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Apr 19, 2012 11:50 AM

Seeking Supper Recommendations Near Balboa & Park Presidio, Richmond Area

My wife & I will be staying near Balboa St & Park Presidio Blvd intersection in early May for 5 days. We will be walking and taking the bus sightseeing, and would like to eat supper each evening within 1 mile of our apt. We hope to eat for approx $20 or under per person. We have very few restaurants representing different cultures where we live in the deep south (except southern-fried Chinese & faux Italian). Notwithstanding the lack of such restaurants, we enjoy meals from any cultural heritage or fusion that are made with care. Pleasant owners/cooks are appreciated; decor is secondary. Recommendations are welcome.

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  1. Singapore-Malaysian, Mandalay, Dong Bei Mama, Old Shanghai, Spices, Spices 2

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      1. Shanghai Dumpling King is definitely worth a visit at Balboa and 33rd.

        Beyond that, take a walk to Geary from Park Presidio to 22nd (2 blocks north of Balboa). You'll find an amazing mix of Chinese, Mexican, Italian, a few Kosher places, Japanese, Vietnamese, Russian delis, Irish Bakery/bars that you won't see anywhere else in the world. I'd just walk down that stretch and then look it up here or Yelp for opinions. There will be 40-50 markets/restaurants places on that stretch. You will not be bored and have plenty to explore.

        One more block north is Clement, from Park Presidio to 1st Ave, there's just as many places but more Asian.

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        1. re: ML8000

          SDK is probably closer to 2 miles from 13th/Balboa, so might be worthwhile to hop on the 31 bus. What are the Kosher places beyond the rather expensive and not-great Israel Kosher Meat on Geary?

          One mile from that intersection goes almost all the way to Arguello and Geary or 25th and Geary in the other direction. Some others in that stretch that I think may fit the bill of "meals made with care": Tawan's, Sichuan Home, Muguboka, Five Happiness. I would also recommend To Hyang but I suspect it will still be jammed from all the post-Anthony Bourdain hype. Maybe try for a weeknight.

          Anyone been to Okina lately? Keep meaning to try that place.

        2. Yeah, it's a nice area with lots of dinning options. But at the same time, it's not very safe. In the recent weeks, there has been numerous smartphone robberies going on in the neighborhood.

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          1. re: sparbanns

            The Richmond is one of the safest neighborhoods in SF. Yes it's a good idea to not walk around using your smart phone but if you do that, there shouldn't be too many worries, if any. I used to live in the Richmond and besides petty theft (car break ins) not much happens out there.


            1. re: sparbanns

              Okay, I need to weigh in on this one. As someone who lived 4 years in West Oakland and 3 in the lower Haight, a year in (then known as North Yemen), and 6 on the "wrong" side of the Mission, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The Richmond is absolutely PLACID in comparison. Little, if nothing, happens
              out here, apart from this awesomeness:

            2. Lots of good recommendations listed above. Definitely do a search on here for each place's specialties since menus often lead you in the wrong direction.

              For desserts, try Cinderella Bakery (the freshest Russian desserts in the Richmond and good savory items) or Joe's Ice Cream (good classics and lots of Asian-style flavors such as mango, ginger, green tea).

              1. You have unlimited options on Geary and Clement, Burma Superstar is a bright spot and even a Korean place on 19th and Balboa which I have never been to. You can jump on the Fulton bus and get to Nopa on Divisidero if you want to get away from the mostly Asian fare of the Richmond. The academy of science has a great cafateria as does the de young museum in Golden Gate Park. On the east side of the park or pan handle I would hit Nopalito for some great mexican. The city is pretty small and you can get around pretty easy via the Geary or Fulton bus so I wouldn't just stay in the Richmond - check out the Tenderloin, Mission, and North Beach as well.

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                1. re: trespinero

                  Burma Superstar IMHO is overrated and it's likely going to be nuts trying to get in unless the OP shows up right when they open. The Korean place you're talking about is Han Il Kwan, which is good, but is also likely to be very crowded on weekends thanks to the Korean tour bus crowd that packs the place. That's the main reason I picked Muguboka instead - maybe I overinterpreted the original post, but from his description of "want something close by, inexpensive and made with care" it sounds like he wants to minimize the amount of hassle and schlepping he has to put up with for a tasty meal.

                  If that's a correct interpretation then Nopa should be out - I think the food is very good, but it's a zoo most nights, and order anything other than the burger (to say nothing of appetizers/drinks/dessert) and you'll immediately blow right through $20/person.

                  1. re: bigwheel042

                    Isn't Nopalito opening a branch at 9th/Irving? 9th and Irving is worth visiting if going to that side of GG Park. About as many options as Geary or Clement St.

                      1. re: ML8000

                        9th and Irving is a bit out of the mile radius, or a lot if you get lost on your way through the park.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          Yes it is but if you visit that side of GG Park (Cal Academy of Science, DeYoung, Japanese Tea Garden, The Arboretum) it makes sense to visit 9th and Irving. Since those are very popular visitor attractions, I mentioned it.

                      2. re: bigwheel042

                        You can call Han Il Kwan to make sure they don't have a tour bus coming.

                        Mandalay doesn't have the lines that Burma Superstar does, otherwise the two places are similar.