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Where to eat near San Francisco State

ocbaker May 14, 2012 07:15 PM

We're dropping our son off in August and would like to take him to dinner before we leave. I thought I'd get a head start on this.

He'll try anything! We are a little less adventurous. Somewhere casual, but we might splurge for the occasion.


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  1. wolfe RE: ocbaker May 14, 2012 07:33 PM

    Check out Westlake Joe's.

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      peppatty RE: ocbaker May 14, 2012 07:37 PM

      I really liked Fresca in West Portal. Peruvian, good cervice and good service.

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        ML8000 RE: ocbaker May 14, 2012 08:25 PM

        Kingdom of Dumplings for XLB or soup dumplings. Casual, Boulevard Cafe. Gold Mirror for old fashion/old school Italian.

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          tranewreck RE: ocbaker May 14, 2012 09:04 PM

          Outerlands Judah @ 45th

          Near enough.


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            dunstable RE: ocbaker May 15, 2012 08:44 AM

            Yeah, there's not much over there. I remember when I was going there, we often ended up at Chevy's in the mall. I'm not a big Fresca fan, but it's probably one of the best eateries in the area (alas). There's also a Mediterranean type place called Bursa that I thought was okay, but I haven't eaten there in years.

            Nearby is a great little Chinese place called Old Mandarin Islamic, where there is plenty to eat for conservative palates, but also things like "lamb eggs" for the adventurous. It's a tasty restaurant, very casual. (I personally wouldn't bother with the lamb eggs though; they don't taste like much.)

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            1. re: dunstable
              ML8000 RE: dunstable May 15, 2012 10:40 AM

              There's a lot out that way but not a lot of what the OP wants.

              FYI: SF is a 7 miles by 7 miles. You can get anywhere pretty quickly so there's no need to limit yourself to one area.

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                dunstable RE: ML8000 May 15, 2012 01:29 PM

                Not much that is any good, though. Believe me; in the time I was a student there, we must have tried every restaurant within a mile at least three times. I can't wholeheartedly recommend any of them except maybe Bursa, which I haven't visited in years. And Old Mandarin, which isn't exactly in the area.

                1. re: dunstable
                  bigwheel042 RE: dunstable May 15, 2012 02:15 PM

                  The area immediately around campus is mostly a food desert. Best bet given the OP's specifications (assuming Outerlands is out) is probably West Portal. Spiazzo is OK for neighborhood Italian food, Xiao Loong is Americanized but fine Chinese, and Mozzarella de Bufala is a decent pizza place with some Brazilian specialties on the menu. Haven't tried Roti or the Mexican place.

                  I might give some thought to 9th and Irving though and take him to Craw Station for crawfish and crab.

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                    ML8000 RE: dunstable May 15, 2012 02:25 PM

                    Depends on your palette. I went to state for grad school. Lots of Chinese (Ming's Cafe, 8 Immortals), mom and pop and hole-in-the-walls places like Tennessee Grill but no casual/cool places.

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                      bigwheel042 RE: ML8000 May 15, 2012 06:17 PM

                      My palate includes all that stuff, but I don't count Taraval as "immediately around campus". It's about a mile and a half away, somewhat uphill, if you go straight up 19th. Not a pleasant walk. Within walking distance of SFSU is...all the chains in the Stonestown mall, a taqueria and a burger joint in a Parkmerced strip mall, and maybe a place or two in Lakeside. That's about it.

              2. wolfe RE: ocbaker May 15, 2012 01:47 PM

                Not for your dinner but for a place where I'll bet he will spend some time.
                Hall Of Flame Burgers,73 Cambon Dr (at Castelo Ave)

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                1. re: wolfe
                  misterb RE: wolfe May 15, 2012 02:25 PM

                  My son spent 2 years at SFSU, and we ate at Hall of Flame the most. My son should have probably taken better advantage of Dad paying - this is not an expensive place.

                2. Robert Lauriston RE: ocbaker May 15, 2012 03:16 PM

                  If you're willing to drive four or five miles, there are a lot more options.

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                    ML8000 RE: ocbaker May 15, 2012 04:03 PM

                    I'd drive up 19th Ave to Irving, make a right turn and park near 9th St. There you'll have plenty of options, including Park Chow, casual but very good, reasonable price and something for everyone.

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                    1. re: ML8000
                      ocbaker RE: ML8000 May 15, 2012 09:46 PM

                      Thanks for the great response and all the suggestions!

                      1. re: ocbaker
                        ocbaker RE: ocbaker Nov 25, 2012 05:41 PM

                        I realized today that I never reported back on our trip to San Francisco.

                        We ended up at an Indian fast food place after returning to our car to go to lunch and discovering a dead battery. Not exactly what we planned, but after a two hour quest to find a battery, etc., we were all cranky and hungry.

                        I am looking forward to trying some of these places next time we are visiting. And I will pass along your recommendations to my son.

                        1. re: ocbaker
                          calumin RE: ocbaker Nov 25, 2012 07:51 PM

                          The restaurants on Ocean between 19th & Junipero Serra are within a mile from campus. Not really a pleasant walk along 19th but it is close.

                          Shabu House on Ocean is really good. It's probably the only restaurant near SF State that I would make an effort to visit if I were out of the area. Kamakura on Ocean isn't bad for Japanese (there are better places but both the sushi and cooked items are passable).

                          If you have a car, then about 2 miles away in Daly City is Kome Buffet. It is all you can eat Asian -- the food quality is very good as far as buffets go.

                          Also about 2 miles away on Ocean is a Whole Foods. I don't know of any good restaurants on Ocean east of Junipero Serra.

                          West Portal is also about 2 miles away from SF State. There are a few good restaurants in that area, including Goat Hill Pizza (pizza) & El Toreador (mexican).

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