Eater's list of 20 underrated restos [San Francisco]
Saw this list today, and I'm a little embarrassed to say that I'd never heard of a lot of the places on the list.
Some of the places I'd been to on the list are places I like just fine (Mandalay, Blue Plate), or places that I at least think are decent (Zazie, Contigo), but then there are a lot of places I've never been to. Radius? Darwin Cafe? They go as far as saying that an item at Poc-Chuc is "to die for."
I am much curious. Anyone have any comments on them?
I'm glad they mentioned Darwin Cafe. I haven't been there in a couple years but I used to go there every week. I think of it as more of a neighborhood place -- it's very small, great for lunch but with very good simply-prepared food.
Interesting... at least 1/4 of those places are small plates places.
It's a little disappointing that there isn't more listed for the Sunset or Richmond districts, or in the southern part of SF.
La Ciccia, which is also a fixture on Eater's Top 38 Restaurants is an odd choice as "underrated." It's doesn't get a huge amount of press compared to places in better locations, but I rarely see dinner reservations available from 6:30-8:30 on Opentable. You might have better luck calling them for these hours.
I like Poc Chuc, but the overpowering smell of cleaning product made for an unpleasant experience recently. Sample platter and Poc Chuc still were awesome.
Thoughts on Fiore Caffè?
meant to post last week after goign there - i think Saha should definitely be on this list - really delicious food (albeit slightly pricey) - wide variety of dishes, very creative, something for everyone....
In addition to brunch, I've had lunch (never dinner) @ Mission Beach several times--quite good, definitely (per Eater) "farmers-market-driven"--but don't know that I'd go out of my way to eat there. And I've never cottoned to their baked goods, which many folks I know adore.