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HELP - Foodie friends from San Francisco are visiting me in one month & I just moved here this week!

ChloeHK - thanks for the tips, I appreciate you taking the time! I have recently discovered Chui Chow food, and am becoming a fan, so will definitely have to try your pic in Shueng Wan. I'll let you know where we end up going.

So, another non- food related question... how long did it take for you to adjust to this heat? Do you ever get used to this?

Thanks!

Aug 13, 2010
pwu_88 in China & Southeast Asia

HELP - Foodie friends from San Francisco are visiting me in one month & I just moved here this week!

Hi there,

I am a San Francisco CH'er, and I have just moved to Hong Kong this month. I am trying to get up to speed on the food scene b/c our first guests arrive in early September. They are BIG TIME foodies, so want to take them to some tasty places both high end and hole in the walls. They are here for 4 full days of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

I am planning on taking them to the following places based upon the posts I have read:

Bo Innovation: they are big fans of COI in SF and Alinea in Chicago - Bo sounded to be of the same ilk
Fu Sing: sounded like a good place for dim sum given all the positive posts I have seen
Yin Yang: how hard is it to get a reservation? Also - any thoughts on if it is worth going? I saw some early positive reports, but have not seen any recent posts. Also - does anyone know of some other good "secret kitchens?"
Lei Garden: sounds like a good place for them to try true Cantonese cuisine
Tai Cheong: for the egg custard tarts
Tim Ho Wan: dim sum
Lung King Heen: dinner

Any misses on my list? Also - any other recommendations of "must-try" places.

Appreciate all the help!
PW

Aug 07, 2010
pwu_88 in China & Southeast Asia

Where to Buy Colombian Groceries?

We just returned from a vacation in Colombia and am craving some of the foods we tried. Does anyone know of a grocery store in San Francisco where we can buy arequipe & obleas and coffee candy? Thanks so much!

Oct 04, 2009
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Chowhounders Knoxville Bound

Thanks for all the recommendations - I noticed on the other Knoxville thread - there was mention of:
EAST SIDE SOUL FOOD
2255 MCCALLA AVE
KNOXVILLE,TN 37915
(865) 637-1611

Has anyone been there? How is there fried chicken? Do they have good cornbread, fried okra, hushpuppies?

Thanks!

Jun 30, 2009
pwu_88 in General South Archive

ISO Best Menudo in San Francisco

We recently discovered the wonders of menudo on a road trip. We are now looking for the tasty hangover treat in San Francisco. Please let us know of your favorite joint to get an authentic, delicious bowl of this comforting soup!

THANK YOU!

Jun 27, 2009
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Chowhounders Knoxville Bound

Calling out Southern Chowhounders... can you please give us some restaurant recommendations for Knoxville. Will be there for a quick weekend trip (headed to Bristol for NASCAR) and will have one night to taste the specialties of Knoxville and a chance to have breakfast.

We are looking for local restaurants offering up regional specialties. Also - what are the local specialties? Coming from SF, it is hard for us to get good steaks, BBQ, fried chicken, biscuits, grits, country ham, etc. I grew up in Alabama, so I really miss some of the regional specialties like those listed earlier and hushpuppies.

Any recommendations / ideas are greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Jun 27, 2009
pwu_88 in General South Archive

Mission Street Food

My friends and I are going to try to go this Thursday. What time do you experienced "Hounds" suggest that we get there? Thanks!

May 26, 2009
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Hound Visiting Detroit Suburbs - Any Must Eats?

Metro Detroit - thanks for your hospitality! My team and I had a terrific experience. I wanted to post what restaurants we went to during the second half of our visit. Unfortunately due to timing / location, we were unable to go to Zingerman's Roadhouse or Five Lakes Grill. However, we did have a chance to check out some local Novi locations:

Maisano's: friendly, local restaurant with terrific service, and comforting Italian food. We found this place on Yelp and were not disappointed. While the food is not cutting edge, it was tasty and filling. What really made the experience was the fun and accomodating staff.

Ajishin: this was a surprise standout. Coming from SF - I was a bit skeptical, but I had one of the best bowls of udon ever! Also - the sushi was tasty, fresh, and so cheap. Again - I thought the service was terrific. I had read on Yelp people complaining about the lack of service, but I found it attentive and friendly.

