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JBS | Jul 18, 200303:36 PM

I'll be in SF for a few nights and am interested in getting some suggestions. I haven't been in a few years, will be staying with friends and cooking, but there are plenty of meals to be eaten, so...

The facts: I'm an omnivore, I like a good cocktail or glass of wine but am happy to bring my own or wait until after, decor is of little-or-no consequence to me, I'll happily go out of the way if it is worth it, and I like to be challenged by food, be it organ meat or spiciness or a menu I don't entirely understand.

We'll have one fancy-ish meal. Last time I was there I ate at Rose Pistola - this time I'd like to check out something a little more interesting. Something uniquely Bay Area that will excite me but that isn't going to kill my budget. My hosts like Italian; my boyfriend loves pork. Any thoughts?

On the inexpensive tip, I'd like advice on which Thai places will serve spicy food to farangs, on finding a really good Vietnamese squid with chile and basil, and on distinguishing a good mexican place from a lame one (I'm from New York so I don't even know where to BEGIN when comparison shopping for burritos). And I'm looking for any other suggestions for lunches and dinners in the $5-$10 entree range.

No pizza, please.

Sock it to me!

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