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Aug 19, 2011 12:02 PM

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 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