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Oct 22, 2012 02:30 AM

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
Lers Ros

Also, I'm meeting a friend for coffee at the Mint Plaza Blue Bottle one day. Any other similar places nearby?

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  1. 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.

    1. 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

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      1. re: CarrieWas218

        I will be dining alone on a Thursday, and with company on a Friday and Monday

        Cafe Zitouna looks really good actually, so I'd like to lock that in for Friday, but their website indicates that they are temporarily closed - anyone know if they'll be open in a few weeks?

        1. re: nroot

          I'd call Zitouna. They have been known to not update their website before...

      2. Dosa is definitely not a "must eat". I might add Mandalay for a unique experience of Burmese cuisine.

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        1. re: escargot3

          Neat, thanks, I've never tried Burmese before!

            1. re: escargot3

              I prefer Burmese Kitchen which might be more conveniently located.


              1. 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.

            2. 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....

              1. 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:

                Thursday: ???????
                Friday: Zitouna
                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?

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                1. re: nroot

                  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.

                  1. re: CarrieWas218

                    ditto what CW said! Tho I adore the tea leaf salad at mandalay, the ginger salad is amazing and unique, and perhaps better for a single diner. Love the sumusa soup.