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Nov 13, 2009 10:24 AM

Must have's in San Francisco...not the usual though..

I've been doing my research and have come across the countless other must have's in san fran....anything else that may be a bit unmentioned or under the radar? Maybe a personal favorite?

We'll be there the day before Thanksgiving and going home Sunday morning. Just looking for food advice (or any advice really) that will make the time spent there more enjoyable. Appreciate it!

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  1. Can you be more specific? What kind of "must have's" are you looking for? It might help to have some kind of idea of what you've already found?

    1. Hankstramm's secret favorite dim sum place.

      1. Where do you live? Dim sum's a must for most visitors but not if you're coming from, say, Vancouver.

        People are so food-obsessed here that there's not much under the radar, but if I'd been away for a while some of the dishes at the top of my list would be:

        Tea leaf salad at Burmese Kitchen.

        Pasta with bottarga and any lamb dish at La Ciccia.

        Ahmohk at Angkor Borei.

        Taco al pastor at Taqueria San Jose.

        Pork leg stew, bamboo shoots, and fish paste fried rice at Thai House Express.

        The "Classic" at Little Star Pizza.

        Almost anything at Lers Ros, Jai Yun, Poc-Chuc.

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

        Angkor-Borei Restaurant
        3471 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Jai Yun
        680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

        Taqueria San Jose
        2830 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Thai House Express
        901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        Little Star Pizza
        846 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

        Little Star Pizza Valencia
        400 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        Poc Chuc
        2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        Lers Ros Thai
        730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Sorry, I should have been more specific..

          I'm coming from San Diego. Actually, you're probably right...scratch that under the radar talk.

          Things I really like and must have. Overall, I'd like to keep most meals relatively cheap say 25-30 per person.

          -Sushi - hopefully staying under 75 a person for a decent omakase. Any place that has deals on rolls would be appreciated also.

          -Dim Sum - ya know, I've never really Dim Sum but would LOVE to start with the best SF has to offer.

          -Seafood - I'm a seafood fanatic. Any great seafood places...from the hole in the wall on up. Dungeness crab is good. Any quick shops to get some seafood soups, etc.

          -Chinese - simply can't get good chinese in san diego and I need something to remind me of the good old days back in NYC. wheres the best most authentic stuff?

          -Any other specialities San Francisco may have to offer.

        2. Flushing Chinese vs SF

          Best Chinese, not dim sum

          dim sum

          best seafood


          Mochica for tiraditos and other Peruvian specialties.

          Poc-Chuc for Yucatecan.

          937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107