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Cortland Ave / Bernal Heights recs?

Stanley Stephan | Apr 17, 200301:25 AM

Acting on a chowhound tip that Liberty Cafe had hot cross buns, I made my first trip ever to Cortland Avenue.

The ever wonderful online map program I used, had me get on Bayshore and hang a right on Cortland. Driving up the first part of that hill, I thought "This REALLY must be a good restuarant for people to find it in this out of the way area". Then I found that there was a whole food alley on Cortland.

So what's the skinny (or fat) on that area?

Palatino really caught my eye. I found a posting from SVL in November which confirms my suspision that it is really good (link to menu below). What I liked was that it didn't have out of season ingrediants on the menu.

Valentino was featuring tomatoes and mozzerella, procuito and melon (it's late. I know my spelling is bad). It's supposed to be Venetian, but, dunno, didn't look especially Venetian to me. Anyone tried it?

I tried Martha and Brothers Coffee, remembering a long ago Chowhound rec that I stashed away in my brain. Really nice cup of coffee.

The Good Life Grocery seemed pretty good. They feature grass fed beef. Never hear anyone talk about them. They don't seem to have a large selection, but what they have seems good. Sort of an organic type place.

Speaking of meat, is Bleus Meat any good? (They were closed. It was early in the morning).

The Deli Pub looked so worn and disgusting from the street, I can't imagine they are any good.

There's restaurant called "Little Nepal" with a grand opening sign. Anyone tried it?

Are the crepes/omlettes at Moonlight cafe worth a visit?

How's the ice cream place Magic Mud.

Speaking of which, Progressive Grounds has Mitchell's ice cream.

What's the word on the little Mexican place next to Martha's?

There are a few more place up that way as well. Two markets having a price war on sandwiches ($2.50).

BTW, Liberty wasn't making hot cross buns today. They will have them starting tommorrow. FYI, the hot cross buns at Whole Foods - more seagull food ... too dry and healthy tasting ... and yet still far superior to Miette.

Is the weather especially nice at Bernal Height? Seems to be quite a few outdoor patios. Liberty had a really nice area.

I don't suppose that walking around checking out restaruants was what my doctor had in mind when she said to walk daily.

So is this area more than Liberty Cafe?


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