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Just Moved to SF - Want Good Food

menuvore Apr 13, 2010 03:24 PM

I just moved to the SF area and am trying to find my way through the delicious San Francisco food/restaurant scene. I write reviews on specific dishes I try, not on the restaurants as a whole and am looking for the best pizza and cookies in town, any advice?

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    asdfasdf Apr 19, 2010 11:50 PM

    Thanks for the info, Robert.

    1. mariacarmen Apr 14, 2010 04:50 PM

      Gialina's is my favorite San Francisco pizza right now. East Bay is Pizzaiolo.

      2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

      5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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        DavidT Apr 13, 2010 06:45 PM

        It would be worth your while to take 15-20 minutes and use the "Search this board" feature for this discussion board. If you search for "pizza," you will likely find a couple of hundred or more useful comments and suggestions. Pizza gets discussed on this board OFTEN!

        I don't recall seeing many cookie-specific discussions, but start by doing a search for "bakeries" and see what you find.

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        1. re: DavidT
          menuvore Apr 13, 2010 11:46 PM

          Thanks to everyone, I got some good ideas for food to review on my website. Appreciate everyone's help!

        2. myst Apr 13, 2010 03:54 PM

          For cookies, Specialties is good if they are still hot (I like the chocolate/bran ones). Bay bread on Pine and Fillmore also has some tasty baked goods. Depends on whether you want finesse or a great big blog of chocolate and butter. I also like the coffee/toffee cookie at the cupcake shop in Emeryville.

          Teacake Bake Shop
          5615 Bay St, Emeryville, CA 94608

          Bay Bread
          2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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          1. re: myst
            Robert Lauriston Apr 13, 2010 04:04 PM

            Oh yeah, Bay Bread has some great French cookies, including first-rate macarons. They have branches all over town.


          2. Robert Lauriston Apr 13, 2010 03:51 PM

            A16's straight-up VPN-certified Neapolitan style. Vaguely similar to Delfina.

            L'Osteria has a great porcini pizza by the slice.

            Little Star is great for Chicago-style deep dish.

            Zante for Indian pizza by the slice.

            Pauline's, sui generis.

            Tommaso's, oldest pizzeria on the West Coast.

            Arinell, greasy Ray's-type NY junk-food slice.

            Pizzetta 211, super-thin crust.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              c91285 Apr 14, 2010 03:31 PM

              Little Star also has thin crust that, while they aren't known for it, is good.

              Little Star Cafe
              1536 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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              whiner Apr 13, 2010 03:42 PM


              L'Osteria del Forno

              Also worthy of note: A16, Delfina

              2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

              L'Osteria del Forno
              519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

              Delfina Restaurant
              3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              1. re: whiner
                menuvore Apr 13, 2010 03:44 PM

                Are there major differences between the these 3? What makes them good?

                1. re: menuvore
                  whiner Apr 13, 2010 04:53 PM

                  I would say L'Osteria del Forno has the best "traditional" pizza in the area. The porcini (white) and the salami are beyond sublime.

                  A16 has Neaploitan pizza -- doughy but burned crust. Very good, fewer options. Delfina is somewhere in between.

                  2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

                  L'Osteria del Forno
                  519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                  Delfina Restaurant
                  3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              2. Robert Lauriston Apr 13, 2010 03:29 PM

                What kind(s) of pizza do you like?

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  menuvore Apr 13, 2010 03:42 PM

                  I'm more of a thin crust with fresh tomato sauce kind of guy, but really enjoy most everything. I ate at Pizzeria Delfina the other day, thought the prosciutto was decent, liked the brocolli rabe one a lot.

                  1. re: menuvore
                    betterbeheaven Apr 13, 2010 03:48 PM

                    Emilia's in Berkeley has my absolute favorite pizza. The crust is wonderful, as is the fresh, faintly sweet tomato sauce.

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