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Jan 30, 2013 04:12 PM

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

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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  1. 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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    1. re: BAnders

      Canteen and Frascati are a schlep over the hill.

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

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

    2. $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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      1. re: CarrieWas218

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

        1. re: CarrieWas218

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

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

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

        2. Try Milano (good Italian) at 1448 Pacific.

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

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          1. re: DavidT

            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.

            1. re: BAnders

              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. 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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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              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!!

              1. re: PeterL

                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.