Up for the long weekend SF
- kare_raisu Mar 10, 2010 12:00 PM
I am coming back up to SF and we will be based in the city/inner richmond and using public transportation for a good 4 days.
So far my food plans are:
> Jai Yun (Is there still the $9 lunch?)
> Quan Bac
> A Yucatec Joint (Is Poc chuc still in the lead?)
> Bocadillos (Maybe)
> Saturday Ferry Plaza
> Blue Bottle Coffee
I am open to criticism/ ideas on the above. Maybe an idea for Japantown? Updates on the Yucatec situation. Inexpensive Chinatown eats. Other Latin or Vietnamese ideas?
Thank you all
I don't think Vic's (in Berkeley) is very accessible by public transit.
Poc Chuc is indeed the Yucitan the leader, IMO. Great down-home cooking.
I love Tadich as an SF institution, but just don't be expected to be blown away by the food. That said, simple mesquite grilled offerings are still quite good, as is the cioppino.
You may want to look into a Peruvian meal while you are here. Inka's is a great lunch spot for rotisserie chicken, fried yucca. and empanadas.
Aren't you down in LA right now? I don't think our Japantown has much to offer over what you can get in LA.
A lot of people don't like Nopalito, but I like it a lot. I think of it as a still soulful Mexico DF interpretation of countryside cooking. Make sure to request a dish of hot salsa when your food arrives, and if you are going to want more tortillas, give yourself some lead time as they only make them to order.
I'm in San Diego. Good to know.
Yes, Nopalito is my #1 on the list - I missed it last time. A place that grinds their own masa and makes their own QF is my kind of place. I appreciate your tips. What do you recommend me and my girlfriend to order. I think were gonna have to get the carnitas...
The quesadilla roja with chicharrones is pretty good. Carnitas here are big braised chunks that just barely still hold together. They are in between crispy and soft, you can probably look around and spot some while you wait for your table to decide if you want them. The flavor is excellent.
The rest of the entrees are all pretty good, go with what you are in the mood for. A friend who has ordered the pescado a la talla liked it but I haven't ever had it. I'm partial to the pozole and the birria, but I've heard they're using leaner cuts of meat in them now due to popular demand.
One last tip: they have a call in wait list that's almost as good as having a reservation.
LA has better Japanese food and sushi in particular. In SF J-town the only thing I can think of that's different is Maki Restaurant which serves Wappameshi (like a heated bento). The teriyaki is also excellent with a housemade teri sauce which is excellent (best I've ever had)
For snacks and food curio/tourism, might check out the Russian delis in the Outer Richmond around 18th to 22nd Ave on Geary. Also a few Burmese places in the Inner Richmond, Pagan, Burma Superstar that might be worth trying if you haven't already.
I haven't been to B Star Bar (is that it?) but if you're there and don't have a plan could be worth it. Don't know how the Burmese is in LA but there's an explosion of sorts up here.
For Russian delis, use to live in epicenter of a lot delis but never "cracked" the code so to speak...just random purchases, never figured out the bakery stuff. The places that get mentioned besides New World are, Gastronome and European Foods.
For Russian, (it's not a deli), but I recommend Katia's. It's a mom & pop restaurant and last time I went the chef (mom) actually came over and sat down at our table and just conversed with us and was just completely delightful. Her Napoleon is amazing too.
As far as Burmese goes, BStar serves different things than Burma Superstar - so just something to be aware of - there are some similarities though. And i think Bstar has less of a wait. But one thing I have to recommend about Burma Superstar is their coconut curry chicken noodle - the on named I think "non pia" (sp?).. anyways it's with a flat flour rice nooodle and was delicious. (if you like coconut, curry, and spicy)...
I second Melanie on Kappou Gomi. I'm always recommending Kappou Gomi to any one who wants really good Japanese.
I adore Kappou Gomi on Geary, but can't tell you how this compares to Japanese food in SD. I liked Quan Bac and will go back, but it's not as special to me. More info if you click on the Places links. And for Chinese, no need to head to Chinatown since you're in the Richmond. I'm really high on Hakka Restaurant right now and there are scads of others.
5524 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
4401 Cabrillo St, San Francisco, CA 94121
4112 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
I loved the chowlunch at Hakka. Your girlfriend might enjoy some Sichuan food at Spices II or Panda Country Kitchen. I've just posted on dim sum at Golden River. Shanghai Dumpling King if you're in need of xiao long bao. Five Happiness has some delicious knife cut noodles and other dishes at modest prices in an antique setting.
291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118
Panda Country Kitchen
4737 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
Shanghai Dumpling King
3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
4142 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
5827 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
4401 Cabrillo St, San Francisco, CA 94121
For Jai Yun, last time I went a few months ago - the $9 lunch is still there.
Not sure how good your Spanish food is in San Diego, but I wasn't too impressed with Bocadillos. But also, I've been a bit harder to impress ever since I came back from Spain.