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Zuni, Delfina, Perbacco + SF Airport Vicinity Query - 1 Foodie Vegetarian 1 Carnivore

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holdthecow Jan 19, 2011 08:08 AM

(note: one of us is an avowed carnivore)

I will be booking 2 SF dinners, Union Sq area (ish), and one on a Saturday in the vicinity of the airport. Out of the 3 places I've listed, I need to narrow it down to 2 btwn a Thurs and Fri, and then need to come up w/ something for Saturday near the airport.

Have looked at the menus, I think the weakest one for a vegetarian is Perbacco. Thurs nite dinner will be on the late side, so I'm leaning toward Delfina that night.

Would greatly appreciate some input on these specific restos - have cruised the board and seen comments on vegetarian options so not really looking to add another 6 to the mix ; )

Also, I've been to Greens (yum) and I expect we might do that for a lunch so that we can enjoy the view - have only been there at night.

ps: no "Asian", please - one of us lives in Asia and travels extensively.

Many thanks in advance.

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: holdthecow Jan 19, 2011 08:24 AM

    I've had meals at Perbacco with a vegetarian and I think it might actually be the most veg-friendly of the three.

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    Perbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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      holdthecow RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 19, 2011 08:35 AM

      menus are always less helpful than diners -- thank you!

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        SteveG RE: holdthecow Jan 19, 2011 10:48 AM

        In particular, Perbacco uses wild mushrooms to some of the best effect I've encountered in the city. So the vegetarian should find at least an entree or two that won't just be a pasta missing a protein, but will probably be a pasta featuring a wonderful luxurious protein alternative like wild mushrooms.

        You don't give many parameters or reasons for wanting something near the airport. The only food down there that is good is Cantonese. Why not just eat up in SF city propper?

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        Perbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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          holdthecow RE: SteveG Jan 19, 2011 10:54 AM

          The carnivore is leaving Saturday night - checking into airport hotel for an early Sun flight... said carnivore made that suggestion as we will be taking care of some things at the airport Saturday afternoon pre-dinner.

          We will have a car.

          Vegetarian will be picking up a car at airport and after dinner will be taking self to Oakland for the next few days and enjoying Plum and others : )

          Update: have booked Perbacco for the Friday

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            SteveG RE: holdthecow Jan 19, 2011 11:19 AM

            You might consider looking on the board separately for recommendations in San Mateo, Milbrae, and Burlingame. I'm remembering a gastro-pub that might be promising--Martin's West?

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              Robert Lauriston RE: SteveG Jan 19, 2011 11:32 AM

              That's in Redwood City, which is more of a schlep than heading back to SF.

              Vegetarian-friendly and not Asian eliminates most of the usual suspects in the South SF / San Bruno / Burlingame / Millbrae area.

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      holdthecow RE: holdthecow Jan 19, 2011 11:40 AM

      Fair enough : ) Then let's indulge the vegetarian (who lives in Montana) and come up w/ a great Asian resto near the airport. Love Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian.

      I did cruise the boards a bit, as suggested, re airport vicinity and will do so again re: those specific cities.

      Thanks much!

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        Robert Lauriston RE: holdthecow Jan 19, 2011 11:49 AM

        How about Burmese?

        Anybody tried All Spice (former Mantra chef) yet?

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        Little Yangon
        6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

        All Spice Restaurant
        1602 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402

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          artemis RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 19, 2011 12:00 PM

          I like Mingalaba in Burlingame - they can make a lot of the dishes vegetarian. I'm pretty sure one of our must-orders - the Roti - is vegetarian to begin with. I think the House Special noodles would also lend well to been vegetarianized - the best part in that dish isn't the chicken, as would our other favorite dishes, Asparagus Chicken (which has a tofu option) and Dry Fried String Beans (available without dried shrimp and fish sauce).

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          Mingalaba
          1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

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            holdthecow RE: artemis Jan 19, 2011 04:08 PM

            The selection looks yummy - thank you for this tip.

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            holdthecow RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 19, 2011 04:11 PM

            All Spice looks lovely, and has an impressive menu. If nobody chimes in, perhaps I'll be the one to dive in and report back : )

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            All Spice Restaurant
            1602 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402

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              Robert Lauriston RE: holdthecow Jan 19, 2011 04:17 PM

              Oops, Sakoon (not Mantra) is where the chef was until last June.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/632335

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                mdg RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 19, 2011 07:57 PM

                He was at Mantra before Sakoon, so you were right both times. Sakoon however was a big step up from Mantra in terms of consistent food quality - the best Indian food I've had in the USA, and better than any of the places I've tried in London. I usually don't recommend places I haven't been, but I think All Spice would be a very good choice for the near-SFO meal given your cuisine preferences. If you go please let us know how it is!

                Michael

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                Sakoon
                357 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

                All Spice Restaurant
                1602 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402

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                  holdthecow RE: mdg Jan 20, 2011 07:11 AM

                  I suspect that we will go - it really looks charming. Indian is the one thing that the carnivore doesn't eat much of so it might be a nice surprise. He was in Burma last year, so Burmese might've even been "ho-hum" for him! For this MT resident *everything* is grand.

                  As mentioned, have booked Perbacco for one of the other 2 nights, and am leaning toward Zuni over Delfina for our possible late-arrival other night.

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            rotiprata RE: holdthecow Jan 19, 2011 11:54 AM

            The only ok Indian place near SFO is Roti Indian Bistro in Burlingame but pricy. Better is Tabla nka Paradise-Biryani House but in Foster City.

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              holdthecow RE: rotiprata Jan 19, 2011 12:58 PM

              Pricey isn't an issue - good/best is : )

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            holdthecow RE: holdthecow Mar 6, 2011 05:31 PM

            Very tardy follow-up!

            Perbacco was perfect. Had the best gnocchi I've ever had - little bites of heaven, so light. I'd asked for a quieter table when booking, and was obliged, as well - had a lot of catching up to do.

            We did get to All Spice. Charming. Seemed to be very popular, as well, and we were there on the earlier end of a Saturday evening. The layout (old house, of course) is a bit odd, and if returning I would ask for a table not in the front room - everyone coming and going is coming and going inches from your table. The food was flavorful. The carnivore was happy; I had a chickpea flour pasta, which was a first for me. A row of rolled very wide pasta ribbons, and I don't know if it was the prep or the ingredients but they were quite mushy and soft, which was a surprise. Again, the flavors of everything were interesting, and I would definitely consider it again if looking in that area. It was the opposite noise level of Perbacco - hushed and intimate.

            Thank you again to everyone for the input.

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            Perbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            All Spice Restaurant
            1602 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402

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