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Where to eat after an afternoon visit to the de Young?

Where can we find an inexpensive dinner after a visit to the Expressionists? Prefer to avoid Chinese, will be travelling by Muni (the 44 line). There are a couple of places on 9th south of the park; any comments on them?


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  1. Social Kitchen on 9th is interesting. the concept is food and beer, where beer is used in the cooking and served with the dishes.
    You'll not find any Expressionists in the current exhibit, plenty of Impressionists, though

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    1. re: chuckl

      Some kind of 'Pressionists, anyhow.

    2. Park Chow is safe, I guess. There's also a Naan and Curry in the area. North of the park, there's Burma Super Star, which everyone loves (including me!).

      I don't know if you've been to the show yet or not, but I must warn you that the crowds at that show are insane, like full-on blockbuster show crowds. Even if you get there on a weekday, you've got to get there as soon as it opens to be able to look at some of the works in peace, and may God have mercy on your souls if you try to go on a weekend. To be fair, I only went a few times in the first few weeks of the show, so it might be better now, but I really doubt it --now that it's the summer and there are tons of tourists, the crowds will almost certainly be worse. If you're not a member already, you may want to become one, because a) you'll get to skip the lines to get in, and b) you're probably gonna want to go to the Post-Imps show in September, right?

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

      Super Star Restaurant
      4919 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

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      1. re: dunstable

        it's staggered well enough that it's not complete madness in there now, but check on tickets before you go. It's cheaper if you order online in advance

        1. re: dunstable

          i went two weeks after it opened on a Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. = crowded. however, after we were done and had had lunch in the cafeteria, it was about 1:30-2:00, and the place was EMPTY.

        2. My wife and I enjoyed Pacific Catch.

          Pacific Catch
          1200 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

          1. If you fancy Thai or Japanese, there's Marnee Thai and Kazu Sushi (like the Nanbanzuke) close by. Further away at 16th, Izakaya Sozai.

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              1. re: rotiprata

                Three "meh' meals and the worst service in the back room on a Friday night. Front's better. Every server passing the table asks the same annoying questions.

                Resting on the laurels of the the original on Irving, I think ?

              2. Lime Tree (Singaporean) or Yummy Yummy (Vietnamese), both on Irving a couple of blocks from 9th.

                Yummy Yummy
                1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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                1. re: Windy

                  I was also going to chime in with YUMMY YUMMY. (I like park chow too, but for afternoon, i'd prefer YY). I think YY is better than LIME TREE.

                  1. re: Windy

                    maybe Dragonfly Vietnamese on Judah at 9th if they serve lunch.

                    Savory Pie, soup and the decadent chocolate or custard tart at Tom's Peasant Pies. Social for dinner but they just lost the chef. Lots of places but still a wasteland. Can;t wait until Passion, latin foods opens.


                    Peasant Pies
                    1039 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

                  2. We went to this exhibit on its closing day today and had dinner afterwards at B Star Bar, since with museum feet we didn't want to do the wait at Burma Superstar. It's been ages since we've had Burmese food so we stuck pretty much to the dishes that you can find at both restaurants. The samusa soup and pork and pumpkin curry were both wonderfully good. We had never had tea leaf salad before, and this version was interesting but didn't impress. I had missed the Chowdown report earlier where this rendition got poor reviews; the descriptions there seemed in retrospect pretty accurate.

                    From the non-Burmese side, this Michigan native just couldn't resist the "fish and fries" with smelt and fries served with a curry aioli and malt vinegar (separately, on the side, not mixed together!). It was hard to find smelt on our Great Lakes trip this summer, but this was the type of dish I was looking for - a fine fry job on both the fish and the fries, plus the Asian influences of interesting but not overwhelming seasonings in both before you added the sauces, and a yummy curry aioli. Where do they get the smelts from? Who else has them locally?

                    It was a delicious experience overall and a great post-museum choice.


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

                    1. I think you guys are forgetting about all the great spots on Clement Street. I think Burma Superstar was mentioned, but there's also Georgio's Pizza and Q Restaurant, which is great comfort food, and they have a huge wine list, as well as great beers on tap. There's also Blue Danube, which is a cozy little cafe with minimal outdoor seating. Up the street, if you're looking for bar food, a game of pool, and a cold beer, I would suggest the Bitter End. Q is one of my go-to spots for out-of-towners or anyone who's just looking for a fun but relaxing experience at a local joint :)

                      225 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                      Bitter End
                      441 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                      Blue Danube
                      306 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                      1. we're not forgetting those, those are just a bit of a walk, and much further away than the 9th/irving area