Restaurant Guide–Nevada

Restaurant Guide Main Index


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

 

Carson City

Basil–311 N. Carson St. (Thai) Closed Sat lunch & Sun.  Good ratings, but some reviewers say the food is sweet (it would be a good idea to ask for any orders to be “Thai style” so it would be less sweet). (5-19-19)

La Santaneca–316 E. Winnie Ln. (Salvadoran) Open Daily.  Good food at good prices according to reviews. (5-19-19)

Pho Country–2495 N. Carson St. (Vietnamese) Open daily 10:30 am to 9 pm.  Some reviewers say it compares to restaurants in large cities. I do not believe it is quite this good because reviewers say the fish sauce is very weak and Americanized and that they do not have chopsticks for customers (I guess you have to bring your own). The pho is said to have good flavor, though. (5-19-19)

Saffron–1301 N. Carson St. (Persian) Closed Sun lunch & Mon.  Reviewers say they have Persian dishes that are prepared well, but in addition there is Middle Eastern cuisine from other countries (and these are good also). (5-19-19)

The Lady Tamales–933 Woodside Dr. (Mexican) Closed Mon (closes at 7pm Tue-Sat; 4 pm on Sun).  Authentic Mexican food that (from the photos) looks like it has the full flavor of Mexican chiles and ingredients. (5-19-19)

Villa Basque Deli–730 Basque Way (Basque) Open Mon-Sat (breakfast & lunch only).  This is a deli–more casual and less expensive than the Basque dinner and all-you-can-eat restaurants. Chorizo is recommended. (5-19-19)

Dayton

Gold Canyon Cafe–160 N. Main St. (Hawaiian) Open 6 am to 8 pm (closed Mon). This is a restaurant in an old west town owned by Hawaiians who serve their home state cuisine along with some other items such as hamburgers. Most reviewers seem to be pleased by the food (regardless of which type they choose). The restaurant is set off of US 50 and not visible from the highway, but it’s in “downtown” Dayton (easy to find). I’m not sure about the hours but I wrote down what Yelp says. (5-19-19)

Elko

Monkey Sun–2594 Idaho St. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Menu is not very adventurous, but some dishes are made more authentic through the ingredients and seasoning, and these are mostly the spicy Sichuan dishes. (3-26-19)

Odeh’s Mediterranean–282 11th St. (Middle Eastern) Open 10 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  The reason I am including this is the number of comments on Yelp that say items were “the best I have ever had” (not just item, but many). (3-26-19)

Star Hotel–246 Silver St. (Basque) Closed Sun and Sat lunch. Some like it, and some say go to Martin Hotel in Winnemucca (that is, if you are planning to travel to Winnemucca). The main item people recommend here is the steak (may or may not be Basque style but they say it is excellent). 6 course appetizer here is good. (3-26-19)

Gardnerville

J T Basque Bar–1426 US 395 N (Basque) Closed Sun (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Some say this is the best in NV, but I think it is not for everybody ($$$ for one entree and all the side dishes you can eat, and includes a bottle of wine). Some describe it as a “multi-course family style meal.” Steak or steak sandwich is the entree most often recommended. (5-19-19)

Las Vegas

Beijing Noodle No. 9–3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Located in Caesar’s Palace Hotel. Has authentic hand-pulled noodles. I think the menu runs from fairly simple dishes (dumplings, etc) to upscale ones, and the great majority of people say they are excellent. Reviews are not so good for the service or the prices, but food seems to be a special treat. Beijing chicken and mushroom noodles and soup dumplings are said to be very good. One reviewer says the beef noodle soup is like the ones in Taiwan. (5-2-19)

Ben’Zaa–7585 Norman Rockwell Ln. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Oaxacan style food which includes mole and other traditional dishes. Reviewers say everything tastes freshly made including the chips and salsa. As of May 2019 it has only been open for a few weeks and some reviewers say they are still working out some issues with the food (the recipes are good but they sometimes are overcooked, not seasoned correctly, etc.). (5-2-19)

Chengdu Taste–3950 Schiff Dr. (Chinese) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5:00 pm).  Some (I think reliable sources) say this sets the standard for Sichuan food in Las Vegas. Everybody has their own idea of the best dishes here. Some suggestions are dan dan mian, Szechuan boiled fish, and toothpick lamb (said to be the restaurant’s specialty). (5-2-19)

Dong Ting Spring–4850 W. Flamingo Rd. (Chinese) Open daily (open until 10 pm).  Authentic Hunan style. One of the specialties is steamed fish with spicy red chiles. Spicy wild mushroom hot pot is very good. Some dishes are very oily (as is common with authentic Sichuan/Hunan food). (2-6-19)

Food Express–2003 S. Decatur Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily (open late night).  Authentic Cantonese style. A favorite with locals for everyday food at good prices. (2-6-19)

Kapuso Kapamilya–4300 Spring Mountain Rd. (Filipino) Dinner only (open late night, according to Yelp).  This is a decidedly local and non-touristy Filipino restaurant. Has karaoke (and is open late). (5-2-19)

Lindo Michoacan–2655 E. Desert Inn Rd. (Mexican) Open Daily (open late night).  One of Gil’s highest rated gourmet Mexican restaurants in the U.S.  Carnitas a la Coca Cola, chuletas estilo Amador Castillo, ceviche de camaron, novillo al cognac. (2-6-19)

Lotus of Siam–620 E. Flamingo Rd. (Thai) Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily.  One of the best Thai rests. in the U.S. (by almost unanimous opinion).  Specializes in Isan (northeast) Thai food. Nam kao tod (sausage with rice) is the most recommended dish. Restaurant is so famous it has its own Internet abbreviation “LOS.” (2-6-19)

Momofuku–3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (Japanese & Korean) Open daily 11 am to 11 pm.  Good reviews for a well regarded restaurant. It looks expensive for a normal meal, but not so much that it prohibits most people from going. Many say this is some of the best food they have ever eaten. (2-6-19)

Omelet House–2160 W. Charleston Blvd. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  Old school greasy spoon type of breakfast place that is popular for such things as the chile verde omelet. Banana and pumpkin bread is said to be something not to miss. (5-2-19)

Osaka–4205 W. Sahara Ave. (Japanese) Open Daily (open late night).  This is some of the best Japanese food I have had anywhere, and the sushi is comparable to Seattle. (2-6-19)

Sam Woo BBQ–4215 Spring Mountain Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily (open late night).  Mixed reviews (I think it’s because some people do not understand authentic Chinese cuisine, but I also think there are some problems with the service).  I would go here if I couldn’t go to Food Express. (2-6-19)

Santos Guisados–616 E. Carson Ave. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun evening.  Food is based on meals the owner ate at home while he was growing up in Mexico. Tacos al pastor are said to be especially good. (5-2-19)

