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Looking for braised shortribs in East Bay or SF

My Dad is coming to town, requested to go to Chow for the braised short ribs, but it's not on the menu any more! Any recs for someplace that does them well at a reasonable price point?

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  1. This is one of my favorites at Postino in Lafayette.

    3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

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    1. re: Ian F

      Sounds delish, however would really prefer a less expensive restaurant. Chow used to charge around $15 I think...

    2. Try Hard Knox...in the Richmond or on 3rd St. I had them aways back. I think they come standard smothered (a Southern thing?) but you can ask for gravy on the side.

      1. When all else fails the short rib sandwich at Golden West.

        Golden West
        8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

        1. I know this will sound batty, but if I were in your shoes I'd take him to Sura for Galbi Jim. The short ribs fall off of the bone and are very tender. The sweet, soy based braising liquid is filled with root veg. I think an order of Galbi Jim is around $25, but it's meant to serve two. One other dish (maybe something safe like Jap chae) and you'll have more than the two of you can possibly eat (especially because the meal will come with soup, rice, and banchan).

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          1. re: lexdevil

            I wish he were so adventurous! He's a real meat and potatoes guy, that dish at Chow was perfect for him.

            1. re: Armoise

              I know Korean food can be challenging, but Galbi Jim is just straight up comfort food. But for the fact that the braising liquid starts with soy and sugar instead of wine, the ingredients are identical to many a French stew. This dish is sweet, not spicy and it's a great introduction to Korean food. It is, in fact, meat and potatoes.

          2. Part of the problem is that it's just the wrong time of year -- any place that changes its menu up at all, seasonally or whatever, probably isn't going to have a braised short rib on the menu in August.

            That said, in the price range you're looking for, the pot roast plate at Rico's Diner might scratch the same itch. Note that while this used to be one of my favorite lunch spots in downtown Oakland, there have been multiple downhill reports in the past year (tied, I believe, to an ownership change).

            Rico's Diner
            400 15th Street, Oakland, CA

            1. Just remember this one...Tommy's Joynt. It might be a daily special so call.

              1. This isn't really a recommendation, but it's on the current menu at Skates. I tasted it and it was by far the best thing I've eaten there -- a million times better than the dreadful fish. Parents seem to like the place. On a recent visit, the service seemed overly friendly/familiar to me, but my MIL liked it. I believe the braised short ribs were $22, $23? They're not on the online menu.

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                1. re: Glencora

                  I believe you can get them as a small plate which is cheaper. I am and I did.

                2. You can often find braised/stewed shortribs at soul food restaurants. Dorsey's Locker in Oakland has them some weekend days at least. Friday is gumbo day, but they should have shortribs on at least one of the other days. They are plenty good and you get a choice of two sides and their crunch corn muffins.

                  If you're really desperate, Musso and Franks in Hollywood does great, beefy shortribs. Come to think of it, you might try John's Grill or Little Joes (if it is still open someplace).

                  Little Joe's
                  1106 Market St, San Francisco, CA

                  Dorsey's Locker
                  5817 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

                  John's Grill
                  63 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                  1. Perbacco has a pasta with short rib ragu ($13/$18) or a braised short rib entree ($24). A little pricey, but still well worth the cost.

                    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                    1. Very recent thread Medjool, Braised Short Rib, Medjool Date, Cinnamon Sauce, and Twice Baked Potatoes.

                      2522 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      1. Bistro 1491 is an inexpensive and unassuming place on Solano Ave in Albany with red-wine braised short ribs on the menu. Everyone I know who has tried them has loved them. Slight anise flavor.

                        $15.95 on menu.

                        Fairly easy parking, very safe neighborhood.

                        Bistro 1491
                        1491 Solano Ave, Albany, CA

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                        1. re: rccola

                          I had lunch there today and asked if the short ribs were always on the dinner menu or if the menu rotated every now and then. The answer is that the short ribs are ALWAYS on the menu, though on a given day they may run out at some point because they're very popular. They also have beef short rib hash on their breakfast menu ($12.75).The short ribs come with haricot verts and a potato-parmesan pave.

                          The restaurant is in the site of the old Walker's Pie Shop. Nothing fancy or outstanding, but pretty good food at reasonable prices.