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Dinner near Kabuki Theater [San Francisco]

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Barb S Feb 27, 2013 05:03 PM

We're going to the Kabuki to see the SF Opera Porgy and Bess showing next week, and I'm looking for a place for an early dinner (around 5:30). No sushi, but anything else is fine. Would prefer something within walking distance so we only have to park once. Japantown would be fine, but we're willing to walk for good food.

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    Violatp Feb 27, 2013 05:13 PM

    I love love love Dosa on Fillmore which is pretty much across the street. Upscale Indian food.

    There's tons of places on Fillmore within easy walking distance, though. Any price point or specific cuisine preference? Just cause there really is a LOT.

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      calumin Feb 27, 2013 10:20 PM

      I didn't like Dosa when they first opened, but I think the one on Fillmore has become really good. I'd recommend going there.

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      Barb S Feb 27, 2013 05:28 PM

      We're looking to have dinner and a glass of wine for around $30 each.

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        Violatp Feb 28, 2013 04:53 AM

        If you walk a little further up Fillmore (not crossing Geary) there's Fresca which is a great value. Peruvian. Most popular dishes I think are the half chickens and the lomo saltado. Generous portions for the price.

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        ML8000 Feb 27, 2013 05:33 PM

        Try the "wappa" at Maki inside Jtown mall.

        1. ChowDownSF Feb 27, 2013 05:48 PM

          Definitely go to Dosa!! I actually have not had a chance to go to it yet, but I've heard from SO many people raving about it. Supposed to be one of the best Indian places in the city, and great atmosphere. It's super high on my SF dining list.

          And literally across the street from the Kabuki, on Fillmore & the street after Geary.

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            CarrieWas218 Feb 27, 2013 08:24 PM

            Very hard to get out of Dosa for $30 each, except if you stick to appetizers... It is over-priced for what is offered.

            Having lived in that 'hood, I would recommend a bowl of noodles at Tampopo, Fat Angel flatbreads and smoked trout salad, Takara for hot Japanese, or La Mediterranee for their pomegranate chicken.

            For a little more money, consider SPQR...

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              Violatp Feb 28, 2013 04:55 AM

              More than once I've just wanted to get multiple orders of the Chennai chicken to go and just take it home and make sandwiches. Best thing on their appetizer menu!

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            DavidT Feb 28, 2013 08:43 AM

            Places on (or just off Fillmore) between Geary and California include Florio, Woodhouse Fish, SPQR, Out the Door & Harry's Bar. There is a Thai place on the n/w corner of Pine & Fillmore.

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              Barb S Mar 11, 2013 04:34 PM

              Wanted to report back. Thanks for all the suggestions; in the end, we went to Troya on Fillmore. We really loved the food.
              Started with the roasted cauliflower ( I make this at home but this far surpassed my efforts and was a huge portion) and the lahmacun flatbread with minced beef, chiles, onions, garlic and paprika, which was our favorite. Then on to the lamb kebabs (a little too chewy for my taste, but on a bed of roasted epplant that was spectacular) and the beef dumplings with yoghurt, which was our 2nd favorite. Service was seamless, and the atmosphere very conducive to conversation.

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