Settebello–9350 W. Sahara Ave. (Italian) Open Daily.  Authentic Italian style margherita pizza. (2-6-19)

Shang Artisan Noodle–4983 W. Flamingo Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Hand pulled noodles are the reason many come here, but overall it is known as one of the top Chinese restaurants in the city. (2-6-19)

Yardbird–3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (Southern) Open Daily.  Reviewers say you get the same kind of food you would find in Atlanta or Charleston. Fried chicken is the most recommended dish. (2-6-19)

Pahrump

Chat Thai–421 S. Frontage Rd. (Thai) Closed Mon.  Reviewers say the food is authentic, and I think they should know (being in proximity to Las Vegas). They also say the atmosphere here is very good and it is a comfortable restaurant. (3-26-19)

My Thai–5020 Pahrump Valley Blvd. (Thai) Closed Sun & Mon.  Seems to be the one of the top restaurants in Pahrump. Reviewers say if you want food Thai style, ask for it to be more spicy and less sweet then the menu version. Some say it takes a long time before their order comes out. (3-26-19)

Terrible’s–1750 Pahrump Valley Rd. (American) Open 24 hours.  I am putting this on the list because I have eaten here, but I do not know if there are other restaurants that are equally good. Located inside a casino, I think it is mainly known for their insanely cheap prices for good food in order to make it likely customers will frequent the casino. (3-26-19)

Reno

101 Taiwanese–400 W. 5th St. (Taiwanese) Open Daily.  One of the authentic Chinese rests. in Reno. Food is Taiwanese style. Spicy beef noodle soup seems to be the most popular item. (4-30-19)

Bazaar European Deli–3652 S. Virginia St. (Russian) Open daily 9 am to 9 pm.  This is a Russian grocery store with a deli inside where you can get sandwiches and other typical everyday Russian food. Blinchiki (crepes), Russian potato salad, borscht, and salami sandwich are among the most popular items (and of course most people order the desserts). (4-30-19)

Crawfish Asian Cuisine–1296 E. Plumb Ln. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  To me the food looks too upscale (Chinese banquet style), but it is authentic and has a lot of good possibilities such as serving Chinese New Year dinner. Yelp says garlic noodles are popular (so probably not everything is upscale).(4-30-19)

Jia’s Wok–477 E. Plumb Ln. (Chinese).  Spicy food (Sichuan style). Food seems good and authentic, but Yelp has more than the normal number of bad reviews (some say it used to be great but not any more). I cannot tell if it is still good or not. (4-30-19)

Louis’ Basque Corner–301 E. 4th St. (Basque) Open daily except Sun lunch & Mon lunch.  This restaurant seems to focus more on everyday Basque food than the restaurants specializing in steaks and high end meals. Many say the food is European style, and many items are quite different than are normal in American restaurants. The price looks reasonable also. (4-30-19)

Moo Dang–1565 S. Virginia St. (Thai) Closed Sun lunch & Mon.  Has papaya salad. Has good reviews, and seems to specialize in northern Thai food. There is no MSG in the food. (4-30-19)

Naan & Kabab–2740 S. Virginia St. (Persian) Open Daily.  Has dishes which are a little different from most Middle Eastern restaurants, such as chicken and saffron pasta or koobedah kabab. (4-30-19)

Thali–148 West St. (Indian) Open 5 pm to 9 pm (closed Mon).  There are two restaurants here in the same space. Thali is open in the evening and serves northern Indian/Himalayan/Nepalese food. Maya’s is open for lunch and serves south Indian food (and is also closed Mon.). Both are said to be very good. (4-30-19)

Sparks

Carillos Cocina–415 S. Rock Blvd. (Mexican) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Very high ratings for its basic home style Mexican food (tacos, burritos, etc.). Chile relleno is said to be very good. Apparently it is all counter seating except for a couple of small tables. (4-30-19)

Sawasdee Thai–2855 N. McCarran Blvd. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Authentic food with good flavors (pays attention to using the correct Thai herbs and ingredients). (4-30-19)

Spring Creek

China Garden–263 Spring Valley Pkwy. (Chinese).  For a long time it had better food than the Chinese restaurnts in Elko, until some new restaurants recently opened. Chinese food is American style, but it is still has good flavor and low prices for those who prefer this style of food. (Located 5 mi. SE of Elko). (3-26-19)

Winnemucca

Martin Hotel–94 W. Railroad St. (Basque) Open daily except lunch on Sat & Sun. Lamb chops, split pea soup, Basque style beans. Steaks and lamb look pricey but it would be less so if you want to skip the main dish and get side dishes and a sandwich (chorizo sandwich is available on the lunch menu). (3-25-19)

Sid’s–1195 W. Winnemucca Blvd. (American) Open daily 5:30 am to 8 pm.  For those who have fond memories of this 1960’s style coffee house (as I do), there is at least one that is still open in Winnemucca that still has the same good food as before (at least for breakfast, according to reviewers). (3-26-19)

The Griddle–460 W. Winnemucca Blvd. (American) Open daily (breakfast and lunch only).  Diner with good reviews (especially for breakfast). (3-26-19)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Bon Appetit City Guide (Las Vegas)

Chowhound (Las Vegas)

Chowhound (Reno)

Eater (Las Vegas)

Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Las Vegas)

Zomato (Las Vegas)

Restaurant Guide–Utah

Restaurant Guide Main Index


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Boulder

Burr Trail Grill–10 N. Hwy 12 (Organic) Open daily except Mon evening.  Organic food–everything is grown in their garden (but they do have meat dishes). Thai style burger is popular. Seems to be more casual than Hell’s Backbone (this is mainly a sandwich place). (6-10-19)

Hell’s Backbone–20 N. Hwy 12 (Southwest) Open daily (closed from 2 to 5:00 pm). Local & sustainable. Expensive, but people say you are paying for chefs who know what they are doing and prepare dishes the right way. (6-10-19)

Brigham City

Maddox Ranch House–1900 S. Hwy 89 (Steakhouse) Open Tue-Sat (open until 9:30 pm).  Primarily a steak place, but has turkey and trout (as well as fried chicken, hamburgers, and other items more popular at lunch). Yeast rolls with raspberry butter, chicken, homemade pies are very good. They raise their own beef and brew their own root beer. Very large restaurant (and people apparently drive from SLC to eat here). (6-26-19)

Clearfield

Argentine Corner–442 N. Main St. (Argentinian) Closed Sun.  Reviewers indicate it is not exactly like being in Argentina but it is close. Has empenadas and plate dinners. Food is made fresh so you have to wait for it. (3-8-19)

Haru Ramen–1266 S. Legend Hills Dr. (Japanese) Closed Sun.  Ramen is said to be very good. Miso ramen is said by some to be the best. (3-8-19)

