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Southbound and down: Van Hound returning to Bay Area

grayelf | | Sep 27, 2010 04:42 PM

We’re heading back to San Francisco for our 8th visit in the 2000s from Thurs Nov 4 to Tues Nov 9. Just me and the SO this time. I won’t bore those of you who know me with too much background but briefly, we like to eat “ethnic” reasonably priced food of all kinds. We’re not fussed about ambiance though cleanliness is appreciated, and really loud is out. Our favourite resto in SF so far is Canteen, but we also love Burmese Kitchen. We don’t mind spending money on food but we’re not super enthused about “fancy” dining. Coming from Vancouver. Using Muni/Bart/feet/taxis and will travel for good food.

To change things up, I thought I’d list the places we have short listed by meal – breakfast and lunch will be the most variable as it will depend where we are at the time. If you see somewhere avoidable on here, please let me know. Likewise if you have a better candidate in the same category, love to hear it. TIA for any input y’all may have. As usual, so many restaurants, so few meals...

BREAKFASTS

PLOW potato dumplings and scrambled eggs fried in bacon fat plus buttermilk biscuits and pork gravy

GOLDEN WEST because I love all things Leary

ORALE ORALE hoping for chilaquiles nearish hotel or SAN JALISCO (was Los Jarritos) chilaquiles, huevos divorciados; rancheros

MOULIN ROUGE, OLYMPIC FLAME, NOB HILL GRILLE corned beef hash

MAMA’S if we can stomach the lineup…otherwise CURLY'S COFFEE SHOP, CAFÉ DIVINE or PAT'S CAFE if in North Beach

SOUL soul food here per the name – not sure if they offer it at breakfast though

Brunch Sunday: MAGNOLIA – hoping for grits! (also buttermilk fried spring onions if we just go for a snack) Or THAI TEMPLE in San Bruno

LUNCHES

YAMO or YELLOW PA TAUT part of my quest to try every version of laphet thoke I can

SOTTO MARE sand dabs

NAKED LUNCH fried chicken and other sandos

LITTLE SKILLET biscuits, chicken, waffles

EL DELFIN pozole weekends only, caldo de pollo, molcajete, shrimp in creamy garlic sauce, green mole enchiladas or TORTA GORDA comida poblana

DINNERS

CANTEEN a tradition on our first night in town

OFF THE GRID we’re keen to try as many carts as possible and will be going to OTG early on Friday night for sure, maybe hit one or two of the other smaller ones too for snacking or lunch

CHABAA THAI Secret Menu or BAI THONG for Northeastern Thai (Issan) dishes

OLD MANDARIN ISLAMIC

A LA TURCA pides, beyti kebap, Sunday only: manti or EDEN or OLD JERUSALEM

SPQR Brussels sprouts, pasta, spuntino or QUINCE pasta, à la minute risotto or BARBACCO arancini, fried Brussels sprouts, porchetta sandwich or INCANTO or FRASCATI gnocchi, duck confit salad , duck breast, bread pudding

DON PISTO’S or GREEN CHILE KITCHEN sopaipillas, frito pie, chile apple pie

WEXLER'S BBQ Scotch Eggs, Sour cream Japanese pear pie smoked short ribs, chicken fried pork, shrimp and grits, dirty rice arancini

SNACKS/DRINKS:

HEAVEN'S DOG pork belly sandwich

METREON FARMERS MARKET Nepalese momos.

GUSSIE'S Buttermilk Fried Chicken Livers for the SO

EL MAYA YUCATAN Torta de Cochinita and happy hour

EL GALLO GIRO TACO TRUCK Michoacan-style carnitas

K K CAFE peanut milk

HOUSE OF SHIELDS Leary again…

Chinatown: VIP BAKERY lychee gelato and milk tea gelato YEE’S tea time specials (3-5 pm or 2-4??) – fried chicken drumsticks, roast goose, stir-fried veggies NEW MOON roast pork, salt and pepper chicken wings SWEETHEART CAFE for fried milk Hang Ah Tea Room BOW HON Raw fish salad if available

Tube steaks FPFM GOLDEN DOG STUDDED WITH BACON AT 4505; THE DOGFATHER
ZOG’S DOGS THE MATRIX SHOWDOGS, UNDERDOG

FATTED CALF (Fell at Gough)

ALEMBIC quirky cocktails and artisanal liquors, good wine and beer list.

TROPISUEÑO Happy Hour weekdays 4-6 habanero salsa (also considering this place for dinner)

TAIWANESE DELI TEA GARDEN for best gua bao

SUPER DUPER Niman Ranch burgs cooked on flattop

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