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Ricochet Lemon Feb 24, 2011 05:51 AM

I'm staying one night at the Westin SFO next week and am trying to figure out what to do for dinner. I'm hoping people can give some feedback/suggestions (but responses like, "it depends what type of food you want" aren't really helpful ;-))

My current short list:

- prime rib at Gulliver's (just down the street)
- Kincaid's (just down the street)
- Sushi Kei in Millbrae (was there two years ago... I remember it as tasty)
- Sakae Sushi in Burlingame (highly rated on a site I can't find ATM)

At Kincaid's, the hotdog on the Happy Hour menu sounds intriguing... has anyone had this? Is it good? Worth it? I'd get it without the cheese.

Last time I visited and stayed a night at the airport, I went into SF to House of Prime Rib. It was delicious but I don't want to travel into the city just for dinner. I'll be coming up from Palo Alto, so any must-try suggestions in between are fine too.

Off-topic (to my own thread), I'll add that earlier in the week, I plan on:
- pastrami sandwich and belgian beer at Refuge in San Carlos
- burger at Gordon and Biersch (unless people say it's not worth it)
- jerk chicken at Back-A-Yard in Menlo Park (love this place)
- chicken burrito at Tres Potrillos in Sunnyvale (love this place)

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House of Prime Rib
1906 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109

Sakae
243 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

Sushi Kei
407 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030

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  1. wolfe Feb 24, 2011 06:20 AM

    If this the hot dog to which you are referring,Smoked Kobe Beef Chili Dog with Spicy ale chili, Cheddar and Jack cheese, grilled onions, yellow mustard on a French roll, please let us know how it was.

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      Ricochet Lemon Feb 24, 2011 06:56 AM

      Yup, that's the hotdog that I was referring to. If I end up there, and get it, I'll be sure to report.

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      mhuang Feb 24, 2011 05:09 PM

      I haven't found Gordon Biersch's food all that interesting, but I'm not a big burger guy -- in Palo Alto, there's a The Counter and Calafia; Califia is more "california cuisine" -- you have Lamb Burgers, and Traditional Beef Burgers, along with chicken, etc. The Counter is a build-your-own burger type place, and they're kind of a chain here.

      I think Jin Sho (in Palo Alto) has some very wonderful sushi (omakase lunch is the bargain here, though pricy ~45 IIRC). Nami Nami Kappo in Mountain View on Castro is also a wonderful lunch choice -- they have great lunch specials between $12-28.

      Old Port Lobster Shack in Redwood City is a recent new favorite of mine; they do a mean Maine-style Lobster Roll.

      Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino is probably as good as House of Prime Rib, though I'd look at both menus first and see if they have what you want.

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      Old Port Lobster Shack
      851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063

      House of Prime Rib
      1906 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109

      Gordon Biersch
      2 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

      Jin Sho
      454 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

      Alexander's Steakhouse
      10330 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA 95014

      Calafia
      855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

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        snw Feb 26, 2011 05:53 PM

        I know this area well. I get the impression you are looking for nearby dinner recs. If you are thinking prime rib and do no want to go to San Francisco, I suggest Broadway Prime on Broadway in Burlingame, five minutes away. Much better than Gullivers, former HOPR people who copied the whole concept. Sakae is very good, as is Mingalaba in Burlingame for burmese. Not fancy, but Taste In on Broadway Burlingame has great middle eastern food. If you want a more high end meal, 231 Elllsworth in San Mateo is very good. .

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        Sakae
        243 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

        Broadway Prime
        1316 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010

        Mingalaba
        1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

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          Ricochet Lemon Feb 26, 2011 06:12 PM

          Thanks, snw, that's really helpful.

          For prime rib, I guess I'll choose Broadway Prime instead of Gulliver's (though Gulliver's seems cheaper).

          If I end up at sushi, I guess I'll choose Sakae instead of Sushi Kei.

          But, I'm still thinking hard about the kobe beef hot dog at Kincaid's. I wish I had some anecdotal evidence of how it was! Or, a picture of it at least!

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          Sakae
          243 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

          Broadway Prime
          1316 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010

          Sushi Kei
          407 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030

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            golfingfool Feb 27, 2011 06:44 AM

            I would consider Zen Bistro in Millbrae for Sushi and Japanese food. Very modern decor and it's right across the street from Sushi Kei. Walk by and take a look, if you don't like what you see then go back to Sushi Kei.

        2. Robert Lauriston Feb 27, 2011 08:10 AM

          Kincaid's is a chain, one step up from hotel food. I wouldn't have high hopes for their chili dog, and for $10 you're not getting Kobe beef.

          1. scarmoza Feb 27, 2011 08:32 AM

            Mom's Tofu House, if you're in the mood for Korean.

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            Mom's Tofu House
            217 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

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              foodsnobs Mar 15, 2011 04:24 PM

              Can I add a question to this chain..... we are taking a 6a flight into SFO and arriving at 8a Pacific time. We will be starving by the time we get our luggage/car and get on the road for Napa. Any recommendations for a great breakfast on our way out? The map says we are traveling across the Bay Bridge and through Vallejo.

