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SF Dish of the Month (Feb 2013) - Nominations

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It's time to choose a Dish of the Month for SF Bay Area for February 2013

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, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best versions! In the past, 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 February 2013…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on January 28), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. You can also second nominations made by others. This thread will be open until January 28th.

Let the nominations begin!

Dave MP

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for SF:

Dan Dan Mian: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884466
Tamales: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880136
Burmese Tea Leaf Salad: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875767
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'm going to nominate some of my favorites that made it to last month's voting round. Feel free to second these, or add more ideas to the mix!

    CHILAQUILES

    BABA GHANOUSH

    HUMMUS

    CHICKEN SOUP

    1. Also nominating BREAKFAST/EGG SANDWICHES

      1. GUMBO

        PHO

        2nd on CHICKEN SOUP

        MUSSELS

        1. BREAKFAST BURRITOS
          FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICHES
          BAHN MI
          APPLE FRITTERS
          CHICKEN POT PIE

          1 Reply
          1. re: absc

            BREAKFAST BURRITOS x2

          2. 2nd BABA GHANOUSH (no Middle Eastern DOTM yet!)

            SHRIMP AND GRITS

            1. Bun bo hue or bun rieu

              I would love to see xiao lung bao because I could eat them every day!

              1 Reply
              1. re: singleguychef

                repost in ALL CAPS, please

              2. PHO

                FRIED CHICKEN

                BAHN MI

                1. HUMMUS

                  (nominating hummus, as opposed to baba ghanoush, because it's arguably more challenging to find hummus with great flavor and especially texture....)

                  1. BANH MI

                    DUCK (ANY)

                    TAPAS (IS THAT TOO GENERAL?) THEN:

                    GAMBAS ALLA PLANCHA

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: sambamaster

                      at last someone spells baNH mi correctly! :-)

                    2. BREAKFAST/EGG SANDWICHES
                      APPLE FRITTERS
                      CHILAQUILES

                      XLB
                      BUN BO HUE
                      BUN RIEU
                      WOR SIU UPP

                      1. PHO

                        CHINESE ROAST DUCK

                        1. LO HAN JAI

                          1. CIOPPINO -- good time of year for it.

                            1. RICE PORRIDGE (JOOK/CONGEE/OTHER ASIAN VARIATIONS)

                              PUPUSAS

                              FALAFEL

                              1. FOUL MADAMAS (cooked and mashed fava beans)

                                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful_medames
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/602202

                                1. CHILAQUILES (2nd)

                                  BABA GHANOUSH (2nd)

                                  HUMMUS (2nd)

                                  CHICKEN SOUP (2nd)

                                  KALE SALAD

                                  BASTILLA

                                  LAMB WRAP

                                  OXTAIL STEW

                                  CHINESE BEEF STEW

                                  LENTIL SOUP

                                  1. HUMMUS

                                    1. PHO
                                      FRIED CHICKEN
                                      BUN BO HUE

                                      1. Hummus could be interesting. The possible range of quality is wide and it's rare for a restaurant to offer anything better than mediocre.

                                        1. Nomination period is over, and the voting is up: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888174

                                          Lots of great nominations this month, I think it's going to be great regardless of what gets chosen.