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"especially for [those] who might be more picky"

8 Perfect Places to Host Friends and Family for Graduation Season

1. Delfina This is the perfect place to have a small graduation dinner with your immediate family or significant other! Their menu offers plenty of authentic Italian style dishes to choose from and the restaurant is located in the heart of the Mission district, so it’s the perfect area to walk around in before heading to dinner.

Website | 3621 18th Street | 415.552.4055

2. Locanda Osteria Locanda is the sister restaurant to Delfina, but allows for bigger parties (7-15 people) due to their larger space. They also serve delicious Italian style entrees, from rigatoni alla carbonara to grilled whole fish, but their price points are set a little higher ($15-25 per entrée).

Website | 557 Valencia Street | 415.863.6800

3. Limon Rotisserie Limon can hold parties as large as 20 people and they have 3 locations in the city: one on Valencia St., one on S. Van Ness St., and one on Third St. They serve really great Peruvian dishes that are set at great price points ($5-15), so don’t feel bad about bringing your extended family and friends to this place.

Website | 5800 3rd Street | 415.926.5665

4. Tacolicious This is a great restaurant to bring both small and large parties to since they have a private dining room and also have 3 locations in the city: one in North Beach, another in the Mission, and one in the Marina. If you want good drinks, great modern Mexican cuisine, and a fun atmosphere, this is the perfect place to bring your family or friends.

Website | 741 Valencia Street | 415. 626. 1344

5. Beretta This is probably my go to place to host both my friends and family at because they have exceptional food and drinks, with their Italian style menu and bold liquor choices, and they have both an upstairs and downstairs component to their restaurant. They can accommodate up to 40 people in a single party and have a price range of $10-20.

Website | 1199 Valencia Street | 415.695.1199

6. The Brixton This restaurant is located in the middle of Union St. in the Marina district and is the perfect area to bring your family to for a grad dinner hoorah! (especially for your grandparents or others who might be more picky about what they eat). They can accommodate up to 20 people, offer items such as pretzel knots, clam chowder and grilled pork chop, and are open until midnight.

Website | 2140 Union Street | 415.409.1114

7. Mamacita If you really want to impress your friends and family, bring them to Mamacita solely for their incredible food. They can hold both small and large parties (up to 20 people), are located on lovely Chestnut Street in the Marina, and have both meat and vegetarian menus suitable for all food palates alike.

Website | 2317 Chestnut Street | 415.346.8494

8. Cliff House This historic restaurant located at the end of Ocean Beach is the most ideal place to have a graduation dinner since it is in the middle of SF’s most beloved natural areas, which include Lands End and the Presidio. It is best to go on a clear day when the sun is out and the ocean can be seen from your table inside the restaurant. They can hold small and large parties and have 3 different sections to their restaurant that allow for both casual and fancy dining.

Website | 1090 Point Lobos | 415.386.3330

All photos by Madeleine Forbes
mlforbes@usfca.edu | 818.235.3568

A mile walk from USF is Beautifull, a restaurant that uses local and organic ingredients and promises a healthy and quality meal. Photo Courtesy of James Zamora

Beautifull! Restaurant Review: Full of Freshness

While studying for midterms I couldn’t help but crave a warm meal,  and while all I wanted to do was scarf down a burrito, I resisted and went for a more balanced meal that wouldn’t make me crash into a food coma. One of my favorite places to get a healthy meal on the fly is Beautifull on California and Laurel St.

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The Koret Deli is popular among off-campus students since it’s a convenient and stop before going to class. Photo by natalie gallo/foghorn

Koret Deli: The Best Eatery on Campus

For off-campus students like myself, buying food on campus can be costly without flexi for our disposal. Sure, a bowl of soup and bread from the Market Café may be the cheapest meal you can get there, but for about $5 it’s not much to sustain you for the afternoon. In looking for alternative dining options on campus, the Koret Deli can help stretch your wallet and fill you up.

First of all, for all those who don’t go to the gym (it’s ok, I think walking up Lone Mountain is equivalent to the stair master), did you know there was a deli in Koret Health and Recreation Center?

Photo by Natalie Gallo

Photo by Natalie Gallo

“I don’t think everyone knows about it because you kind of overlook it when you’re at the gym, but then there are some people I know who only go to Koret for the deli,” said Glencijoy David, senior.

Koret Deli doesn’t accept flexi so it probably doesn’t garner much attraction from on-campus students, but according to David, it certainly is popular with commuter students.

Sandwiches are a staple to my diet. They’re quick and easy to make, and portable to bring up to campus. Since I’ve eaten plenty of sandwiches in my three years as a college student, two years being a commuter, I’ve developed high standards for what makes a good sandwich, and Koret Deli makes a good sandwich.

The menu offers about eleven sandwich options, including vegetarian, with a choice of sweet roll, whole wheat, or dutch crunch bread. On top of that, they’ll even toast it for you, and that already makes a sandwich loads better. I opted for the New York Pastrami sandwich, rather than the usual ham, turkey, or chicken sandwiches. I paid $6 for a 6-inch sub, which is the average cost of Koret Deli sandwiches.

I went to the deli around 11 a.m. on a Monday, and there wasn’t a line at the time, hence the service was pretty quick. At first I was skeptical about how filling the sandwich would be, but after eating half of it, I was already satisfied. I got my pastrami sandwich on dutch crunch bread which added an extra crispness and balancing sweetness to the seasoned meat. Unlike the $6 pre-wrapped sandwiches at the Caf, Koret Deli sandwiches are packed with meat, and the right amount of  lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and sandwich spread.  I often find other sandwich places load on these toppings, causing the sandwich to fall apart, however Koret Deli neatly wraps their sandwiches to prevent this, and also makes it easy to take your sandwich to-go.

