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Oct 18, 2009 10:59 AM

Regional American cuisines in SF and Bay Area

I guess we have a few gems.

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  1. 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?

    1 Reply
    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      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.

    2. 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:

      3 Replies
      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        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

          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

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

      2. 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. 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.