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Once more unto the Bay, dear 'Hounds: Vancouverites looking for SF bites


Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area

Once more unto the Bay, dear 'Hounds: Vancouverites looking for SF bites

grayelf | | Feb 12, 2009 09:48 PM

We are booked for our fifth jaunt to our favourite place for a gastronomic getaway (Thur-Tues end of March, five dinners, many snacks I hope) and I've been trying to think of a way to ask for help that will be a bit more interesting for the Bay Area 'Hounds who get questions like this about every 10 seconds. So here's my attempt at variety: instead of asking for recommendations of a type of restaurant, I'll list places/foods that have intrigued me in poring over your board. Full disclosure: we're staying at Bush and Powell but love your transit, we have no major food hatreds/allergies (omnivores) and budget is not a major issue but clothing could be as we don't bring "dressup" clothes and long waits/lineups are a dealbreaker. If you have opinions pro or con (or better ideas), please do tell! Anticipating your thoughts, I remain your servant here in Vancouver and thank you kindly in advance.

Beretta for caponatina with burrata

Coffee-rubbed pork shoulder at Range

Cheeseburger at Taylor’s Automatic Refresher or burger and fries at O-Izakaya

Pho ga at Turtle Tower (sfbing says don't ask for basil, good tip!)

Meatballs with grapes at Aziza

Los Pastores for chicken flautas, chilaquiles but I fear the heartbreak of a closed sign

El Buen Sabor for carnitas tacos

El Delfin for a sitdown Mexican dinner with the volcán en molcajete front and centre

Seven courses of beef at Pagolac

fried buttermilk spring onions ($5.00) at Magnolia Pub

shrimp hush puppies at 1300 Fillmore

izakaya night at Sebo

Jeanty at Jack's or Restaurant Jeanne d’Arc

Canton Seafood & Dim Sum (SOMA) or City View (Chinatown) for dimsum or Yank Sing for xlb and sesame balls just to see what the fuss is about

Maverick for brunch

Nob Hill Grille for breakfast

Café Zitouna for breakfast

Cento for BB coffee and a breakfast polenta

Yellow Pa Taut, Mandalay or Pagan for Burmese -- I'd really love your thoughts here as I've read every report I can find and I still can't decide

Lers Ros for reportedly very authentic Thai dishes

Bund Shanghai for braised pork belly/butt, rice cakes with spinach and bacon

Basil Canteen for duck curry

Da Beef for a Vienna beef dog

Sentinel for chai/sandwiches

Liguria Bakery North Beach for focaccia

XOX for a cup of Graffeo and a free truffle

Cavalli Books and Cafe for filled to order cannoli and grilled sandwiches

Sotto Mare for sand dabs

an early 52nd floor view cocktail at the Carnelian Room (but note lack of dressy clothes?)

pint o' Guinness in one of Johnny Foley's snugs

Mission Pie for (duh) pie

Citizen Cupcake for (duh) cupcakes

Spiced-chocolate doughnut at Dynamo Donut with a Four Barrel coffee (or should we go to Four Barrel and get a doughnut?

Vanilla ice blended from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (I know, not an SF chain...)

Golden Boy at Grant and Green for Sicilian pizza slices

I may be on my own for one day in which case I will try:
Burmese By The Bite stall in the “food dungeon” , Holly Li's tamales at Sutter Café and look at Le Sanctuaire molecular gastronomy store because I'm intrigued and the SO would be oh-so-bored :-).

Tried and true favourites:
Café de la presse
Poc Chuc
Larkin Express Deli
Roli Roti

And here's some links to give you an idea what we liked from our November trip:
Tadich Grill
Blue Bottle
Lime Tree
Canteen dinner
Farmers Markets
Bar Tartine
Canteen and Café de la presse breakfasts
Bodega Bistro
La Ciccia

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