Sunday, December 24, 2006

recs for visitors

tired of xanga, and trying to convert to the new google blogger. it would take too long to transfer everything to this blog, so here are some of the best restaurants in the bay, in short and according to kathy.

- san tung: chinese-korean on irving between 11th & 12th ave (sunset district). the chicken wings (order them "dry"), dumplings, peanut noodles, or spicy combo noodle soup
- mandalay: burmese-chinese on california between 5th & 6th ave (richmond district). the "special noodles" and the green beans are good.
- burma superstar: burmese on clement & 4th ave (richmond district). i actually think mandalay is better, but burma superstar is really popular and yuppified.
- shanghai dumpling king: ghetto chinese on balboa & 34th ave (richmond district). the soup dumplings (xiao long bao) and green beans are good here. it's pretty much a hole-in-the-wall place though
- oyaji: traditional japanese on clement & 33rd. i've never been there, but it's supposed to be really good (says my japanese friend)
- thai temple: thai in berkeley from a thai buddhist temple. some of the most authentic in the bay area (i think). total berkeley hippie place haha
- vic's: indian in berkeley in a literal warehouse. very authentic (according to my indian friends haha)
- salang pass: afghan in fremont. really good
- nirvana: asian fusion on castro & 18th st. (castro district). good noodles and pretty cheap
- santa ramen: tiny noodle house in san mateo

- levende lounge: "world fusion" on mission and 15th st (mission district). the mini lamb burgers are sooo good
- a cote: french small plates in berkeley on college
- cha cha cha: there are 2 locations - one around haight & ashbury, and another on mission & not exactly tapas, but a good place to go with a group. they have good (and cheap) sangria
- pesce: seafood on polk & vallejo (in russian hill). scallops are good. squid ink risotto good, too. good drinks
- isa: californian on steiner & lombard (marina district). sea bass is really good. very trendy and yuppified.

- gregoire: french/californian on shattuck near chez panisse in berkeley. their potato puffs (fried mashed potatoes, kind of) are really good.
- pacific catch: seafood on chestnut & fillmore (marina district). the crispy oysters, sweet potato fries, and the wasabi bowls (like an open sushi) are good
- delfina: italian/californian on 18th & guerrero. the first time i went it was amazing; second wasn't.
- zazie: californian on cole & carl (cole valley). good brunch - poached eggs
- 1550 hyde cafe: californian on hyde & pacific (russian hill). food is pretty good, but a bit salty.

- aziza: moroccan on geary & 22nd (or 23rd i forgot). their cous cous is really good. their food has a lot of flavor
- kan zaman: mediterranean around haight & ashbury. good spiced wine. the food's ok. good for groups
- limon: trendy peruvian on valencia & 16th st (mission district). good ceviche, truffled mac n cheese, and snapper
- clementine: authentic french on clement & 2nd ave (richmond district). the desserts are amazing, especially the french toast. you HAVE to try it!

- k

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