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Friday night dinner near Old First Church. [San Francisco]

PeterL Jan 30, 2013 04:12 PM

Not familiar with the area (Sacramento and Van Ness). Any recommendations for a pre concert dinner on Friday night? About $30 per person, cuisine open. Would prefer to eat and then walk to the church rather than eat farther away.

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    BAnders RE: PeterL Jan 31, 2013 08:57 AM

    Canteen is walkable to that location. Also Frascati and Baker & Banker; although I have never been to either, I've heard good things.

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      Robert Lauriston RE: BAnders Jan 31, 2013 09:31 AM

      Canteen and Frascati are a schlep over the hill.

      In the immediate area, there's Crustacean, Aicha, Darbar, and Co Nam.

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        PeterL RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 31, 2013 11:14 AM

        Thought about Crustacean, but don't want to go into a classical piano concert smelling like garlic. Will look at the others. Thanks.

    2. CarrieWas218 RE: PeterL Jan 31, 2013 09:30 AM

      $30 all-inclusive? That is going to be harder and BAnders' suggestion for Canteen is probably your best one - but make reservations ASAP.

      I love Baker & Banker, but with tax, tip and a drink, you are probably closer to $40 or $50 a person all-in.

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        PeterL RE: CarrieWas218 Jan 31, 2013 11:15 AM

        $40 to $50 is OK too. We don't drink, so maybe lower? Will check into Baker & Banker.

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          Ruth Lafler RE: CarrieWas218 Jan 31, 2013 08:49 PM

          Can you do Canteen for under $50 now that it's only prix fixe?

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            Robert Lauriston RE: Ruth Lafler Feb 1, 2013 07:54 AM

            Canteen's web site says "around 50 bucks," so no.

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          DavidT RE: PeterL Jan 31, 2013 09:50 AM

          Try Milano (good Italian) at 1448 Pacific.


          Canteen has to be at least a 15 minute walk from Old First.

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            BAnders RE: DavidT Jan 31, 2013 09:56 AM

            I guess I should ask first what counts as walkable to the OP. Canteen is .7 miles away and I don't mind the terrain, but yes, certainly not for everyone.

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              PeterL RE: BAnders Jan 31, 2013 11:16 AM

              Walkable maybe up to 0.5 miles, depending on the terrain. Don't want to be huffing and puffing to try to get to the concert.

          2. Melanie Wong RE: PeterL Jan 31, 2013 11:34 AM

            Gourmet Carousel, the neighborhood Chinese restaurant, is three blocks away. I've not been there for a long time but my mom went to a birthday banquet a few months ago. Best dish is the fried quail.

            Street (on Polk) got a good report here,

            Maybe you don't want to eat this much nor spend more, but House of Prime Rib is two blocks away on Van Ness.

            P.S. Good to see you on the board again.

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              PeterL RE: Melanie Wong Jan 31, 2013 05:58 PM

              Thanks Melanie, had some life changing events (retired, moved to another city, health problems, etc). House of PR is probably not in our future plans. Recent blood test results nix that, damn you Kaiser!!

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                Melanie Wong RE: PeterL Jan 31, 2013 07:07 PM

                Well, I'm glad those events are behind you and you're back enjoying yourself and chowhounding. Where'd you relocate?

                Of the spots mentioned, Co Nam (Vietnamese) may be one of the easier places to put together a heart healthy meal. Hope we'll get a report from someone soon . . . hint, hint.

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