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Sep 30, 2011 12:55 PM

Lunch spot very near 30th and Fulton in the Richmond District of SF / Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Plan to put my blanket down at 10 am at the Star Stage at HSBG to see Kris and Merle and Irma Thomas later in the afternoon. I have time to kill until then and the food choices there are the usual predictable street fair vendors. Is there anywhere just outside the park around 30th, where I can get a decent lunch before I rough it to hear the music?

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  1. How about inside the Park: The Moss Room at Cal Academy would not be roughing it, or, if the weather is pretty OK, the outside seating at the cafeteria at the DeYoung?

    1. The closest neighbor to 30th/Fulton is near the Balboa and 34th to 38th. There's Shanghai Dumpling King, Shanghai House and Jook Time. There's also Chino's Taqueria (okay but subjective) and bunch of old school (un-trendy) places out there like Little Henry's, Kamm's, and some pizza/sandwich type places that serve Washington H.S. (not sure about weekends).

      To me the only stand-outs are Shanghai Dumpling King and Shanghai House. Little Henry's is okay if you order conservatively and stay away from cream sauces. The Zephyr Cafe use to serve an okay sandwich and soup deal.

      Shanghai House
      3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

      Shanghai Dumpling King
      3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

      Jook Time
      3398 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

      Chino's Taqueria
      3416 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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      1. re: ML8000

        I didn't realize I would be so close to Shanghai Dumpling KIng. It's less than a mile from HSBG and liked it 3 years ago when I was attending a screening at the Balboa. Thanks!

      2. A little further down at 41st and Balboa is Yu-Zen. Great sushi, but service can be slow.

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        1. re: drewskiSF

          also nearby: Empero Taste
          4052 Balboa Street at 41st Avenue
          11 am
          $4.99 lunch specials

        2. SF Weekly's article on Hardly Strictly had 8 places to eat in the Richmond/Sunset district for HSB:

          Gaspare's - red sauce Italian place, movie Blue Jasmine had a scene there. 5546 Geary, 415-387-5025

          The Richmond:
          Hard Knox Cafe - 2448 Clement
          Spices!/Spices II - 294 Eighth Ave; 291 Sixth Ave
          Tia Margarita - 300 19th Ave

          The Sunset:
          King of Noodles - 1639 Irving
          Pho Phu Quoc - 1816 Irving
          San Tung - 1031 Irving
          Social Kitchen & Brewery - 1326 Ninth Ave