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Petaluma for dinner?

Thanks, everyone, for all the recs and suggestions. I decided on Speakeasy because it's a bit different. I'll report back...

Petaluma for dinner?

Tell me more about Speakeasy. Is it a good place for conversation (at least before the music starts)? Tables crowded together or good-enough room?

Petaluma for dinner?

Thanks, all, for the recs.

Also, anyone been to Speakeasy? I find the dinner menu interesting.

about 11 hours ago
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Petaluma for dinner?

No dinner menu on the website, at least I couldn't find it.

about 23 hours ago
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Petaluma for dinner?

I've had many lunches in Petaluma over the years, but never dinner. This Saturday night two of us will be having dinner in Petaluma. Looking for very good and interesting food of any variety (probably not sushi), good atmosphere, moderate prices. Looking over my notes culled from here, I'm considering Risibisi, Rosso, Le Bistro, Namaste.

All comments appreciated...

Has anyone used this mole base?

How would you rate the quality of this mole?

The Hummingbird in Fairfax

I went to The Hummingbird in Fairfax for lunch today. It's a coffee-shop-style physical place with "home cooking" of many varieties, including New Orleans (where the owner is from). I had the Everything Gumbo, with Chicken, Sausage, Oysters, Shrimp, and Dungeness Crab (without the oysters; never liked them). I'm no expert on gumbo, but this had a deep, rich flavor that was just great, with generous amounts of the goodies. I think about $16, so they use the best ingredients and charge you for it. The owner, working behind the counter, said she made it. They also have a great housemade red hot sauce, with its own rich flavor as well as heat.

http://hummingbirdfairfax.com

Cafe Des Croissant in Petaluma

I stopped into Cafe Des Croissant in Petaluma this afternoon as I was walking by. I got a chocolate croissant and I have to say it was probably the worst excuse for a croissant I've ever had, and the chocolate was limited to a small "tunnel" through maybe 2/3 of it. Most of it went into the garbage can. Has anyone had anything good there?

http://cafedescroissant.com

Has anyone used this mole base?

Thanks to you and Robert. I now have some idea instead of flying blind.

Has anyone used this mole base?

Did you use this same mole? How did you like it?

Has anyone used this mole base?

I bought it at Novato Market, a Latino market that used to be called Quezada Market. The directions say to add chicken broth but don't say how much. Is anyone experienced with this? Or want to take an educated guess?

La Empanada in San Rafael

I was nearby today so went again. This time she had chicken empanadas as well as beef and veggie, so I had the chicken. I liked it even better than the beef; seemed to have more separate items and flavors.

La Empanada in San Rafael

I stopped at La Empanada in San Rafael for lunch today. It's a quite small place in a very small strip mall next to Office Depot on the freeway side. I had a very good beef empanada (I think $6) made by the owner/operator who is from Chile. You could tell it was very fresh and "homemade". Also had an alfajores, again "homemade"-seeming and very good. She also has many different sandwiches. Check this place out and see what you think.

http://laempanadapetaluma.com

The Commissary (San Francisco)

All that was fine. The very helpful maitre d' directed them to the correct entrance door and led them in; same thing when leaving. This place is such an enigma. Great food in a fine space with (mostly) good staff, but very poor/very slow service for us and short pours of wine in strange glasses. It worked well for our purpose, but I won't be rushing back for dinner to spend those $ for poor/slow service and short pours of wine.

Any reports on Canneti Roadhouse Italiana (Forestville)?

A year later, has anyone been there since Melanie's visit, particularly for lunch?

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

Yes, the crazy wine glasses with very small pours are pretty much unforgivable. If I go back for lunch, I don't drink at lunch so no problem. If dinner, probably won't order wine and will tell them why.

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

We went to The Commissary last night. Report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9769...

The Commissary (San Francisco)

Had dinner there last night with two visiting friends. Great "Presidio" atmosphere, very good/great food, very spotty service (large party in a separate room for our waiter. maitre de essentially became our waiter). Very long wait for food and drinks. Wine was served in strange wide and short glasses with straight sides; sure seemed like small pours to me. But the food was superb. Asparagus plate (with other things) was special as were the fried brussels sprouts, the best roast pork dish I've ever had; didn't know roast pork could be so tender, juicy, and flavorful. It served the purpose perfectly, especially because we were in no hurry.

Photo of the dining room: http://ruthvenphotos2.com/files/IMG_1...

Snake River Farms American Kobe corned beef @ Costco

Did you leave it in the wrap it came in while cooking?

Besides chowhound, is there any other good food blogs/discussion forums you follow?

My favorite Bay Area food blog is Bunrab ( http://bunrab.com/dailyfeed/dailyfeed... ). They left for Portland for a while, but now they're back.

Snake River Kobe beef tri-tip $8.99/lb

Now there's expert testimony for you! Was that recommended technique for both types of tri-tip?

I like to fix tri-tip for friends visiting from other parts of the country who have no idea what tri-tip is. They're always impressed with its flavor. If you don't have time to cook it at 220F (most of the time for me), I've found it works fine to cook at a higher temp which is how it's done in about 1/2 hours. Still very good :-)

Snake River Kobe beef tri-tip $8.99/lb

I don't know about Kobe, but I've cooked a lot of tri-tips. In general, they're tender enough you can good them to any stage of doneness you want. I prefer to cook mine on the Weber, using indirect heat (coals on the sides, meat above in the middle over a drip pan). About 1/2 hour often works for medium rare. When done, let it sit a few minutes then slice and serve (the slices).

Snake River Farms American Kobe corned beef @ Costco

No year designation?

Snake River Farms American Kobe corned beef @ Costco

What does 2/10 and 3/10 mean?

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

Thanks for the great reply. I suspect we'll settle on The Commissary.

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

Thanks for the great food report. I sent an abridged version to my friends, with a link to the website, and got a reply back with "still dealing with Colitis and spicey foods are not good for her digestive system". Is their food "spicy"? I didn't "get" that form the menu, but thought I'd ask you.

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

Thanks for mentioning The Commissary. I had looked at their website and found the menu to possibly be more adventurous than would suit my friends, but that might not be correct. I'm glad you think their food in excellent. Can you tell me more about the food?

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

Any other suggestions?

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

Can you always find street parking on California St? How long a walk to Garibaldi’s?

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

Having dinner with long-ago friends who visit here yearly, one in a wheelchair. They know and appreciate good food but are not adventurous eaters. The Presidio Social Club was great but want another place this time. I'm thinking Garibaldi’s (I've never been) because of the great recs here (old) and yelp (current) plus the menu looks fine for the purpose and the price point is fine.

Any recent reports from people here? Where/how do you park your car?

Other recs?