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A New Englander’s Taste Of San Francisco

The same can be said for Boston or any other place for that matter. One of problems is that most restaurants do not want to use a raw egg, as they are fearful of law suits. the best Caesar salad is probably the one you make at home!

A New Englander’s Taste Of San Francisco

I really dislike waiting in line and at my age, I can't waste time! Like any city, there are excellent restaurants waiting to be discovered. What you need is a little time and some tips from people who live in the area. The Maitre d at the Parc 55 didn't have a clue for any restaurants in the area! Usually you can get some good advise from them.

A New Englander’s Taste Of San Francisco

I realize that now and should have posted a request for information before I went to San Francisco. I had gone on Chowhound with key words and reading other boards.

A New Englander’s Taste Of San Francisco

Thanks, I'll be out again and the list will be very helpful.

A New Englander's Taste Of California

Thanks! I took your advise and revised the article for San Francisco and published it in that category. After I talked with the locals, they suggested the Black Cat Bistro and the Sow's Ear. Unfortunately, we were on the go as we were heading back to San Francisco. I'll give them a try the next time I'm out there. Tom

Oct 17, 2009
clamarama in California

A New Englander’s Taste Of San Francisco

I'm sure that there are. Unfortunately, as a tourist, you usually end up staying in areas where the prices are jacked up. I checked out a number of places around Union Square and found the prices all about the same. That's what the tourist industry counts on. I didn't have the time in San Francisco that I had in Monterey. Thanks for your reply.

A New Englander’s Taste Of San Francisco

With two weeks to travel from San Francisco to Healdsburg, down to Monterey, San Simeon and back to San Francisco, I decided to check out Chowhound to find the best places to eat. Here’s a report card on some of the restaurants reviewed on your boards and a few others for consideration. As we were staying at the Parc 55 Hotel, we had to find some place for breakfast and ended up at Café Mason, 320 Mason Street. It’s an easy walk from the hotel and the food was consistently good. In fact, it was excellent. I wish I could say the same for Sears Fine Food at 439 Powell Street. Both the food and the service are much better at Café Mason. I found that someone recommended Tian Sing at 138 Cyril Magnin Street, right across from the hotel for dim sum. I would not recommend it, as the prices were high and what dim sum was offered was very limited. Their regular dishes were overpriced and underweight. The service was non-existent! On the other hand, you can’t go wrong at Great Eastern Restaurant at 649 Jackson Street in Chinatown. They have an extensive and interesting menu. As we were taking the “red-eye” back to Boston later that evening, we were careful what I ordered. The mu shu pork, beef in ginger and the fried noodle with crabmeat were excellent, as well as the service.

If you want halibut, have it at Sam’s Grille and Restaurant at 374 Bush Street. I was served a whole halibut steak, with the bone in the middle and it was overlapping both sides of the plate. It was cooked to perfection. As for Italian, Restorante Ideale, 1309 Grant Ave. is highly recommended. Although not on their online menu, I had the scallops in a light wine and tomato sauce with homemade pasta and my wife had ‘Tortelloni all a Paesana.” Both were excellent, but they don’t have a clue for a Caesar salad. As we live in and Italian neighborhood outside of Boston, We enjoy the best Italian food from either East Boston or the North End. My wife’s niece and her husband took us to Lingba Restaurant & Lounge, 1469 18th Street for some Southeast Asian food. We enjoyed both their grilled creekstone farms flatiron steak and the Panang lamb. It was a shot in the dark, but well worth the ride from our hotel. I realize that I’m biased, living less than a block away from the Atlantic Ocean, right outside Boston. We still have the best seafood, but California offers a different approach and presentation. For that very reason, it was difficult to find a bad meal. I wish we had more time to spend in San Francisco, as it was where we began and ended our trip to California. The only real criticism I have is that food is more expensive there, as breakfast or lunch is going to cost you $10.00 a head, no matter where you go as a tourist. I can do much better back here in Boston for far less money.

A New Englander's Taste Of California

With two weeks to travel from San Francisco to Healdsburg, down to Monterey, San Simeon and back to San Francisco, I decided to check out Chowhound to find the best places to eat. Here’s a report card on some of the restaurants reviewed on your boards. As I was staying at the Parc 55 Hotel, I found that someone recommended Tian Sing at 138 Cyril Magnin Street, right across from the hotel for dim sum. I would not recommend it, as the prices were high and what dim sum was offered was very limited. Their regular dishes were overpriced and underweight. The service was non-existent! On the other hand, you can’t go wrong at Great Eastern Restaurant at 649 Jackson Street in Chinatown. They have an extensive and interesting menu. As I was taking the “red-eye” back to Boston later that evening, I was careful what I ordered. The mu shu pork, beef in ginger and the fried noodle with crabmeat were excellent, as well as the service. If you travel up the road in Healdsburg, stop at the Healdsburg Bar & Grille on the southwest corner of the Healdsburg Plaza and have a dynamite burger and killer French fries, with truffle oil and topped with parmigiano & reggiano cheese. You can sit outside, under the mist or inside at the bar. Don’t miss it.

Heading down the coast to Monterey, you can enjoy one of your biggest and best meals at Rosine’s on Alvarado Street and not pay a fortune. If you crave Mandarin Chinese Food, The Full Moon, across the street from Rosine’s, will satisfy your palate. It was as good as anything I found in San Francisco. Passionfish in Pacific Grove is probably sets the standard for seafood in the Monterey area. Heading down to San Simeon, I took some advise on Chowhound and went to the Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill. Don’t go there! I ordered their “Halibut in an Orange and Ginger Cream Sauce.” It wasn’t even halibut!! It was a flake fish of unknown origin, the sauce was tasteless and my wife’s “Grilled Porter House Pork Chops” were not generous as they are described and they were overcooked! I also had the “waiter from Hell” who wanted to be anywhere but serving me at the Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill. If you want halibut, go back to San Francisco and have it at Sam’s Grille and Restaurant at 374 Bush Street. I was served a whole halibut steak, with the bone in the middle and it was overlapping both sides of the plate. It was cooked to perfection and $4.00 cheaper than the Moonstone’s excuse for halibut. I realize that I’m biased, living less than a block away from the Atlantic Ocean, right outside Boston. We still have the best seafood, but California offers a different approach and presentation. For that very reason, it was difficult to find a bad meal, although I managed to find one anyway. The only real criticism I have is that food is more expensive there, as breakfast or lunch is going to cost you $10.00 a head, no matter where you go as a tourist. I can do much better back here in Boston for far less money.

Oct 16, 2009
clamarama in California

Best Barbecue in Boston?

Thanks for the update. When we lost “Uncle Pete” Cuchiarra, due to an accident, we lost the best barbeque in Boston. He owned and operated “Uncle” Pete’s Hickory Ribs, previously located in East Boston and more recently in Revere, MA. I’ve had barbeque throughout the South and I never found them any better that Pete Cuchiarra prepared them. For those of us who appreciated great ribs, it was devastating, not only to loose such a nice guy, but the best ribs in Boston. I’ll check out Blue Ribbon BBQ and get back to you.

Jul 26, 2009
clamarama in Features