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Light fare in Union Square recommendations?

maianajewel Aug 7, 2010 05:39 PM

DC area Chowhound visiting SF and on my own for dinner tonight (hubby is at a concert). I'm looking for a cozy place in walking distance from my Union Square hotel (on Bush St.) where I can stick my nose in my book and enjoy some light fare or small plates - like a nice soup and salad - and also a decadent dessert I can order to go or stop along the way and pick up to take back to my room!

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  1. c oliver RE: maianajewel Aug 7, 2010 06:15 PM

    I think you'd enjoy some of the places on Belden.

    http://www.belden-place.com/

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      maianajewel RE: c oliver Aug 7, 2010 09:26 PM

      Thanks! I actually wound up taking a long walk around Union Square and then settled on Cafe Claude and had a gorgeous dinner there - it was perfect! Exactly what I wanted and I wound up meeting a very sweet Australian couple (married 46 years!) and having a delightful conversation with them.

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      Cafe Claude
      7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        c oliver RE: maianajewel Aug 8, 2010 07:32 AM

        Their menu looks great. When you have time, tell us what you had.

        One of the things I enjoy about dining alone is more opportunities to meet new people.

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          maianajewel RE: c oliver Aug 8, 2010 10:14 PM

          I'm so glad you asked!

          I had the soup to start - it was the soup of the day - cream of cauliflower with chives and truffle oil. This coupled with the house bread and butter with a little of the soup spooned over it was decadent!

          I had the mesculin salad (with candied walnuts and apples and goat cheese crostini) and the goose liver pate and my waiter brought me extra bread (it was lovely - oven toasted slices rubbed with butter and sprinkled with herbs). The pate was the most wonderful - so rich and smooth and yummy.

          I'm not much of a drinker so I didn't have any wine or cocktails and I wanted to take the flourless chocolate cake to go but I wasn't able to do that.

          I wound up stopping in my hotel's restaurant (Roots) and ordered the Deep Fried Chocolate Cookies to take up to my room - they were not very sophisticated but they were comfort food!

          I had dinner at Roots two nights ago and it was also delightful and the creamed garlic spinach was ridiculous!

          Tonight my husband and I finally had dinner together for the first time since we got here and we ate at E Tutto Qua and it was also delicious! We both had the special - spinach fettuccine with peas, mushrooms and pancetta in a truffle oil sauce. I don't smoke but I told my husband that I felt like I needed a cigarette after eating it!

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          E Tutto Qua
          270 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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            c oliver RE: maianajewel Aug 9, 2010 07:29 AM

            Thanks for reporting back. These sound like restaurants that aren't the usual Top 100 that get mentioned overand over again. One of our daughters works at Calif. and Grant and I asked her about Cafe Claude. She loves it also.

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            Cafe Claude
            7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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              maianajewel RE: c oliver Aug 9, 2010 05:11 PM

              c oliver:

              I just wanted to let you know that Roots is pretty expensive (understandable as it is a hotel restaurant) but the food was sublime and my waiter, Corey, was terrific! He was psychic or something because he knew what I wanted before the words left my lips and he was very accommodating - making special substitutions and giving me extra sides at no charge. And he is very friendly and effusive without bugging you when you are ready to be left alone.

              Similar experience at E Tutto Qua, I was a gigantic pain in the butt customer - asking for a different table (their booth seat springs are tired, which makes your seat lower than comfortable from the table) and they sat us at a different table right away. I ordered a pasta that was one of their specials and it was delicious (it had scallops and shrimp that were wonderfully cooked and seasoned) but the sauce was a little peppery for me (I'm pretty sensitive to spicy/hot foods although I like food that is well seasoned) and I asked the waiter if something could be done to "tone it down" and they took my plate away to fix it. When I tasted my husband's dish, another special on the menu - my head nearly exploded with pleasure and I asked my waiter if I could have that instead and they gladly accommodated me and I couldn't have been happier. I ate nearly all of my meal (and as a Weight Watcher I've been trying to NOT finish my meals) and then told my husband that I felt like I needed a cigarette afterward. I don't smoke. Yes - head exploding awesomeness. Yummigod!

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              E Tutto Qua
              270 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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          vday RE: maianajewel Nov 22, 2010 05:10 PM

          Based on this thread, my boyfriend and I had drinks and dinner at Cafe Claude last night after the Cavalia show. We both loved the meal - especially the Chevre/mesclun salad, the Rillette du Perigord, the Coq au Vin and the Gratin Dauphinois. Looking forward to trying more dishes in the future, and saving room for the Tart Tatin next time.

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          Cafe Claude
          7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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