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nsheth May 16, 2010 01:27 PM

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?

Thanks!

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Halu
312 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

  1. c oliver May 16, 2010 02:02 PM

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

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4150...

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

    1. wolfe May 16, 2010 02:18 PM

      Aziza.
      http://www.aziza-sf.com/

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        vulber May 16, 2010 03:13 PM

        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

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        Shabu House
        5158 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

        1. re: vulber
          wolfe May 16, 2010 05:53 PM

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

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            artemis May 18, 2010 01:22 PM

            strong second for chapeau!

        2. Windy May 16, 2010 02:31 PM

          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.

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

          Muguboka Restaurant
          401 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118

          Namu
          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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            vulber May 16, 2010 09:07 PM

            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.

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              vulber May 16, 2010 09:11 PM

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

          2. exxtraswagger May 16, 2010 05:39 PM

            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!

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            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. re: exxtraswagger
              Windy May 16, 2010 06:27 PM

              Clementine is now Chapeau.

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                vulber May 16, 2010 09:08 PM

                Also, Chapeau is not bistro fare.

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                  exxtraswagger May 16, 2010 09:49 PM

                  thanks for the update..

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                ML8000 May 16, 2010 10:27 PM

                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.

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                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
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                  cornflower55 May 17, 2010 08:58 AM

                  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.

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                  Oyaji Restaurant
                  3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                  Tong Palace
                  933 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                2. monku May 16, 2010 10:38 PM

                  Taiwan on Clement for dumplings.
                  Wing Lee Bakery on Clement for good dim sum on the go.
                  China First on Clement for good Chinese seafood.
                  Boudin Bakery on 10th & Geary (Main Bakery)
                  Toy Boat on Clement for ice cream.

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                  China First
                  336 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                  Wing Lee Bakery
                  503 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                  1. monku May 16, 2010 10:41 PM

                    Kamei Restaurant Supply for kitchen and home gadgets, inexpensive and fun to browse.
                    507 Clement St

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                    Kamei Restaurant Supply
                    547 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

                    1. n
                      nsheth May 17, 2010 01:25 AM

                      Thanks all for the suggestions!

                      Some of these places, I've already been over the years, so looking for things I may have missed. Just to avoid duplication, places mentioned so far that I've been (plus a couple others, maybe bleeding into Outer Richmond) + quick thoughts -

                      Aziza (yes, not quite Inner Richmond, I'm trying to focus more on places that are walkable!) - been several times, though not recently, loved it.

                      Shabu House - only shabu shabu place I've tried in the area, like it.

                      Chapeau - haven't been in at least 3-4 years, been meaning to make it back!

                      Spices / Spices II - been to both, will definitely return

                      Khan Toke - been years ago, don't remember the food, but it was an interesting atmosphere, pretty cool decor

                      Namu - been a few times, loved a few dishes, hated others. Been meaning to try their burger, haven't made it yet, but should be easy now, being so close!

                      Sushi Bistro - "interesting" rolls, though I much prefer something more traditional. They're standard nigiri - massive pieces, a bit sloppy. Not something I need to rush back to.

                      Burma Superstar / B Star Bar - used to like Burma Superstar, at some point it just didn't stay worth the wait. Tried B Star Bar when it opened, was pretty disappointed. Perhaps worth another look, guessing the kinks have been worked out.

                      Mandalay - my standby for burmese in the city

                      Pagan - tried the location in outer richmond, didn't really standout to me. Is this location preferred?

                      Halu - just tried, liked it, good selection of yakitori, will probably return to try out the ramen, a few other dishes

                      My Tofu House - decent soon doobu

                      Brothers - fine for Korean bbq, not sure if I like it as much as it's hyped (but, haven't found great korean bbq in SF . . .)

