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May I get some ideas of portion sizes at Range, Frances, maybe Beretta?

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It's hard to tell from pictures (could just be a small plate!)

My brother in law will be in town for a few days in mid March and while he's been to the city often, he's generally stuck to the Union Square / Nob Hill / Fisherman's Wharf part of town. His first day he's planning on Scoma and Buena Vista which he does every time he's in the city!

Now that I live here, I'd like to take him to dinner further into the city and am thinking Mission or Castro (so I can then get ice cream after!)

He's open to most types of cuisine and I'm cool with the price points of say, Range, but I know that he gets cranky about portion size. He's a big dude and loves food! I know that if he gets an entree consisting of two scallops, he will eat it in two minutes. Hell, so would I!

So. What are the best higher end places for portion size? I haven't gotten around to trying a lot of them myself (so many places to try all the time!) so would appreciate some guidance.

Thank you!

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Buena Vista Cafe
2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. Both Range and Frances are average size portioned entrees. With Frances the top of the menu is the smallest plates called bouchees, with the appetizers being step-up larger and the entrees being the largest. None of them are overly large for a big eater but you can get multiple items to create a larger meal.

    The place that I recall as having fairly decent sized portions is Scala's in Union Square.

    1. I'd suggest Nopa -- that pork chop is big, and the rest of the entrees that I've seen are pretty sizeable. I think that the portion sizes at Beretta are pretty large (I've taken home leftovers from there before), but he might be grumpy at Frances.

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      Nopa
      560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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      1. re: JasmineG

        Thank you both!

        Mmm, Nopa has been on my to-try list, too. Could be worth giving up my after dinner scoop of salted caramel!

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        Nopa
        560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

        1. re: Violatp

          What's on the dessert menu? I have a memory of an excellent salted caramel gelato at Nopa.

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          Nopa
          560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          1. re: SteveG

            Ah, good to know!

            And if we do end up at Nopa, worst comes to worst, we can always hit up Little Star after. :-)

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            Nopa
            560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            1. re: Violatp

              What would you want at Little Star after dinner at Nopa?

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              Nopa
              560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      2. Hi,
        I will be eating at Frances on my trip. Where is the place with the good ice cream?

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        1. re: PrincessMaea

          Closest is Bi Rite Creamery. A good second choice is Humphrey Slocombe.

          1. re: PrincessMaea

            Frances serves Humphry Slocombe ice cream.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              What flavor's?