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Gyu-don / Gyudon / Beef Bowl in San Francisco?

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I fell in love with gyudon from going to Yoshinoya while I lived in Japan. We used to have a Yoshinoya in the FiDi, but it closed a while back, and the only place I know that serves it is Sanraku at SFO. Searching in Chow and Yelp and MenuPages hasn't helped, because when I call those places they don't have it on the menu. I even went to Japantown and asked a bunch of people in various shops and hotels and everyone just shrugged and had no idea where to find it. Why is gyudon so freaking hard to find?

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    1. The place on Kearny that used to be Ebisu (I think it is now called Tenmatsu) sells it and it's pretty good.

      I never really liked the quality of beef at the Yoshinoya in SF. I think this place is better.

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      1. re: calumin

        I found Tenmatsu on Kearny, thanks - I'll try that! Ebisu was also on my list, didn't realize they changed.

        1. re: calumin

          It wasn't just the quality of the beef. The Yoshinoya's in the US serve much saltier, less sweet gyu-don. I couldn't believe the difference after having it both in Japan and here. Even the Chinese ones (I tried one in Shanghai) were better than the US ones. We've got a couple of Yoshinoya's down here in the South Bay, but I just don't go to them because of the over-salting.

        2. Not quite the same, and not in San Francisco, but Sumiya has a nice 'gyu-suji don'...

          Prices noted might be outdated, but the dish is still being served... Friends had it last weekend... :)

          http://sumiya.sumiyakitori.com/pg71.html

          1. You can get Yoshinoya packets at Nijiya Market in Japan town (in frozen food section). And it looks like this http://bit.ly/1eC8qnx

            Yes, you have to have your own rice, but they taste exactly the ones that they served at their shops.

            Thats what I usually get when I miss Yoshinoya :)

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            1. re: ichiro

              Sadly, the Nijiya here in Mountain View does not carry Yoshinoya packets. They do have Ajinomoto gyu-don which comes with rice in an 11 oz. serving for $3.99. As if to make it up for that, the deli in the Mountain View Nijiya does have their own "beef bowl" with a side of miso soup for $4.50. Surprisingly, that's closer to the Japanese Yoshinoya flavor than the US Yoshinoya restaurants. A bit drier than Yoshinoya and Nijiya's red ginger was actually salty. So close, yet so far. ;-)