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Is the 300 Block of Kearny the Ethnic Foodiest block in SF? And what's that fancy patisserie doing there?

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Is the 300 Block of Kearny the Ethnic Foodiest block in SF? And what's that fancy patisserie doing there?

Xiao Yang | Jun 13, 2008 09:39 PM

I wonder about this one every time I wander down Kearny Street. You're looking for lunch on the 300 Block of Kearny (between Bush and Pine) and you can grab a sandwich from Lee's, or a slice from Mediterraneo Pizza. But if you are looking for something less banal, (and assuming the temporarily closed International Food Center, which has an entrance on Kearny St., reopens), you can take your pick of Burmese, Chinese, Japanese (sushi, teriyaki or Japanese curry?), Thai, Vienamese, Cuban, Greek, Middle Eastern, Filipino or Hawaiian.

I did a bed-check today (it was well past lunch so I can't be sure all of these are currently operating) and here's what I saw:

WEST SIDE (N-S)

Pasilla Grill (Mexican)
Meditereaneo Gourmet Pizza
Sushi Bay
Baladie (Middle Eastern)
Paladar (Cuban)
Ayola Greek Cusine
Banana House (Thai)
Muracci's Japanese Curry
Bangkok's Best

EAST SIDE (N-S)

Teriyaki Experience (the Canadian chain)
El Faro
Tasty Express (Chinese buffet)
Lee's Deli (Sandwiches, not the Vietnamese chain)
L & L Hawaiian

INTERNATIONAL FOOD CENTER (temporarly closed due to a fire) has:

Pho Express
New Ocean (Chinese)
House of Lumpia (Filipino)
By the Bite (Burmese)
Taqueria Viva Zapata
Sushi Tesuki

I also noticed that the Bon Bon Patisserie in the old Kimi's Pizza space looked to be in condition to open soon. How's this going to fit into the immediate environs? Bon Bon is no casual venture; according to the Inside Scoop it involves the brightest minds and supplest hands of Plouf, Garcon and Chouchou. Will a sweet for dessert cost as much as your entire meal at the IFC? At least, in the sprit of its neighbors, you might find your eclair stuffed with mango.

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