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Seatown vs. Blueacre vs. Millers Guild

Damn, Rock Creek looks awesome. Thanks for the rec.

Jul 23, 2014
PulledPork in Greater Seattle

Seatown vs. Blueacre vs. Millers Guild

I should have mentioned that we are staying at the Hyatt Olive 8 and someplace walkabale or fairly close would be a huge plus.

Jul 23, 2014
PulledPork in Greater Seattle

Seatown vs. Blueacre vs. Millers Guild

Party of 8 of us from San Francisco. We've got one night free before a wedding to check out a great Seattle dining experience. Looking for someplace comfortable for a large party, with delicious seafood. Matt's on the Market looked like a great choice but they can't fit us that night. I think I've got it narrowed down to Seatown, Blueacre, or Millers Guild. Thoughts?

Jul 23, 2014
PulledPork in Greater Seattle

Best Pho in SF?

Pho Tan Hoa on Jones and Eddy. Pho Clement II.

'reasonably' priced restaurant for early dinner in SFcivic center


good, cheap pre-theater dinner suggests for tonight near 6th and mission?


Great places to eat in Campbell/Los Gatos

Try Restaurant James Randall in Los Gatos - fantastic eats and awesome cocktails.

San Fran Wed and Thurs in May - Need expert foodie & bar help.

Check out Gitane. Really cool decor that fits the vibe you are looking for perfectly. The food is a solid A- as well.

Rumbo al Sur - Oakland

I thought it was decent but I'm not dying to go back. The ribs were smoky and delicious, but most of the dishes needed additional refinement. The cocktails were fantastic.

Seven Hills SF

In my opinion, Seven Hills is serving some of the best pasta in San Francisco. Despite being somewhat under the radar, I think they should be right in the conversation with Quince, Delfina, Perbacco, SPQR, etc.

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Any Hidden Gems in LaMorinda?

Thank you all! I'll be sure to report back to keep the list updated.

I have had Sichuan Fortune House on my list for a while but haven't made the trip yet. Cannot wait to try Cuba Linda.

Does anyone have anything to report about this spot? Hanazen in Orinda.

I went to El Molino. Loved the tortillas. Thought the rest of the grub was B/B+.

Sichuan Fortune House
41 Woodsworth Ln, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

87 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563

A restaurant for a lunch for 8 in SF on Friday - all foodies

Is they are truly all foodies and you are really looking for something "interesting", do yourself a favor and go to Jai Yun. We just did a foodie lunch with 6 of us there last week. We opted for the $65/person tasting. It was seriously religious. My buddy who is the executive chef of a very popular restaurant in the South Bay claimed it was the best meal of his life. The one downside is that the ambiance is terrible and the service is sterile. But the food . . . oh man . . .

Jai Yun
680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Any Hidden Gems in LaMorinda?

Now that's what I'm talking about Melanie. Thank you so much.

I've been to Lily's three times so far. I had the XLB on my last visit. Definitely not up to SF (Dumpling King, Yank Sing) standards. The Szechuan items and noodle soups at Lily's have been solid.

Been to El Jarro twice. Good stuff. Oaxacan is correct. I had cactus on my carne asada plate. Good meal for sure.

Can't wait to explore the Walnut Creek and Concord places you mentioned.

Yank Sing
49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

El Jarro
3563 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

Any Hidden Gems in LaMorinda?

We just made the move from San Francisco out to the burbs and have set up shop in Orinda. I'm looking for hidden gems in Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Concord, Walnut Creek, or Pleasant Hill. I've got a good sense for the obvious spots out here that folks seem to like, but am looking for new ideas. Any cuisine, any price range . . .

Much appreciated.

casual, quiet spot for dinner with GREAT food in SF for next Saturday

Da Flora in North Beach is a consideration. Farina in the Mission as well.

Da Flora
701 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Best Mexican around San Jose airport?

Tlaqueplaque is the call here.

Heading to Berkeley, looking for good Ramen place

Noodle Theory on College.

Noodle Theory
6099 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Best Sunday brunch with an outstanding bloody mary?

Hog&Rocks is doing big things as well.

What's good at Westfield?

Ajisen is definitely worth a look. I've been 2-3 times and think they are serving ramen that is better than most of the go-to SF ramen shops.

Tropisueno is close and solid.

75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103

Downtown San Francisco

Totally agree re: Citizen's Band. I'd go back for sure. Solid description from lucymom . . . absoilutely had the Brooklyn vibe.

