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Any restaurants that do an especially good job with squid?

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chocolatetartguy Mar 8, 2010 02:54 PM

Any cuisine, any ethnicity. They just have to prepare squid particularly well. San Francisco or nearby preferred.

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    DavidT Mar 8, 2010 03:12 PM

    Do a "Search this board" search for calamari. This subject has been discussed within the past 3-6 months. Delfina, Yuet Lee and Duarte's (in Pecsadero) have been recommended on past squid/calamari threads.

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      wolfe Mar 8, 2010 03:18 PM

      Pick your poisson. I know but it's not as punny with pick your cephalopod.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/655892
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641858

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        DavidT Mar 8, 2010 03:43 PM

        Another recent calamari discussion:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/19883

    2. JasmineG Mar 8, 2010 03:27 PM

      Pizzaiolo in Oakland sometimes has a great appetizer of it roasted in the wood oven, and sometimes on a pizza. Very good.

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        wolfe Mar 8, 2010 03:36 PM

        Previous calamari pizza sightings.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/607503

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          The Dive Mar 8, 2010 04:10 PM

          I love, love, love the squid pizza at Pizzaiola.

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            Robert Lauriston Mar 8, 2010 04:18 PM

            Only problem with Pizzaiolo is that you never know what will be on the day's menu, so best to check the Web site before going over hungry for squid.

            http://www.pizzaiolooakland.com/menu/

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            felice Mar 15, 2010 11:00 PM

            Squid pizza is in season right now I think.

          3. Robert Lauriston Mar 8, 2010 04:00 PM

            I had some of the best squid I've had in a long time at Barbacco the other night.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/691978

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              Mr_Happy Mar 8, 2010 06:11 PM

              Delfina (mentioned above) has a great grilled squid on white beans appetizer.

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                DavidT Mar 9, 2010 08:00 AM

                Milano (on Pacific in SF) does a nice grilled squid on white beans as well.

              2. Euonymous Mar 8, 2010 06:16 PM

                Yuet Lee does a really good version of salt and pepper squid. I recommend it highly. Incanto and La Ciccia also have some delicious grilled squid on the menu once in a while.

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                  Robert Lauriston Mar 8, 2010 06:19 PM

                  Yuet Lee's has made my definitive salt and pepper squid for maybe 30 years. Once in a while it will be pedestrian, I don't know if that's due to a chef change or whatever. I think last time I was there it was spot on.

                2. BernalKC Mar 8, 2010 08:45 PM

                  The grilled squid I had a Contigo was memorable. Outstanding. But I don't see it on their current menu.

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                    Joan Kureczka Mar 9, 2010 08:56 AM

                    I agree -- had it in mid February, and it was the only thing we ate that evening that was memorable.

                    I also particularly like the grilled squid at Coco500 when it's on the menu.

                  2. The Dive Mar 9, 2010 09:21 AM

                    One of my favorites was a stuffed grilled squid appetizer at Oliveto. They tend to always do a good job with squid when on the menu, either as appetizers or pastas (also squid ink!). Also, I like the grilled squid with pesto and beans at Sea Salt.

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                      OldTimer Mar 9, 2010 09:44 AM

                      Boca Steakhouse in Ignacio (Novato) has excellent fried calamari appetizer. Generous serving and reasonably priced...with good aoli. Many places overcook, or cook in lukewarm oil. There are a few secrets that make some places stand out.

                      1. farmersdaughter Mar 9, 2010 10:06 AM

                        Frances has an outstanding grilled calamari appetizer. The squid we had there had a perfect texture, tender with just a little bit of bounce.

                        I also like the seafood salad at La Ciccia, which contains a lot of squid, plus mussels and other seafood, in a lemon and olive oil dressing. Simple, but very satisfying. I always feel like I'm in Italy when I have that salad.

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                          DavidT Mar 9, 2010 10:27 AM

                          I had a good fried calamari appetizer not too long ago at Tommaso's. It was served with a small bowl of their warm marinara sauce, very old-school and very tasty.

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                            vulber Mar 9, 2010 06:42 PM

                            Osteria Stellina has an AMAZING braised octopus soup, which, while it's not squid, is similar

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                              aimsterk Mar 16, 2010 12:39 AM

                              Coco 500 has an excellent grilled squid dish! Super tender, fresh, a little olive oil, black olives and citrus.

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