The deli also offers espresso coffee and drinks, salads, breakfast bagels, and smoothies, making it a great stop for breakfast to-go or to refuel during the day. I’ve been told by Koret Deli faithfuls that there’s usually a line, so arrive early before your next class. If you’re not in a rush for class, the deli is a spacious alternative for studying with their large tables, multiple seating, and a great view of  Inner Richmond district and Golden Gate Park.

Even though the price point of Koret Deli is not significantly less than the cost of sandwiches you can get at the Caf, it’s a winner for off-campus students in terms of portability, satisfaction, and getting more for your buck. It also beats the crowd and high noise levels of the Caf.

While NYC has graced us with the Cronut, Cragel, and Ramen Burger, San Francisco can take pride in the Sushirrito. (Photo Courtesy of Danielle Maingot/Foghorn)

Foodies in a Hybrid Food Frenzy

Cragels and Ramen Burgers and Sushirritos, oh my!

With the appearance of the Cronut last year, other hybrid foods have popped up on the radar. If you recall, the Cronut—croissant-donut—which originated in New York City was introduced at USF’s Market Café in 2013. With a new year, there is a new contender in town, and it is also half croissant. The Cragel, half croissant half bagel, is now a hit on the east coast.

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Cinderella, a Russian bakery, also near campus on Balboa Street is planning to become a part of the Dons Dollars Off Campus initiative.(Photo by Natalie Gallo)

Students May Be Able to Order Food Delivery with Dons Dollars Later this Semester

If you’ve always wished you could spend your Dons Dollars off-campus, this semester might be your chance. USF students will soon be allowed to spend their Dons Dollars — but not their Flexi — on food delivery to campus. Jason Rossi, Director of One Card and Campus Security Systems, presented the program at last week’s Senate meeting, along with a list of potential participators, which included Nizario’s Pizza, Cinderella Bakery, and Uncle Boy’s.

Brain Food: Let’s Think About What We Eat

One of my recent discoveries is that most students across the country are unhappy with on-campus dining, and the issues we are grappling with here are not limited to Bon Appétit or USF. Not too long ago, I had a conversation with two friends from other universities. One goes to Yale, and the other goes to Oberlin, but neither are in a food-mecca like San Francisco. Both shared a common problem with their on-campus dining options; even though there are multiple choices per meal, many of the food items tasted the same. Both friends hypothesized that the cooks at their schools use the same spices in every meal. With this monotony, eating is not an opportunity for nourishment, pleasure, or relaxation, but a chore. We at USF have a unique opportunity to call San Francisco—one of the world’s most delicious cities—our home. With so many dining options around us, our on-campus options often do not satisfy. This makes me wonder how universal the issue of on-campus dining is, and if it can ever be reconciled.

Issues with Bon Appétit include inflated prices (up to a 200% markup), food quality, treatment of employees, and the company’s supposed refusal to release certain information. This begs the question—is our on-campus dining really below satisfactory? Many experts would disagree; The New York Times wrote that Bon Appétit’s food “deserves to be served with wine”; 7×7 Magazine likens Fedele Bauccio, Bon Appétit’s CEO, to food pioneers Alice Waters and Michael Pollan; The Washington Post reported on the company’s choice to only use humanely raised beef, and The Huffington Post reported on the company’s fight to ban gestation crates for pigs. It seems like Bon Appétit is a company that cares, and is possibly the best of its kind. Of course, if we, the consumers, are not completely satisfied by what it has to offer, then there is obviously some disconnect and room for improvement.

As recently as last November, ASUSF senate took action and organized a boycott of Bon Appétit. There were some food trucks on campus, giving students a convenient, fun option so that they could make a statement without starving. This was a great short-term option, but we will need to find some way to have satisfactory food on campus.

I would just like to inject a little more perspective here, not to say that our complaints are empty, but that we are in a big boat that we share with practically all college students. Actually, we are not just in this boat, but we are at its helm, in a much better position than many other college students. But this makes one wonder if there is a limit to the quality of food, and, ultimately, the quality of life a college student can achieve.

Thus, the issue is not just about food; dining is just one of the many examples of students having an inferior quality of living. Dorm life in general is not of a particularly high quality, and student loans historically have some of the highest interest rates of any. Meals have the potential to give us an opportunity to make a very personal change multiple times a day, and we need to feel some power over what we eat. We should also be able to use mealtimes as a time to step back and dive in, to truly enjoy a break so that we can better do what we came here to do: study. And that is what all of this talk about on-campus dining comes down to; making some of life’s simple pleasures less pleasant, making nourishment seem like a chore. Food is something we come into contact with multiple times a day, something that has the potential to nourish our souls and fuel our minds. There are few things more sacred than sharing a meal with friends, or sneaking a midnight snack into your bed without waking your roommates or parents. We are students, we need brain food in this time in which every inch of our beings are growing in a way that it never has before and never will again.

These issues are not all really Bon Appétit’s fault—they are symptoms of a cultural problem we all have to overcome. We are disconnected from our food; we seldom know where it comes from and how it gets to us, and we are usually too preoccupied with other things to care. We need to find a way to be more connected to what we eat, whether that means on-campus kitchens run completely by students, more student involvement in the current Bon Appétit establishment, or something else altogether. What we need is to take time away from Twitter or Facebook or even face-to-face-complaining and to get together with friends and prepare and enjoy a meal. This is something that everyone, including Bon Appétit wants; their mission statement proclaims, “breaking bread together helps to create a sense of community and comfort”. We just need to get off of our behinds and into the kitchen.