Organic Pho (Soup) Restaurants (which use grass-fed/pastured meats)

Completely agree with Dezzer. Even for Northern style pho, the My Father's Kitchen broth is way too light and lacks complexity and flavor. I was not impressed at all. I've been twice and have tried both the pho ga and the pho bo. I'm clinically addicted to pho and was very excited to try this pho after Bauer's positive comments in the Chronicle. Not so much.

My Father's Kitchen
1655 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Best bites of 2010

(1) Smoked and Braised Short Ribs at Bottega (Yountville).

(2) Abalone Grenobloises at Benu (San Francisco).

(3) Bacon-infused burger at Broken Record (San Francisco).

(4) Korean Fried Chicken at Namu (San Francisco).

(5) Ma Po Tofu at Mission Street Chinese (San Francisco).

(6) Mexican Hot Chocolate with Soy at La Oaxaquena (San Francisco).

(7) Mandalay Beef (with the best hot sauce in the business) at Mandalay (San Francisco).

(8) Fried Chicken + Waffles at Restaurant James Randall (Los Gatos).

(9) Spinach sformato with grana padano fonduta at Cotogna (San Francisco).

(10) Pork Rib Chop at 25 Lusk (San Francisco).

(11) The Tejano burger at Roam Artisan Burgers (San Francisco).

(12) Smoked Trout appetizer at Brunos (San Francisco).

(13) Chicken Skin Yakitori at Nombe (San Francisco).

(14) Popovers at Wayfare Tavern (San Francisco).

(15) Slow Poached Eggs with Niman Flank Steak on Pan De Mie at Out the Door's Brunch Menu (San Francisco)

(16) Steamed Pork Belly with Pickled Daikon in a baked bun at Chairman Bao (San Francisco).

439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Out the Door
845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

James Randall Restaurant
303 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030

6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

Broken Record
1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

La Oaxaquena
2128 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Chairman Bao
San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Roam Artisan Burgers
1785 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Wayfare Tavern
558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Cyrus or Syrah...

I think you should opt for the slight inconvenience and head to Cyrus. I thought that Syrah was solid (and I also remember thinking that the menu looked fantastic), but just wasn't a truly memorable meal. I thought it failed to separate itself from a handful of SF restaurants in the same genre. I had the seared foie gras and a bone-in ribeye and felt both dishes were a tad uninspired. I do remember that the wine list was fantastic and offered a ton of quirky Sonoma wines at reasonable prices. I actually very much prefer Willi's Wine Bar in Santa Rosa to Syrah. I love everything they're doing at Willi's.

If you do end up going to Syrah, the one thing you ABSOLUTELY MUST DO is call them beforehand and tell them you want to sit in the main room and NOT in the side dining area. Our table was literally in the walkway in that strip mall looking area attached to the restaurant. Not good. Not good at all.

Willi's Wine Bar
4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Syrah - Now Petite Syrah
205 Fifth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

traveling taco bar

Hey Buttercup,

It really turned out perfectly. We persuaded them to leave the city by offering $100 for gas and they gladly accepted. They were there on time and incredibly efficient and professional. We had about 225 people at the wedding and the total cost was $650 (which was the minimum). We had them come up at 11:00pm and offered the truck as a late-night snack (after an actual dinner was served). They served their full menu including tortas, quesadillas, lengua, etc. It was fantastic.

The contact number is 4155590404 - I think the main guy is named Benjamin.

Hi-Tea in SF FiDi

I concur with all of the above. I'm a pho addict and Golden Star runs circles around Hi-Tea. I work right next door to H-Tea but will still walk the extra 15 minutes to get to Golden Star. Totally different league. Even Pho Tan Hua in the Embarcadero is better than Hi-Tea and that places is fairly whacktastic. Tough to understand why Hi-Tea is so packed day in and day out.

Where On The Wharf??

I have to admit that I too was pleasantly surprised by The Fransiscan. Wanted to hate it and lump it in with the rest of the junk on the wharf, but we had a very nice meal there.

Spencer on the Go - some of the best French food around

This is the first glowing review I've read about that truck. Good to hear.

Escargot in SF?

Try the snails at The Brazen Head. Very nicely done dish.

Xiao Long Bao in the Mission District?

The XLB at Yank Sing are fantastic.

Restaurant for a challenging group in SF?

I disagree that the portions are meager at Aziza. The lamb shank and the bastilla are particularly large and I find each of their plates to be on the bigger end of the spectrum. Kids would love a lot of the food at Aziza -- especially the spreads/pitas, the homemade ice cream, and the bastilla. That being said, I agree that it's probably too dark to be appropriate for your group.