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Best dishes at Tadich Grill?

Bay Gelldawg May 11, 2011 04:21 PM

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?


Tadich Grill
240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: Bay Gelldawg May 11, 2011 04:31 PM

    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
      Robert Lauriston RE: Ruth Lafler May 12, 2011 09:35 AM

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

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        stanbee RE: Robert Lauriston May 12, 2011 04:38 PM

        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
          mariacarmen RE: stanbee May 12, 2011 04:48 PM

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

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            stanbee RE: mariacarmen May 13, 2011 01:53 AM

            That was exaclty my experience of the Hangtown there.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: stanbee May 12, 2011 04:57 PM

            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.

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              Malcolm Ruthven RE: Robert Lauriston May 12, 2011 09:27 PM

              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. steve h. RE: Bay Gelldawg May 11, 2011 06:10 PM

        Fresh oysters are pretty good. Martinis, too.

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          chocolatetartguy RE: Bay Gelldawg May 11, 2011 06:55 PM

          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. Civil Bear RE: Bay Gelldawg May 11, 2011 07:14 PM

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

            1. CarrieWas218 RE: Bay Gelldawg May 12, 2011 04:12 PM

              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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                Robert Lauriston RE: CarrieWas218 May 12, 2011 04:25 PM

                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

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

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 2, 2012 09:16 AM

                  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.

              2. mariacarmen RE: Bay Gelldawg May 12, 2011 04:26 PM

                the wonderful bread. with butter. the buttered bread is good dipped in the cioppino, tho the seafood itself is not always the best. martinis are good, Steve h. is right.

                1. Beach Chick RE: Bay Gelldawg May 12, 2011 09:36 PM

                  The sand dabs..oysters and the chowder are my fave's..been going since the 70's with the family.
                  I'm a counter chick too.

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                    bohemiaSB RE: Bay Gelldawg May 16, 2011 09:25 AM

                    The seafood saute is remarkable. Oh so old-school San Franciscan.

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