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plumtart Sep 30, 2009 11:10 AM

Just getting into th city for the first time in a while and starving.

Can someone please give us some recomendations on must eats for a moment like this?

Our budgets are flexible, our minds are open and our stomachs are achingly empty. We want a surefire hit and a bit of adventure.
Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.


  1. Robert Lauriston Sep 30, 2009 11:51 AM

    Oh yeah--this is San Francisco. Right now, there are dim sum carts on the move.


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      pauliface Sep 30, 2009 11:29 AM

      First time in the city?

      I say get exploring and eat outside.

      Go to 14th and Castro, Courtney's corner store. Get a couple of their fantastic sandwiches, some green salad and/or potato salad and/or applesauce and/or other tasty little salad. They have other picnic materials too, dried fruit and nuts, hardboiled eggs, tasty juices.

      Then drive to the northwest corner of the city, and picnic at the ruins of the sutro baths, or ocean beach, both located near the cliff house (where you should not eat).

      You can also do your picnic in golden gate park.

      Cold out, you say? This is SF. Just make believe it's warm.


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      1. re: pauliface
        Robert Lauriston Sep 30, 2009 11:41 AM

        If you want to picnic, Dolores Park is probably warmer than the west side of town. Bi-Rite, a block away, has some of the best takeout in town.

        Bi-Rite Market
        3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          plumtart Sep 30, 2009 12:22 PM

          My dining partner is aching for a taco so we're going to hit Farolito and then Bi Rite, hopefully I'll catch one of those dim sum carts as that's more my craving. Is Tartine still good? Am wanting for something delicious and chocolatey...

          Thinking about Nopa tonight and maybe Zuni for lunch on Friday.

          Thanks again so much for allll the recs.

          Now, to eat!

          1. re: plumtart
            Robert Lauriston Sep 30, 2009 12:32 PM

            Tartine hasn't changed.

            Big Lantern is nearby and has dim sum.

            Big Lantern Restaurant
            3170 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              Cicely Oct 8, 2009 12:38 AM

              Isn't there a new menu? Someone described it as "generic American": http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6540....

              1. re: Cicely
                Robert Lauriston Oct 8, 2009 08:14 AM

                That's Bar Tartine. Given the context, I assume plumtart was asking about Tartine Bakery & Cafe.

      2. Robert Lauriston Sep 30, 2009 11:23 AM

        A16, Zuni, Perbacco, Bar Bambino, Kokkari

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          Robert Lauriston Sep 30, 2009 11:37 AM


          Zuni Cafe
          1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Kokkari Estiatorio
          200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111

          2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

          Bar Bambino
          2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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          sfbing Sep 30, 2009 11:21 AM

          Porridge and fixings at Lers Ros thai
          Chicken pho at turtle tower.
          All you can eat buffet at Sultan.
          Dim sum at Hong Kong Lounge (I like their duck jaws.)

          Turtle Tower Restaurant
          631 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

          340 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          Lers Ros Thai
          730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

          Hong Kong Lounge
          5322 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94121

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          1. re: sfbing
            Robert Lauriston Sep 30, 2009 11:36 AM

            Oh yeah, Lers Ros, another excellent lunch spot.

            Also Burmese Kitchen, which closes at 8pm.

            Memphis Minnie's for BBQ.

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

            Memphis Minnie's BBQ
            576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          2. singleguychef Sep 30, 2009 11:21 AM

            Wow, that's a really open question. It would help to know why you're in the city, which neighborhood you're probably heading to, and what type of food you really love because the city offers so many interesting potentially fun lunches.

            If I wanted just a sandwich, then I would head to the Sentinel in SOMA just because I don't get to go there too often on a weekday and Dennis Leary does fancy sandwiches well (and soup).

            If I was in Chinatown, I would go to Bund Shanghai just for the interesting Northern Chinese pastries and noodle soups.

            If I wanted something relaxing and elegant, I might try Luce or St. Regis for the fine dining rooms with beautiful food.

            If I wanted pizza, which is the latest craze, I would try Flour + Water (although I don't know if they're open for lunch) or try that new pizza joint in North Beach (the name escapes me).

            See what I mean about the possibilities? ;-)

            Luce - InterContinental San Francisco Hotel
            888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

            The Sentinel
            55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

            Bund Shanghai
            640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA

            Flour + Water
            2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            1. re: singleguychef
              Robert Lauriston Sep 30, 2009 11:34 AM

              Note that Sentinel (1) has a line and (2) is just a takeout window.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                JasmineG Sep 30, 2009 11:42 AM

                Not many places don't have a line at lunchtime. I've never stood in The Sentinel's line longer than 3 or so minutes.

                1. re: JasmineG
                  Robert Lauriston Sep 30, 2009 11:48 AM

                  I just mentioned that because of the "right now" request. Standing in line looking at food drives me nuts if I'm starving.

                  1. re: JasmineG
                    Leadbelly Sep 30, 2009 01:03 PM

                    A wait to order in Sentinel's line can sometimes take longer than three minutes, but it is not "just a takeout window,"--although there is nowhere to sit down, it is a pleasant little space, the people and the bustle are fun, and your food will often be ready in less than five minutes. The food is definitely worth the small wait, and you can take your food over to the steps at Market and Montgomery, down to Yerba Buena, or to the public spaces on Mission east of 2nd Street. Every out-of-towner I have taken here has loved it.

                2. re: singleguychef
                  Cicely Oct 8, 2009 12:35 AM

                  I believe that place in North Beach is Tony's Pizza Napoletana. A recent thread indicates that it's not destination dining: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/656357

                  Love Delfina pizza.

                  Pizzeria Delfina
                  3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                  Pizzeria Delfina
                  2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

                  1. re: Cicely
                    goingoutagain Oct 8, 2009 09:16 PM

                    I completely disagree about Tony's not being destination-worthy. Their truffle pizza is incredible. (Most expensive thing on the menu.) And he is a pizza artist, worth talking to.

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