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zieglerbrian Jan 16, 2013 12:51 PM

Hi I love Rice-a-Roni. I looked at all over and can't find Rice-a-Roni on the menu or on any Web sites. Any ideas on good places that serve the San Francisco treat?

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    chocolatetartguy Jan 16, 2013 12:55 PM

    I have never seen rice-a-roni or hamburger helper on a restaurant menu. Do they still make rice-a-roni? What exactly is it? Rice with an orzo like pasta? I have seen hot dog ramen though.

    The ultimate source for discontinued items would be Grocery Outlet or a dollar store..

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    1. re: chocolatetartguy
      Ruth Lafler Mar 12, 2013 04:33 PM

      As implied but not specifically stated by the posters below, it's rice with broken up vermicelli.

      It's still alive and well. http://www.ricearoni.com/

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        Ruth Lafler May 23, 2013 02:10 PM

        Here's a really interesting piece on the origins of Rice-A-Roni: http://www.npr.org/2008/07/31/9306786...

    2. Robert Lauriston Jan 16, 2013 01:01 PM

      Nowhere. They called it "the San Francisco Treat" because Golden Grain Macaroni Co. started in SF but it was never served in restaurants here.

      Some Egyptian restaurants serve a more or less similar dish called kushari (various spellings).

      http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article...

      1. boogiebaby Jan 16, 2013 01:03 PM

        You won't find it on a restaurant menu because it's a home convenience food. Just like you probably won't find Ortega salsa, or Campbell's chicken noodle soup.

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          sambamaster Jan 16, 2013 02:49 PM

          Surely this is a put-on!??? I do know it was derived from, I think, a traditional Armenian pilaf, so it does have *some* link to legitimacy...!

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            Robert Lauriston Jan 16, 2013 02:55 PM

            Oh, right you are, it was adapted from an Armenian recipe. Royal Market might sell it at their prepared foods counter.

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            Weatherly Mar 12, 2013 03:37 PM

            There are many different types of Armenian pilaf, but the basic one we make is brown some 2 inch pieces of vermicelli (maybe a half cup?) in some butter(maybe a half stick?. Add 1 cup rice (my mother swears by Uncle Bens) and toast it for a few minutes. Add 2 cups hot chicken broth (if the broth is weak add a little chicken base). Bring to boil, cover, lower heat to a simmer, cook until done about 20 minutes, don't peek until done! No weird chemicals or flavoring packets.
            There are other ones with onion, parsley or almonds, you can experiment with what you like. Sorry measurements aren't exact, I just watched my mother make it growing up, and every time I ask how much she always looks exasperated and says "you know, some!"

            1. Bacardi1 Mar 12, 2013 04:04 PM

              Um - you're not going to find it on any restaurant menu, just as you're not going to find "Hamburger Helper" on any restaurant menu.

              The "San Francisco" treat hype is just that - advertising hype.

              Enjoy it at home.

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                RedTop Mar 12, 2013 04:15 PM

                Have you ever prepared a box, and consumed the entire volumn in one personal serving? Not recommended!

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                  syrup09 Mar 14, 2013 02:07 PM

                  Great line from Gilmore Girls.
                  Louise - "So what do we win if we do a good job, a years supply of Rice A Roni"

                  Madoline - "Oh, I love that stuff.

                  (It helps of you've seen the episode. If I explained more it still wouldn't make sense to those who haven't)

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                    wolfe Mar 14, 2013 03:39 PM

                    You missed the next line.
                    The second prize is a two year supply of Rice A Roni.

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                      syrup09 Mar 14, 2013 03:58 PM

                      I got the episode somewhere on VHS. I'll have to dig it out.

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                        wolfe Mar 14, 2013 04:17 PM

                        Don't, the joke is the second prize is worse than the first prize.

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                    sugartoof May 23, 2013 08:44 PM

                    It's always been a boxed item for grocery stores, and a common pantry item, but never a dish served at restaurants.

                    You might try Joe's special at Joe's if you're looking for a classic San Francisco dish, though it doesn't involve rice.

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