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Jun 20, 2014 09:24 AM

What's good in South Beach? (SF)

I'm going to be spending some time in the area this summer, mostly on the weekends.

I had lunch at South Beach Cafe last Saturday. The pizza had good toppings, but I wasn't crazy about the crust. Some of the specials looked interesting (polenta with kale and sausage). Any recommendations?

I'll probably have brunch/lunch at Town's End this Sunday. My search hasn't brought up any recent reports. What's good?

The Chinese restaurant in the same building seems to have pretty dreadful-looking Americanized food. Is that true?

I thought I saw a dollar oyster sign in a window across the street...

Moving farther away, I've been to Delancy Street, though not lately. Any other places I should try? (I know I can also do a search of places around AT&T Park, and I will.) Nothing too expensive. Also interested in takeout and groceries. Thanks.

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  1. Marlowe, South Park Cafe, Fly Trap, The Butler & Chef, Henry's Hunan

    Saturday morning farmers market at Ferry Plaza.

    1. Bit of a puzzlement: some online sources say that the place at pier 40, Carmen's, is closed and a burger/oysters/beer place is opening (SB40). Signage on the restaurant itself says both. But the lunch menu today was 90% Filipino and not bad at all. Indoors looked cluttered, as well as totally empty, but sitting outside by the water and kayaks was pleasant. Waiter seemed somewhat surprised to have business. The fried eggs/scoop of rice and bbq pork reminded me of Hawaiian plate lunch; pork sliders, crab salad with ginger dressing all fine.

      6 Replies
      1. re: Glencora

        Does it serve Filipino garlic rice for breakfast?

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I'm not sure they serve breakfast. I'll take a look next time I'm around there. Online menus are not accurate. The lunch menu was quite short.

          Though the food was fine, the space is really wasted. There are only 3 2-tops with water views, everything else faces the street and there's a huge counter in the center of the room.

          1. re: Glencora

            Thanks, the rice plate you described sounded like filipino breakfast to me.

        2. re: Glencora

          SB40 is just a rebranding of Carmen's by the same owners I believe. Didn't realize that the menu is now mostly Filipino, as I haven't been back after my first visit - the lobster roll they had was an atrocity, one of the worst sandwiches I've ever ordered for nearly $20. Maybe this shift is them playing more to their strengths?

          1. re: bigwheel042

            There are a couple of items, such as clam chowder, that seem to be from a previous incarnation. I wouldn't order those.

            1. re: Glencora

              I think they've gradually been phasing them out. The menu when I went was probably 90% sandwiches/bar food and only 10% Filipino. Maybe they've realized a lot more Filipinos like to go to Giants games than they previously thought.

        3. Lunch at Town's End last weekend proved to be a good choice for a group of 6, ranging in age from 20-80. Excellent service. The little muffins and rolls (scones? biscuits? -- they actually most reminded me of English rock buns) that came before the entrees were popular. Other breakfasty food slightly boring. Probably wouldn't return on my own for that reason.