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Jul 11, 2010 06:26 AM

Help me by selecting your top 10 from this top 100 list!

Hi folks,

I will be coming into SF from NYC in 2 weeks. With limited time, what do you say we should stop in for? We will be staying in the Union Square area, will have a 10 month old with us (but we might also have babysitting some of the time since my mom is also traveling with us).

What's your top 10?

Not sure if this would help, but here in NYC, this is some stuff my husband and I love:
Steamed Soup Buns @ Yeah Shanghai
Pastrami Sandwich @ Katz's Deli
Liter of German beer @ Loreley
Pistacchio Cupcake @ Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Roast Pork & Roast Duck noodle soup @ Big Wong
Broiled Chorizos @ Sevilla
Almond Cookie Ice Cream @ The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Ribs @ Blue Smoke

We are not very picky eaters and are not likely to highly scrutinize the ribs at one joint against those at another. With that said, however, we love good food and love going to places that serve that dish well. It would be great if we can stop into some of the places listed as part of a sightseeing schedule. Hubby and I have been to SF and have done the tourist thing, but know we'll be doing some of it this time anyway bc my mom has not been to SF.

Thanks in advance!

Big Wong Restaurant
3917 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Blue Smoke Cafe
26 S 2nd St, Rio Vista, CA 94571

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  1. Here is a thread with chowhounders top ten tastes for 2009.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Here's my top 10 from that list...

      1. Roast chicken and bread salad at Zuni
      2. Coffee-rubbed pork shoulder at Range
      3. Carnitas taco at La Taqueria [w/ salsa verde from the squeeze bottles]
      4. Spicy crab and grits at the Front Porch
      14. Beef brisket at Memphis Minnie’s [Ribs unfortunately are hit & miss]
      17. Tea-leaf salad [& Samosa soup] at Burma Superstar
      41. Pho ga at Turtle Tower
      52. Fried brussels sprouts at SPQR
      67. Sand dabs [& sour dough] at Tadich Grill
      89. Lamb schawerma at Truly Mediterranean

      Zuni Cafe
      1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      Tadich Grill
      240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Truly Mediterranean
      3109 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Turtle Tower Restaurant
      631 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

      The Front Porch
      65 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      La Taqueria
      2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

      Burma Superstar
      4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

      1. re: Civil Bear

        I think Civil Bear's top 10 list would make most visitors very happy.

        A few additions:

        -if you like pastries or lemony desserts, do not miss Tartine. It's one of those SF institutions that has yet to fail me. Visitors always love it, and the only thing that perhaps (big perhaps) doesn't live up to hype is anything made with chocolate. Everything else? Amazing. Though if you are one of those people who has no sweet tooth whatsoever, it won't be so terrible to skip it.

        -Suppenkuche is a lot of fun. I treat is as more of a second or third visit destination, but that's arbitrary on my part.

    2. Great list though a bit out of date.

      The Front Porch chef now has her own place in Oakland, Hibiscus. This time of year she sometimes substitutes lamb for Dungeness crab in the spicy crab & grits.

      SPQR has a new chef, no more fried Brussels sprouts.

      The cebiche at La Mar is good but no better than Mochica's, which is cheaper. Though I prefer the halibut tiraditos.

      Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen's tea leaf salad and other dishes are better than Burma Superstar's and I've never had to wait for a table.

      Arinell's pizza is your basic NYC junk food Ray's-type street slice.

      Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
      452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

      2 Replies
      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        It's insulting to Ray's to put Arinell in the same class.

        1. re: vulber

          Some of the 200 or so Ray's in NYC have better pizza than Arinell's, some have worse.

      2. From your list, the things I think worth trying for a NYC visitor are:

        1. Roast chicken with bread salad (Zuni)
        8. Morning bun (Tartine)
        25. Bread (Tartine)
        32. Pupusas (Balompie)
        35. Bi-rite salted caramel ice cream
        66. Pig parts at Incanto (though my fave dish there is still the spaghetti with cured tuna heart and egg)
        88. Buckwheat crepes @ Ti Couz

        On my personal to-try list, there's also
        3. Carnitas taco @ La Taqueria
        67. Sand dabs @ Tadich (not sure if they're still in season)
        78. Chilaquiles with fried egg @ Pastores (hours are somewhat unpredictable)

        La Taqueria
        2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Pastores Restaurant
        3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        1. re: daveena

          You might consider Suppenkuche in Hayes Valley with a menu similar to Loreley and a more extensive draught and bottled German beer selection.
          Memphis Minnies (mentioned above) or Rosamunde for sausages pairs well with Toronado (bring the food in) which has a great beer selection including many West Coast craft beers that aren't readily available in NYC.

          Memphis Minnie's BBQ
          576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          Toronado Pub
          547 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

          Rosamunde Sausage Grill
          545 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          1. re: tranewreck

            if you care about beer, Toronado is a shrine, and you get bonus points on Tuesday, when Rosamunde next door makes their weekly cheeseburger