                      Genki Ramen - ok ramen, a bunch of other random dishes to round out the meal, open late

                      Pizza Orgasmica - other locations do slices, this one doesn't . . . ok beers, good (bit a little overpriced) pizza, would be a decent place to watch a game

                      Ariake - good, not quite great sushi place

                      Creations - Hong Kong style dessert place, mostly fruit-based dishes. Quality can vary (things served aren't always in season), but generally pretty good place to get a dessert that feels "healthier"

                      Bill's Place - went long ago, had heard some hype about the burger, didn't find it to be anything destination-worthy

                      Probably enough of a starting list of where I've been, off the top of my head. Thanks for the recommendations, I've already got a few more places to check out here

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                      Spices II
                      291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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

                      My Tofu House
                      4627 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                      Namu
                      439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

                      Genki Ramen
                      3944 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                      Shabu House
                      5158 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                      Pizza Orgasmica
                      823 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                      Halu
                      312 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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

                      Burma Superstar
                      4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

                      Sushi Bistro
                      2809 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                      1. re: nsheth
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                        Keesey May 17, 2010 02:51 PM

                        Surprised no one has mentioned Tekka on Balboa and 6th. Truly a hidden gem in the Richmond. Homestyle Japanese cooking with huuuge slices of nigiri... so big I call them fish filets! And my friend calls them Hekka Tekka!

                        Only 2 seatings with about 12 seats per seating. First come first serve unless you reserve an omakase meal. Slightly flawed system because if there are Omakase diners, people waiting in line will automatically get bumped off even though they may have been waiting in line for awhile.

                        Other suggestions...
                        Good Luck Dim Sum for the best take-out dim sum options.
                        HK Lounge for one of the better dim sum places in the Richmond
                        Q - rustic home cooking
                        Singapore Malaysia Restaurant - love their flaky roti

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                        Good Luck Dim Sum
                        736 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                          nsheth Jun 7, 2010 12:19 AM

                          Just tried Singapore Malaysia. Their roti was indeed tasty, but things went rapidly downhill from there. Probably won't return anytime soon.

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                        Jeni Bean May 17, 2010 10:05 AM

                        The Richmond for upscale but low key dining! It was our go-to favorite for fancier/celebration meals. Great food, great wine list, great family owned place.

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                          Jeni Bean May 18, 2010 01:16 PM

                          Link

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                          The Richmond Restaurant
                          615 Balboa, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                          sfbing May 17, 2010 10:50 AM

                          Inner/Outer Richmond favorites not mentioned so far:

                          Panda Country Kitchen for Sichuan
                          Korean Village for Korean bbq (actual charcoal is a nice change)
                          Hong Kong Lounge (best dim sum in the city right now--but the crowds are getting insane)
                          Quan Bac (Vietnamese; probably best in the Richmond district)
                          Kappou Gomi (Japanese)

                          If cooking/eating at home:
                          Seafood Center generally has the highest quality seafood.

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                          Korean Village Restaurant
                          4609 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                          Panda Country Kitchen
                          4737 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                          Seafood Center
                          831 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

                          Hong Kong Lounge
                          5322 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94121

                          Kappou Gomi
                          5524 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

                          Quan Bac
                          4112 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                          1. re: sfbing
                            Pei May 17, 2010 06:59 PM

                            Ditto on HK Lounge and Panda Country Kitchen.

                            Royal Grounds across from HK Lounge has the best soy latte in the city. Consistently beautifully made, and often my hideout while waiting for a table at HK Lounge.

                            Tai Shan is a my husband's favorite bargain stop. I find it tasty but a more than a little on the salty side. This type of cuisine is hard to find, though, so it's worth a try if you like clay pot rice and Chinese salted meats and fish! And you can have a big dinner for under $10/pp.

                            Schubert's if you ever need a cake, especially their beautiful princess cake.

                            The cafe next door to Schubert's used to have good Taiwanese meatballs (Ba wan) but haven't for quite some time. Any recent reports? They also have other Taiwanese street foods, but I have not tried them.

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                            Panda Country Kitchen
                            4737 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                            Tai Shan Restaurant
                            2257 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA

                            1. re: Pei
                              felice May 25, 2010 11:51 PM

                              Thanks for the tip on ba wan, I've not seen them anywhere in SF before!

                              1. re: Pei
                                Melanie Wong May 26, 2010 12:04 AM

                                I think that's Sweet Delite, owned/operated by the sister of the owner of Irving Street's Wonderful Foods.

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                                Schubert's Bakery
                                521 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                                Sweet Delite Gourmet Foods Co
                                519 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

                              2. re: sfbing
                                DezzerSF Jun 8, 2010 09:10 AM

                                I've read elsewhere there were a few chef changes at Panda Country Kitchen. Any truth to this? Has the food quality suffered?