High Hat Diner–1147 N. Main St. (Mexican) Closed Mon.  Breakfast is popular. Mexican food with green chile is popular (breakfast with green chile is popular as well). (3-8-19)

Pho Banh–1286 S. Legend Hills Dr. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say this is the best Vietnamese in Davis County, which isn’t saying a whole lot, but they say the food is legit. Serves pho, banh mi, and a few other dishes such as rice plates with toppings such as Korean beef or vegan lemongrass tofu. (3-8-19)

Green River

Tamarisk–1710 E. Main St. (American) Open daily 7 am to 10 pm.  Standard American food, but is better than many places because of high quality ingredients (according to reviews), and has a nice view of the river. (5-9-19)

Heber

Snake Creek Grill–650 W. 100 S. (American) Open Wed-Sun (dinner only). Reviewers say it is a five star restaurant without the pretentiousness. Serves steak, etc. Some of the top dishes include corn cakes with sweet pepper cream & shrimp, mac & cheese, black bottom banana cream pie. (4-3-19)

Windya’s Place–32 S. Main St. (Indonesian) Closed Mon.  This one-person restaurant will serve Indonesian dishes if you want, or pho for people who want something more familiar. (4-3-19)

Kanab

Luo’s Cafe–365 S. 100 E. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Reviewers say it has some authentic dishes such as mapo tofu, chinese broccoli, bittermelon & beef, etc. (4-3-19)

Rocking V–97 W. Center St. (Southwest) Closed Tue & Wed.  Food supposedly is as good as in San Francisco or New York. Veggie enchilada is popular (also serves meat dishes). Fish tacos and key lime pie are good. (4-3-19)

Layton

Black Bear Diner–310 E. Gentile St. (Diner) Open daily 6 am to 10 pm.  Most reviews are for breakfast. They say the pancakes are some of the best ever (baked items such as chicken pot pie, bear claws, etc. are said to be good). This is part of a chain, but still said to be one of the best breakfasts. (3-8-19)

Little Taste of Britain–768 W 1425 N (British) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun). Reviewers say the fish and chips are spot on. Pea soup is also recommended. The weird thing is that Hug-Hes Cafe is also supposed to have good fish and chips, and Sill’s Cafe is supposed to have good scones (both of these are also in Layton). The scones, though, appear to be a Utah version that resembles a sopapilla, and bears little relation to the English ones. In any case, though, there does seem to be some good British food in this town. (3-8-19)

99 Thai Fusion–768 W 1425 N (Thai) Open daily (opens at 1:30 on Sun).  Reviews are good. Curry is recommended (they also have some less common dishes such as papaya salad). (3-8-19)

Logan

Bluebird–19 N. Main St. (American) Closed Sun.  I’m not sure if people really go here for the food or for the quirkiness and novelty of it. It is a restaurant owned by Asian people who serve American food, but they have some Asian dishes such as sweet and sour chicken. One of the most popular American items (and supposedly extremely good) is the strawberry chicken (grilled chicken with a strawberry glaze). Also the desserts are very popular (especially the mud pie). Has a candy store inside the restaurant, and many people come just for this. (2-15-19)

Tandoori Oven–720 E. 1000 N. (Indian) Closed Sun.  Indian restaurant inside a gas station–people say the food is solid. They especially like that the spice level is straightforward–it you ask for spicy they will make it spicy. (2-15-19)

Thai House–51 W. 200 S. (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 3:30 to 4:30 pm).  Thai food that impresses people from other cities, and which gets very good reviews. (2-15-19)

Midvale

Makisu–7777 S. State St. (Japanese) Open daily except Sun lunch.  Mostly a sushi restaurant, but has a number of traditional dishes (ramen, yakisoba, etc). It does not appear to be world class Japanese food, but serves good and healthy food. (2-15-19)

Moab

Antica Forma–267 N. Main St. (Pizza) Open Daily.  Wood fired pizza that gets good reviews. (4-15-19)

Arches Thai–60 N. 100 W. (Thai) Closed Tue.  Authentic and very good Thai, but prices are about double what they would be at most Thai restaurants. Curry is recommended (but all dishes appear to be good). (4-15-19)

Desert Bistro–36 S. 100 W. (New American) Dinner only (open daily).  Prices are far above most other restaurants in town, but it has had excellent reviews for years, and I think this is probably the best fine dining choice. When I was in Moab I looked at their menu posted outside and saw that it was too expensive for me, but I think people will love the food if they can afford it. (4-15-19)

Miguel’s Baja Grill–51 N. Main St. (Mexican).  Open daily (dinner only).  Fish tacos were good (in fact, some of the best I have had). However, the beans, rice, and salsa were somewhat bland. (4-15-19)

Singha Thai–92 E. Center St. (Thai) Closed Sun and closed from 3 to 5 pm.  More Americanized than Bangkok House, but customers can ask for food “Thai style” and order some off-the-menu dishes that are very authentic. Note: Bangkok Thai is still open but Arches Thai now has better reviews. (4-15-19)

Monticello

Doug’s Steak and BBQ–496 N. Main St. (BBQ, Steakhouse). Based on reviews, most people order the BBQ, and say it is very good (pulled pork, ribs, brisket, etc.). Some do not like the sauce, though. (6-10-19)

Peace Tree Juice Cafe–516 N. Main St. (Juice Bar) Open daily 7 am to 10 pm.  Breakfast, lunch, smoothies. Specialties are panini and salads. (6-10-19)

Ogden

Aroy D Thai–1167 W. 12th St. (Thai) Closed Sun & Mon.  Mostly good reviews. It seems to be the best Thai food in northern Utah (north of SLC). (2-10-19)

Hanamaru–357 E. 37th St. (Japanese) Closed Sun-Tue (and closed from 2:30 to 5:30 pm).  Udon, katsu curry, ramen, shabu shabu, sushi.  Mostly everyday Japanese food done very well at good prices. Note: was closed during Jan & Feb 2019 (perhaps the chef goes to Japan periodically?) (2-10-19)

Rosa’s Cafe–2660 Washington Blvd. (Mexican) Breakfast & lunch Tue-Sun; dinner Fri & Sat.  Enchiladas, burritos, etc. are covered with chile verde and/or chile colorado (some indicate that the chile verde is better). One reviewer says this is El Paso style, and he knows because he is from El Paso. (2-10-19)

Orem

Asado Argentinian Grill–360 S. State St. (Argentinian) Open daily except Sun evening.  Good reviews–people like the quality and the flavor. There are two sections of the menu–the cheap section has empanadas, etc. and the expensive section has steaks (and people say they are memorable). (6-10-19)

Bangkok Grill–934 N. State St. (Thai) Closed Sun.  A restaurant for “picky eaters” (such as ones who have been to Thailand). Curries and noodle dishes are recommended (some curries are spicier than others, so you might want to order based on what spiciness you want). (6-10-19)

