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Good North Beach Lunch Ideas?

Lexma90 | May 6, 2011 12:39 AM

Hubby and I are in S.F. right now, having a wonderful time and eating a lot of great food, most of which ideas came from CH. Here's a brief review:

Dim sum at Mayflower Seafood: Fresh shrimp, we liked pretty much everything, and the menu card allowed us to try some items that we wouldn't have known about if we were just pointing out items on a cart. (The steamed turnip cake, I wouldn't order again; I guess I've had fried turnip cake in the past.) Husband can't stop talking about this place.

Burma Super Star: I ate solo here, my first time with Burmese food. I really enjoyed it; liked the difference from Indian (which I'm very familiar with, as husband's family is Indian). I can't stop talking about the tea leaf salad.

Dinners at Farallon and Boulevard: Despite the noise levels at both places, we really liked them both. I thought Boulevard was more creative on all fronts.

Upcoming on the schedule: dinners at the French Laundry and Perbacco; I'll have lunch in the Mission of pupusas. Probably more dim sum for another lunch.

Now, to my question. One weekend lunch is undecided; husband will be done with his meetings, so it will be the two of us. He'll be coming from Moscone, I'll be coming from the Ferry Building and farmer's market. Husband is really fixated on lunch in North Beach. He says he wants "simple northern Italian food," partly because all of our dinners are and will be on the fancy side (he vetoed SPQR for lunch as too fancy and "weird"). Neither of us like red-sauce southern Italian. I'm thinking I can stop at Naked Lunch and get a fois gras sandwich, and just have an appetizer for lunch with husband. I'd like a lunch place kind of in this area, as we hope to tour the Haas-Lillienthal house in the afternoon.

Can anyone recommend any lunch restaurants in North Beach? We've been to Rose Pistola a number of times, and we both like it, but I'd like to go somewhere (anywhere) different.

I keep trying to persuade husband to eat somewhere else; anything ethnic would be fine with me (though I'm really pushing for more Burmese). But he really wants "simple Italian." Help!

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Farallon
450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Rose Pistola
532 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133-2802

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Mayflower Seafood
6255 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

Super Star Restaurant
4919 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

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