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                Ruth Lafler Mar 15, 2011 04:54 PM

                What day of the week? Because if it's a weekday you might want to stay south of the City and not risk getting stuck in commute traffic, but if that's not a factor there are more choices.

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                  foodsnobs Mar 15, 2011 06:51 PM

                  We fly in Sunday morning. Thanks!

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                  scarmoza Mar 15, 2011 06:53 PM

                  Plow is on the way there. It's not very far off from 280 (exit Mariposa), easy street parking, serves a very lovely breakfast everyday of the week - except Mondays.

                  Just for You is another good one with not so bad parking, not far from 280. They serve breakfast every day of the week.

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                  Just For You
                  732 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                  Plow
                  1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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                    foodsnobs Mar 16, 2011 08:59 AM

                    They both sound great. Thank you so much.

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                      artemis Mar 16, 2011 11:56 AM

                      I had brunch at Just For You last weekend - very good and well priced. The best dish on our table was my SO's daily special egg scramble with tomatoes, bell peppers and other tasty things. Just for You is next to 280 though, so it's not exactly convenient to 101/80 on the way to Napa. If you have a GPS, it will be pretty easy for you to get back on 80 via surface streets.

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                      Just For You
                      732 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                      1. re: scarmoza
                        RWCFoodie Mar 16, 2011 03:35 PM

                        http://www.eatatplow.com/

                      2. re: foodsnobs
                        Scrapironchef Mar 16, 2011 11:50 AM

                        Joann's Cafe in South San Francisco. Great food just north of the airport area.

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                        Joann's Cafe
                        1131 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080

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                          ROCKLES Apr 26, 2011 01:58 PM

                          Nini's or Christies in Burlngame.
                          Marin Joes in Marin

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                        chuckl Mar 16, 2011 09:33 AM

                        Gourmet haus staudt in redwood city has some of the best german beer and sausages on the peninsula

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                          vulber May 16, 2011 12:32 PM

                          some good recommendations here; but i am now in teh same situation of needing to find a restaurant for wednesday night in the SFO/burlingame area for my aunt and uncle who like good food, but have pretty conservative tastes; the only place below that's sounded appealing that's in that area is broadway prime, which is a bit pricier than i think they'd like...other suggestions?

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                            vulber May 16, 2011 12:34 PM

                            also, how does broadway prime compare to HOPR? they seem nearly identical....

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                              Windy May 16, 2011 12:39 PM

                              Will they eat Cantonese? HK Flower Lounge has always been where I've taken relatives with conservative tastes.

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                                vulber May 16, 2011 12:48 PM

                                hmmm....they have a pretty americanized view of chinese food; but they do enjoy good seafood....

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                                  Windy May 16, 2011 02:07 PM

                                  I think my family is reassured by the lavish surroundings, and valet parking. Excellent noodles, soups, meats. And lots of familiar items on the menu.

                                  You don't have to get chicken feet or abalone or tripe.

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                                vulber May 18, 2011 02:49 PM

                                so they're staying at the holiday inn express in s. san francisco, 373 airport boulevard. is this as dead of a food area as yelp maeks it out to be? i can't even find much appealing places within 5 miles.....

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                                  Robert Lauriston May 18, 2011 03:09 PM

                                  Oops, confused about the address.

                                  Basque Cultural Center, Bertolucci's, Villa del Sol

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                                  Basque Cultural Center
                                  599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

                                  Villa Del Sol Argentinian
                                  423 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

                                  Sodini's Bertoluccis Ristorante
                                  421 Cypress Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080

                                  1. re: vulber
                                    Windy May 18, 2011 03:20 PM

                                    There are decent places to eat in San Bruno and Millbrae, both within a couple of miles. No need to go all the way to Burlingame unless you want to.

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                                      vulber May 18, 2011 03:57 PM

                                      what are some good ones besides HKFL (haven't ruled that out, just trying to figure out other options). i rarely spend any time in that area....

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                                        vulber May 18, 2011 05:20 PM

                                        also, any reports on bertolucci's?

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                                          Robert Lauriston May 19, 2011 09:36 AM

                                          Bertolucci's is traditional Italian-American but done pretty well. Nice old-school 50s atmosphere with booths.

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                                            Ruth Lafler May 23, 2011 11:21 AM

                                            And any recent reports on Ming's? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2344...

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                                            Ming's Restaurant
                                            436 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066

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                                            Windy May 18, 2011 06:32 PM

                                            Asian Pearl is great. But I've only been for dim sum. It's right on the Millbrae-San Bruno border and has a parking lot in the back.

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                                            Asian Pearl
                                            3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

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                                              chaseshadows May 23, 2011 10:50 AM

                                              Shanghai Dumpling Shop on Broadway is a good place for Shanghai soup dumplings and Shanghai cuisine in general. The "red oil wontons" are also very good.
                                              This restaurant has the same Chinese name as Shanghai Dumpling King on Balboa in SF, which has it's own little cult following. We've asked the workers at the SF shop and though they're not owned by the same people, the chefs were apparently trained under the same "master."

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                                              Shanghai Dumpling Shop
                                              455 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030

                                              Shanghai Dumpling King
                                              3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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