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Bay Area Ramen

Supermom62 posted the same exact thing on 2 threads, so that makes me quite wary. I'm willing to try the place. We've been to the new-ish Izakaya Goku (16th between Dolores & Guerrero) a couple times for ramen, which was really good. The service is just okay (the hostess made me furious the first time we went there).

May 24, 2014
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Porcellino [San Francisco]

Yes, and they have already acknowledged the current employees are stretched thin and that they are hiring.

May 02, 2014
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

To Hyang to Close 5/23; lost lease [San Francisco]

Mugu Boka on Balboa. And their banchan is so fresh and delicious with excellent variety. Allmenus says their noodle soup is $8.95. I don't know if that's up to date.

Apr 30, 2014
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

Can you hire a neighborhood teenager to watch/entertain the kids at your house during the party, generally staying out of the party area?

Jan 18, 2014
Atomica in Not About Food

Bernal Heights [San Francisco]

Rock Bar's cocktails and even Emmy's cocktails are vastly superior to Royal Cuckoo. Nicer people too.

Oct 09, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Bernal Heights [San Francisco]

I know people in this neighborhood who despise Tacos Los Altos. Always has seemed pretty basic and non-offensive to me.

Oct 09, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Anyone shopped Big Lots for grocery items?

I love horrible discontinued items, such as Survivor Trivia Pringles. Still on the lookout for those Cool Ranch Cheerios...

Oct 09, 2013
Atomica in Chains

Champa Garden SF Branch to open soon -- any favorites?

They steered me toward the Lao version, so that's what I asked for.

Sep 22, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Champa Garden SF Branch to open soon -- any favorites?

I had beef larp - could not detect any rice powder whatsoever. Flavor was basically one-note sour. Beef was a really unpleasant consistency and basically added no flavor at all. I ate just a few bites. Husband had "peanut curry" from their specialties (or chef's menu, can't remember), which was that basic sweet peanut sauce over spinach. Not what he was expecting. Certainly not a "curry," and probably the worst example of that particular dish I've ever seen. Consistency was horrible--he couldn't go beyond a couple of bites. The peanut sauce was hideous, especially when mixed with limp spinach that hasn't been drained properly. My kid got the pad see-ew (sp), which she liked pretty well. (I tasted it and it was really sweet.) Spring rolls had ground chicken with a terrible consistency and no flavor and grossly overcooked noodles.

Sep 22, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Champa Garden SF Branch to open soon -- any favorites?

We had lunch there today and hated everything. It was godawful, watery, bland. No attention to flavor development at all. Never had spring rolls that were actively gross. There is absolutely a problem with the Saturday afternoon chef, whoever they may be.

Sep 21, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Le Creuset Heritage Collection-New for Fall

Will the moderators be able to change the spelling so that people can find this via search?

Aug 15, 2013
Atomica in Cookware

great eats in the Mission [San Francisco]

I'm with you on F+W. Overhyped and (for me) ridiculously precious/expensive for what you get. Never again.

Aug 02, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Dianda's or Delessio's Tres Leches cake? [San Francisco]

Have you tried Joey & Pat's Italian Bakery? It's on Folsom and 21st. I hear their tres leches is good.

Jul 30, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Good read: "Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo"

It's now in paperback too, which I didn't realize. http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-Good-Num...

Jun 29, 2013
Atomica in Food Media & News

Breakfast Sandwich - SF Dish of the Month June 2013

Devil's Teeth breakfast biscuit sandwiches are wonderful, and yes, a really good value.

Jun 07, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Best quality sushi in San francico

Yo's was okay. Super blah in my book. Without fail, he gave me crappy pieces of hamachi. Ichi is a dramatic improvement and just a whole different level.

Jun 06, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Best quality sushi in San francico

Kiji was my worst restaurant experience in SF in the 8 years I've lived here. Their service was horrible and the sushi chefs were the slowest I've ever experienced. If you look at reviews, many like Kiji, but many have experienced the lack of decent management. Never, ever again, even if he gives me free food.

Jun 06, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Flour & Co - NEW Bakery, SF - any reports?

Here is what I've had from Flour & Co.:

- breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, and cheese (regular, not gluten-free)
- plain yogurt with fruit (strawberry) compote and granola
- lemon bar
- peanut butter cookie (gluten free)
- molasses cookie (gluten free)
- chocolate-peanut butter cake
- brown butter banana bread

It is all seriously fantastic. The banana bread was the best I've ever had. I took my kid there last week to have breakfast. She's never, ever agreed to eat plain yogurt in the past, but we both loved it with the fruit compote. The chocolate-peanut butter cake is to die for.

