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san francisco help from fellow philly chowhounders? - moved from Philadelphia board

I'll be heading out to San Francisco and Napa this summer. Think we are all set with Napa plans (i.e. French Laundry, Bottega, etc), however just curious if anyone here has been out to SF recently and had some good grub recommendations? I've been doing my research on the SF chow board, but out of curiousity, figured I'd see if any of the people on this board whose opinions I trust had any thoughts?

No restrictions on price, type of food. I love it all.

Many thanks in advance!

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  1. I have been out to the Bay Area a few times, most trips not very focused on food, however I do have one strong recommendation: Old Jerusalem in the Mission for the best hummus I have had in the United States. I have been to SF with Israelis and they make it a point to have multiple meals there.

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    1. re: barryg

      I was less than impressed with Old Jerusalem, though I might have ordered wrong

      Old Jerusalem
      2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. re: barryg

        I will say tha tthey do have some damn tasty and authentic baklava

      2. I've been out to SF several times in the past couple years. Notable places for me are Boulevard, Cliff House (amazing views & awesome popovers), Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana and Gary Danko.
        My bf was just out there and was taken to the House of Prime Rib - he really enjoyed it.

        Don't miss out on the cone of meat at Consentino's meat shop - Boccalone - in the SF ferry terminal.


        1. Do you already have your French Laundry reservation?

          As for SF proper, go to Zuni for the roasted chicken.

          1. I'm not a Philly Chowhounder, but I am an SF Chowhounder born in Philly, so I can't keep my big mouth closed. I recommend you head out to the Richmond District. I live here and it's great. It's not as much of a "destination" as many of the neighborhoods in this city but we have an embarrassment of riches. You've probably heard of Aziza, and there's much more to explore.

            Plus we have a lot of the pretty beaches over here.

            5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

            1. Stop at a taco truck or taqueria. They're everywhere and they're cheap and very good. Taquerias and taco trucks are the California equivalent of a Philly Cheesesteak and NYC slice, i.e., street food. There's easily 100+ taquerias in SF. Look at these:


              More lists: http://www.chow.com/profile/10264/lis...

              1. If you have time (not a must-see), go to Phat Philly for an interesting take on the classic Philly cheesesteak. It's not authentic, but the quality of the ingredients (American Kobe beef) is way better than anything in Philly, and they still use Amoroso rolls and have cheese wiz

                Phat Philly
                3388 24th St, San Francisco, CA

                1. I'm an SF hound who spent the last two years living in Philly (to calibrate you: I'm a big fan of Jose Garces, Mark Vetri, the Headhouse Farmers' Market, Talulah's Table fir charcuterie, and Tria/Monks for drinking and I despise Stephen Starr, though Stella is decent)

                  I would focus on what Ca does better than Philly. Some will likely direct you to Mexican and Chinese places. What I missed most was the seasonal, ingredient-driven, food I could get in SF. I particularly missed really fresh, simple salads and preparations of seafood. To experience that, consider Contigo, Bar Tartine, and Zuni Cafe. There's also some great Italian and pizza here, but you can get comparable Italian/Pizza at Osteria. Aziza is also a good option - very different from what you can get in Philly.

                  Zuni Cafe
                  1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                  Bar Tartine
                  561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                  1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

                  1. Goat Hill Pizza .....mmmmmmm real deal sourdough crust ....I was born in Bay Area but have lived in Philly for last 25 years ...Goat Hill is the only pizza I will eat on the west coast

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                    1. re: smobron

                      Need a reference for pizza taste. What do you think of Gaetano's Pizza? Would you drive the 20 or so miles?