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                                Panda Country Kitchen
                                4737 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                                  sfbing Jun 8, 2010 10:35 AM

                                  I haven't been to PCK in about 9 months, so I have no recent info. Last time I went, the food was the most unabashedly Sichuan (read--plenty of peppercorns and chile and grease) of the places in the city (Spices, Z&Y).

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                                DavidT May 17, 2010 01:40 PM

                                Any feedback on Bella, the Italian restaurant on Geary & 3rd Avenue?

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                                  salome_st_john May 21, 2010 11:03 PM

                                  Do you mean Bella Trattoria? I haven't been there in years, altho when I went (twice) in the '90s it was wonderful. I still remember the wild boar dish I had (both times). I keep meaning to go back and see how it is now.

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                                    rotiprata Jul 6, 2010 06:41 PM

                                    Bella Trattoria was lovely when we visited a few months ago. The amuse bouche of polenta was warm and melt in the mouth tasty. Fresh pasta. Tiramisu moist and good. Ymmv soft bread (love it) with delicious olive oil dip (with sundried tomato).

                                    BTW, any opinions on the oldish La Bergerie near 6th across the street? Vietnamese French?

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                                      Pei Jul 6, 2010 07:32 PM

                                      Count me in as a new fan of Bella Trattoria. Had the sugo de salsiccia last week and absolutely loved every bite. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce boasted incredible depth of flavor and balance.

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                                    SFBelle May 17, 2010 02:00 PM

                                    What, no one has mentioned Tommy's on Geary for Mexican? Some of the best margaritas around.

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                                      vulber May 17, 2010 02:02 PM

                                      The posting was in regards to food, not drink. While I have heard great things about the margheritas at Tommy's, I haven't heard anything memorable about the food

                                      1. re: vulber
                                        Kazy Ctn May 17, 2010 02:24 PM

                                        If you ever eat there, order the carne asada plate (only thing worth getting)

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                                          nsheth May 17, 2010 03:02 PM

                                          Yup, I've been pretty disappointed with the food there. The tequila list is great though!

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                                        bigwheel042 May 17, 2010 05:59 PM

                                        To Hyang, 2nd and Geary. If you want Korean food but not necessarily barbecue, this is the place to go.

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                                        To Hyang
                                        3815 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                                          benv May 18, 2010 01:18 AM

                                          Assab on Geary and Collins for great Eritrean food. Had another good meal there a couple of days ago and it is still my favorite Eritrean/Ethiopian/African restaurant in the city.

                                          Aziza farther out on Geary is good of course, but I dont seem to like it as much as some others.

                                          Han Il Kwan on Balboa and 19th for Korean. Prefer it to the other popular ones on Geary and while the food is better it is also a bit cheaper and they give a lot of freebies.

                                          Katia's Russian Tea Room on Balboa and 5th for Russian. Good food and a good taste of Russian for one of the only ones in the city. The chef is very nice and always comes out on her down time to talk with the customers.

                                          Shanghai Dumpling King on Balboa is alright. I prefer my dumplings at Kingdom of Dumpling out in the Sunset and other places in the Richmond.

                                          Also, most of my favorite bakeries are located in the Richmond. John Campbell's for their offering called "Breakfast In Bed", Moscow & Tbilisi Bakery Store for some piroshki, almond horns, rose's, and cherbuka and Gastronome Deli and Bakery for their poppy-seed rolls, strudel, and the "Russian Cake". Gastronome's poppy-seed roll has to be one of my top 3 favorite baked goods in SF.

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                                          Shanghai Dumpling King
                                          3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                                          Kingdom of Dumpling
                                          1713 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA

                                          Assab
                                          2845 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                                          Katia's Russian Tea Room
                                          600 5th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                                          1. re: benv
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                                            elise h May 18, 2010 05:31 PM

                                            Are these poppy seed rolls sweet? I used to love the poppy seed rolls at Moscow Tbilisi, but over the years, it seems they have increased the ratio of bread to poppy seeds so that that the poppy seed flavor is sadly diminished.

