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vivers Jul 11, 2010 12:06 PM

I'll be visiting SF in early august and I'm trying to decide between Gary Danko, Michael Mina and Ame. Any suggestions?

Gary Danko
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

  1. c
    Cary Jul 12, 2010 06:34 PM

    Of the three, I would say Ame. Mina has never really wowed me with their food. Danko is a solid choice, but a similar dining experience could be easily found in Chicago or NYC.

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    1. re: Cary
      vivers Jul 16, 2010 09:09 PM

      Thanks guys, I think that made my decision...Ame it is.
      My other restaurant picks for my 3 day trip are: One market for lunch, Aziza for dinner, Slanted Door (lunch), Nopalito(dinner)

      Slanted Door
      Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

    2. w
      whiner Jul 12, 2010 04:07 PM

      Of those, I prefer Ame, but it also depends what you are looking for.

      I agree with ML8000... Ame because it is unique to SF.

      1. CarrieWas218 Jul 12, 2010 02:04 PM

        Danko hasn't changed their menu in years and, like ML8000 said, is so like so many other high-restaurants in other cities as to be forgettable.

        I am a Mina detractor; I have eaten at three different Mina restaurants in three different cities and have yet to have a good meal. Shocked that so many seem to like it.

        I love Ame but have gotten to a point of stopping after the crudo offerings and skipping to dessert. I can make a meal out of their crudo and appetizers.

        1. bbulkow Jul 11, 2010 12:38 PM

          Most around here recommend Ame, but each has their supporters. What are your parameters.

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          1. re: bbulkow
            vivers Jul 11, 2010 11:06 PM

            i've tried Daniel in NYC, Alkimia in Barcelona so maybe something different than these

            1. re: vivers
              ML8000 Jul 11, 2010 11:19 PM

              The conventional wisdom for many is:
              a) You can get similar cuisine like Danko in most any reasonable cosmopolitan city
              b) Mina gets inconsistent reports (I had a fine meal there but others have not)
              c) What Ame serves you won't get elsewhere or the chances are much slimmer

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