Chef Gao–820 E. 800 N. (Chinese) Open daily except Sun lunch.  Has authentic Sichuan style food. This started as a branch of the now apparently closed Chef Gao in Midvale (which had a reputation of having the most authentic and best Chinese food in Utah). I am not sure if this restaurant is quite that good, but reviews are excellent and it does offer authentic food.  (2-15-19)

Great China–1632 S. State St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Mostly American style dishes, but it has pan fried noodles (and is a place Chinese people can go and find something they consider to be authentic). Reviews did not give very many details, though. If you get Americanized food they say it is cheaper than the other places. (6-10-19)

Red Fuego–824 E. 800 N. (Peruvian) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say the food is comparable to Peruvian food in large cities in the US (with very good restaurants). (6-10-19)

TRUreligion Pancake & Steakhouse–360 S. State St. (American) Opens 8 am (closed Sun).  When almost everyone talks about the breakfast, and say it is the best in Utah County, I think this is what most people consider to be their best food. I particularly like the fact that multiple items come with an optional green chile (and they say the green chile is very good). (6-10-19)

Park City

Adolph’s–1500 Kearns Blvd. (Swiss) Open daily (dinner only).  This is a European style restaurant with Swiss specialties. Multi course dinner, but many times the other courses are as good or better than the main one. Expensive, but may be worth it for your special occasion dinner. Check the reviews, though, because some are disappointed with the food. (2-10-19)

Baja Cantina–1284 Lowell Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Santa Fe chicken enchiladas, flautas, tacos are good. Some describe the food as bland (this was my experience in Moab–another Utah tourist destination). However, there seems to be enough to make it worth a trip if you are in PC. (2-10-19)

Bangkok Thai–605 Main St. (Thai) Dinner only (open daily).  A good choice to get good food at a reasonable price in PC (not an easy thing to accomplish). Most say the food is good but the service is bad. It helps to get a reservation (this will make the service better for you). (2-10-19)

Fletcher’s–562 Main St. (New American) Open daily (dinner only).  Good choice for your upscale, special occasion experience. Steak, chicken, mussels, ribs, lamb shank, and probably several other entrees are all very good. Everyone raved about the biscuits and jam (served with all meals). I’m listing this restaurant because people say it is worth the price. (2-10-19)

Kuchu Shabu–1612 W. Ute Blvd. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Has shabu shabu, poke, hot pot, pho, etc. People complain about high prices and small portions, but have a high opinion about the food. (2-10-19)

Szechwan–1612 Ute Blvd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  This is a place that is inexpensive (by PC standards), has good service (waiters are not snooty), and you don’t need reservations. It also has good food, but it’s mostly Americanized. The lunch specials are about $10 (with American style dishes). There are some “authentic” dishes on the dinner menu (twice cook pork, etc.) but they are more expensive. This does not sound great, but it sounds good for PC. (2-10-19)

Price

Farlaino’s Cafe–87 W. Main St. (American) Open 7 am to 7 pm (closed Sun).  It is not totally American–it has some Italian dishes including Italian sausage that people say is great for lunch or breakfast (Groovin Gourmet on Chowhound recommends the Italian sausage sandwich for lunch).  Pancakes are recommended for breakfast or burgers for lunch. (2-10-19)

Provo

Bombay House–463 N. University Ave. (Indian) Dinner only (closed Sun).  Probably the best Indian restaurant in a several-state area. Less spicy than most Indian restaurants, but you can get it spicier if you ask. Not a buffet–dishes are individually cooked.  (Additional locations in SLC). (2-10-19)

Communal–102 N. University Ave. (New American) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2:30 pm to 5 pm).  Seasonal and locally sourced food. Tends to be upscale and expensive, but portions are big (and they encourage people to share). People say the butterscotch pudding is not to be missed. Do not come here if you like high fat and sodium content (I think because of this some reviewers say the food is bland). However, because of the prices I would say take care in what you order. (2-10-19)

Green Panda–3220 N. University Ave. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Owned by Taiwanese people, but much of the menu is American style (skip this and get the Taiwanese food). A large number of vegetarian dishes (popular with Taiwanese people). Good dumplings and pot stickers (they call this the dim sum menu). I think the authentic dishes are limited but good (according to reviews). (2-10-19)

Hruska’s Kolaches–434 W. Center St. (Bakery) Open 6:30 am until they run out of kolaches–usually about 11:30 am (closed Sun). Breakfast kolaches are popular (sausage, egg, etc.). Fruit kolaches are also very good. (2-10-19)

Koko Lunchbox–1175 N. Canyon Rd. (Korean) Open 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (closed Sun).  Authentic Korean–because of this it has better reviews than many other Asian restaurants in the Provo area (in fact I think it has the best reviews on Yelp). Some say it is as good as the food trucks in other cities, but here you can eat it in a restaurant setting. (2-10-19)

Molly’s–753 W. Columbia Ln. (American) Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Fri only.  It is said to be home style food, and food you would find at a cafeteria but served restaurant style. Some reviewers recommend ordering something simple (more complicated dishes like meat loaf lack spicing). (2-10-19)

Note: Provo and Orem have a notable variety of ethnic restaurants due to Mormon missionaries going to just about every country, with some of the converts wanting to go to BYU for school and to stay in the area afterwards. I do not know if I have included the best ones on the list, and this certainly is not all of them, but I tried to include ones that had good reviews.

Saint George

Durango–245 Red Cliffs Dr. (Mexican) Closed Sun. Reviewers say it is better than Cafe Rio. Has green enchiladas, so I think it is worth a try. (4-15-19)

Honolulu Grill–706 E. 700 S. (Hawaiian) Closed Sun.  Good value, and good Hawaiian style food. Katsu chicken, kalua pork, macaroni salad are good. (4-15-19)

Red Fort Cuisine of India–148 S. 1470 E. (Indian) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say this is the real deal (many of them compare this to restaurants in large cities). (4-15-19)

Viva Chicken–1183 E. 100 S. (Peruvian) Closed Sun.  Has a large menu with probably anything you would want (including plantains and arroz chaufa). Chicken dishes are all recommended, but especially the rotisserie chicken. (4-15-19)

Wagon Wheel Diner–2654 Red Cliffs Dr. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  Reviewers say this is the best place in the area to get breakfast. Located just west of the town of Washington. (4-15-19)

Salt Lake City

All Chay–1264 W. 500 N. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon (and closed from 2 pm to 5 pm).  Vegetarian Vietnamese food that is so good it is the number one restaurant on Yelp in SLC.  All the flavors are authentically Asian. (5-9-17)