I think when it was all said and done, I must have gained 10 lbs on my trip. THANK YOU!!!

May 04, 2009
pwu_88 in General Midwest Archive

SF Hound Visiting Detroit Suburbs - Any Must Eats?

I know - it's a chain. But we have folks from different places and not all are adventurous or love food as much as I do. I had to say the food was only OK (veal was over cooked and tough), but the service was terrific.

We found a great Novi restaurant - great service, solid food, and overall terrific experience. It's called Maisano's. I would highly recommend it.

May 02, 2009
pwu_88 in General Midwest Archive

SF Hound Visiting Detroit Suburbs - Any Must Eats?

Wow - 3 days into my work trip, and I think I have gained 5 lbs! Thank you Detroit Metro Chowhounders for all the recommendations. I have really enjoyed all the friendly service and delicious food.

On Monday - we landed and immediately went to Zingerman's Deli for late lunch. The portions were so large that we ended up not eating dinner that night. I had the corned beef with the garlic pickle, a brownie, a little bit of knish, and potato salad. Delicious and very filling!

Tuesday - had breakfast at Leo's Coney Island. Who knew you could get a hot dog for breakfast. I had the chili-dog along with 2 eggs and some greasy, yummy hash browns. Can't say that I would recommend eating a hot dog for breakfast, but I thoroughly enjoyed the chili dog. For dinner, we found ourselves back in Ann Arbor at Shalimar. Recommended by an Indian friend who went to U of M. It was OK, but I prefer South Indian to North Indian.

Wednesday - lunch at Steve & Rocky's. I had the wedge salad with grilled shrimp - nice combo. Tried to eat "light" b/c we had dinner reservations at Roast. Dinner at Roast was delicious - glad that I managed my intake so I could enjoy all Roast had to offer on the menu. We had an amazing server - very knowledgeable about the food. For starters I had the bone marrow. It was really rich and a nice treat. They liberally salted it, but I love salt. The table also shared the bacon - it just melted in your mouth. A little dab will do you, so I would recommend that you share. Given the rich starters, I had the 6oz filet. It was cooked perfectly (medium rare), and was the perfect amount of meat. I had the steak with the horseradish sauce, so good! We also ordered a ton of sides - whipped potatoes, polenta, sweet potatoes with marshmallow, asparagus, creamed spinach, mushrooms. All were tasty - the mushrooms, creamed spinach, and the polenta were the real standouts. For dessert I had the beer & pretzels. Novel idea, tasty, but would recommend sharing it, it's a very hefty portion.

Tomorrow we are heading to Maggiano's for dinner, then off to Zingerman's Roadhouse on Saturday, and Five Lakes Grill on Saturday. Will let you all know how it goes. Thanks again for all the recommendations - let me know if we are missing out on any gems. We have one more dinner slot to fill.

Cheers,
PWU

Apr 29, 2009
pwu_88 in General Midwest Archive

SF Hound Visiting Detroit Suburbs - Any Must Eats?

I am going to be in Novi for 1 week due to a work trip. I am visiting from San Francisco, and would like to try the local fare. Can you please suggest restaurants in the area (will have a car) and what are the must have items from the menu.

Requirements: looking for local restaurants, not interested in any nationwide chains. Also - looking for some restaurants that will be open late - serving past 10PM. Open to any type of cuisines. I will be traveling with colleagues (including 1 vegetarian), so it must be good for groups and have some vegetarian items on the menu.

The vegetarian is joining us later in the week - so if you have any suggestions for bbq or some steakhouses, bring 'em on!

Thanks so much!

Apr 25, 2009
pwu_88 in General Midwest Archive

Dinner for 18 in Wine Country (near Calistoga)

Hi there,

In May - we will be celebrating a very good friend's 40th birthday. There are 18 of us who will be staying in Calistoga for the weekend. Can anyone please recommend some good restaurants for dinner who will take a large group?

Our requirements:
* a place large enough to accommodate our size
* tasty food that show cases local, fresh ingredients
* price - willing to pay up to $100 / person, but would like a wide variety. It doesn't need to be fancy, but it does need to serve tasty food

Thanks!

Mar 15, 2009
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best SF Value Restaurants

For the money - I recommend Mi Lindo Peru. It offers delicious, consistent Peruvian comfort foods. Also - the entrees are so large, recommend ordering family style when going with a group of friends.

