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Tasty treats in the Tenderloin and around?

grayelf | Mar 1, 2009 07:14 AM

Greetings SF Bay Area Hounds. A Vancouver friend is going on a last-minute trip to your fair city with her niece to find a grad dress and has asked for some reccos. They’ll be staying at the Hilton (O’Farrell btwn Taylor and Mason) and sticking pretty close to Union Square most of the time, so I’m going to focus on it and the Tenderloin. They’ll be visiting from March 9 to 12 (M-Th), so no weekend involved. Budget-wise, they’re trying to keep things reasonable (think Canteen or less $$-wise) and they’re not afraid of holes-in-the-wall. Oh and they’ll be using transit. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated by these non-Hounds who nonetheless seek tasty treats and are more-or-less omnivorous, though dimsum and sushi are pretty well covered at home. Here’s what I have so far, very thin on the ground for Union Square and I realize I am lacking Indian in the Tandoorloin -- starred places we’ve tried ourselves and enjoyed:

Breakfast options near hotel/Union Square:
Dottie’s: gave usual line caveats and closed Tues heads up
*Café Bean (800 Sutter at Jones)
Brenda's (also for lunch perhaps)
*Café de La Presse (also for lunch perhaps)
Cafe Mason
Cafe Andree in the Hotel Rex
The Nob Hill Grille
AVOID: Lori's or Sear's


Sai Jai Thai mieng come, angel wings, the kor moo yang, beef salad

Turtle Tower for pho, especially ga

Old Chelsea Fish and Chips

Saigon Sandwich, Wrap Delight or Baguette Express for banh mi (I know there are others that may be better/more authentic but these three seem safe) – all lunch only??

Pagolac for 7 courses of beef

Borobudur for roti prata, string beans with dried shrimp paste, lamb and chicken satays. ‘Ware karaoke in the evenings?!

**Larkin Express deli only open for dinner Sat IIRC

*Thai House Express go for lesser-known dishes: Kao Pad Ka-Na Pla Kem anchovy fried rice, interesting salads, pork leg dish ***catfish larb***

**Bodega Bistro for shaking beef, green papaya salad, roasted squab, beef, chicken or crab soup and noodles

**Canteen with usual caveats re tiny size, three dinner sittings per night, no resos at lunch, Tues prix fixe

*Asuka for some quick non-sushi comfort food


Sutter Café for tamales/aguas frescas to go

Bankgok Noodles (formerly King of Thai Noodle) chicken in red curry with jasmine rice and the spicy ground chicken or pork served with flat rice noodles, broccoli and eggs

*Utopia or The House if they decide to check out Chinatown
**La Ciccia if they get a bit more ambitious Muni-wise and want some kick-ass Sardinian food!

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