Bruges Waffles & Frites–336 W. 300 S. (Belgian) Open daily except Sun. night.  Popular for breakfast (serves several types of Belgian waffles).  Sandwiches, frites, and desserts are popular.  Also in Provo and Draper. (6-26-19)

Cafe Anh Hong–1465 S. State St. (Chinese) Open daily (open until 9:30 pm). Many say this is the best authentic Chinese in SLC. Has dim sum. The menu selection sounds excellent. (3-31-19)

Dim Sum House–1158 S. State St. (Chinese) Open daily 10:30 am to 11:00 pm).  Dim sum served all day. Serves congee and some menu items. Everything is authentic. (6-26-19)

Feldman’s Deli–2005 E. 2700 S. (Deli) Lunch Tue-Sat; dinner Thu-Sat.  Jewish deli with very good reviews. Reuben is apparently the most popular item, but this restaurant also offers a number of items that are difficult to find just about anywhere in the West. (5-9-17)

Golden Dragon–1716 S. State St. (Chinese) Open daily (open until 9:30 pm).  Dim sum and authentic menu items, but the emphasis seems to be on the latter. (3-31-19)

Ikigai–67 W. 100 S. St. (Japanese) Lunch Tue-Fri; dinner Tue-Sat.  Izakaya style Japanese food. Some of it is Asian fusion, but seems to have some authentic dishes also (and reviewers say all are delicious). (5-9-17)

Kobe–3947 Wasatch Blvd. (Japanese) Open daily except Sun lunch (closed from 2 to 5 pm Mon-Fri).  Known for it ramen (many say it compares with Tosh’s and it’s easier to get a table). Also has other menu items. (5-9-17)

Market Street Grill–48 W. Market St. (American) Open daily (open until 9 pm).  I was impressed by their fish specials, consisting of fresh fish flown in daily. (3-31-19)

Nauvoo Cafe–15 E. South Temple St. (American) Closed Sun.  Owned by the LDS Church and open to the public. Home style cooking served cafeteria style. Some say this is better than Lion House on the same block, but both have similar food. No coffee or tea is served, but they have decaf Coke. Turkey pot pie is the most recommended dish here (pot pie is also the most popular dish at Lion House, but the big thing at Lion House is the rolls). Some food may be bland and/or salty (like a typical cafeteria). (5-9-17)

Oh Mai–3425 S. State St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Specializes in pho and banh mi, but has a varied menu. Offers vegetarian pho, and uses no MSG in the food. I think it looks interesting, and probably compares favorable to restaurants in larger cities. (6-26-19)

Red Iguana–736 W. North Temple St. (Mexican) Open daily (open until 10 pm most evenings).  Has 7 types of mole. (3-31-19)

Settebello–260 S. 200 W. (Pizza) Open Daily.  “Almost” authentic Neapolitan pizza (but they say it’s about the best you are going to find in Utah or a lot of other places).  (5-9-17)

Thai Garden–868 E. 900 S. (Thai) Open Daily except Sun lunch.  Groovin’ Gourmet says it’s better than Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas–red curry with pumpkin is recommended. (6-26-19)

The Med–420 E. 3300 S. (Persian) Open Daily.  Persian & Turkish cuisine. There are several comments saying the food is not authentic, but Persian food is so good I think it might still be worth a try. (5-9-17)

Tortas Y Jugos El Morelense–2470 S. Redwood Rd. (Mexican) Closed Mon; lunch only on Sun.  Recommended place for authentic Mexican street food. (5-9-17)

Tosh’s Ramen–1465 S. State St. (Japanese) Closed Sun & Mon.  Many say it is the best ramen in SLC, but is inconsistent (one visit could be great and another not so much). Take your pick between this and Kobe (also Tonkatsu is good). (5-9-17)

South Salt Lake

Afghan Kitchen–3142 Main St. (Afghan) Closed Mon.  Traditional Afghan food, which is a combination of Middle Eastern and Indian (based on some of the dishes that are available). (3-31-19)

Spanish Fork

Los 2 Potrillos–146 S. Main St. (Mexican).  Authentic south of the border style food.  Specializes in fish tacos (owner is from So. Cal. and has connections to get fresh fish).  Also has enchiladas suizas and other menu items. (2-10-19)

Springdale

Parkhouse Cafe–1880 Zion Park Blvd. (American) Open daily 8 am to 2 pm.  Popular for breakfast. Eggs Benedict are recommended. (5-9-19)

Rosita’s Santa Fe Kitchen–2501 Zion Park Blvd. (New Mexican) Open daily (breakfast on Sat & Sun).  New Mexican style food with green chile enchiladas, etc. Good reviews for the food. (5-9-19)

Spotted Dog Cafe–428 Zion Park Blvd. (American) Open for breakfast and dinner only (no lunch).  Mainly popular for dinner because it is casual but the food is more upscale than most (and not too expensive). (5-9-19)

Springville

Art City Trolley–256 N. Main St. (American) Closed Sun.  This restaurant has somewhat of a cult following–you sit in a real trolley car and eat diner food (but people say it is very good). Apparently there is a dining room next door if the trolley is overcrowded (which it frequently seems to be). People recommend hamburgers, mac & cheese, quesadilla, Philly sandwich. (2-10-19)

Sundance

Tree Room–8841 N. Alpine Loop (American) Open Tue-Sat (dinner only).  Robert Redford’s 5 star restaurant.  Fine dining and expensive, and it seems to be a place that everyone enjoys. (4-19-17)

Torrey

Cafe Diablo–599 W. Main St. (Southwest) Open daily until 10 pm (some sources say it closes in winter).  Pork ribs with chipotle glaze, pecan crusted chicken, home made ice cream (chocolate bomb). Maybe out of the price range for this list, though. (4-19-17)

Capitol Reef Inn–360 W. Main St. (American) Open daily 7 am to 9 pm.  Seems to be more New American than traditional American (lemon-hickory chicken is one of the specialties). Probably a good choice for people who want good food at good prices and can pass up the “big name” restaurant in town. (4-19-17)

Vernal

Antica Forma–251 E. Main St. (Pizza) Closed Sun.  Gourmet pizza made with fresh mozzarella and interesting toppings. (2-10-19)

West Jordan

BFF Turon–8860 S. Redwood Rd. (Filipino) Closed Sun.  Like most ethnic restaurants in Utah, the real comparison to make is with restaurants in other states. Reviewers say this restaurant stands the test very well. Turon is their specialty, but there is a large list of dishes with excellent reviews. (2-15-19)

West Valley City

Don Pollo–3531 S. 5600 W. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Specializes in Mexican style charbroiled chicken and various types of tacos (reviews are excellent for these as well as the salsas, etc.). (3-31-19)

Red Maple Chinese–2882 W. 4700 S. (Chinese) Open Daily.  One of the best dim sum restaurants in SLC, if not the best (reviewers say it tastes fresh). Also has a Chinese menu of other dishes. (3-31-19)

