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Suggestions or restaurants to avoid?

Hello,

My girlfriend and I are coming to SF at the beginning of December and have found quite a few restaurants that we would like to go to, but are unsure about whether there are better ones that we could go to instead. So far we have chosen:

Delfina
Crepevine
Kappou Gomi
John's Grill
Mama's
Bix
Acquerello
A16

The only restaurant we are dead-set on is John's Grill (my english professor is a detective noir fanatic and offered me extra credit for going there). Any restaurants we should avoid going to would also be helpful:)...

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A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Bix
56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

Acquerello Restaurant
1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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

Kappou Gomi
5524 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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    1. I'd skip anything you can get at home or get better. I'd probably skip Crepevine (unless you're a really big crepe fan), Kappou Gomi and Mama's (unless there's a reason the last two). None are bad but you have to start cutting somewhere.

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      Kappou Gomi
      5524 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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      1. re: ML8000

        While I would definately skip a chain like Crepevine, Mama's has one of the best breakfasts in San Francisco. It is best to go at opening due to there being a line ... and there is a good reason for that line. The baked goods are great, the home made ollieberry jam is the best of that berry I've had anywhere. I can't think of a bad egg dish I've had in all the years I've been there. Also, when I lived in SF, their quiche was often the dish I bought to many pot lucks at work ... and was always universally praised and gobbled up.

        Anyway, if you are here on a Saturday morning, go to the Ferry Plaza farmers market.

        1. re: rworange

          I don't disagree. My point is more about limited slots for eating. If you're a big breakfast fan, I'd go but if you can get something similar at home, I'd avoid it. As usual, tough call not knowing details like where they're front, expectations and must do likes. Any way, if they're not from California, I'd definitely go to FB FM just to look at the produce, and of course eat.

          1. re: ML8000

            According to the profile, the poster is from Wisconsin.

            Well, invite me over to your house for breakfast then. I expect home made Kugelhopf, Dungeness eggs benedict or cranberry orange walnut French toast.
            http://www.mamas-sf.com/breakfast.html

            At one time they did an Italian benedict on top of Linguria's focaccia. They occasionally have i as a special and I recommend it.

            I dunno, I think starting the day in the heart of North Beach, peeking in the foccacia place at accross the street, watching the Chinese people and Chinese wanna be's doing tai chi in the park and then strolling thru the neighborhood or hiking up to Coit Tower pretty special.

            1. re: rworange

              If they're from Wisc...then sure. I saw a post in Manhattan and figured they were from there.

              p.s. I'd serve carmelized figs (or pistachios and bananas) over French toast and straight crab cakes...and maybe a hang town fry.

              p.p.s. I'd put Kappou Gomi back on the list.

              1. re: ML8000

                I'd second the suggestion twice as much if the OP is actually from Manhattan. Mama's is a classic, that really captures the Bay Area spirit. Don't forget, they have some lunch items as well, like the burger.

              2. re: rworange

                @rworange...i lived in San Francisco in 74-75 and for most of the 80s and any time i visit, I go very early to walk around North Beach, so early that no tourist is likely there with me...an espresso at Cafe Trieste, dim sum at Gold Mtn...and im a happy camper!

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                Cafe Trieste
                199 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

          2. re: ML8000

            We just found Crepevine as place by Golden Gate Park that had served breakfast so if there is something better for breakfast in the area let me know...

            1. re: Lajo0806

              I'd look into Park Chow since it's close to the museums at 9th/Irving.

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              Park Chow
              1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

              1. re: Lajo0806

                The Pork Store in the heart of the Haight (near GGP) would be a good choice for breakfast.

                Delfina and A16 are fairly similar, with Delfina getting the nod for me. I would switch one of them out for Aziza, or Range, or Nopa, or La Ciccia, or...

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                La Ciccia
                291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

                A16
                2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

                Delfina Restaurant
                3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                Nopa
                560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                Pork Store Cafe
                1451 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                1. re: Lajo0806

                  o yeah, if youre in the Haight somewhere go to Pork Store, early before the tourists awaken!

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                  Pork Store Cafe
                  1451 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                  1. re: lapizzamaven

                    La Ciccia has some wonderful food but it is the noisiet venue I've ever been to. Maybe the vortex of noise concentrates just in the front of the restaurant near the windows, just so you don't mind the loud roar during the meal.

                    I wish the Patron would make some adjustments to the accoustics. Had I known how uncomfortable it was I wouldn't have tried it.

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                    La Ciccia
                    291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

              2. Personally, I would stop in at John's Grill for a cocktail, but I wouldn't waste a meal there... Much better food to be had in the city. The steaks are mediocre and the pasta less so.

                Like ML8000 said, unless you are HUGE crepe fans, Crepevine is just a mediocre chain. But I disagree on Kappou Gomi which I adore.

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

                Kappou Gomi
                5524 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

                1. Second on just getting a drink at the bar at John's Grill.

                  There are probably better places for crepes than Crepevine. Too bad Ti Couz closed.

                  Otherwise a solid list.

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Is Butler and the Chef still open? They make good crepes.

                    1. re: rworange

                      Yes, they're still around, and still serving buckwheat crepes, but their quiches are such a star, I don't know if many people order them.

                  2. John's Grill may be one of the worst restaurants in the city, while Acquerello may be one of the best.

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