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GJWhite Mar 17, 2012 01:07 PM

Hi all,

Heading up to SF for the first time and a friend recommended the following places. I was wondering what your take on them was!

- NOPA
- Blue Plate
- Limon
- Range
- Marlowe
- SPQR

And for bars/lounges, she recommended:

- Rye (two words: basil gimlet!)
- Bloodhound
- Minx
- Zeitgeist (lot of bicyclists/hipsters, but amazing beers on tap and great backyard patio area)

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: GJWhite Mar 17, 2012 01:12 PM

    I liked the original SPQR, which was sort of Cal-Roman, but the new chef's style is too Frenchy for my taste. For moderately priced Italian, I prefer Cotogna, Incanto, La Ciccia, and Barbacco.

    Otherwise, good places but not much variety. If you have any interest in Thai food, try Lers Ros.

    1. Civil Bear RE: GJWhite Mar 17, 2012 01:15 PM

      As for the restaurants you can scratch Blue Plate from your list. I recently gave them a second chance with a Groupon and was still disappointed with the execution. I have never been to Marlowe, but the rest of your list is great.

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        GJWhite RE: Civil Bear Mar 17, 2012 01:23 PM

        Thanks for the replies! Any recs for a great splurge night?

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          Robert Lauriston RE: GJWhite Mar 17, 2012 01:51 PM

          You're coming from LA? What are your favorite places there?

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            goldangl95 RE: GJWhite Mar 17, 2012 01:54 PM

            What's the budget for the splurge? What type of cuisine are you looking for?

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          TeacherFoodie RE: GJWhite Mar 18, 2012 02:17 PM

          I would add Aziza to your list. Some of the most amazing food I've ever had. Everything we ordered was delicious. Great service and atmosphere too.

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            hyperbowler RE: GJWhite Mar 18, 2012 04:02 PM

            Zeitgeist's is a really fun place and they do have a diverse beer selection, but check out their menu to see if they have the kinds of beers that you like. I'm a big fan of stouts and porters, and their selection is pretty standard for SF:

            http://zeitgeistsf.com/beer.html

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