Thai Star–3197 S. Redwood Rd. (Thai) Open Daily.  Serves Thai food with some Lao dishes (but other restaurants have a better selection of Lao food). The best features here are freshness, good flavor, and good quality. I am not sure if it is really authentic based on reviews I read. (3-31-19)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Utah)

City-Data (SLC Restaurants)

City-Data (What/Where to Eat on Utah Road Trip)

Trip Advisor (Park City)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Utah)

Zomato (Salt Lake City)

 

Restaurant Guide–San Francisco

Restaurant Guide Main Index


California

Los Angeles | Orange County | San Bernardino/Riverside | San Diego


  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Alameda

Phnom Penh–1514 Webster St. (Cambodian) Closed Sun.  People say the food here is excellent. The only thing is that it is different from Thai food in that it relies more on the freshness of the food and subtle flavors rather than spices, etc. Asian crepe is one of many interesting looking items (this is similar to the Vietnamese banh xeo). (3-5-19)

Berkeley

Imm Thai Street Food–2068 University Ave. (Thai) Open daily until 10 pm.  I honestly do not know how authentic it is, but from the photos it looks very visually appealing, and reviewers say it is very good. The is probably about a 45 minute wait to get a table much of the time. (3-5-19)

Kiraku–2566 Telegraph Ave. (Japanese) Closed Mon (dinner only). Japanese tapas restaurant with a wide variety of dishes. Advice from reviewers is to order anything that looks interesting (it is all good). Not a sushi place– this is an Izakaya restaurant (but they have sushi also). There is a $15 minimum to eat here (or $30 if you make a reservation). It seems to be worth it for the type of Japanese food that it is hard to find in the U.S. Wait (without a reservation) can be up to 2 hrs. on weekends. (3-5-19)

Udupi Palace–1903 University Ave. (Indian) Open daily 11:30 am to 10 pm. South Indian vegetarian. Thali is good (I really liked the former Seattle location–I recommend thali sampler plate). Dosa is also very popular. (3-5-19)

Burlingame

Copenhagen–1216 Burlingame Ave. (Danish) Open daily except Mon evening & Tue evening (serves breakfast daily). This is a bakery and cafe. Some say it’s as close to true Danish as you can get in the U.S. Pastries, sandwiches, Danish meatballs. (4-30-19)

Mokutanya–1155 California Dr. (Japanese) Open daily (open to 2 am).  A destination Japanese restaurant that is not terribly expensive, but has enthusiastic fans for its hard to find authentic and delicious dishes. Black garlic ramen is one of the specialties (this is an izakaya restaurant–not primarily a sushi one). (This seems to be a place to come with friends–they give you individual rooms for each table). (4-30-19)

Corte Madero

Burmatown–60 Corte Madero Ave. (Burmese) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Excellent reviews, but restaurant is very small. It is recommended to go at the most off-peak time possible (but food is said to be authentic and very worthwhile). (7-13-19)

Cupertino

Joy Luck–10911 N. Wolfe Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Cantonese style. Good congee. Dim sum. Reviewers say food is good & authentic. Note: apparently the authentic food is in Joy Luck Place inside Joy Luck Palace.  (Next best to Chinatown). (12-12-18)

Red Hot Wok–10074 E. Estates Dr. (Taiwanese) Closed Tue (and closed from 2:15 to 5 pm). Reviewers say this is one of their favorite Taiwanese restaurants in the Bay Area. This is pretty much everyday comfort food (not expensive or high end). (6-10-19)

Yayoi–20682 Homestead Rd. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Japanese Teishoku restaurant (several small dishes served with steamed rice). Has very good reviews. Udon and katsu are popular items. Also in Palo Alto. (12-12-18)

Daly City

Chibog–2055 Gellert Blvd. (Filipino) Closed Mon.  Reviews are not as good as Boracay Garden in South San Francisco, but there seems to be plenty here that is very flavorful (it would be best to read on-line reviews to see what they recommend). Probably cheaper than Boracay also. (3-5-19)

Mahar Yangon–6318 Mission St. (Burmese) Closed Mon (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Reviewers let you know that this is not the best Burmese food in the Bay Area, but they like many aspects of it including the price. Also it is a mom and pop place so you can probably get them to explain the food if you have never had it before. (3-5-19)

El Cerrito

99 Ranch Market–3288 Pierce St. (Grocery Store).  Good place for Asian groceries. Nearby, though, are a number of small Asian restaurants, dessert shops, etc. that look interesting. (7-13-19)

New Dumpling–10064 San Pablo Ave. (Chinese) Closed Mon (and closed from 2:30 to 5:30 pm).  Some say this is the best dumpling place in the East Bay. Green onion pancake is recommended. Located about 4 blocks from the BART station. (7-13-19)

Zomsa–10558 San Pablo Ave. (Himalayan) Dinner daily; lunch Fri-Sun.  Prices are very good for the Bay Area, and the Himalayan dishes seem to be especially flavorful. (7-13-19)

Foster City

Joy–1489 Beach Park Blvd. (Taiwanese) Closed Tue (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Has a “secret” Chinese menu which is a favorite with Chowhounds (it’s actually written on cards on the wall). The regular menu is Hong Kong, Sichuanese and Taiwanese. Reviews in late 2018 and 2019 indicate that it is now “uneven.” Part of the problem is that the landlord raised the rent and they can no longer afford to serve the cheap dishes (such as Taiwanese pancakes). They do say, though, that they have authentic Taiwanese food. (3-5-19)

Fremont

De Afghanan–37405 Fremont Blvd. (Afghan) Open Daily.  Seems to be an excellent place to try authentic Afghan food. However it is a very casual place that mostly serves kabobs. It is the variety of kabobs and the side dishes served that make it much more interesting than the average kabob restaurant. (6-10-19)

Din Ding Dumpling House–3213 Walnut Ave. (Chinese) Closed Tue (and closed from 2:30 to 5:30 pm).  This is a Shanghai style noodle and dumpling house. Xiao long bao (with pork) is said to be excellent, but has many other excellent dishes as well. This is said to be a good alternative to the higher priced dumpling houses and is said to be the same quality (but perhaps not exactly the same menu). (6-10-19)

Line Thai–3964 Washington Blvd. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Opened in 2017, and many had been anxiously awaiting it. Reviewers say the curry is spot on, but the pad thai is really the special dish here (because they do it right and so many other restaurants do not). Spice levels are at Thai levels (so be cautious when ordering). (6-10-19)

Half Moon Bay

Barbara’s Fishtrap–281 Capistrano Rd. (Seafood) Open Daily.  Clam chowder, fish & chips. (7-7-19)

