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Sep 2, 2011 09:51 AM

Best / Worst things to eat in Marina / Cow Hollow.

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:


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


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


lobster roll at tacko


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?

2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

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  1. 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.

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

    Bistro Aix
    3340 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123

    1. Mezes (Greek) is good.

      2373 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

      1. 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."

        Brazen Head
        3166 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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        1. re: DavidT

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

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

          2175 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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          1. re: coreyscookin

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

            2175 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

          2. Some highlights in the Marina...

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

            Most overrated...

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

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

            Marina Submarine
            2299 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123