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reedsox Jul 31, 2012 11:29 AM

Any good places to eat or grab something in this area?

  1. Robert Lauriston Jul 31, 2012 12:51 PM

    Dosa's good for Indian. Kind of upscale (goes with the neighborhood) but not dumbed down.

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      CarrieWas218 Jul 31, 2012 02:11 PM

      Dosa is horrifically expensive for Indian and what you get - not dumbed down, but definitely tarted up beyond what it needs to be...

      My Fillmore picks:
      SPQR - never had a bad meal there
      Jackson on Fillmore - great pasta
      Elita Cafe - good for brunch, if only for the "crack" biscuits
      La Mediteranee - good, bargain Mediterranean
      Troya - love their appetizers
      Woodhouse - adore the fried clams
      D&M - okay, not a restaurant; but the best selection of Champagne and Armagnac in the city...

      1. re: CarrieWas218
        Robert Lauriston Jul 31, 2012 02:27 PM

        Has Méditerranée improved or is that branch better than the others?

        Dosa's expensive compared with Tenderloin cafeteria-service dives but prices are reasonable compared with similarly nice places in that neighborhood.

        http://www.cafelamed.com/fillmore_new/downloads/InHouseMenu_Fillmore.pdf
        http://dosasf.com/fillmore_menus.htm

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          CarrieWas218 Jul 31, 2012 04:08 PM

          For me, the Fillmore branch of Méditerranée is better than the others; it is consistently busy which says something considering many of its neighbors are often wanting for customers. The Quality-Price-Ratio is stellar = you get a lot of bang for not a lot of buck.

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          bluex Jul 31, 2012 02:34 PM

          "not dumbed down, but definitely tarted up beyond what it needs to be..."

          YES, that description is perfect. That's exactly what my problem is with Dosa.

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            Robert Lauriston Jul 31, 2012 04:17 PM

            That's my problem with the neighborhood in general.

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              Chardgirl Aug 2, 2012 07:13 AM

              This neighborhood is just 3 blocks from UCSF Mt. Zion so it's a god send when you just can't eat another falafel. It takes me 6 minutes to walk from the hospital to Out the Door: which has GREAT tea service. Hong Kong Milk Tea, and also wonder green teas properly steeped, and if you're with Non Tea people: wine on tap!

              1. re: Chardgirl
                Melanie Wong Aug 2, 2012 01:25 PM

                Hey Chardgirl, welcome back. I've heard that Out the Door makes the most authentic tasting HK milk tea in this part of the world. Will have to try harder to get over there to taste it.

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        DavidT Jul 31, 2012 11:44 AM

        Here are some options:

        -Delfina Pizza (on California west of Fillmore)
        -Fresca for Peruvian (on Fillmore north of California)
        -Woodhouse for seafood (on Fillmore between Pine/Bush)
        -Florio for Cal/French/Ital bistro (on Fillmore across from Woodhouse)
        -SPQR for Italian (on Fillmore across from Woodhouse)
        -Out the Door for Thai (on Bush west of Fillmore)
        -Harry's Bar puts out a good burger (on Fillmore south of California)

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          reedsox Jul 31, 2012 12:26 PM

          thanks, really looking forward to Out the Door

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            grayelf Jul 31, 2012 12:37 PM

            Nice list, David -- for the OP, Slanted Door is sorta Vietnamese fusion, not so much Thai. Fun breakfasts at this branch. I'm also partial to the shrimp taco at Tacobar (California and Fillmore). Jane is nice for coffee as well -- though they change their supplier frequently so YMMV. They were serving local De La Paz in April, website says Stumptown from Portland now.

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              Chardgirl Aug 2, 2012 07:11 AM

              I like Jane and I don't drink coffee. Their chai is lovely: balanced and not overly sweet and not too much cinnamon (a masala chai pet peeve of mine). They have a 'green smoothie' which is refreshing when you're needing a healthy kick in the morning. I like the space too.

        2. Robert Lauriston Jul 31, 2012 11:38 AM

          Fillmore St. has one of the heaviest concentrations of restaurants in the city.

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