Monsoon Himalayan–20 Stone Pine Rd. (Nepalese) Closed Tue (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  This is said to be one of the best Himalayan restaurants in the Bay Area (Little Nepal and Cuisine of Nepal are said to be the ones that would be comparable). (7-7-19)

Los Altos

Estrellita–971 N. San Antonio Rd. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun lunch (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Mostly a pretty standard Mexican restaurant, but the best dishes on the menu are Yucatan and Oaxaca style. This seems to be one of the best “sit-down” Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area. (12-12-18)

Noodle Talk Home Cuisine–4546 El Camino Real (Chinese) Open daily (closed from 2:15 to 5:30 pm).  Authentic Hunan cuisine, but I think the “home cuisine” means that it is casual, inexpensive, and is more home style food than “banquet style.” (12-12-18)

Millbrae

Ben Tre–219 El Camino Real (Vietnamese) Closed Tue.  This is a “homestyle” Vietnamese restaurant that reminds Vietnamese people of home. It is not a special occasion restaurant and they do not have any special dishes–just ones that show you what people in Vietnam eat on a daily basis (and for this it is a good choice). (7-7-19)

Hong Kong Flower Lounge–51 Millbrae Ave. (Chinese) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Seems to be the No. 1 place in the Bay Area for dim sum (rec. by Chowhound). (7-7-19)

Hu Bei–1055 El Camino Real (Chinese) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Authentic food from Hubei Province (and city of Wuhan). Some comments say that the Hubei food is not that great, but the hot-dry noodle is really worthwhile (and is the specialty of the restaurant). (7-7-19)

Stick & Steam–350 Adrian Rd. (Singaporean) Closed Tue.  Reviewers who have been to Singapore say you get the same food here. May be a little expensive, but it seems to be because it is good quality. (7-7-19)

Wonderful–270 Broadway (Chinese) Closed Tue (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Hunan style food that is said to be the spiciest in China (spicier then Sichuan). The flavor, though, seems to be excellent. Stir fried pork and marinated tofu seems like a good dish to try. (7-7-19)

Milpitas

Banana Leaf–182 Ranch Dr. (Malaysian) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  I think this is the place to go for Malaysian in the Bay Area (has the best reviews). Mango chicken is popular, and my experience in Seattle indicates that this may be a good bet. (12-12-18)

Chili Garden–210 Barber Ct. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Hunan style (said to be one of 2 authentic Hunan rests. in the Bay Area–the other Hunan rest. was in Sunnyvale but is now closed-one that recently opened in Los Altos may also be authentic).  House special Chili Garden beef, sour cabbage bamboo pork (ask for Chinese menu). (12-12-18)

Noodle Hut–1810 Milmont Dr. (Cambodian) Closed Mon (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Noodle dishes are recommended (particularly the Phnom Penh noodles). Some say they are disappointed with the noodle soup, but love the noodle plates. (12-12-18)

Mountain View

Caspian–1910 El Camino Real (Persian) Open daily except Sun evening.  Reviewers say the quality is good and they make good use of herbs and spices for a very nice flavor. (12-12-18)

Chef Zhao Bistro–400 Moffett Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon (and closed from 2:00 to 5:00pm).  Chef Zhao appeared on the Yan Can Cook show and prepared a couple of notable dishes–fish and ma po tofu (both of which have good reviews at the restaurant and appear to be authentic). Reviewers also recommend Lanzhou beef noodle soup, chili chicken, and dan dan noodles (and say the Sichuan boiled fish is very good). (12-12-18)

Oakland

Champa Garden–2102 8th Ave. (Lao) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  To me everything looks good, and reviews seem to support it. Lao Tae has better reviews, but it seems to have fewer items and has different hours. I would say take your pick (Champa Garden looks less expensive and more home style). (3-5-19)

Da Nang Quan–615 E. 12th St. (Vietnamese) Open 9 am to 8 pm (closed Thu). One of the best places for authentic Vietnamese (although Oakland has a large concentration of similar restaurants). Bun Bo Hue and banh xeo are specialties, but has a number of hard to find dishes. Specializes in central Vietnamese cuisine (Hue style). (3-5-19)

Doña Tomas–5004 Telegraph Ave. (Mexican) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Upscale Mexican–moles are popular. (3-5-19)

FOB Kitchen–5179 Telegraph Ave. (Filipino) Dinner only Wed-Fri; lunch only Sat & Sun.  Several things stand out here including the variety of dishes they serve, how good it looks visually from the photos, and the reviews it gets (other Filipino restaurants in the Bay Area also have a large variety of dishes though). I think this is one of the places that is worth seeking out. (3-5-19)

Lao Tae–6516 Moraga Ave. (Lao) Dinner only (open daily).  Food seems to be very flavorful and uniformly good. Lao sausage and crispy pork belly are particularly popular. (3-5-19)

New Gold Medal–389 8th St. (Chinese) Open daily (open late night).  Very authentic Cantonese food. Seems to have good food, but I get the impression that the staff expects you to know what you are ordering and some end up with items they do not like. Dry style chow fun is recommended. Has an extremely large menu (as most authentic Cantonese restaurants do). Serves food without MSG if you order it that way. (3-5-19)

Phnom Penh House–3912 MacArthur Blvd. (Cambodian) Closed Sun.  It is billed as Cambodian, but actually has Thai and Lao dishes as well. Cambodian food seems to be good, but many people order the other items because they are more familiar with them (and say they are very good as well). (3-5-19)

Shan Dong–328 10th St. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Mandarin/northern Chinese. Handmade noodles, dan dan noodles, dumplings. One of the favorite Chinese places of locals. (3-5-19)

Richmond

Huong Tra–12221 San Pablo Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Said to be a neighborhood favorite (is probably not a destination restaurant for the entire Bay Area). However, reviews and description of the food are very good, and I think there are many things here I would like to try (menu is pretty extensive). (7-13-19)

San Francisco

Beijing–1801 Alemany Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9:30 pm. Beijing style. Reviewers say it’s the most authentic Beijing style rest. in SF. Beijing street pancakes, beef noodle soup, dumplings are recommended. (4-4-19)

Borobudur–700 Post St. (Indonesian) Open daily to 10 pm. Home style Indonesian food. Small rest. Rendang is authentic. One of the top Indonesian rests. in the U.S. (4-4-19)

Bund Shanghai–640 Jackson St. (Chinese) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Shanghai and Mandarin style. Very good. Has XLB but reviewers recommend that you explore the menu. (4-4-19)

Burma Superstar–309 Clement St. (Burmese) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm). Reviewers say it is authentic. Samosa soup, tea leaf salad, chicken tofu kabat, pork curry. (4-4-19)

Golden Crab House–1830 Irving St. (Seafood) Dinner only (open daily).  This is a Vietnamese style seafood restaurant, but you can get “regular” (non-Asian style) seafood if you want. House garlic noodles seem to be the most popular side dish to go with the seafood. Dungeness crab seems to be its seafood specialty. Popular for its fixed dinners for 2, 4, 10 etc people, but diners can order individual items as well. (7-13-19)

