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lamejun Feb 24, 2011 04:42 AM

I'm visiting San Francisco for 4 days in April and would love to know the best casual places the locals like to eat at. I'm also looking for recommendations for must eats in the city. I won't have a car, so will be limited to public transportation.

Thanks.

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  1. wolfe RE: lamejun Feb 24, 2011 06:28 AM

    Here's a start.
    http://www.chow.com/lists/1591

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      dontcallitfrisco RE: lamejun Feb 24, 2011 06:58 PM

      I like the hand-pulled noodles at San Dong House http://www.examiner.com/wine-in-san-f... and Cafe Zitouna serves some great Moroccan and Tunisian food http://www.examiner.com/wine-in-san-f.... Both are pretty cheap.

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        whiner RE: lamejun Feb 25, 2011 06:22 AM

        My casual favorites are L'Osteria del Forno, Troya (though that might be difficult to get to) and Helmand Palace. I would say Ame is the must-eat these days.

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        L'Osteria del Forno
        519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Helmand Palace
        2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

        Troya
        349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

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          Thomas Nash RE: lamejun Feb 25, 2011 09:23 AM

          Can't resist replying to this with a list of 10 (actually 11) casual restaurants on our rotation which we regularly go to and which never disappoint (us) and often impress. Generally they are near public transportation, particularly if you are willing to walk for a bit..

          Pizzeria Delfina (18th St)
          Beijing Restaurant (Ocean and Alemany -- public transportation??)
          Spices II
          Nopalito
          Chow's (Church St.)
          Memphis Minnie
          Esperpento
          Pauline's
          Little Star (Valencia)
          Good Frikin Chicken
          Rosamunde sausages you bring to Toronado next door on Haight St, a bar with a huge variety of beer.

          For one don't miss somewhat upscale (still quite casual) dinner, consider advance reservations at Delfina Restaurant, Canteen, or Zuni.

          If you go to a selection of these in your 4 days, you will get a real sense of how wonderful the casual, non-touristy, SF food scene is like.

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          Zuni Cafe
          1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

          Spices II
          291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

          Canteen
          817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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

          Memphis Minnie's BBQ
          576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          Pauline's Pizza
          260 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Little Star Pizza Valencia
          400 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Chow
          215 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

          Pizzeria Delfina
          3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Toronado Pub
          547 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

          Rosamunde Sausage Grill
          545 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          Beijing Restaurant
          1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112

          Nopalito
          306 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

          Pizzeria Delfina
          2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

          Esperpento Restaurant
          3295 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Good Frikin Chicken (Goood Frikin’ Chicken)
          10 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Commonwealth
          2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          1. re: Thomas Nash
            Robert Lauriston RE: Thomas Nash Feb 25, 2011 10:37 AM

            Beijing is 2-3 blocks from a J Church stop and 5-6 blocks from Balboa Park BART.

            I'd go to Old Jerusalem over Goood Frikin' Chicken. Or Truly Mediterranean, though that's a hole in the wall with very limited seating.

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              SteveG RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 25, 2011 11:12 AM

              Edit to remove post. All these years I've conflated La Mediterranee with Truly Mediterranean. Whoops. La Mediterranee: not great. I end up there too often when a friend wants to go there for brunch.

            2. re: Thomas Nash
              Civil Bear RE: Thomas Nash Feb 25, 2011 12:19 PM

              Thomas, I you haven't already, hit up Inkas across the street the next time you have a hankering for GFF. You wont be disappointed!

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              Inkas Restaurant
              3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            3. Robert Lauriston RE: lamejun Feb 25, 2011 10:42 AM

              Here's the list I keep on my phone for when I can't think of where to go.

              Angkor Borei (lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., dinner only Sun.)
              Bodega Bistro (lunch and dinner, 7 days)
              Burmese Kitchen aka Larkin Express (lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner till 8:30 Tues.-Sat.)
              Jai Yun (dinner by reservation only)
              Helmand Palace (dinner only, 7 days)
              Incanto (dinner only, Wed.-Mon.)
              La Ciccia (dinnner only, Tues.-Sun.)
              Lers Ros (lunch through dinner, 7 days)
              Maykadeh (lunch through dinner, 7 days)
              Memphis Minnie's (lunch through dinner, Tues.-Sun.)
              Mochica (lunch and dinner, Wed.-Mon.)
              Nopalito (lunch through dinner, 7 days)
              Poc-Chuc (lunch through dinner Mon.-Tues. and Thurs.-Sat., lunch only Sun.)
              Sebo (Tues.-Sat. dinner only; izakaya menu Sunday?)
              Thai House Express Larkin St. (lunch through dinner, seven days)
              Zuni Cafe (lunch through dinner, Tues.-Sun.)

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              Zuni Cafe
              1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

              La Ciccia
              291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

              Angkor-Borei Restaurant
              3471 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Jai Yun
              680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

              Larkin Express Burmese Kitchen
              452 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Bodega Bistro
              607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

              Maykadeh Persian Cuisine
              470 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

              Thai House Express
              901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

              Memphis Minnie's BBQ
              576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

              Mochica
              937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

              Helmand Palace
              2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

              Lers Ros Thai
              730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

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