolutely delicious. The place isn't high on ambiance but if you're not out to be seen in a scene then it'll do you good.

            Miss Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
            100 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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              vnchile Sep 28, 2009 09:18 PM

              I went to Cav Wine Bar before Wicked - it was delicious! And then it's just a short walk down to the theatre.

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                Robert Lauriston Sep 29, 2009 10:52 AM

                It's about a mile.

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                  ucmewin Sep 29, 2009 02:57 PM

                  We went to Zuni right before seeing Wicked and it is only about a ten minute walk from Zuni to the Orpheum. You can even eat in the bar if you like.

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                    vnchile Sep 29, 2009 10:10 PM

                    It's only about 1/2 mile and it only took me about 10 minutes from Cav and I wore heels!

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                vulber Sep 29, 2009 11:45 PM

                Would anyone change/add/subtract anything if the question was about lunch before Wicked?

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                  Cecelia Sep 29, 2009 11:54 PM

                  Zuni includes the hamburger on their menu only at lunch. That addition would makes Zuni my luncheon choice.

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                    Robert Lauriston Sep 30, 2009 01:09 PM

                    Cav doesn't open until 5.

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