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                                            Mick Ruthven May 18, 2010 07:30 AM

                                            I'm surprised no one has mentioned Troya, a casual Turkish restaurant at the corner of Clement and 5th Ave. I've only been once, two years ago, and was very pleased with the atmosphere, service, food, and prices, actually the whole experience.

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                                            Troya
                                            349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                                              BP71 May 18, 2010 01:50 PM

                                              Little Vietnam Cafe at 6th and Clement for fast, inexpensive, tasty Vietnamese food. Five Happiness for out of town guests who want Peking Duck. The Richmond when you want to splurge. Martha and Brothers, probably best coffee in the neighborhood.

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                                              Little Vietnam Cafe
                                              309 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

                                              Five Happiness
                                              4142 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                                                ML8000 May 18, 2010 06:18 PM

                                                I always liked La Vie for Vietnamese in the Richmond. The one thing there's not a lot of are greasy spoon diners. I think there's Joe's Cafe, Video Cafe, Eats, Hamburger Haven (real greasy spoon) and 2-3 others. For some reason I always went to 9th/Irving for breakfast (Art's, Howard's, Park Chow). Not sure if anyone mentioned Shanghai Dumpling King at 34th but that place rocks.

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

                                                Shanghai Dumpling King
                                                3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                                                Hamburger Haven Restaurants
                                                800 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                                                1. re: ML8000
                                                  salome_st_john May 21, 2010 11:07 PM

                                                  Eats isn't so much a greasy spoon anymore - it's been taken over by the Burma Superstar empire. They've re-done the interior - it's cozy - and the food is more brunch-y than straight greasy spoon-y. The little scones you get at the start of the meal are delicious. I've been only once and I wasn't thrilled with my scramble. My boyfriend's bacon waffle had too much stuff piled on top to be able to taste anything (I remember preferring the bacon waffle at It's Tops years ago) but it was pretty good. I'd go back to try again.

                                              2. re: Mick Ruthven
                                                cosmogrrl Jun 7, 2010 07:57 PM

                                                I was going to mention this place! I really like the food, especially manti ( a kind of turkish ravioli). I try to eat there about every 2 months or so. Always excellent service, but then again, I always speak to the owner in turkish so I think it may help ;) And I get to drink an Efes beer; not the best beer but it reminds me of being in Turkey.

                                                Some of the best Turkish food I've had outside of Turkey. Good prices too

                                              3. Cynsa May 21, 2010 11:43 PM

                                                at 6th and Balboa, King Sing has Lobster Lo Mein
                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7068...

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                                                King Sing Chinese Restaurant and Wine Bar
                                                501 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA

                                                1. salome_st_john May 22, 2010 05:35 PM

                                                  I know these are not Inner Richmond but I'll throw them in anyway, since there have been mentions all the way up to 32nd or even Balboa/36th, and really our little pocket is only a quick bike ride or pleasant walk away:

                                                  I am a big fan of Um Ma Son on Geary at 23rd. Wonderful Korean food, run by the nicest lady. The fried chicken and macaroni and cheese at Hard Knox Cafe have been given a thumbs up by my Nashville friend (and the prices have been heartily endorsed by her frugal boyfriend). PPQ Dungeness Island has great imperial rolls and cabbage salad. We love Pho Clement/Pho Clement 2. And my boyfriend says Mescolanza is great.

                                                  Also, am surprised no one has mentioned Pizetta 211!

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                                                  PPQ Dungeness Island
                                                  2332 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                                                  Pizzetta 211
                                                  211 23rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

                                                  Mescolanza
                                                  2221 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                                                  Hard Knox Cafe
                                                  2448 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                                                  Um MA Son Korean Restaurant
                                                  5850 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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                                                  1. re: salome_st_john
                                                    Cynsa May 22, 2010 05:48 PM

                                                    perhaps, because Inner Richmond (to me, at least) demarcation is anything east of Park Presido...? maybe, it's a state of mind... loosely translated - not that it really matters.
                                                    The Inner/Outer Richmond reaches to the Ocean.
                                                    http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/s...

                                                    1. re: Cynsa
                                                      salome_st_john May 23, 2010 01:46 PM

                                                      No, it's true - Inner Richmond is pretty much Arguello to Park Presidio. But I figured that since people had been throwing Central/Outer Richmond options into the pot, what the heck.