Hon’s Wun Tun House–648 Kearney St. (Chinese) Open 9:30 am to 7:00 pm (closed Sun). Authentic Hong Kong style noodle house (one of the few really authentic places in Chinatown). Serves many versions of wun tun (wonton) soup–all of them seem to be good. (4-4-19)

Katana-Ya–422 Geary St. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Real Japanese ramen. One of the best in the U.S. (better than anything in LA). Some say price is an issue. (7-13-19)

Kui Shin Bo–22 Peace Plaza (Japanese) Closed Mon.  Home style Japanese. Fresh fish specials are good. Mainly a lunch place (good prices for lunch) but it’s open to 8 pm. (7-13-19)

Mandalay–4348 California St. (Burmese) Closed Tue (and closed from 2:30 to 5:30 pm).  Not only is this a hard to find cuisine, but the restaurant gets excellent reviews. Tea leaf salad, sauteed green beans, chicken in garlic sauce. Reviewers say it is Burmese-Chinese, so Burma Superstar might be more authentic. Reviewers are particularly disappointed with the tea leaf salad, but like the curry chicken, fish soup, singapore noodles, balada, mango chicken, mango salad, and others. (7-13-19)

Muracci’s Japanese Curry–307 Kearney St. (Japanese) Lunch only (closed Sun). It is actually open until 7 pm Mon-Thu, but some reviewers say they frequently run out of their best dishes earlier than this. I think this is probably one of the things that makes it good (everything is fresh and things are not prepared in large quantities). The specialty here is Japanese curry, which many people get with chicken katsu. The menu seems to be fairly limited but something really worth trying if you are a fan of Japanese food. (4-4-19)

Plaj–333 Fulton St. (Swedish) Open daily (dinner only).  Expensive and maybe dress up, but it’s a good chance to try a full menu of Swedish food (there are not many in the U.S.). (4-30-19)

Shanghai Dumpling King–696 Monterey Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Tue (and closed from 2:30 to 4:30 pm).  Recently moved to new location. Notes from the old location: best XLB in SF, and maybe the U.S; small place–cash only. New place seems to be the same, but I’m not sure about the cash only part. Some say the XLB here is better than in Shanghai. (4-4-19)

The Grotto–2847 Taylor St. (Seafood) Open Daily.  Touristy place–expensive with a good view, but my parents said this was their favorite seafood place in SF (the best food for the money). (7-13-19)

Ton Kiang–5821 Geary Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Wed. Dim sum served all day. One of the most popular dim sum places in SF. There is lots of competition, so it’s hard to say which one is best. If you come here try the Shanghai meat dumpling, mushrooms and shrimp, ha gao, onion pancakes, egg custard tarts. (4-4-19)

Yank Sing–101 Spear St. (Chinese) Open daily (lunch only). In the running for best dim sum in SF. XLB is excellent also. 100 varieties of dim sum. Down side is that it is expensive, even for San Francisco. (4-4-19)

San Jose

ASJ–1698 Hostetter Rd. (Taiwanese) Open Daily.  Prob. best Taiwanese street food in Bay Area.  Most people like beef noodle soup, but other items are good also. Cash only. (12-12-18)

Khaosan Thai–2062 Curtner Ave. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Very good reviews. Has northern style sausage, papaya salad, and other dishes from the north (but I believe it has southern Thai dishes as well). (12-12-18)

Popular Bakery–1636 Alum Rock Ave. (Bakery) 7am to 6 pm Mon-Fri; 7 to 5 on Sat.  Portuguese bakery. Egg tarts, queijadas, meringue are popular. Rec. by Doug in Mesa (from Chowhound). (12-12-18)

Santouka Ramen–675 Saratoga Ave. (Japanese) Open daily to 8:30 pm.  Maybe the best authentic Japanese ramen in the U.S., but some reviewers say it is good but not exactly like it is in Japan. Cash only. (12-12-18)

Zeni–1320 Saratoga Ave. (Ethiopian) Closed Mon.  Apparently the best Ethiopian in the Bay Area. Vegetarian combo plate gets the best reviews. (12-12-18)

San Rafael

Pibil Authentic Yucatan Food–842 4th St. (Mexican) Dinner only (open Fri-Sun only).  This appears to be a family run place that started in a very small space in the San Rafael Transit Center, and now has a regular restaurant. The name tells you what kind of food it has (authentic Yucatan style). Probably in time they will be open more days of the week. (7-13-19)

Yet Wah–1238 4th St. (Chinese) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Reviewers say this is the best Chinese food in Marin County (if you don’t want to cross the bridge into San Francisco).  Has some authentic items on the menu. (4-4-19)

Santa Clara

Din Tai Fung–2855 Stevens Creek Blvd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Shanghai style dumpling restaurant with Xiao Long Bao. Good reviews compared to several similar restaurants. (12-12-18)

Orenchi Ramen–3540 Homestead Rd. (Japanese) Open daily (closed from 1:30 to 6:00 pm).  Ramen restaurant that is particularly noted for its good broth, and some describe it as solid but not particularly the best in the Bay Area. Tonkatsu is recommended. Patrons say it is not uncommon to have a 30 min. wait to get into the restaurant. (12-12-18)

Tay Ho–2047 El Camino Real (Vietnamese) Open daily 10:30 am to 9 pm.  Banh cuon is the specialty here. I had it in Oklahoma City in the now closed Tay Ho restaurant (a chain with most restaurants in California, apparently including this one). I recommend it as much as the reviewers of this restaurant do. (6-10-19)

South San Francisco

Boracay Garden–269 El Camino Real (Filipino) Closed Mon.  This seems to be the best and most authentic Filipino restaurant in the Bay Area. It is more expensive than some of the others, but most dishes seem to be in the $15 range (not bad for the Bay Area). Also an advantage here is less greasy food and a very clean restaurant and restrooms. (3-5-19)

Sunnyvale

Chelokababi–1236 S. Wolfe Rd. (Persian) Open Daily.  Good food, but more expensive than it might be in other cities (also seems to have more menu choices). (12-12-18)

Saravanaa Bhavan–1305 S. Mary Ave. (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5:00 pm).  South Indian/Sri Lankan vegetarian restaurant. Some say this is the best South Indian rest. in the U.S. (there is also one in New York). Dosa, rasmalai. Serves thali. (12-12-18)

Shanghai Flavor Shop–888 Old San Francisco Rd. (Chinese) Closed Mon & Tue (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Sheng jian bao is the must try dish (like XLB but with a thicker dough that has been pan fried). (12-12-18)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (San Francisco)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (San Francisco)

Zomato (San Francisco)