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South San Francisco Thursday -- what do you love? Sichuan/Chinese, Pizza, Mexican?

maria lorraine Feb 12, 2014 07:57 PM

Looking for great ideas on restaurants and specific dishes. We're having a casual celebratory meal. I'm bringing a variety of wines.

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: maria lorraine Feb 12, 2014 08:08 PM

    I'm wondering how Villa del Sol is these days. I loved the empanada with corn and alfredo sauce so much, I've made them for dinner parties.

    More ideas for South City

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      maria lorraine RE: Melanie Wong Feb 12, 2014 08:38 PM

      We may have to venture farther afield to find what we're looking for: Sichuan, great wood-oven pizza, Latina fresca.

      Read about diNapoli, the Basque Cultural Center -- any further recs?

      Any more thoughts on Xiao Long Bao Kitchen on Grand Avenue? -- recommended in the other thread.

      If nothing comes to mind, we will venture into SF proper, but I thought I'd check.

      1. re: maria lorraine
        Melanie Wong RE: maria lorraine Feb 12, 2014 08:55 PM

        For Sichuan, you might want to head to Millbrae. Closer than the places in the City and you'll be able to park.

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          pamf RE: maria lorraine Feb 12, 2014 09:24 PM

          Basque Cultural Center will offer wine friendly food I am not sure what their BYO policies are. They are old school, but you just might like that.


          There is also Bartoluccis.


          These also old school Italian cooking.

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        kevin RE: maria lorraine Feb 12, 2014 08:09 PM

        Wasn't there a place that served sandwiches on dutch crunch bread, maybe it was a crab salad ????

        Maybe it was called Darby Dan's ?????

        Anyone happen to know ??????

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          Melanie Wong RE: kevin Feb 12, 2014 08:15 PM

          Yes, Darby Dan's.

          So you're recommending it for marialorraine's wine bash? ;-)

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            kevin RE: Melanie Wong Feb 12, 2014 08:17 PM

            my apologies. didn't read the whole post

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              Scrapironchef RE: kevin Feb 13, 2014 01:31 PM

              Always worth a stop if you're on your way to catch a flight. Much better food than you'll be offered on the plane.

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                kevin RE: Scrapironchef Feb 13, 2014 03:04 PM

                sounds great.

                i forget it is real crab in there ????

                in the crab salad, or the faux shit ?????

                thanks a bunch.

        2. baron45 RE: maria lorraine Feb 12, 2014 09:33 PM

          I don't know if they have wood-burning pizzas, but Delfina opened in Burlingame.


          Also, I like the thin-crust pizzas at Toto's (not wood-burning though) in San Bruno on El Camino Real. The last time there I brought wine and corkage was only $5. The drawback is the low-end stemware but that's expected at a pizza parlor with a Round Table-type atmosphere.


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            maria lorraine RE: baron45 Feb 12, 2014 11:07 PM

            Thank you!

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              Robert Lauriston RE: baron45 Feb 13, 2014 11:00 AM

              The original Pizzeria Delfina uses gas deck ovens, but they get better results than some of the places that burn wood.

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                maria lorraine RE: baron45 Feb 14, 2014 11:49 AM

                And Delfina it was! Worked out perfectly. We enjoyed the 4 Formaggi and the Margarita pizza with prosciutto and arugula added. The roasted beets with farro topping and Greek yogurt were amazing, as were the appetizer olives.

                The burrata seemed a bit wanting for something, and needed to be doctored at the table.

                The pizza itself -- perfect crust, simplest but truly great tomato sauce. Would like to see a bit more punch from the mix of cheeses used.

                All in all, a wonderful meal. Perfectly satisfying.
                Wines brought from home. $15 corkage.

                Thanks for the lead, baron45.

                And thanks also for all the suggestions for future visits. A drive along Grand Avenue yielded more ideas.

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                  baron45 RE: maria lorraine Feb 14, 2014 01:14 PM

                  You're welcome. Glad it worked out.

                  What wines did you bring?

              2. Robert Lauriston RE: maria lorraine Feb 13, 2014 10:57 AM

                Basque Cultural Center's menu is wine-friendly.

                Sodini's is of the school they tore down to build the old school. It's sort of the real-world version of Buca di Beppo.

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                  kevin RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 13, 2014 03:04 PM

                  Is there still the Italian pizza joint near were the candy shop is or still was on El Camino Real ????

                  The pizza joint was a neighborhood style pizza joint.

                  Anyone have any clue on what I'm talking about >?????

                  Thanks a bunch.

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