Mar 14, 2009
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Contigo off to a great start

Just went to Contigo last night, and my friends and I had an enjoyable meal. Overall the food & service were terrific. This is a welcome new addition to the Noe restaurant scene. Below is a recap of what we tried:

*Anchoas del Cantabrico: Anchovies - nice & salty
* Calamares al la Plancha: Squid with Harissa - a really tasty dish, highly recommend it. The squid is cooked perfectly and the harissa gives it that extra kick.
* Rejomon: Salted cod citrus salad - overall a disappointment. It fot a lot of rave reviews on the site, and I was really expecting to be wowed but was not. The salt cod was over powered by the dressing and citrus.
* Croquetas del Rabo de Toro: Beef (ox tail) fritter - absolutely delicious & a must. When I read the description was unsure, but our waiter highly recommended this tasty deep fried ball of deliciousness.
* Patatas a la Riojana: stewed potatoes with chorizo - another winner, the potatoes soak up the flavor of the chorizo
* Bikini: grilled cheese and ham - who doesn't like a hot sandwich.
* Jamon Iberico de Bellota - so this is the $31 ham, tasty. Glad I tried it since I have read so much about it. Very good, but unless you are are BIG foodie - the Serrano would be just as good
* Coca del Alachofas - OK - my friends really liked it more than me
* Pork belly with ears & feet - delicious and the beans are AMAZING.

For dessert we had the churros with the chocolate sauce - just OK. We also had the cheese sampler - the cheeses were terrific.

Definitely planning on heading back for another meal.

Mar 08, 2009
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

St. Louis recommendations?

I am visiting from San Francisco. Just went to Smoki' O's. It was amazing! Great hole-in-the wall bbq joint serving St. Louis style chow. The sauce is fantastic, thick, tangy, and spicy. I would recommend the pulled pork sandwich, cornbread (best I have had, and I was raised in Alabama), and cole slaw. I would also try the snoot.

On top of the delicious food - the service is terrific. The guys behind the counter walked us through the menu, and let us sample some of the items we were not familiar with (like the snoot). All in all - two thumbs way up! Give it a try...

Feb 14, 2009
pwu_88 in General Midwest Archive

Where to buy caramel apples

I wanted to buy a friend a caramel apple - does anyone know of where I can buy one? I saw one in the Williams-Sonoma catalog, but it is only for mail order.

Thanks!

Dec 15, 2008
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Hot Pot Restaurants in San Francisco

With the weather getting cold - any suggestions of good hot pot restaurants in San Francisco. I already know about Coriya Hot Pot on Clement. Hoping to find something that is not a buffet with quality ingredients. Used to live in Shanghai and got totally spoiled by the quality of the hot pot restaurants there.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

Dec 09, 2008
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Food Options Around Opera Plaza Theater

I am headed to Opera Plaza Theater on Friday to catch a movie. I was wondering what tasty food options are within walking distance. I am going with 3 other friends. We are fairly adventurous and love all types of cuisines. Not looking to break the bank - so $50 or less per head including drinks.

Thanks for your help!
PWu

Mar 12, 2008
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Northern California Mail Order Holiday Gifts

Another great option is Bi-Rite market gift baskets. I received a basket a few years ago as a gift, and I have now sent baskets to all corners of the country. They fill the basket with tasty treats made by many local or California companies.

Dec 08, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

SE Asian Grocery Store in SF?

David,

Thanks for your 2 suggestions - I will check both of them out. Appreciate the help!

PW

Dec 04, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

SE Asian Grocery Store in SF?

Does anyone know of a grocery store that sells fresh ingredients for Indonesian cooking (pandanus leaves, fresh tumeric, baby ginger, etc)? We recently returned from a trip to Indonesia and wanted to re-create some of the dishes we tried. We live in San Francisco - however, we would be willing to drive across the Bridge or venture to the Peninsula if we could get fresh ingredients...

Thanks for the help!
Patty

Dec 03, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Ame - any suggestions?

Thanks for all the help with your suggestions! My friend and I met up for dinner before checking out Avenue Q. We had planned to do the 5 course tasting menu, but given some of the course items, we opted to order off the menu. I had thought that the tasting menu would work like Fleur de Lys or Gary Danko where you choose from the menu. However, it sounds like they create a special tasting menu every night...

