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May 16, 2010 01:27 PM

Inner Richmond Favorites?

Hey all -

We've just moved to the Inner Rchmond, and have started exploring the area a little more. Dinner the other night at Halu, pretty good (though pretty uneven service-wise). We've also tried a couple of the Korean places on Geary, a meal at Spices on 8th and Clement, Mandalay's always been a favorite . . .

Pretty overwhelming, the number of options in this area. There's a good number of Chowhound threads to pull from, but just wanted to see if I can get a fresh overview! Any favorites in the area? Either destination-worthy, or places good for a quick, cheap bite?


312 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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  1. On a recent trip to SF, we had dim sum three times at House of Banquet on Clement and liked it very much.

    House of Banquet
    939 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

      1. re: wolfe

        Aziza is Outer Richmond, but phenomenal, as is Shabu House.

        Chapeau! is also stellar

        I was actually thinking the other day how the Richmond has some of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco

        Shabu House
        5158 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

        1. re: vulber

          When you are coming from Berkeley everything east of the Farallons is the inner Richmond. Thank you windy and vulber for the correction.

        2. Spices is a good place to start.

          There's a branch of Pagan at Clement and 8th for Burmese food. Their $9.95 lunch buffet is a great deal. Charming food store on California and 9th with Blue Bottle coffee.

          I like several of the places on Balboa including Muguboka (5th?) and Namu (6th?); Okina sushi on Arguello is tiny, inexpensive, and wonderful, the few nights a week they're open.

          Of course Chapeau for a special occasion, or just a great meal.

          The Outer Richmond isn't far. As wolfe mentions, Aziza is there, but so is La Vie (Vietnamese), John Campbell's Irish Bakery, New World Market, Shanghai House, and many others.

          Please do report back on what you find.

          John Campbell's Irish Bakery
          5625 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

          Muguboka Restaurant
          401 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118

          439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

          Shanghai House
          3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

          New World Market
          5641 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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          1. re: Windy

            I also forgot to mention Khan Toke. The food is just OK (save for the fried banana dessert, which is exceptional), but it's a great experience where you can feel removed from city life for a few hours, as they make you take off your shoes and you're seated in a room with a gorgeous wooden interior.

            1. re: vulber

              Oh, and the place I forgot to mention is Tawan's Thai. Tiny friendly family-run operation on Geary.

          2. There are some great eclectic Gems in the Inner Richmond. Try B Star a familial offshoot of Burma Superstar that is an Inner Richmond (and truly San Francisco) nouveau staple. Also, for an authentic and delicious french Bistro experience, you must try Clementine at 2nd and Clement. There's a good start and when you are ready to hit some of the more adventurous spots in the Inner Richmond, let me know!

            Burma Superstar Restaurant
            309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

            B Star Bar
            127 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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              1. I don't think there's much distance between the inner and outer Richmond commerce-wise. Except for the area around the Balboa Theater and 32nd/Clement, there's not much in the outer Richmond past 28th Ave on Geary. To me that's basically Arguello to 28th. The only difference is zip code.

                I remember: Giorgio's Pizza, Gaspare's (Italian), Gordo's (taqueria), Buffalo Burger (fish and chips), House of Bagels, Joe's Ice Cream, Kirin, Dragon River, Han Il Kwan, Bill's Place, all those Russian delis.

                The biggest secret about the Inner Richmond is that it's not very far from the inner Sunset (9th/Irving), an easy bike ride...or plenty of FREE and easy parking in the park during the evening. Going to Park Chow is as easy as any other place and definitely easier if you're in a car.

                Park Chow
                1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

                Dragon River
                5045 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                Joe's Ice Cream
                5420 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

                Bill's Place
                2315 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                Buffalo Burger Restaurant
                5317 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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                1. re: ML8000

                  ML8000 - that's a good list. i also think Oyaji on 32nd / Clement is worth the trek out a few more blocks.

                  Also Kabuto is very good. People don't talk about it as much as they used to, but it still has some of the best sushi in SF.

                  There is also a fruit and vegetable market across the street from House of Bagels that has very fresh produce. It is a family-run store and the owner sources all of the produce himself.

                  Many of the take-out dim sum places on Clement aren't really that good. I've heard Tong Palace has very good dim sum on 10th / Clement, but I haven't been there.

                  Oyaji Restaurant
                  3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                  Tong Palace
                  933 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118