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Downtown SF "Meat and Potatoes"?

A dear friend who can't help that he's an Iowa boy through and through is headed to SF next week for a meeting...and asked for restaurant recommendations. He prefers within easy walking or transit distance of Union Square, and, well, he doesn't want seafood. He's not really into ethnic, although he'd certainly go for a good Italian place and possibly Chinese...mid-price level is probably best....Hounds?

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  1. How about Tadich Grill or Sam's Grill. You can get a decent steak at either place and a few other things. Each has its charm. Even safer would be Kuleto's, it's Italian but you can also get a steak. I ate there 5 years ago and nothing was bad, no one was offended but I don't recall what I had.

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    Tadich Grill
    240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Kuleto's
    221 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

    1. Chez Papa Resto is reasonably close to Union Square. Good steak and fries French bistro style. Best Italian in the Financial District: Perbacco. Both are really good. Neither is over-the-top expensive.

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      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Chez Papa Resto
      4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

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      1. re: nocharge

        Here is one more thought: Scala's Bistro. It's not as good as Chez Papa Resto or Perbacco, but it's really close to Union Square and it's open late. Could do in a pinch. The chef of Perbacco used to be the chef there.

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        Perbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Scala's Bistro
        432 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

        Chez Papa Resto
        4 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103

      2. Try Fino, a small Italian restaurant in the Andrews Hotel, 2 blocks west of Union Square on Post Street.

        http://finoristorante.com/

        1. John's Grill... the meat version of Sam's and Tadich. Old-school atmosphere, grilled steaks, lamb chops, etc. Plus the association with the Maltese Falcon and Dashiell Hammett.

          Susan

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          John's Grill
          63 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

            1. re: saffrongold

              This was my first thought too. He'd really get a kick out of this place, I think.