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rmbelson Jun 20, 2011 01:21 PM

Flying in on business Wed. night. Staying near 9th and Harrison. Probably not getting to resto until 9PM (midnight in our bellies). Where's a walking distance, not too noisy, not too $$$ place. Our business meetings next day are in Chinatown, so I bet we get a Chinese lunch.

Thanks

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    vulber Jun 21, 2011 11:50 PM

    yea, ther'es not a whole lot in that area; i think your best bet is to stop somewhere else on your way.

    i like bar agricole for cocktails more than i do for food, and i find una pizza outlandishly overpriced.

    if you like vegetarian food, Source is somewhat close.

    haven't been, but if the chicken wings at SO are as good as san tung, recommended.

    plenty of gay bars in the area....

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      rmbelson Jun 22, 2011 07:49 AM

      What about Triptych? Also not too far away.

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        ML8000 Jun 22, 2011 09:49 AM

        Nothing in that area...that's why I suggested the airport as crazy as that seems to many. The food is actually good since many places there run an original place in the City. You'll have a better meal than walking around that hood. That said, a 2nd on Globe or perhaps Zuni.

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        Zuni Cafe
        1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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          rmbelson Jun 23, 2011 07:28 AM

          Went to Citizen's Band and it was just right. I had one of the best spinach salads I've ever had -- the spinach was so fresh it crunched. Salad had onion marmalade, ricotta salata,the greens and was dressed in a light (how is this possible?) bacon fat dressing. And on top a hard boiled egg, just underdone, coated with breadcrumbs and lightly browned. Given that it was after midnight in my body, having flown from East Coast -- couldn't have asked for better. My boss had the best burger he's ever had, he said, Kobe beef with house-made pickles and great fries. He had a beer; I had a glass of Zin and we got out of there for $40.

          Friendly service, not too noisy, only downside was no cushions on the chairs or bench seating -- hard on my tired from the airplane bottom. I'd go again.

          Thanks

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            Frosty Melon Jun 23, 2011 08:25 AM

            I loved that spinach salad, and still think about how perfect that egg on top was. Still need to try the burger. I've yet to be disappointed by anything at CB. It's also great for brunch on weekends.

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              Ruth Lafler Jun 23, 2011 10:03 AM

              Thanks for the report. Link for Citizen's Band:

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              Citizen’s Band
              1198 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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              rmbelson Jun 28, 2011 03:41 PM

              On our second night, we went to Mochica, per this board's suggestion. My previous experience with Peruvian is in Miami, where it was formica tables, paper place mats and bright lighting -- and great cheap food. Mochica is not that kind of place, it had fancier service, wine list, etc. but it was a good dinner. We shared the potato and cheese sauce app, Papa a la Huancaina, very good. I had a squid stuffed with chorizo in a light tomato sauce, also good, but only 2 squids, so could have been more. My boss had a mixed seafood soup he liked a lot. Pleasant service, a good wine list, and again a hit -- boss happy with me for good resto suggestions.

              Thanks to all chowhounders for pointing me in the right direction.

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              Mochica
              937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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          SteveG Jun 21, 2011 10:05 AM

          I'd pick bar Agricole or Una Pizza Napoletana, depending on what mood I was in. The first if you want great cocktails and very good Cal-Med food with an Italian bent. The second if you want a limited set of options that include very good, if pricey, Naples-style pizza with a small but good wine list. One $20 pizza is plenty for one person; it's an expensive little pizza, but it's still not that expensive for a meal out. And it's a darned good pizza.

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          Una Pizza Napoletana
          200 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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            rmbelson Jun 21, 2011 04:47 PM

            I see on Google Maps also Henry's Hunan close by. Some good reviews here. A good place?

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              Windy Jun 21, 2011 04:50 PM

              Henry's is great, but the Bryant street branch doesn't stay open late. Its main business is lunch.

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                bbulkow Jun 21, 2011 07:17 PM

                Henry's is pretty low rent. Formica tables. Food is really quite good, especially for the price. Rather authentic hunan: down home twice cooked pork just like momma used to make. Can be mind-blowingly spicy. I once got inedible food there -- and I like spice. If that's what you're looking for, go for it.

                I like more comfort food when I'm traveling on business. If you're delayed, the restaurant of choice is always The Globe - not a walk, but open till 1am, very cozy, excellent food, not greasy, only somewhat expensive. Porterhouse for 2 is divine, so are the small pizzas. Importantly, a serene oasis at 10:30pm.

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                  rmbelson Jun 22, 2011 07:48 AM

                  Henry's closes at 9, so not a good choice for us.

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              ML8000 Jun 21, 2011 01:57 AM

              Manora Thai is around the corner at 12th/Folsom. I ate there 10+ years ago a couple of times. It was good but nothing super special. A good ma and pa neighborhood place. Gets good reviews, open until 10:30 p.m.

              Also you can get decent food inside SFO. You have to figure out what's in your terminal and what is outside security and what's not. Do a search and you'll find reviews. Might be easier to eat before you leave the airport, probably a better choice as well. The prices will be comparable to in SF. You have to verify hours but many/most should be open.

              http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/atsfo/shop-dine/dine/

              Here's a thread that discusses the places in the new/renovated Terminal 2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/777581

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                bigwheel042 Jun 20, 2011 08:22 PM

                Bar Agricole is very good but it's also on the pricey side IMO. Slightly less expensive, perhaps, is Bossa Nova which has a fun vibe at dinner.

                Edit to say: Bossa Nova may fail on the noise front, though things will likely be less crazy on a Wednesday.

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                Bossa Nova
                139 8th St, San Francisco, CA

                Bar Agricole
                355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                  trespinero Jun 21, 2011 12:43 AM

                  Sushi Groove is on Folsom and 11th.

                2. Windy Jun 20, 2011 04:40 PM

                  You may also want to consider eating at the airport, especially if you're flying into Terminal 2 (Virgin America or American) or the international terminal (food court is outside security and not far from the BART stop) and are hungry. T2 is brand new and has sushi, vegetarian, a Cat Cora restaurant, etc. There are lot of good options that will be open at 8.

                  1. Frosty Melon Jun 20, 2011 02:47 PM

                    Citizens Band at 8th & Folsom.

                    1. Ruth Lafler Jun 20, 2011 02:15 PM

                      Mochica.

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                      Mochica
                      937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

                      1. Scott M Jun 20, 2011 01:42 PM

                        Not sure I would suggest walking to any restaurant in the area as it can be sketchy late at night

                        With that disclaimer out of the way, your best bet may be Bar Agricole

                        http://www.baragricole.com/

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                        Bar Agricole
                        355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                          Melanie Wong Jun 20, 2011 02:36 PM

                          And Bar Agricole stays open late.

                          Basil Canteen for Thai is on the corner of Folsom and 11th.

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                          Basil Canteen
                          1489 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

                          Bar Agricole
                          355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                            johnrsf Jun 20, 2011 02:51 PM

                            Juhu Beach Club, on 11th between Harrison and Folsom, for Indian sandwiches and small plates from a former Top Chef contestant.

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                            Juhu Beach Club
                            , San Francisco, CA

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                              Melanie Wong Jun 20, 2011 02:52 PM

                              Note that Juhu doesn't seem to be open in the evenings anymore after a brief experiment. But I love it for lunch!

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                              jman1 Jun 21, 2011 01:20 AM

                              Bar Agricole can also be pretty noisy. Especially around the bar area in front. Downstairs is usually more quiet.

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                              Bar Agricole
                              355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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