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I'll be visiting San Fran for the first time with a friend for the Winter Fancy Food Show in early January. My friend has visited before but she wasn't able to enjoy the fine cuisine due to the shortness of the trip. I love food, but what I like even more is creativity. I'm pursing a career as a film director so being creative is what I do for a living. I like going to the exclusive places to eat, the places where the tourist don't go, the whole in the wall spots, the gems where the locals become regulars instantly. Bay Area, I'm asking for the diamond in the rough spots that you guys can't get enough of. I'll (I'm not sure about her as of yet) be working on a medium budget ($35-$65) so if it's good, exclusive, and in the San Fran, Oakland, or Berkeley area I want to know about it Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert. Please and Thanks in Advance.

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  1. Hi, you aren't getting any responses because that's a wide net. Frankly, if it's really exclusive, then you're not going there either. Because of the massive focus on food, anything "diamond in the rough" is immediately tweeted & mobbed. (see another current thread). There are plenty of GOOD places but any GREAT place is found. So what are you really looking for?

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    1. re: bbulkow

      I can't really say. I just wanna find a place that has great food. If I had to choose one it would seafood or a great comfort food spot.

    2. I think there was a Seinfeld episode on the subject of undiscovered places being outed.

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      1. re: GH1618

        For seafood, Sotto Mare or Yuet Lee. Italian low price L'Osteria del forno, or lower price ( Italian-American "red sauce" style), U.S Restaurant.Yuet Lee and U.S. both have good calamari ($9 fridays at U.S.). Word, "San Fran" is like nails on a blackboard to locals. If "San Francisco " is too hard to type/say, we prefer "The City" capital T capital C. Enjoy the squid. Also crab season should still be in full swing.

      2. I'll be in San Fran for a week so I'll definitely take advantage of the cites best I'm also a huge fan of BBQ, who has the best BBQ?

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        1. re: Hungrierthanever

          That's a long discussion and depends on whether you favor a particular cut or regional style. This topic's a bit out of date but it covers most of the likely suspects:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/484818

          More recent: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775104

          1. re: Hungrierthanever

            San Francisco is not known for it's BBQ (other than oysters), but Memphis Minnie’s stands out among the rest, particularly their brisket.

            For a hole in the wall with great comfort food that you will likely not find in any guide books, you might consider Broken Arrow (dinner only) out on Geneva. It is a whiskey dive bar with some of the best mac & cheese and crawfish & grits, etc. in town.

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            Memphis Minnie's BBQ
            576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            1. re: Civil Bear

              I'll definitely check both places out. I'll be staying downtown @ Hotel Nikko, so I'm pretty sure it won't be difficult to get around.

              1. re: Hungrierthanever

                That's the Tenderloin, not downtown.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  From what I've been reading none of the BBQ spots are downtown. I'll be driving so i won't mind the trip, especially if it's good.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    That's debatable, I'd say it's downtown as the Tenderloin ends at Mason St. and that's being generous.

                2. re: Civil Bear

                  I think Civil Bear means Broken Record on Geneva.

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                  Broken Record
                  1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

                  1. re: jillyju

                    Yes I do, darn it!

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                    Broken Record
                    1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

                    1. re: Civil Bear

                      Broken Arrow, Jimmy Stewart ****
                      Broken Arrow John Travolta **1/2

                      1. re: wolfe

                        Broken Arrow, Robbie Robertson ****1/2

                        1. re: artychokeasana

                          At current exchange rate Canadian to U.S. = 4.46.

                3. re: Hungrierthanever

                  If you go for BBQ in SF, you get what you deserve. The very best of the BBQ here only rises to edible. Unless this new place, Sneaky's, ends up being good.

                  Any reports on Sneaky's?

                  For pete's sake, go get a pizza at tony's, the only coal fired oven on the west coast. Go to the Toranado and have the best of west coast beer, with a sausage next door.

                  There's a million food stories in this fair city, you can either read the archives or ask specific.... how do you feel about basque?

                  1. re: bbulkow

                    I am responding from a cellphone, so I won't try to link to any previous Sneaky' s threads. Their chicken wings are smoked and fried, and are yummy. I didn't really care for their pork belly, but I do really like their pork ribs. I like their sauces too, which are served on the side. Great mac and cheese too. My favorite bbq in The City.

                    1. re: jillyju

                      Trying to get linking to work.

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                      Sneaky's BBQ
                      1760 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

                    2. re: bbulkow

                      I tried Sneaky's baby backs and pulled pork a couple of years ago when they were delivery only. Pretty good though not as smoky as I like. I felt no need to get it again. I prefer spareribs anyway.

                      1. re: bbulkow

                        Yes, going to San Francisco for barbecue is like, oh, going to New Orleans for the Korean food. I suspect you can find something decent, and even the mediocre stuff is tasty, but it seems to be missing the point.

                        Michael