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C Elise Jun 8, 2010 07:32 PM

Hi Chowhounders!

We've got two adventurous eaters coming to your city in about a week. We love tacos (really looking forward to that), we love Italian, we love all sorts of good food from fries to foie gras.

Could you kind gastrofans out there suggest some spots that are affordable, fun and utterly S.F?

Thanks guys!!!

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    blackpippi RE: C Elise Jun 13, 2010 11:01 AM

    Beretta. It's in a hip neighborhood, the cocktails (oh, the cocktails) are amazing, and the food is so yummy. The food is mostly shared, you get a few sides, and then a pizza. It's not a "pizza place" though. They have a sister restaurant in the Castro called Starbelly. Very similar, but they only serve beer & wine.
    Go early, like around 6, as the place fills up very fast even on weekdays.

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      C Elise RE: blackpippi Jun 13, 2010 03:10 PM

      What kind of fare is it?

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        wolfe RE: C Elise Jun 13, 2010 04:01 PM

        If you put Beretta in the search this board.....
        http://www.berettasf.com/

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        Calvinist RE: blackpippi Jun 14, 2010 03:44 PM

        The mid-range, smaller places shine here. Along with Beretta, can recomend Range (ate there Saturday as a walk-in) as having a nice cocktail program. With Italian you can look at Incanto or Delfina, or go to my favorite, the small Sardinian resturant La Ciccia. Nice wine selection, and lovely Sardinian food and great owners. A small, casual, and bustling spot.

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        La Ciccia
        291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

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

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          vulber RE: Calvinist Jun 21, 2010 02:18 PM

          I would say that Range has better food and better cocktails than Beretta, but this is also reflected in Range's higher prices

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            mariacarmen RE: vulber Jun 22, 2010 10:51 AM

            2nd Range over Beretta. 2nd La Ciccia. Tacos: La Taqueria (http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/05/th...) at 24th and Mission. Can't beat their carne asada, tho they are a bit pricier than most. Also like Taqueria Vallarta, at 24th between Treat and Harrison, and just walking up and down 24th Street between Mission and Potrero - a plethora of taquerias and just a great, local colorful street.

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            La Ciccia
            291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

            Taqueria Vallarta
            3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            La Taqueria
            2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              bbulkow RE: mariacarmen Jun 23, 2010 03:39 PM

              And if you walk down that stretch of 24th, humphry slocombe !

      3. daveena RE: C Elise Jun 14, 2010 09:51 PM

        Here's a fairly recent and extensive NYC=>SF thread:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6965...

        You might enjoy Melanie's murals and antojitos walk:
        http://www.chow.com/lists/465

        Here's our "eat like a local" list of lists:
        http://www.chow.com/lists/1591

        A few more details about what you're looking for will help:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4691...

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          C Elise RE: daveena Jun 21, 2010 09:54 AM

          Awesome, thanks so much!

        2. berfahEATS RE: C Elise Jun 21, 2010 04:00 PM

          Ok New Yorkers (I love eating in your home town!) Here are some of my top picks. Honestly, you can't beat Italian in NY. You've got Batali status, come on! (and I just got back from Italy!)

          Ame (japanese): excellent inventive Japanese
          Hog Island Oyster Company: aside from the oysters, the grilled cheese and the clam chowder is delish
          San Tung (northern chinese): dried friend chicken and dumplings
          Chow : cheap homey eats
          Serpentine : good solid California fare
          NOPA: excellent pork chop (it's fine that's it's slightly rare)
          L'Ardoise: excellent french food in the Castro (most authentic...better than Chapeau)
          Tartine: great for a lunch picnic (they used to have a foie gras sandwich!)
          Il Farlito: in the mission for best burritos, tacos
          Tacos: SURPRISINGLY, the basement of the Macy's building Frontera Fresco. Trust me on this. Rick Bayless' little cafe.

          Napa:
          Ad Hoc: brunch is amazing, reserve early

          I would agree with Beretta, it's quite the hipster joint with great food and drinks.
          Slanted Door is ok if you're into overpriced Vietnamese food, I'd try a more local joint like PPQ for Dungeness crab or even Yummy Yummy in the Sunset.

          If you'd like more specifics give us location, price and cuisine.

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          Slanted Door
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Ad Hoc
          6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

          Frontera Fresco
          170 OFarrell St, San Francisco, CA

          Yummy Yummy
          1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

          L'Ardoise
          151 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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