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Souvla, Spit Fired Meats [Hayes Valley, San Francisco]

That photo on the home page of their website is enough to get me to go there,

Apr 10, 2014
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Chocolate flourless cake for Passover

M.H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo has an excellent Flourless Chocolate Tort.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/mhbreadbutt...

Apr 08, 2014
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Mussels

If you get to Sausalito, Le Garage has great mussels (usually two versions) on their menu. An order is definitely large enough for two people. My normal meal there for two people is one order of mussels and one large salad.

http:/legaragebistrosausalito.com/home.html

Apr 07, 2014
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Apple Crumb Pie @ Criminal Baking Co.[now Undercover Baking Agency] in Santa Rosa

I went back last week and had their great apple pie (and vanilla ice cream) and hot chocolate. Everything was just as good as before. I thought this place deserved its own photo album, so here it is. I'll add more photos as I go back more times.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/undercover-...

Apr 06, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

What's good in San Rafael?

Thanks for the reminder about El Tazumal and El Chevere. Here are a few photos of those places.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/eltazumal
http://ruthvenphotos2.com/elchevere

Apr 02, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

What's good in San Rafael?

If it's lunch you're looking for and don't mind a bit of a drive west, M.H. Bread and Butter in San Anselmo has exceptional food as well as equally-good bakery goods.

Photos: http://ruthvenphotos2.com/mhbreadbutter

http://mhbreadandbutter.com

Apr 01, 2014
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Looking for Real New Mexican Food

You should try Green Chili Kitchen mentioned above.

http://www.greenchilekitchen.com

Apr 01, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

Sorry to hear about the bad dinner experience. I've only been during breakfast or lunch hours (many times) and the food has always been very good, even "special".

Mar 22, 2014
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Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

I have no idea because I've never eaten dinner there. Best you call and ask.

Mar 21, 2014
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Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

I'm from a fairly "southern" part of the mid-west, central Missouri. Fremont Diner is on my list of "must take visitors to".

Mar 21, 2014
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Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

Fremont Diner (recommended in another post) puts a chef-driven spin on southern cooking, way better than it ever was back in the "good ol' days". It's outside the town of Sonoma.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/fremontdiner

http://thefremontdiner.com

Mar 21, 2014
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Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

Also in Marin County (San Rafael) is Sol Food, a wildly popular place for Puerto Rican food. I'm one of its fans, some other people here not so much. I find the food to be very interesting, tasty, and inexpensive and the atmosphere is fun. On their website, the "big place", at 901 Lincoln Ave, is the one you want. If there's a line, it moves fast. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner; open until midnight.

http://solfoodrestaurant.com

Mar 21, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

If you come through Marin County at breakfast or lunch time, M.H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo has excellent food in your price range. Both bakery items and menu items are outstanding.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/mhbreadbutter

Mar 21, 2014
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Food + morgue [San Francisco]

Tadich and Sam's are still alive and kicking.

Mar 20, 2014
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Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

Presidio Social Club is in a converted army barracks with an old-school atmosphere and a good rendition of American comfort food. Here are a few photos of a recent visit.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/presidio_so...

Mar 20, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonora Taqueria & La Tarte Bakery (San Rafael)

La Tarte was closed today (Thursday), and I later read in the San Rafael Patch that this mostly-wholesale bakery is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

http://sanrafael.patch.com/listings/l...

Mar 20, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonora Taqueria & La Tarte Bakery (San Rafael)

Stopped in again at La Tarte Bakery, set back from the row of shops in this complex. More cookies eaten immediately, and a beef piroshki to take home which I just finished. The cookies were again excellent (shortbread based) and the piroshki ($3.50) was also fine, probably as good as a baked-instead-of-deep-fried one can get.

Mar 18, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

I had a very good fish taco at Picante in San Rafael today. Picante has been there for many years, is usually quite good, and serves a very diverse clientele. The fish taco had largish pieces of grilled tilapia, large enough that it was mostly impossible to eat it as a normal taco; I resorted to knife and fork. The fish was moist and flavorful, the tortillas moist with good flavor. I'm not experienced with fish tacos but I definitely liked this one. On the small side, about $2.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/picante/#WP...

