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Nov 7, 2010 12:15 AM

Vietnamese Roasted Crab..Tenderloin or Inner Richmond...but...

...the other limitations that keep tripping me up are that we're looking to have it for lunch, on a Tuesday.

We have 10 am tickets for the post-Impressionists show at the DeYoung. After that we want to get lunch, then head back to our hotel (the Monaco, at Geary and Taylor) and catch the airport shuttle for a late-afternoon flight. Time is a little tight, so we're hoping to find something either in the vicinity of the museum, or the hotel. We're traveling via transit or taxi.

I've found a few good suggestions on this board, but there's always a glitch. PPQ Dungeness Island is closed Tuesdays. La Vie Vietnamese doesn't have roasted crab on the lunch menu--only dinner. Bodega Bistro's website is kaput, so I can't check their menu or hours--are they still open?

So...any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Bodega Bistro
607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

La Vie Vietnamese Restaurant
5830 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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  1. Thanh Long and its sister Crustation are always two great bets for roasted crab over garlic noodles.

    Crustacean Restaurant
    1475 Polk St Ste 3, San Francisco, CA 94109

    1. I wonder if you called ahead of time, whether La Vie would make the crab for you at lunch?

      1. click on the sidebar list for Bodega Bistro for hours:
        Bodega Bistro
        Mon-Sun 11 am - 3 pm
        Mon-Wed, Sun 5 pm - 9:30 pm
        Thu-Sat 5 pm - 10 pm

        Le Soleil Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine
        133 Clement St
        (between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave)
        San Francisco, CA 94118
        call to ask about crab: (415) 668-4848

        Kim Thanh Restaurant
        607 Geary St
        (between Jones St & Leavenworth St)
        San Francisco, CA 94102
        (415) 928-6627

        Vietnam House
        642 Eddy St
        (between Larkin St & Polk St)
        San Francisco, CA 94109
        (415) 885-3361

        We're all waiting the the opening of Crab Season on November 15 - sorry you must leave on Tuesday :(

        Bodega Bistro
        607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        Le Soleil Authentic Vietnamese
        133 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

        Kim Thanh
        607 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        1. Here's Melanie Wong's review and pix of Brother Seafood. Close to the De Young. Don't miss the photo of the lobster with noodles.

          Brother Seafood Restaurant
          1830 Irving St., San Francisco, CA

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          1. re: c oliver

            PPQ Dungeness Island Vietnamese Cuisine
            If I remember correctly had much better prices and I liked their food better than the overhyped (imop) Thanh Long


            Thanh Long
            4101 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

          2. Thank you all!

            There are some great ideas here, but a lot of them have the same problems I kept finding--they're too far out of the way for the time we have available, they're closed on Tuesdays, they don't serve lunch, and/or they don't have roast crab on the lunch menu.

            Calling to ask if we can arrange for a crab lunch is a good thought--I've made a note of a few places to try if necessary. But I think we have a winner with Kim Thanh Restaurant. It's a block from our hotel, they're open for Tuesday lunch, and the menu I found on has several varieties of roast crab.

            Still hoping for a backup option or two, if anybody has other suggestions!

            Kim Thanh
            607 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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            1. re: MsMaryMc

              Kim Thanh was all that and more!! The House Special Salt Baked Crab was out of this world. Thanks for all the great advice!

              Kim Thanh
              607 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102