                                                      I live in Central/almost Outer Richmond, so for me it's all a walk/bike ride/hop on the 1 away.

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                                                    wejamecono May 26, 2010 01:12 AM

                                                    Many or most of the places mentioned - was going to say Troya b/c it is overlooked, but I see someone mentioned it. Oyaji IS worth a trip to the outer richmond - excellent japanese. The one place I really like that hasn't been mentioned as far as I can tell is JAVA - indonesian. I have only had veggie dishes there but a good and unique $5 lunch special on the same block as Toy Boat. Always like this place, actually making me hungry thinking about it right now.

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                                                    Oyaji Restaurant
                                                    3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                                                    Troya
                                                    349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                                                    1. re: wejamecono
                                                      Tripeler May 26, 2010 01:22 AM

                                                      Oyaji would be particularly interesting to people who have lived (or visited) in Japan. It is a place that is typical in small towns, and doesn't really have a big city character.

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                                                      Oyaji Restaurant
                                                      3123 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                                                      1. re: wejamecono
                                                        baron45 Jun 8, 2010 09:45 AM

                                                        I noticed that Bamboo Village (Indonesian) next to the Shell carwash has closed. There's something new in the process of moving in.

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                                                        Bamboo Village
                                                        3015 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                                                        gaianeh May 26, 2010 06:51 PM

                                                        Haig's Delicacies between 7th and 8th has the best hummus you've ever had in your life. Plus other tasty things like dolmas, muhammara, and spanakopita. And don't forget to browse through the plethora of spices and other exotic goodies.

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                                                        Haig's Delicacies
                                                        642 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                                                        1. re: gaianeh
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                                                          srr Jun 7, 2010 09:49 AM

                                                          Double thumbs up on Haig's hummus!!

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                                                          nsheth Jul 6, 2010 06:19 PM

                                                          No problem. A bit off topic here, but I dropped you an email.

                                                          For reference, this was the thread mentioned:
                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5537...

                                                          1. Lori SF Jul 6, 2010 01:00 PM

                                                            Anyone been to TEE OFF Bar & Grill I hear the pork chops are the ticket. I only saw two comments a while back.

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                                                            1. re: Lori SF
                                                              Lori SF Jul 6, 2010 01:15 PM

                                                              I forgot to mention I second Sushi Bistro I thought the sashimi was fresh and reasonable, the lobster tail salad made me happy. This would be another good place for a vegetarian.
                                                              Many of the others mentioned I like but its been a while so I cannot comment. The last time I was at Assab it was a let down but that was a year ago.

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                                                              Assab
                                                              2845 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                                                              Sushi Bistro
                                                              2809 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                                                              1. re: Lori SF
                                                                pamf Jul 6, 2010 06:48 PM

                                                                I go to the Tee Off quite regularly since my good friend lives nearby. Please remember that they are very small and if it's a busy night, you may be waiting quite a while for your food or there may be execution errors. It is first a bar, so also be prepared for very casual service and decor.

                                                                That said on a good night you will have a very nice meal and the pork chop plate with 2-3 sides is impressive. They do a good job on the standards as well. Daily specials will be on the whiteboard. Go early in the evening before the drinking crowd arrives, they start serving food at 6.

                                                                Oh yes, and as someone is sure to point out the Tee Off is at 32nd and Clement, which is really the Outer Richmond.

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                                                                stanbee Jul 6, 2010 10:33 PM

                                                                Old-fashioned Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting, Blissful Bites, Bakery, Arguello nr Clement. Slice or whole cake, when it's fresh.

                                                                Crisp little Swedish Teas(by the small bag), small Butter Cookies or the Chocolate Covered Thin Crisp Cookies, Schubert's Bakery. The Morning pastries go on sale at 5pm. Good Custard and Almond Crossants.

                                                                Maybe the more traditional non-Noah's style Bagels from The House of Bagels.

                                                                Kobat (large thin flat bread stuffed with assorted chopped sauteed greens from Royal Market. An Armenian Aserbaijani specialty. The filling changes with the season. The one with sorrel etc. is my favorite, in sorrel season.
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