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best pizza by the slice

I don't know what style you'd call it, but have you tried the pizza at Tony Tutto in Mill Valley? It's definitely my favorite.


Shwe Myanmar: Burmese in San Rafael (Marin County)

I went back for lunch today and had their Pork Curry & Tea Leaf Salad special. The Pork Curry was just as good as the Chicken Curry that I had last time, with interesting mild flavors; it contained potatoes which I don't remember in the chicken version. The Tea Leaf salad had much less lettuce this time, making it far more flavorful, a big improvement.

best pizza by the slice

I agree about Bovine. Also, reading the first article above reminded me of how much I don't like NY-style slices. That must be an early-acquired taste.

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Malcolm Ruthven in San Francisco Bay Area

Empanadas @ Wild Sage Deli in Healdsburg

Stopped there yesterday for food for later. A Gaucho sandwich (lamb, dijon, Meyer lemon confit, olive oil on a hard roll) was excellent. beef empanada was also excellent, all very fairly priced. Pre-made green salad had good cherry tomatoes, didn't seem special except for that. Friend said the coffee (drunk immediately) was one of the best she'd ever had. Lots of locals there including firemen. Nice patio in back if you're eating there.

The paper menu says they're closed Sunday. Don't know if that is correct,

Link to paper menu (doesn't include empanadas): http://ruthvenphotos2.com/files/Heald...

SF Sourdough Revisited

The sourdough at Bordenave in San Rafael is a shadow of its former self and not really worth eating, in my opinion.

NAPA & SF in February

If it's a sunny and warm-enough day (obviously for lunch, not dinner at night), a table on the patio at Auberge is a special treat, overlooking Napa Valley with a view that people come halfway around the world for.

Aicha Moroccan on Polk? [San Francisco]

What's the atmosphere like?

Oso Restaurant, Sonoma

Bauer recently wrote a rave review about Oso. Small-plate menu consisting of not-so-small plates at reasonable prices. Hasn't anyone been there?

Northern Sonoma Cty wine festival Jan 17-18, 2015

I'll be sure to stay away that weekend, because of the price and the number of people. I find winter a great time to visit wineries because far less people are there, even fewer if it's raining. But not "up there" that weekend :-)

New French Cafe in Sausalito

Bio in Sausalito has closed. It is likely to reopen soon for dinner only so Sylvie, the owner, can concentrate on her SF place during the day and Sausalito at night.

It's also available for private events and parties. If anyone is interested in what would essentially be a catered event in the Bio location, call Sylvie at 415-324-7080.

New French Cafe in Sausalito

I walked in last week when Sylvie, the owner, was making profiteroles. These were filled with a form of dark chocolate cream and then dipped in a vat of dark chocolate that gave it a very thin "crackly" shell of dark chocolate. I ate one there and took two home for (not very) later. The quality of the ingredients shined out; this was simply one of the best dessert items I've ever had. She was also in the process of making a special order of an "assemblage" of profiteroles, many of them piled up in a wide tower. Sorry no photos of this great dessert.

BBQ smoker at Picazo in Sonoma

As I drove down Arnold Drive in Sonoma yesterday, I saw a sign saying "Backyard BBQ" and then saw the smoker behind the sign, so I stopped. It was Picazo Cafe & Deli. I walked over to the smoker and saw split wood logs and a chimney for starting a fire. Very promising. I went in (you order at the counter and they bring you the food) and there seemed to be no BBQ on the lunch menu, so I asked about that and was shown the dinner menu. It listed baby back ribs, chicken, and a pulled pork sandwich (maybe more, but no brisket). I chose the pulled pork sandwich ($9). First, I have to say I forgot to specify sauce on the side, but that might not have been possible, don't really know. I'm sorry to say that sandwich was one of the worst food items I've ever had. The real problem was the miniscule amount of meat covered in a gloppy sweet sauce. I finally uncovered some meat out from under the on-top cole slaw and there was no way I could taste what it was because of all the gloppy sauce.

This seems to be a popular place, and I have to think their food in general isn't like that sandwich. Maybe other BBQ items are good, but they sure ruined what might have been good BBQ with the very small portion and huge amount of gloppy sauce.


19100 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 931-4377

Green Chile Kitchen is now in San Rafael!

They weren't available until 5 pm. Also, I asked the bartender/waiter if they were going to have stuffed sopaipillas (stuffed with savory fillings). He had never heard of them, but later asked and came back and said they were considering adding them to the menu.

Green Chile Kitchen is now in San Rafael!

