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Of moving to Pacific Heights, new food adventures and more (long)

jen maiser | Jun 24, 200201:00 PM     10

Moved to Pacific Heights a few weeks ago, and have had some fun and new dining adventures. Some of these places are frequently mentioned Chowhound stops, but I thought I'd put in my two cents.

Of note ...

CHAI YO. 1335 Polk Street (Bush/Pine). Stopped in for a delicious, fast lunch. Had a spicy beef salad, which had a taste that I will be craving for a while. Friendly atmosphere, with a great looking bakery/sweet store next door.

CAFE AROMA. 2032 Polk Street (Pacific). Great chicken that I brought home and ate for a day or two. Delicious herb taste, and a reasonable deal (I had been purchasing larger chickens at Andronico's for about double the price) at approximately $7. Perfect for one or two people. This is going to be a regular stop for me.

Small market, on Polk between Washington and Clay. Has a sign in the window that says "Croatian Food". I would highly recommend this market to any Chowhound. Great selection of foods, good looking produce, olive bar. Purchased some Bulgarian Feta which is delicious. Has some foods which I normally purchase at Whole Foods - I will probably be going here on a regular basis.

CREPE HOUSE. 1755 Polk Street (Washington). I have been going to this place for a while, and really enjoy it. Nice, relaxed atmosphere where you can sit for hours. Great in off-times, very busy on weekends and lunch. Good items that hit the spot for me - Bagel piled with tomato and basil, great salads. Friendly staff.

ELITE CAFE. 2049 Fillmore (California). Chez Nous was too busy, so we stopped in here. Ate a surprisingly good meal here. Neither my friend nor I expected much from this meal for some reason, but he had very good jambalaya. My meal was just fine (clam chowder and mussels appetizer), but his was memorable. Less like a mix of foods, more like a plate with the ingredients all placed separately. Nice sized, delicious piece of duck on top.

YABBIE'S COASTAL KITCHEN. 2237 Polk Street (Green). Had a great fish meal here. I would like to try it again, when I am the mood for inventive fish dishes. The evening we went, I was in the mood for a plain piece of fish, without much sauce or creativity (had a sole dish the next night at US Restaurant in North Beach that hit my plain fish craving). However, it was a good experience. Wine and beer only.

LA MEDITERRANEE. 2210 Fillmore Street (Sacramento). While the meal was oversahdowed by a glass of water being spilled in my friend's lap by the server, it was overall a fairly good meal. Shared a filling and satisfying vegetarian sampler plate - hot and cold dishes.

So, I have a couple of questions for you all about this area ...

- I need a couple of recs regarding delivery food. What Indian place do you recommend for delivery? (I am coming from Great India land in the Richmond, and already miss it). What about thai or chinese?

- Are any of the sushi restaurants on Fillmore noteworthy, or should I skip them and head to japantown?

Thanks, all.

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