Bernal Heights [San Francisco]
So after decades in the East Bay we took the plunge and are now in SF. Please help with some go-to staples for lunch/dinner?
Below are the places that were my go-to's in Oakland. What are the equivalents? SF Noob here.
Nido all the time for casual but delicious dinner, and lunch too
Haven for something a bit fancier, but still down to earth
Cactus was my go-to taqueria
Sierra Deli/Genovas/Bakesale Betty's for sandwiches
Golden Lotus for vegan vietnamese (sadly I think this might be unique to Oakland)
Chai Thai Noodles (have heard Lers Ros is similar with good northern thai dishes?)
Shan Dong for delivery chinese
China Village for ma la (tried Z&Y but it's not as good. we'll make the drive; can't see finding a replacement for China Village)
Same with Miss Ollies - we'll make the drive
Saul's/Sunrise Deli for falafels
Really going to miss the east bay, and will be back for many many meals because I just can't see finding replacements for these and other favorites. But, would like to have some go-to's in the neighborhood here as well. Help a fellow hounder out! Thanks.
Sunrise Deli has three locations in SF.
House of Thai (formerly Thai House Express) on Larkin is where Chai Thai's chef used to work, pretty much the same menu but better. Lers Ros is excellent but different dishes.
Miss Ollie's is unique. Front Porch might still use her fried chicken recipe.
There's a vegan Vietnamese place called Golden Era.
Are you looking for weekday or weekend lunches?
I'm blanking on farm to table Mexican in the Mission. Try Nopalito in Nopa or in the Sunset
Old Jerualem for falafel et al.
Angkor Borei for Cambodian (they deliver)
Sandwiches: meet Avedano's, your new butcher. I've not read any reports on their sandwiches, but they look promising: http://www.avedanos.com/foods.html
La Santaneca for pupusas (location at 3781 Mission St.) Balompie a few doors down is good too.
Chinese: no great delivery to your area to my knowledge. Change regions of China.... make the short drive to Rice Valley for okay Shanghainese or Beijing Restaurant
Here's what's to the south of you:
The Avedano sandwiches are good, but nothing incredible. A lot of them suffer from too much bbq sauce or some other strange element. They're not all that well composed.
The OP should look into Blue Plate, and Spicey Bite, and the already mentioned Front Porch, for some nearby options.
Alemany Farmers Market will be a short distance away for them. There's also Precita Park Cafe, and of course, everything in the Excelsior and Mission area.
Not direct replacements, but maybe some new loves to explore.
Let's focus on lunches:
903 Cortland is excellent. Hard to put a label on their food. Fusion definitely does not do them justice. Great for lunch.
Paulie's Pickling offers really good sandwiches. I can't seem to get past their brisket, but I hear the other choices are just as good. Of course, their pickles are great too.
In the same space as Paulie's, 331 Cortland, Anda Piroshkis are really good. A search here will yield other raves about them.
Precita Park Cafe is another fun lunch option. You can find better food, better value, but on a sunny day its a nice place for lunch.
Liberty Cafe is an institution of sorts. Its had some ups and downs with semi-recent changes of ownership, but the new incarnation seems to be solid again.
Since you mention felafel, Good Frickin Chicken is decent. Not great, but decent. Their rotisserie chicken is inconsistent in my experience. When its good, its really good. But it can be overcooked.
And if you broaden your search radius to about a mile, you get a wealth of 24th & Mission options: Rosamunde, La Taqueria, Tacqueria San Jose, La Cornetta (and many other taco/burrito options), Wise Sons Deli, Mission Pie.
And dinner? Lots more to talk about.
Piqueo is not an equivalent match on your Oakland list.
We recently enjoyed an evening of small plates and easy parking. http://www.piqueos.com/
830 Cortland Avenue between Gates & Ellsworth
red snapper Cebiche Pescado
Papa a la Huancaina
scallops Ficho with blue mashed potato
crab cake Peruano
beef hearts Anticuchones
baby octopus Pulpito Bebe/papitas dorados
Suspiro a la Limean/Dulce de leche
La Lengua Chronicles
Lotus Garden Vietnamese Cuisine
St. Francis Fountain & Candy
2801 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
La Palma Mexicatessen http://www.lapalmasf.com/
La Victoria Mexican Bakery & Cafe
Piqueo was out of this world good. What Boca Nova wishes it was. Really loved all the seafood and the diversity of sauces / plating. Tastes as good as it looks, and they aren't shy about spice. We particularly enjoyed the pickled garnishes on many of the dishes. Will be back. Sat by the bar and had a great view of the kitchen. Nice neighborhood gem that is definitely worth a trip from anywhere else too.