I went there today for a late lunch/early dinner and had a bowl of their Red Chili Chicken Posole, with hominy, cilantro, onion and three blue organic corn tortillas. It was as good ad you'd expect from this place, pretty much the same as the one I had at their SF place quite a while ago. Rich but mild flavor with excellent ingredients.

It's a sit-down-and-order place, unlike the SF one. I sat at the long bar.

Green Chile Kitchen is now in San Rafael!

I just read about it; haven't been there yet.

Green Chile Kitchen
1335 Fourth St,
San Rafael

New French Cafe in Sausalito

Had lunch there a week ago with a friend who had never been there. He raved about his smoked salmon and goat cheese galette (buckwheat crepe); I had the same as it's one of my favorite things here. My friend noted that the branding emphasizes gluten free and vegan, but to him it's just great food. So don't be put off if you're not into gluten free or vegan; I'm also not into that and love the food here.

A few days ago I took one of their chocolate covered brownies (also one of my favorite things) to a friend who couldn't believe how good it was; it's serious adult chocolate.

I just ran across these photos on the Marin IJ website; great food photos, better than mine and more of them.


BBQ 'n Curry in Marin City

Sorry to hear that. I hope that was a one-off and not an indication of going downhill. But it's not a good sign.

The best San Francisco sourdough?

Please keep us informed. I tried the sourdough at Bordenave's in San Rafael a while ago and found it not worth eating. I think it was better many years ago but not now.

Shwe Myanmar: Burmese in San Rafael (Marin County)

Had lunch there today, the $8.99 lunch special with Chicken Curry (choice of chicken, pork, beef), Tea Leaf Salad, and Steamed Jasmine Rice. I've been to Mandalay a few times but am no expert on Burmese food. I liked this meal a lot, including the generous portions. The chicken curry had a flavor unlike any I've had before, certainly using spices but probably no hot chilies. A mild, unfamiliar, and great flavor to me. The tea leaf salad was also very good, this one having chopped romaine lettuce mixed in with the "real stuff", making is more of a "salad" that Westerners would be familiar with, with great if mild flavor. I enjoyed the whole meal and will be back. I encourage those of you more familiar with Burmese food to try this place and see what you think.


Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving?

I just received "The Juice" email that listed these North Bay places open for Thanksgiving.

Left Bank, Larkspur
Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, Sonoma

Fremont Diner Report (Sonoma)

I've had a quite good Pulled Pork sandwich served with Pickled Fennel and some pretty good baked beans off their lunch menu.

Crab season is upon us

recent experiences with old favorites... Yep, had a great crab sandwich today at Western Boat & Tackle in San Rafael


San Rafael - Western Boat & Tackle - Crab sandwiches, clam chowder, cooked crab, live lobster, fish, wine & bait

Time for a seven-year update. I went there today for a crab sandwich, which came stuffed with a large amount of fresh dungeness crab. A bit of lettuce and tomato, a bit of mayo, some soft-but-substantial bread, and there was really nothing to improve on. They make it the way you'd make it for yourself, and (fairly I think) charge $15 for it. There are tables outside, down a ramp, on a deck overlooking the water. This is local color at its best.

Photos: http://ruthvenphotos2.com/westernboat...


Good places to eat/drink in and around the presidio. [San Francisco]

I walked through Arguello restaurant in the officers club a few days ago and definitely want to give it a try. It's a great historic space, as is the Presidio Social Club, Go to both for a taste of local historic color. The food will or will not bring you back, but definitely go once to both for your own experience and evaluation.

Anyone been to Burgers & Vine in downtown Sonoma?

Has anyone been to Burgers & Vine on the North East corner of the square in downtown Sonoma?


Fremont Diner Report (Sonoma)

Do they server the breakfast/brunch menu all day?

Bistro L'Aviateur [San Francisco]

How about a clue re where this place is.

New French Cafe in Sausalito

Had lunch at Bio today, this time the Salmon & Goat Cheese Crepe ($14) that came with a generous serving of ratatouille. Is was simply excellent. Live music was playing as I've often found. Yes, sometimes they're short-handed, but not today and even when they are I don't mind; the food is so good and the place is so pleasant. It's become my standard "meeting place" for all sorts of purposes. Also, I can never leave without one of their excellent dark chocolate creations in the front case.

Larger photo of the Salmon & Goat Cheese Crepe

Update on Karina's in Petaluma (Tlayudas, Pan de Muertos, Chapulines, Tres Leches, Tamales)

Do you know if they still have their Mole "base" (for lack of a better word) for sale, for use in home cooking?

Glaze Donuts (Excelsior District, San Francisco)

Haven't been in a while. Remember being disappointed the last time I was there.