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It's time to choose a Dish of the Month for SF Bay Area for November 2012

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for SF Bay Area and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible, reporting back with details and photos. It's great to talk about places you've been in the past, but the idea is to explore new places and make new discoveries.

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (minestrone soup, xiao long bao) but might also be more of a dish category (stuffed pasta dishes, Asian fried chicken). It's up to the users on this board, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best versions! This past month, the dish of the month inspired a few Chowdowns so people could try the dish together....hopefully this tradition can continue!

This is the nomination thread for November 2012…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on October 26), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until October 26th.

Let the nominations begin!

Dave MP

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for SF:

Whole Chicken Stuffed w/ Sticky Rice: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871657
Cucumber Pickles: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866098
Channa Bhatura: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861176
Asian Fried Chicken: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856748

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  1. I'll get the nomination process started:

    POZOLE

    WAFFLES

    CHILE RELLENO

    DAN DAN MIAN

    THAI RED CURRY or THAI PUMPKIN CURRY

    PAPAYA SALAD

    4 Replies
    1. re: Dave MP

      PAPAYA SALAD sounds good, and that can cover Thai and Lao places. Is this common in any other cuisines?

      1. re: hyperbowler

        a google search shows some vietnamese eateries make papaya salad also.

      2. re: Dave MP

        One of the fun things about Green Papaya Salad is the unusually wide variety of outlets, from fancy Asian fusion restaurants to Sunday fund-raisers at Buddhist temples. Also, it's quite affordable.

        On the other hand, it's cold. Ones of the stews or curries or a soup might be a more appealing Winter choice. Hmmm...

        1. re: Jefferson

          This is only the nomination thread, so you should keep throwing out other ideas too! I am also kind of torn about papaya salad...

      3. Now that the weather has turned, I think of

        FISH STEW

        in all its variations: Cioppino (SF/Italy), Bouillabaisse (France), Caldo 7 Mares (Mexico), Chupe de Mariscos (Peru)...

        1 Reply
        1. re: Jefferson

          Ooooh, fish stew sounds good. Or BEEF STEW WON TON SOUP.

        2. When does crab season open? How about salt and pepper crab or another crab dish?

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          1. re: Armoise

            last year, crab season opened around november 15th.

            1. re: shanghaikid

              It actually opened a couple weeks later than usual due to prolonged negotiations on price between crabbers and seafood processors. Commercial season generally starts on 11/15.

              1. re: Spenbald

                We waited impatiently through the prolonged price negotiations for crab last year - I'm waiting for December to nominate Cioppino and Gumbo dishes.

                for November:
                KOUIGN AMANN
                APPLE FRITTERS
                TRES LECHE CAKE
                ANY FLAVOR ICE CREAM
                TEA LEAF SALAD
                BEST BURGER
                CHILAQUILES
                CARBONARA

                1. re: Cynsa

                  I like these ideas, especially CHILAQUILES and TEA LEAF SALAD

                  1. re: Cynsa

                    I like the apple fritters idea a lot. But as it is seasonal;
                    PUMPKIN PIE
                    PUMPKIN ICE CREAM

                    1. re: absc

                      Combining these ideas, how about PUMPKIN (KABOCHA/BUTTERNUT SQUASH) CURRY?

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        I suggested THAI PUMPKIN CURRY above but I like the idea of broadening it a bit to include any kind of PUMPKIN CURRY, as Ruth describes.

            2. BREAD
              Good breads... Josey Baker, Tartine, and more - tasty for Thanksgiving table.

              2 Replies
              1. re: Cynsa

                Bread seems like too large a category to me. Maybe we can be more specific, like SOURDOUGH BREAD or WHOLE WHEAT BREAD or ???

                1. re: Dave MP

                  I am curious about the bread selection as an overview - so many choices! What rises to the top? But you've found me out - I really just want a guide to breads before Thanksgiving and I'll post a separate thread. : )

              2. BEST BURGER
                PUMPKIN PIE

                1. The voting thread is up: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875237

                  Cast your vote there by 12 noon on Oct 31!