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Tarheels visit SF Bay report (thanks everyone)


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Tarheels visit SF Bay report (thanks everyone)

samanh | Oct 31, 2009 10:46 PM

Thought I would thank everyone who helped me plan my long weekend for in SF.

I don't think I could have eaten much more. Amazing to be in town last weekend and the weather could not have been better. Wish I lived in SF again, not that Chapel Hill does not have its great points.

We started out the first day at the Academy of Sciences(really amazed) and went to the Shanghai Dumpling King for lunch in the Richmond. Being Chinese, I loved this place for its value and authentic feel and taste. The shanghai dumplings and Hang Zhou dumplings were great, but I probably should not have gotten both since they were similar. (suggested by the staff). Beef stew in clay pot also amazing that day, and not bad with the scallion pancakes. Vegetable potstickers decent (for my wife who does not eat meat) Wish I could have tried the noodles and other buns but there is only so much I could do. 3 year-old loved it. Of course, not a great place if you are looking for decor and atmosphere.

Delfina Pizzeria in Pac Heights for dinner. This was with 4 children under 10. Still a little full from lunch, so I think that took away a little from the impact this place would have had on me on a different day. We had to get there right at 5:30 to get a table otherwise the place was mobbed. This is a hard place to plan around for a large party visiting from out of town. Good thing our friends knew to be there right when it opened. Salad, Affetatti, olives and prosciutti pie and broccoli raab I would recommend.

Next day back to the Park, King Tut and the tower (kids loved it). Park Chow was decent, and good quality. Beet salad was good. Thai noodle curry was ok, but probably would stay away from the too ethnic in this place and stick to the good California fare. I would be back if I lived in the Sunset area. It was easy to walk from the park with 3 children all under 5. Staff and patrons were great. I think people's comments on this were right on. Shanghai Dumpling King and other suggestions are not things I can get in Chapel Hill, while Park Chow I can find something like that in the Triangle.

R&G Lounge prix fix banquet menu B for dinner. Not in love with this place, but I had to see all my cousins and buy them dinner somewhere. Pricey, and the staff and service were not that nice. On the other had, some of the dishes were outstanding. Pepper crab, Prawns and walnuts, Scallops and beef, and peking Duck were great. Chinese food which I could not experience in the Triangle. Maybe I would not have been so put out by them trying to clear us out for the next party if I didn't shoulder the whole cost myself. For someone willing to accept some negatives and looking to experience a great SF Chinese Banquet made easy, I recommend it.

Friday lunch in Chinatown. Good day to ride the cable car to the Top of the Mark and walk around Chinatown. Jai Yun, I thought was exceptional for 35$ a person. Of course it helped that i had my mom call Chef Nei to smooth out any language and dietary problems beforehand. I was a little nervous otherwise since we had small children and people who did not eat meat. Honestly think this was better than the Lounge since it is so unique. Each dish exemplified great traditional Chinese cooking with the best ingredients presented in a very non-Chinese tasting menu style. I have eaten in every China town worth talking about in the US and Canada and I think I have only experienced something like this in Hong Kong and Taipei. Next time will try it for 25$ per head instead. I'm not sure if I need to find out about dinner, because I was fairly impressed by lunch and I'm not looking to pay 2-3 times for more for the same.

Golden Gate Bakery- awesome egg tarts, worth the wait. The service is somewhat Soup Nazi, but I guess they are correct in their attitude that there is nothing to think about other than how many of these things do you think you can eat. Invariably, you can eat more than you envisioned because these things just slide down your throat and are addicting.

Dinner at the Slanted Door. Let me just say that my wife is Vietnamese and was very impressed by our experience here. She described it as more authentic than she expected, but done with the best ingredients possible. Pricey, but again we knew that coming in. We did the prix fix which really wasn't b/c they add on more per person for just about anything worth getting. Imperial rolls, shaken beef, brussel sprouts, yellowtail sashiml, and cellophane noodles were memorable. Ribs and grapefruit salad were just ok for me but everyone loved them. Sort of a scene in there on Friday night.

Next day at the Ferry Building for the market. Blue Bottle was great. Don't really recommend Boccalone. The guy behind the counter got rude if you ask questions. Too many other choices to have to put up with that. Otherwise, I don't think I can say enough about this place so I'll stop.
Thanks again for the suggestions. Wish I could come back and try your other ones.

Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Jai Yun
680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Park Chow
1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Shanghai Dumpling King
3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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