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Best Braised Lamb in San Francisco or Marin?

Looking to take a guest from out of the country to get some great braised lamb, per request. First, is lamb seasonal? I see it on some menus on restaurant websites, but not as many as I would expect.

We're looking anywhere in the city of SF or in Marin. Budget doesn't really matter. Looking for a place open on Monday night, if possible. If not, we'll go Wednesday. Nice atmosphere and a fun experience would be a bonus.

Thanks for the suggestions (if there are any)!

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  1. Just had some good lamb birria at Juan's Place in West Berkeley - fun and nice staff.

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    Juan's Place
    941 Carleton St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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    1. re: sydthekyd

      I've had the birria at Juan's and it was good.

      In SF, Tommy's Joynt has braised lamb shank...but I can't recall what day it's served. Good price too (under $10)...but it's a hof brau.

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      Tommy's Joynt
      1101 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109

      1. re: ML8000

        Re T's Joynt: the lamb shanks are offered Thursdays and Saturdays. And it they are quite good...for the price. I can't imagine them being the best SF has to offer though.

    2. I think Aziza always has a lamb shank on the menu. What country is your guest from?

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      1. re: mrs bacon

        Romania. Thanks for the suggestion. Checking now...

        Ironically, the best food I had in Romania, for what it's worth, was at a Hungarian Restaurant. The Guylas was unreal.

        1. re: scottko

          Aziza's lamb shank is very good, but on the sweet side just so you know. I have heard that the sweetness has been a bit off-putting for some.

          1. re: Civil Bear

            Yeah, I found Aziza's shank too sweet, would not order it again.

            Not SF or Marin, but Great China in Berkeley has a great wok-braised lamb dish. Order it with kimchi (an off-menu option).

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            Great China Restaurant
            2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

      2. I had a lamb stew at Saha recently that blew me away. Fantastic flavor-- everyone at the table said it was the best lamb they'd had in ages-- succulent, flavorful meat, fantastic broth, aromatic seasonings....My mouth is watering just thinking of it. Saha overall serves nventive food -- Yemeni/Californian cuisine. Kindof hidden away inside the Hotel Carlton on Sutter Street and definitely worth it.

        http://www.sahasf.com/

        1. spencer on the go offers a fantastic braised lamb sandwich, in a delicious port reduction

          but definitely would second aziza

          1. In Marin, both Chalet Basque and Insalatas have good braised lamb shanks. May be only certain days of the week.

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            Chalet Basque
            405 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903