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 Post subject: Best of SF?
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 9:18 pm 
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I'll be in SF for a few days soon and I wanted your opinion on the best restaurants/dishes the city has to offer:
1- Best Chinese / thai / pan-asian? So far, I've spotted Golden Era, Thai Idea, Lucky Creation and Burmese kitchen.
2- Best Burrito?
3- Best brunch?
4- Best ice cream?

Thanks a lot!


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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 9:45 pm 
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also, any food trucks worth tracking down?


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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
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Golden Era is a Universal Master restaurant, but not very pushy about it. If you like that kind of Vietnamese-leaning pan-Asian thing, it's pretty good.

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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 7:58 am 
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Golden Era is closed, but will be reopening, I think at the end of the summer, in a new location in the same neighborhood.


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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
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Mission Chinese!

http://missionchinesefood.com/sf/


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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
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Good to know about Golden Era. Their site didn't mention it.

Mission Chinese's "Thrice cooked bacon and rice cake" with tofu skin sounds intriguing. Is it good?


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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
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Yes! It's awesome!

I lived in the Inner Richmond for a while (just north of Golden Gate Park) and there are tonnes of great Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese restaurants there. My Tofu House was a fave, but you have to REALLY explain the vegan thing. Their kimchi is vegan though. BStar and Burma Superstar are both in that area and worth the visit.

I'm sure there are many more great places for brunch now than when I lived there, but I did like Saha and St. Francis Fountain.

I'll leave the serious burrito recs to the natives/pros, but I like The Little Chihuahua. Wild mushrooms and smoked tomato salsa!


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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 6:35 pm 
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I don't think you realized what a can of worms you open every time you ask for the "best" burrito in the bay... Wars have been fought over less! My personal recs are:

Nature Vegetarian in Oakland (yes, too many visitors do not spend enough or any time in the East Bay)

El Toro and/or Pancho Villa (same menu)

St. Francis fountain

Not a ton of vegan frozen dessert options with the closure of both Maggie Mudd and Scream, but Cookies Rule Everything Around Me (CREAM) in Berkeley has 5 cookies nd 3 soy ice creams to make vegan ice cream sandwiches, Cinnaholic in Berkeley has soft serve, and Fraiche in Pac Heights has a great tart soy yogurt with tons of toppings.

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As far was food trucks, the ones worth checking out are Liba Falafel, hella Vegan Eats, and Ebbett's Good To Go (their tofu sandwich can be veganized and is a most righteous gut bomb).

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And not that you asked, but the best place to get off yer tits is Bender's Bar & Grill. Booze, art, metal, dogs, 420-friendly patio, and a ton of vegan options (including TOTS).

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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 11:20 pm 
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Stuff near downtown -- Thai ideas good, I actually like the golden era place in the mall food court a lot . Hella vegan eats food trick is in civic center Wednesday.

Burritos -- I like cancun for authentic, papalote for more expensive vegan (tofu mole), little chihuahua plantain burrito is really good too.

Jasmine tea house is the only Chinese place I go to -- they have a great fake chicken you can sub in for most dishes.

San Francisco brunch options were discussed in a recent thread a couple down from this one -- other excellent options are donut farm and timeless in Oakland if you can get there, Bart wont get you close to either.

Holy gelato in the inner sunset has a bunch of good icecream options, Fraiche is relatively healthier but great if you like granola and fresh fruit type of toppings. Birite has an option or two in the mission.

Benders has the best vegan bar food, Pliny the elder on tap for 6 bucks.

You didn't say anything about South Indian but I love udipi palace. Pineapple udipan all day


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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 11:33 am 
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The only thing I will order from Herbivore (and it has been years) is a milkshake to go...So there is an ice cream treat. Not really ice cream - but it is a cold treat: Boba Guys has vegan options. My fave boba place/kawaii shop in the mission seems to have went under.

Didn't Weird Fish start doing brunch?

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missmuffcake wrote:
Didn't Weird Fish start doing brunch?


They have done brunch for a while and I've heard lots of good things, but I have little patience for waiting for their teeny handful of tables to turn over when brunch is involved. I get hangry if I don't get my brunch on quickly! It's why I only go to St. Francis Fountain once or twice a year.

If others are more patient about waiting for a brunch table than I am, I say go for it!

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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
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Erika Soyf*cker wrote:
missmuffcake wrote:
Didn't Weird Fish start doing brunch?


They have done brunch for a while and I've heard lots of good things, but I have little patience for waiting for their teeny handful of tables to turn over when brunch is involved. I get hangry if I don't get my brunch on quickly! It's why I only go to St. Francis Fountain once or twice a year.

If others are more patient about waiting for a brunch table than I am, I say go for it!


Weird fish was far from busy/full the recent times I've been there for brunch. And it is really good.


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Oooh, good to know! I will brave them some time, then. Thanks!

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i wish WF would take at least dinner reservations...

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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
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What about Bi-Rite? I've heard they have good vegan ice creams.

You could go on a Saturday and hit up Hella Vegan Eats food truck in Dolores Park, get some ice cream at bi-rite, and grab bread at Tartine. I've never done any of these things myself but I've heard my co-workers mention all three multiple times!

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couroupita wrote:
What about Bi-Rite? I've heard they have good vegan ice creams.

You could go on a Saturday and hit up Hella Vegan Eats food truck in Dolores Park, get some ice cream at bi-rite, and grab bread at Tartine. I've never done any of these things myself but I've heard my co-workers mention all three multiple times!


My understanding is that Bi-Rite's only vegan flavor is a coconut-based chocolate (not that there's anything wrong with that!). Also, I don't think HVE's food truck is at Dolores Park during construction, which is slated to last through this fall.

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Oh bummer! That's good to know because I was going to try to go there soon!

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They'll totes be at this event on June 7! I'm planning on going.

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 Post subject: Re: Best of SF?
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Thanks everyone who replied. I had a good time in SF. To round things up, here are my notes:

- My favorite dish was the pozole at Gracias Madre. Perfect in every way.
- Souley Vegan in Oakland was a decent runner up for best meal.
- Only tried one burrito, the mole at Papalote. Pretty good but the salsa is out of this world.
- Udipi palace was alright. Turns out I'm not a big fan of dosas.
- ice cream at Holy Gelato was pretty good. The rolls at Cinnaholic are incredible and so are Pepple farm's donuts.

Although not in SF, anyone passing through Monterey definitely should hit El Cantaro for vegan mexican food. In a single visit, I had lunch AND bought a take-out! haha


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