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SF Dish of the Month (October 2013) - Voting

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Since no one else has had a chance to do this yet...

Like last month, I'm going to skip the nomination round, and just combine everything into a single discussion. Feel free to include a sales pitch with any nominations, which was very effective in past months.

Everyone is welcome to vote once by pressing the recommend button for the dish you'd like to choose. You can change your mind up until the deadline.

I included most of the runners-up from last month....but if there's something else you'd like to be on the ballot, you can write it in, and then others can vote using the recommend button. If you write something in, that will be considered your one vote (and if you want to change your vote after that, just post again to say so)

Voting will be open until October 1st at 12 PM PT.

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  1. MA PO TOFU

    4 Replies
    1. re: hyperbowler

      I recommend Ma Pa Tofu. It's one of my favorite Chinese dishes because good versions are bursting with satisfying flavors-savory, creamy, umami, spicy. It reminds me of Mousaka which I grew up with. It's not a common dish and often times versions can be unauthentic. I work in Davis which is a culinary wasteland of dreadful Americanized Asian restaurants. Went too one with coworkers and saw Ma Po tofu on the menu. Against my better judgment ordered it and it was truly worse than I could have ever imagined. Closer to SF we have lots of Great Sischuan restaurants like China Village and Great Eastern and all the ones in the South Bay I have heard of and want to try but haven't yet because I don't make it to the South Bay very often. Lots of opportunities to try authentic Ma Po tofu and enjoy the savory Ma La (numbing hot from the combination of chili and Sischuan pepper) flavors. Best recent version I have had was in the top Sischuan restaurant in Hong Kong. It was truly sublime and perfect in every way.

      1. re: Ridge

        Which one in Hong Kong did u try?

        1. re: ckshen

          San Xi Lou

          My husband posted a recap of our HK meals on the China board:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/901098

      2. re: hyperbowler

        MA PO TOFU
        (typed out b/c a user can't recommend an item they posted)

      3. MEATBALLS AND TOMATO SAUCE

        1. MEATBALL AND TOMATO SAUCE SANDWICH

          1. DOLSOT BIBIMBAP

            1. LION'S HEAD MEATBALL SOUP

              1. ALBONDIGAS SOUP

                1. CROISSANT

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Dave MP

                    CROISSANT, TOO

                  2. Thanks hyperbowler for getting this started. I am sorry I wasn't able to do this sooner, but I'm glad that others on the SF board are getting involved and helping to make this happen!

                    Dave MP

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: Dave MP

                      Happy to help!

                      BTW, you asked in a previous thread if someone else wanted to lead up DOTM. If someone wanted to take charge of this, please speak up! Otherwise, I'd be happy to.

                    2. HAR GOW

                      1. SALAD

                        3 Replies
                        1. re: hungree

                          Do you have a more specific kind of salad in mind? Iceberg wedge, caesar, cobb, etc?

                          1. re: hyperbowler

                            anything but those :). How about just the best salads in SF. Looking to the girl & the fig salad menu for archetypes.

                            1. re: hungree

                              LOL, I was confusing DOTM with a list of "worst cafeteria salads" :-)

                        2. for reference previous DOTM include:

                          Hamburgers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915164

                          Southeast Asian Fish in Banana Leaf: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/911479

                          Hummus: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/907615

                          Breakfast Sandwiches: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903924

                          Banh Xeo: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900476

                          Wonton Noodle Soup: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896524

                          Corned Beef: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892399

                          Chilaquiles: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888740

                          Dan Dan Mian: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884466

                          Tamales: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880136

                          Burmese Tea Leaf Salad: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875767

                          Whole Chicken Stuffed w/ Sticky Rice: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871657

                          Cucumber Pickles: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866098

                          Channa Bhatura: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861176

                          Asian Fried Chicken: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856748

                          1. STEAK TARTARE

                            1. CRAB CAKES

                              1. NITROGEN ICE CREAM

                                With several new nitrogen ice cream joints popping up just in the past few weeks, it'll be cool to get some cross comparisons going.

                                Smitten -- SF, Los Altos, Oakland
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/780174

                                Scoop -- Palo Alto
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918421

                                Cryo Cream -- Burlingame
                                http://www.yelp.com/biz/cryo-cream-bu...

                                1. November/Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
                                  Let's eat PIE now...
                                  PIE
                                  PIE
                                  PIE

                                  4 Replies
                                  1. re: Cynsa

                                    I love the idea of pie.

                                    Should we get more specific? Pies w/ fall fruits/vegetables? That's kind of clunky/broad. What about apple pie?

                                    1. re: sundeck sue

                                      If we leave it open to interpretation, we'll see how PIE is defined by each individual poster and where pie is devoured by the slice or whole.
                                      Let's eat sweet PIE and save the 'savory' for another month.

                                      Do hand pies qualify?

                                      Post your 'apple pie' in all caps and let the votes count.

                                      1. re: Cynsa

                                        Don't want to fragment the pie vote by posting apple pie in caps!

                                        But I think your amending yours to sweet pie is good (do you need to do caps to make that clear?)

                                        1. re: sundeck sue

                                          The nice thing about voting via the "recommend" system is that you can swap your votes once more categories are added. I've added "apple pie" as it's own category.

                                  2. APPLE PIE

                                    1. Thanks to al who voted-- the SF Bay Area Dish of the Month for October 2013 is Pie!

                                      Eat away! The discussion thread is at:

                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918844