Three low/mid-range lunches - narrow down my picks?
I'm going to be around for 3 lunches in the SF area - what's people's opinions from these? Any of them must eats? Should I avoid any? Are there any standouts I'm missing? I like all ethnic food, especially Thai and anything from the Mediterranean/Middle East. I'm not a fan of French or American food - and looking for something a little more adventurous than deli sandwich-style lunches.
Il Cane Rosso
Dosa on Fillmore
Also, I'm meeting a friend for coffee at the Mint Plaza Blue Bottle one day. Any other similar places nearby?
Well you didn't list any Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisines, which you are a fan of, so I would add Zitouna or Ala Turca to your list and see how other Hounds weigh in as to what to eliminate.
What day are you going? Dosa on Fillmore is not open for lunch on Mondays or Tuesday - and, frankly, I think they are way overpriced for what they are. It is FAR from low- or mid-priced...
If you are mobile, I'd head to Lavash in the Sunset or Cafe Zitouna (and save a ton of money) if Middle Eastern is your craving.
Are you dining with anyone? I
re: Robert Lauriston
just so nroot has perspective - a lot of people loved Burmese Kitchen but have felt the quality has slipped a bit. I've felt that. I was much more wowed by Mandalay the last time i went. But, Burmese Kitchen IS in an easy to get to locale, and they are very nice people. You could still get a very good meal there.
Lers Ros is a must eat. duck larb and Koh Moo Yang - smokey grilled slices of pork shoulder - to die for. also Koong Chae Nam Pla - raw prawns with chili and lemon grass.
Cotogna is also fantastic, but maybe that puts you over the mid-range....
OK so I found out my friend is taking me to Appertivo at Adesso and Scopa in Healdsburg over the weekend, so for variety + taking everyone's suggestions into account I'm tempted to bias away from the Italian/European and go for:
Monday: Mandalay or Lers Ros
Keeping in mind that Thursday is the day I'll be eating alone, what should I go for? How about Monday's call? I've never had Burmese - is it very different from Thai? How does Lers Ros compare to Pok Pok in Portland?
NRoot, go to Mandalay on Thursday and Lers Ros on Friday.
Burmese is very different from Thai in that (for me) it is more varied and interesting. As a solo diner, I go and get the Gin Dok (ginger) salad although many people prefer the Tea Leaf salad (I'm a huge ginger fan). I accompany that with the Sumosa soup and a Ginger Lemonade.