Picante Taqueria
340 Bellam Blvd
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-485-6050

Mar 18, 2014
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Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

The SF Bay Area is a very large place. What parts of it will you be visiting?

Mar 18, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy picnic goodies for Pride vineyard?

Many recs here for Sunshine Market in St. Helena (right on your way to Pride).

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/960649#8694273

http://sunshinefoodsmarket.com

Photo from the picnic area (some years back:
http://ruthvenphotos2.com/pridemtnvin...

Mar 18, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Fat Angel Bakery (Fairfax), good as ever

Stopped in this afternoon and had their Chocolate Pillow. I'd call it a type of chocolate croissant, light many-layered pastry with excellent chocolate, one my (many) favorite things there.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/files/IMG_1...

Mar 16, 2014
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M. H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo

Another visit to MHBB today. I had the Shakshuka - spiced tomato sauce, peppers, sheep feta, poached eggs with andouille sausage (optional). Finished off in the oven, it was another winner with wonderful flavors including a bit of heat. Their great country bread and a very nice green salad with vinaigrette also added a lot.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/mhbreadbutt...

Mar 16, 2014
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Rosso in Petaluma?

Anyone?

Mar 09, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Very good lunch at Thai Kitchen in Cotati

For some reason this place was on my list but I can't find anything written about it here. I had lunch there yesterday, the Chicken Green Curry rice plate ($8.50) with lemon leaves, basil, and vegetables. It started with a bowl of Coconut Milk Soup (or salad)) that was delicious and contained many veggies, also packing a bit of heat. It was definitely not a "soup because we need to serve soup". The Chicken Green Curry was also excellent and generous. I'll definitely remember this place for when I'm in the area.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/thaikitchen

Thai Kitchen
538 E Cotati Ave - next to Oliver's Market
Cotati, CA 94931
707-795-4268

Mar 05, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Apple Crumb Pie @ Criminal Baking Co.[now Undercover Baking Agency] in Santa Rosa

It was large, hot, and strong enough with quality chocolate. I always ask her to go lighter on the milk because I like stronger chocolate and she always adds more chocolate :-) It may not be as good as at Viva Cocolat in Petaluma, but it's quite good.

Mar 04, 2014
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Apple Crumb Pie @ Criminal Baking Co.[now Undercover Baking Agency] in Santa Rosa

Had a carrot-pineapple muffin and hot chocolate this morning. The muffing was warm, very moist, not very sweet (a good thing) and very tasty. The hot chocolate was excellent and large. This is a very good place.

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/files/WP_20140304_09_04_21_Pro_1200w.jpg

http://ruthvenphotos2.com/files/WP_20...

Mar 04, 2014
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Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

How is the rest of the food at Dos Pinas?

Mar 02, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Fat Angel Bakery (Fairfax), good as ever

To me, it's a place where if something appeals to you, then get it because it will probably be very good. I've done that with many of their things and don't think I've ever been disappointed. Oh, except that once I had one fo their "skinny angel" items and didn't much care for it; probably not enough butter :-)

Mar 02, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Fat Angel Bakery (Fairfax), good as ever

I haven't posted anything about Fat Angel in quite a while, although I go there regularly. It's been there several years and is still excellent. I had one of my favorite things there today, the Farmers Market Scone. It's just what the title says, a savory scone with fresh veggies, and also some feta cheese. Don't pass this place by just because it's been there for a while.

Photo of Farmers Market Scone
http://ruthvenphotos2.com/files/WP_20140302_10_43_22_Pro_800h.jpg

Fat Angel Bakery
71 Broadway Blvd
Fairfax, CA 94930
415-455-0590
http://fatangelbakery.com

Mar 02, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Ristobar (SF) lately?

I need a restaurant for myself and two visiting friends for this coming Tuesday night. I liked Ristobar a lot the two times I've been, but the last time was over two years ago and I can't find anything here about the place later than 1 1/2 years ago. Is it still as good as it was? Recent yelp reports are both very good and very poor, even more divergent than normal for that site.

How would you compare nearby A16 with Ristobar?

Mar 01, 2014
Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area