We are really looking forward to biscuits & gravy next time, and I really want that pretzel sandwich!

Having breakfast in their little dining room was lovely and very relaxing--good music playing, nicely decorated. The place is a total winner.

May 21, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area
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Looking for Mission District Lunch Spots [San Francisco]

Rosamunde is awesome if you want extremely overpriced food and can't pay with a card. We do like going to Rosamunde, but I find those two aspects of the place really unpleasant.

May 11, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Rick Bayless on San Francisco

I don't think he has anything to apologize for. It's not like he ripped SF a new one--his criticisms were very mild. His only mistake was in talking to a "reporter" who wanted to stir up something that wasn't there.

Apr 15, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area
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Maybe Andrew Zimmern isn't so bad after all?

So it's gimmicks that displease you. Please pitch your food show here, and by all means do not rely on cheap gimmicks. I'm waiting.

Mar 22, 2013
Atomica in Food Media & News

Maybe Andrew Zimmern isn't so bad after all?

As a long-time Bourdain fan, I disagree. I actually think Zimmern is able to create a Bourdain-like show more successfully and with plenty of respect towards his hosts and less of the Bourdain snark. Zimmern is really hitting his stride.

Mar 22, 2013
Atomica in Food Media & News

Chinese Pancakes in San Francisco

It's actually slices of beef (rather than ground), along with cucumber, cilantro, and I believe hoisin. I think it might be wrapped burrito style. There are some good photos of it if you look at Google Images.

Mar 04, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese Pancakes in San Francisco

Dong Bei Mama also has a beef pancake that is to die for.

Mar 04, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - February 2013 [OLD]

I still have a can of some TJ's super dark roast rolling around in my car. I meant to return it. It was hideously bad--does not even smell or taste like coffee.

Mar 03, 2013
Atomica in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - February 2013 [OLD]

Maybe you could take a small blowtorch to them after they're out of the oven? :)

Feb 20, 2013
Atomica in Chains

Best/worst deals at Whole Foods?

This is a very valuable discussion. So many people have given up on "Whole Paycheck." The point below about good customer service is a real value-add for me. Many things at Safeway are far more expensive (one example, tortillas) and the WF experience is 100 times more pleasant. I almost always leave Safeway really pissed off.

The $4.99 frozen pizza at WF is *much* better than the Trader Joe's pizza. Decent bread for kid school lunches, $2.99/loaf. Try getting some edible bread at most stores for $2.99.

It's the main place I buy meat because it's good quality and not nosebleed high. Chicken breasts at $5.49/lb, really good hamburger, good pork chops--all items turn out much better than the "tissue culture" (my husband's term) at the Safeways/Vons of the world.

As for produce, there are often deals. There is always a cheap fruit deal of the week. Navel oranges are 99c/lb this week. Avocados have been pretty cheap for quite a while. Kale has been dirt cheap recently. And we do buy the Three Wishes wine for $1.99. As pointed out, a bit better than 2-Buck Chuck.

Feb 12, 2013
Atomica in Chains
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Authentic Syrian Food (and delicious fusion food like kibbeh burgers!) at Palmyra in the Lower Haight [SF]

I went to Palmyra with a huge group almost a year ago and am now kind of ashamed I never wrote up details. We had platter after platter of really delicious food, so I had a wide swath of the menu. Haven't been back until today, when stopped at Palmyra and got a falafel sandwich for lunch to go. It was FANTASTIC and cost $4.95. $4.95!! Put it up against a falafel sandwich at Goood Frickin Chicken, I dare you. Palmyra's is vastly superior. The falafel is flavorful and soft plus crunchy, and there was enough moisture in the sandwich with great hummus and tahini, as well as great pickles giving the sandwich a little bit of acidic/vinegar flavor and great crunch.

They are very nice people too. This is pretty much the best cheap (non-banh mi) sandwich I've had in SF.

Feb 06, 2013
Atomica in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - February 2013 [OLD]

Thanks for the reply. None here in San Francisco!

Feb 05, 2013
Atomica in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - February 2013 [OLD]

You should return the frozen artichoke hearts. I haven't had that problem with them. Mine look nice and green and have a lot of good artichokey flavor.

Feb 05, 2013
Atomica in Chains