here is my opinion of various restaurants I ate in.
For exact addresses and telephone #'s, I suggest you try www.switchboard.com. Also, if a restaurant has its own website (which can be very useful) it will probably be listed here also.
Q on Clement--good tapas-type food, resonable prices, funky atmosphere.
Lakeside Diner on Ocean Boulevard--very expensive (my breakfast cost nearly $20) for essentially glorified Greek diner food (this is not a compliment!)
Hungry Joe's on Church and 29th Street--Although I did not try it, on the Sunday morning I passed by, there was a line of what looked like locals waiting for tables. This is usually a good sign. Also, the few plates I saw looked very appetizing.
Chez Panisse in Berkeley--as someone else described on this website, this place was cutting edge twenty years but not anymore. Very good ingredients but not awe-inspiring. Not worth the trip from SF.
Firefly on 24th Street in Nob Hill--prix-fixe meal at $29 was a very good value. Owner and host Brad(?) was charming and accomodating. Room was warm; service very attentive. Raw beet salad was the best appetizer; warm chocolate cake, the best dessert; fish entrees were good. I think the prix-fixe is in effect all evening from Sunday to Thursday but check to make sure.
Thai Express on Larkin--good, decent food.
Trattoria Contadina at 1800 Mason St--very good chicken marsala
Chapeau on Clement past Park Presidio--the best dinner I had in SF, and a great value at $31 for 3 courses (I think it's $21 if you eat between 5 and 6, but, again, check). Very good French food. Very attentive service, room noisy. Owner and host tres charmante. This is one restaurant you should NOT miss in SF.
Fish (that's the name) in Sausalito--way overpriced! I'm embarassed to say what I paid for certain dishes. If they were outstanding, I would not have minded but they weren't.
Kate's Kitchen on Haight--huge portions, cheap prices, everything good at breakfast except the homefries. I think it's only open for breakfast and lunch.
Suppenkuche on Laguna at Hayes--it may be hard to believe but at this German restaurant, the vegetarian dish I had there--a huge portobello mushroom stuffed with spinach and feta--was delicious. All the dishes coming out of the kitchen looked very good. Once again, the place was mobbed with what looked to be like locals.
Taqueria Cancun on Mission and 19th--very good, very cheap Mexican food.
In terms of fast food, Boudin Bakery (many branches) was as good as any. However, their whole breads look a lot better than they taste.
If you try any of these places, I'd be interested to know what you think.
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