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Dustin_E Sep 2, 2011 09:51 AM

I'm looking for specific dishes that are done pretty well, or really poorly in Marina / Cow Hollow, primarily in comparison to the best one can find other parts of the city. Primarily from the perspective of a foodie who lives in the marina and is asking, "is it worth the trip"?

My list would be:

excellent::

A16 - pizzas and the chocolate budino
betelnut - "shiu jia" dumplings
chilayo - mole enchilada and homemade salsas
lucca - sandwiches, potato salad, hard boiled eggs
suzie cakes - cakes and puddings
ristobar - homemade pastas

decent:

tacolicious - tacos at
cafe de amis - burger
luisa's - osso bucco
luisa's - bolognese
e'angelo - lasagna
zushi puzza - sushi
la canasta - tacos

tolerable:

lobster roll at tacko

terrible:

umami - sushi
nettie's crab shack -- lobster roll -- not enough lobster
betelnut - "little dragon" dumplings -- a lazy, nasty version of XLB
la canasta - vegetarian burrito -- too moist

Any other suggestions?

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A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

  1. Melanie Wong Apr 17, 2012 01:09 PM

    Great thread. Wondering if you or anyone else who's been back to Ristobar under the new chef can comment on any changes.

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      Dustin_E Oct 5, 2011 12:46 PM

      all excellent:

      nettie's crab shack -- crab roll, vegan soup -- just delicious.
      cafe de amis -- grilled dorade
      bistro aix -- duck with lentils and chicken with pasta
      tipsy pig -- mac + cheese w/ smoked bacon

      decent:

      tipsy pig -- fish + chips

      tolerable:

      tipsy pig -- ribs

      terrible:

      nettie's crab shack -- overly sweet, undrinkable cocktail

      though probably wouldn't say any of these are worth driving across town for ... unless of course you're going for the well-dressed good-looking people :-)

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        Eat.Choui Sep 16, 2011 01:41 AM

        Avoid the veggie burger from Roam Artisan Burgers, but do indulge in their fry-freca (spelling is wrong). The vanilla milkshake is good too.

        I'm not a fan of Susiecakes. Too sweet.

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        Roam Artisan Burgers
        1785 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

        1. Windy Sep 15, 2011 08:18 PM

          So far most of this list is decent dishes if you live in the neighborhood. Not many that would make me drive across town and look for parking though.

          What rises to the top for me: A16, Atelier Crenn, Mezes, and it sound like I should check out Tipsy Pig and maybe Delarosa.

          (Versus say Polk Street or nearby Van Ness, where I can think of a handful of destination worthy places right away. Even if Dustin claims the people are better looking or better dressed in his part of town :)

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          A16
          2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

          Mezes
          2373 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

          Tipsy Pig
          2231 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

          Delarosa
          2175 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

          Atelier Crenn
          3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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            Larry Stein Sep 15, 2011 01:37 PM

            In the excellent category, I'd add the huevos rancheros for brunch at Tipsy Pig..

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            Tipsy Pig
            2231 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

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              MeredithR Sep 14, 2011 01:00 PM

              Best:
              Sashimi: Zushi Puzzle or Chotto
              Burger (of all kinds of meats): Roam
              Healthy Brown Rice: Ghatip Thai
              Buffalo Mozz: A16
              Curry rice bowl: Plant Cafe
              Salads: Plutos or Blue Barn
              Brunch specials: Ottimista (who knew?)
              Pasta: Capannina or Lucca (buy + cook)
              Pretzel app: Tipsy Pig
              Pastry Puffs: Pacific Puffs
              Breakfast Pizza: Rose's Cafe
              Hummus + Pita: Terzo
              Sandwiches (to go): Marina Deli
              Chopped Salad: Perry's

              Decent:
              Meat burrito: La Canasta
              Sushi rolls: Marina Sushi Bar or Atami
              Fro Yo: Cultive
              Burger: Perry's
              Cupcakes: Kara's
              Greenbeans + Lettuce Cups: Betelnut
              Steak: Gamine

              Terrible:
              I'll keep my good karma points minus Judy's Cafe for various reasons including cleanliness + service :)

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              A16
              2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

              Betelnut
              2030 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

              Capannina
              1809 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

              Zushi Puzzle
              1910 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123

              Tipsy Pig
              2231 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

              Terzo
              3011 Steiner St., San Francisco, CA 94123

              Marina Sushi Bar
              2020 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123

              La Canasta
              3006 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123

              Chotto
              3317 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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                jacksonkev Sep 12, 2011 11:32 AM

                Some highlights in the Marina...

                Chotto-the ramen (considering the neighborhood)
                Tacko-fish tacos
                Roam-burgers

                Most overrated...

                Marina Submarine (not Marina Deli they are better) yes, confusing.
                Gamine-burger

                Dirty little secret-
                Pacific Catch-fried oysters
                Boboquivari's-bone in filet mignon

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                Marina Submarine
                2299 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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                  coreyscookin Sep 12, 2011 12:36 AM

                  Please don't forget Delarosa which has some amazing pizzas, cocktails, desserts, and a killer staff.

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                  Delarosa
                  2175 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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                    whiner Sep 12, 2011 12:07 PM

                    Delarosa is indeed a very friendly place with very well-priced, tasty items.

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                    Delarosa
                    2175 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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                    DavidT Sep 4, 2011 10:41 AM

                    Assuming it is still being offered, the $21 prime rib special on Monday & Tuesday nites at the Brazen Head would at least rate a "decent."

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                    Brazen Head
                    3166 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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                      stanbee Sep 12, 2011 12:46 AM

                      honestly, inconsistent. Once good, once cold with almost no jus. We ate the same time each occasion.

                    2. Robert Lauriston Sep 4, 2011 10:23 AM

                      Mezes (Greek) is good.

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                      Mezes
                      2373 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

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                        whiner Sep 4, 2011 05:27 AM

                        Next time you are at tacolicious try the chocolate pudding with olive oil made famous by Laiola. Pretty much everything at Bistro Aix is solid but not exciting.

                        All of the grilled cheeses I've had at Blue Barn Gourmet have been good, but the Sheep is exceptional, imo. Their salads are also excellent, but I don't order any of the named salads, I'm a custom sorta guy.

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                        Blue Barn Gourmet
                        2105 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

                        Bistro Aix
                        3340 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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