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Noe Valley lunch weekday

We are visiting from North Carolina with a 3 year-old this week, and my brother just closed on a house on 22nd street and Castro. I was interested in Delfina for lunch. Wondering if there were any other suggestions for lunch in Noe? Is Dlefina a good pick? thanks

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  1. These appear to be Delfina's hours.
    Delfina Restaurant
    Mon-Thu 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Fri-Sat 5:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Sun 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
    Pizzeria Delfina
    3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
    Mon 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Tue-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Fri 11:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Sat 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Sun 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

    1. Delfina isn't in Noe Valley, but their pizzeria is a fine place for lunch.

      Nearby in the Castro, you might try Kasa (Indian fast food on 18th) or Thorough Bread (Church and 15th for baked goods, patio, sandwiches, and pastries).

      Generally Noe doesn't have great food, although it is friendly enough for 3 year olds.

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      1. re: Windy

        I'm starting to get the idea that Noe is pretty run of the mill. Delfina appears to close by. Really would have liked to try Incanto, but no lunch. Thanks for the heads up everyone. If my brother makes us stay in Noe then I will suggest Le Zinc.

        1. re: samanh

          La Ciccia (Sardinian) is amazing, but also not open for lunch.

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          La Ciccia
          291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

      2. On a nice day salads and the cheese platter out on the patio at Le Zinc in Noe is very nice.

        1. Surprised no one has mentioned Lovejoy's

          1. Fattoush is a family favorite. Highly recommended if you like Middle Eastern / Lebanese.

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            Fattoush Restaurant
            1361 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

            1. Hamano Sushi is another option closer to your location. A trusted foodie friend swears by their sushi. (I'm surprised that searching yields no other mentions of this place?)

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              Hamano Sushi
              1332 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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              1. re: BernalKC

                I've been a long time customer of Hamano but I have to say their lunch is pretty lame. Limited menu and pre-cut fish. Dinner is good, especially if you sit at the bar and order specials. The ambiance in the back room is a bit on the sterile side.

              2. Other places open for lunch: Pasta Gina, Mi LIna Yucatan, Eric''s, Pomelo, Toast, Henry's Hunan. Some better than others. Some others will need to weigh in. I've eaten at some, but at other locations.

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                1. re: rworange

                  Eric's (and Alice's) pales in comparison to Henry's Hunan just down the street. Toast has decent chow and may be a good place if you're taking a 3-year old. Pasta Gina doesn't really have many places to sit - it's primarily a gourmet food shop.

                  Personally I would try for Pastores, which is pretty close by on Mission. If it turns out to be closed you can always hit Toast or Pomelo or any of these other places along Mission:

                  Inka's
                  Lotus Garden
                  Balompie #3
                  Good Frikin' Chicken

                  1. re: rworange

                    Pasta Gina is takeout. Mi Lindo Yucatan has closed. Eric's is just plain bad.

                    I love Henry's Hunan, but it's out at 29th and Church, not that close to 22nd.

                    I do agree with bigwheel's list below--the strip along Mission has many better options. However they are not that close to 22nd unless you have a car or time for a stroll. Balompie in particular is at least a mile, probably farther.

                    1. re: Windy

                      Right, I'm assuming a car is in the mix. Otherwise Delfina is not very accessible either, especially given the elevation change.

                    2. re: rworange

                      Pomelo is an excellent neighborhood dining spot. We eat there occasionally and also occasionally get takeout. My husband likes a Cuban style skirt steak, and I usually get Otsu, a tofu and soba noodle dish. Reliable and consistent, if not spectacular food, and not a destination restaurant by any means.