I started with the Tataki of hamachi - beautifully presented and tasty, but nothing special. I am a sucker for hamachi, I should have followed the advice here and tried the staff meal. Then I ordered the sear urchin and lobster in dashi. This was absolutely fantastic. I am now an uni fan - the flavors were amazing! Also, I succumbed to the bread - does anyone know who supplies their bread? I forgot to ask. The crusty outside and fluffy inside was absolutely addictive. I had to restrain from taking more bread.

For the entree, I had their pork special for the evening. The chef just got in a whole pig and created a special entree - pork four ways. Some items were a winner, others were not ready for prime-time:

1. Corn chowder with a piece of pork belly: the chowder was pretty watery, I did like the fresh corn in their though. I wish the piece of pork belly had been crisped and put on the side rather than at the bottom of the cup and soggy. This was not a winner.
2. Pork tortellini served with a variety of beans: this was delicious - perfect texture and pork flavor and the beans enhanced the dish. Very tasty and could have had a full plate of this.
3. Chopped pork spiced and grilled into a "patty" with grapes: I can't remember what this was officially named - however it was delicious. The sweetness of the grapes really enhanced the flavor of the pork. Although my "name" does not do it justice, I felt that the dish was unique, flavorful, and memorable.
4. Slice of "sausage": again forgot the name. This was a disappointment. It tasted like salty piece of meat on a bed of greens.

My friend ordered the ragout of rabbit - this was absolutely delicious. It was served with a tasty polenta cake - this dish alone made me want to come back. If you enjoy rabbit, I highly recommend this dish.

We shared the almond stone fruit tart with ice cream. This was a hit - the hint of almond worked and the ice-cream was light and a nice counterbalance to the rich crust of the tart.

Overall - I found the service to be terrific. The food was good, but not great. I wish I had taken more of the board's advice on my entree. I will definitely try the cod next time.

Thanks again for the help!

Sep 02, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Ame - any suggestions?

I am heading to Ame tomorrow for the first time. Are there any signature dishes? What are the must have dishes? Thanks!

Aug 31, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Larkin Express Deli - later hours now.

This place is worth checking out. The tea leaf salad is more authentic vs. Burma Superstar - full leaves at Larkin Express vs. the ground up leaves at Burma Superstar. If you go, also try the fish chowder and the beef lemongrass curry. Both dishes were outstanding. I find the food here better overall vs. Burma Superstar.

Aug 31, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Thirsty Bear???

It's been about 4 years since I was last at Thirsty Bear. Is it still worth a visit? I am looking for a place to host a work event that is BART friendly. Thanks!

Aug 29, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Work Event - 30 people for good food & FUN

I need to plan a work event FAST. My team is wrapping up a tough project and we want to celebrate. We want to do a lunch and then have a place to hang out and drink / snack. Looking for something fun with outdoor seating and tasty food. I don't want to go anywhere stuffy - looking for something FUN and hopefully sunny and BART friendly. Any suggestions would be welcome. I don't want to go to something vanilla like Palomino's. Thanks!

Aug 28, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Eats on Clement?

My mother in law is in town, and we would like to take her to Clement Street for a "grub crawl." She is originally from Taiwan, and currently lives in Scottsdale, so she doesn't have a chance to eat really good Asian food too often. We have been to the Taiwan Restaurant which was a little disappointing. We ate there right after returning from a trip to Taipei.

Can anyone recommend any good spots to take her for tasty Asian food - if there are other Taiwanese restaurants - that would be a real plus.

Thanks!
PW

Aug 10, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Tastiest Sheet-Cake in the City

Thank you all for your suggestions!

Aug 02, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Tastiest Sheet-Cake in the City

Hi there,

I am supposed to bring a sheet cake to a BBQ this weekend and was wondering if anyone could recommend the best place to go for this. Ideally looking for a place that makes a terrific vanilla cake with freshed whipped cream frosting (and fresh fruit would be a plus). I am looking for a place in San Francisco or on the Peninsula.

Thanks!
PWu

Jul 31, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Saul's in Berkeley

I was just watching the Bay Cafe on Chron and they profiled Saul's in Berkeley. I searched the posts and the most recent is from '06. Has anyone been lately? I am curious - how is the food? What should I order?

Thanks!

Jun 17, 2007
pwu_88 in San Francisco Bay Area