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SF Visit--Thanks for your help

Paula | Nov 16, 2005 08:04 PM

Want to say thanks to all of you who helped make our vacation fun and offered advise about restaurants. Here's where we went and how it went on our trip:

L’Osteria del forno at 519 Columbus (www.losteriadelforno.com) Had an absolutely fabulous Fava bean soup with dandelion greens, roast beef with salad, green beans marinated in olive oil and vinegar, and tomato gnocchi (that was almost as good as my daughter’s—and she took cooking classes in Siena!).

Andale Taqueria at 2150 Chestnut (Entertainment book)—I had the pork tacos and Bill had the chicken enchilada special. Both delicious and the sauces were great.

The Helmand at 430 Broadway (Afghani) (Entertainment book)—I had the leg of lamb and Bill had the sea bass. Both were delicious—the spices were great. (I never had food this good when I was in Afghanistan!)

Utopia Café at 130 Waverly Pl. (Chinese) (Entertainment book)—We had the hot and sour soup, Seafood Claypot and General Tso Chicken. All were delicious. When I told the owner she should open a restaurant in Seattle, she told me she was going to—in about a year. We’ll be there!

Also went to Paridisio Latino in the Mission district (Entertainment book) because they had live music, which they did, but the music was just so-so—not what I had hoped for. The food was very inexpensive and o.k. No one spoke English, but I managed with my limited Spanish.

Worst meal:
Golden King on Clay (Entertainment book)—Had the seafood pho, which was huge but just so-so, the rare beef appetizer, which was good, and shrimp curry, though we ordered chicken curry. This was the only place that was truly disappointing—the service bordered on rude and I had asked to take the soup we hadn’t eaten (1/2 of it) to go, but they didn’t give it to me, and like I pointed out, we had ordered chicken curry, but were given shrimp instead, but by that time just wanted to get out of the place.

Great find:
Coit Liquor in North Beach--good prices on wine and they sell excellent Acme bread (walnut loaf was our favorite)

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