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Regional American cuisines in SF and Bay Area

Robert Lauriston Oct 18, 2009 10:59 AM

I guess we have a few gems.

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    ML8000 Oct 18, 2009 02:22 PM

    The Mission burrito is regional as is Cal-Mex food. Also, California-West Coast Cantonese cuisine could be added although you get into the Chop Suey vs. more modern HK-ish Cantonese food.

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      abstractpoet Oct 18, 2009 01:51 PM

      I suppose you could list Saul's (Berkeley) as a New York style Jewish deli, though obviously it's not traditional and reports are mixed, to say the least. Anyone have a better recommendation for that type of thing?

      Edit: I see that bbulkow and I were thinking along the same lines...

      1. Robert Lauriston Oct 18, 2009 01:29 PM

        How could I forget?

        Chicago deep-dish pizza: Little Star, Patxi's

        Chicago "stuffed" deep-dish pizza: Zachary's (Berkeley) (I don't like it myself)

        Chicago beef sandwich and/or hot dogs: Da Beef, Chicago Blues (San Leandro), Fleming's Chicago-Style Deli (Vacaville), West Side Cafe (Vallejo)

        Philadelphia cheesesteak:


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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          bbulkow Oct 18, 2009 01:48 PM

          I think the cheese steak shop is the only good cheese steak in SF
          but there are one or two in that search query I haven't been to.

          What about NY style pizza? Delis?

          1. re: bbulkow
            Robert Lauriston Oct 18, 2009 01:53 PM

            There are no great delis. Miller's East Coast West is probably the closest thing.

            There are lots of topics specific to NY-style pizza, here are a couple of recent ones with lots of posts:


            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              daveena Oct 19, 2009 07:23 PM

              The Refuge in San Carlos isn't a deli, but it does have a pretty great pastrami sandwich.

        2. Robert Lauriston Oct 18, 2009 10:59 AM

          All in SF except as noted:

          barbecue: Memphis Minnie's, Uncle Willie's (Oakland)

          New England seafood: Old Port Lobster Shack (Redwood City), Woodhouse Fish Company

          Cajun / Creole: Angeline's (Berkeley), Brenda's French Soul Food, Elite Cafe, Town Hall, Yat's

          soul food: 1300 on Fillmore, Farmer Brown, Front Porch, Hard Knox, Little Skillet, Nellie's (Oakland), Pican (Oakland)

          Southwestern: Green Chile Kitchen, Left at Albuquerque

          Hawaiian: Eva's, Hawaiian Drive In, Hukilau, L&L, Templebar (Berkeley)

          old-school San Francisco seafood: Tadich Grill, Sam's Grill

          old-school North Beach Italian: Capp's Corner, Sodini's Green Valley

          Tex-Mex: not available?

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            vinchar Oct 19, 2009 12:25 PM

            I would add Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay to the list for New England seafood. Also, Giordano Bros. in North Beach does the Pittsburgh-style Primanti Brothers sandwich well, and I have read good things about the Chicago-style dogs at the Da Beef cart on Folsom and 7th in SF.

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