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May 14, 2012 07:15 PM

Where to eat near San Francisco State

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. Check out Westlake Joe's.

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

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

        1. Outerlands Judah @ 45th

          Near enough.

          1. 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

              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.

              1. re: ML8000

                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

                  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.

                  1. re: dunstable

                    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.

                    1. re: ML8000

                      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.