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Best dishes at Tadich Grill?

I've been to Tadich Grill many times over the years and will be going again soon.

I am always overwhelmed by their menu and end up ordering the same thing.

So - any tips on what they do best?

Thanks.

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Tadich Grill
240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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  1. The simple grilled or pan-fried fish: sand dabs, if they have them; petrale sole or rex sole if they don't. Or the cioppino. Some people who eat there regularly swear by the special of the day, which is not fish.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Second on that, except I don't think the cioppino's that great. The potatoes went downhill.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Thanks Robert Lauriston for the bravery to criticize the Sacred Cow.

        My Cioppino there was weak, watery, with overcooked sea food. shreds of crab., screamin for an herb. Nothing like the raves I've heard over the years.

        Great Sand dabs. Perfectly Broiled Lobster Tail. Have heard raves avout the Artichoke and Crab Casserole. Beloved by the famous SF Twins. Too rich for me to try.

        My friend, in a nostalgic retro mood, tried the Lobster Newburgh. Great disappointment with overcooked lobster in a wan sauce.

        1. re: stanbee

          The Hangtown Fry was also a disappointment, tho touted by Anthony Bourdain. Dry and tasteless, with rubbery bacon and oysters.

          1. re: mariacarmen

            That was exaclty my experience of the Hangtown there.

          2. re: stanbee

            I like to go to Tadich once in a while, but they're coasting on their reputation. Michael Bauer should give them a kick in the pants like he did to House of Prime Rib a few years ago.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I've had very different experiences there close together. One absolutely great mid-afternoon lunch at the bar and then one very mediocre-or-worse dinner at a table (all four of us remarked about how bad it was). .

      2. Fresh oysters are pretty good. Martinis, too.

        1. I've been eating the panfried sanddabs and grilled petrale for as long as I can remember. I also love their tartar sauce, best eaten with their large cut french fries.

          1. The fresh halibut steak grilled over mesquite is my favorite. Something about that rub...

            1. What they do best is try to be as good as Sam's...

              I think Sam's Sand Dabs are better and the quality of the fish superior to Tadich.

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              1. re: CarrieWas218

                Sam's new owner is definitely more sourcing-conscious than Tadich.

                I had the boned rex sole a la Sam last month. Their Web site says $13.50, menupages.com says Tadich charges $22.75. Tasty, generous portion, looked just about like this picture: http://www.roadfood.com/photos/7617.jpg

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                Sam's Grill & Sea Food Restaurant
                374 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  My bad to have trusted Sam's Web site. It hasn't been updated since 2006. Current price is $18.50. Menupages has Tadich at $23.75.