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Apr 16, 2012 04:59 PM

Dinner near the Magic Theater [Fort Mason]

Not Greens. The other places mentioned on the theater's website are Zushi Puzzle (don't feel like sushi), Ristorante Parma (menu looks boring), and Pacific Catch (maybe less boring, but looks chain-y). I'm not very familiar with the Marina. Are there any interesting options? This will be on a Thursday.

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  1. Excluding higher end places, there's a Patxi's Chicago Pizza on Fillmore. Tacolicious is close by too, but there was an hour wait two Thursdays ago at 9PM so that might not be a great option.

    Marina regulars might have better suggestions, but I was happy with Cedar Hill: Kitchen + Smokehouse (~1 mile from Magic Theater), which was the first decent looking, affordable, and non-crowded restaurant we hit. The brisket was juicy and more flavorful than the one at B-Side I'd eaten for lunch that day. Big meaty ribs as well. Nothing needed the three sauces they put on the table (mustard sauce, sweet Kansas City sauce, and North Carolina vinegar), but they were delicious enough to serve as dipping sauces for the sweet potato fries.

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    1. re: hyperbowler

      Doubling down on barbecue in one day . . . cool. Happy to read your impressions on Cedar Hill, have been wondering about it.

    2. In addition to the Marina, you could also go east towards Ghirardelli and Gary Danko.

      Here's a thread from a few months ago on places to eat in Cow Hollow and the Marina.

      A few weeks ago I attended a private reception at Bin 38 and liked it enough that I'd be interested in going back for some wine and snacks or maybe the 3-course happy hour menu. That might suit you for a pre-show meal.
      BIN 38
      3232 Scott Street
      San Francisco, CA 94123
      Main Phone: 415.567.3838

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        BIN 38 looks good. The pictures on their website show an outdoor area that I'm guessing would be nice in warm weather.

        1. re: Glencora

          Yes, I liked the outdoor space, sort of a secret garden in the back. It makes up about half the space of this narrow building, and was a good place to breathe in the standing-room-only crowd the day I was there.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Melanie (or others): any further recent reports on Bin 38? There is a bloomspot coupon that is quite a deal on now...

            1. re: grayelf

              I have always enjoyed Bin 38. Great service, wonderful wine and really great beer selection.

              Union st has a lot to offer of course.

              Brazen Head?

              1. re: smatbrat

                Not to threadjack but Bin 38 may be better for happy hour/drinks, if I'm inferring correctly.

        2. Ristorante Parma menu may look boring and perhaps their food is, but I had the best petrale ever there several years ago. I've always wanted to go back. The Lombard corridor in the '70s and '80s had some great old Italian/American places.