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Sep 28, 2010


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There are a few nice spots in Noe Valley. One of my favorites is just down the street from me, The Firefly, http://www.fireflyrestaurant.com, excellent food. During the dot-com boom in the early aughts, you needed a reservation days or weeks in advance. More recently, several hours or the day before will usually get you in. After the J-Church emerges from the tunnel, it winds past Dolores Park and through the neighborhood. Get off at 24th St. and take the bus or walk past shops (6 blocks) on 24th St to Douglass. Or, on the streetcar a few more blocks, at 30th St, is La Ciccia, http://www.laciccia.com, Sardinian cuisine. Remarkable entrees, fine wines. A friend of mine who's traveled extensively in Italy says he remembers fondly the Mediterranian island of Sardinia, and its hospitality, when he dines at La Ciccia. Definitely need a reservation there. And a few blocks before, at Duncan St, is Incanto http://www.incanto.biz, another very popular Italian restaurant.

If you're in the northern part of the City, I recommend

Ana Mandara — Vietnamese, big place, upstairs bar w/ jazz Thurs - Sun

Betelnut — Pan-Asian/Southeast Asian, small plates, open kitchen

A16 — Southern Italian, just re-opened after a major renovation

Greens Restaurant — Our most classic (and creative) vegetarian restaurant, with a view of the bay towards the Golden Gate Bridge!

These are all great classics! Thanks to the Rabin team for putting this together.

ZUNI is still one of my favorites. My first experience was back in the late '70s -- and it still one of best places for cocktails, brunch, lunch or dinner. They also have a wood-fired oven for chicken, pizza and the like.

Having known Tom (an employee of Rabin Worldwide) for many years, I decided to view your website listing the 10 classic San Francisco dining spots. Being in the restaurant business myself, I commend Marisol and Hazel on their recommendations. One of my favorites is the dollar oysters offered at the Waterbar. Check it out - great food with a wonderful view!

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