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Gator’s at The Grill – Starting Next Week in San Mateo

I really wanted to like The Grill, but my first experience left a lot to be desired. I went there a week ago Friday. Here's my story sad, but true... Running around doing errands in San Mateo. It's lunch time. I'm hungry. Didn't I hear Chef Gator is cooking at The Grill? Two menus are up as I enter - one Middle Eastern the other BBQ. The owner is in a very heated discussion with Chef Gator. Hostess hands me what she says is their new menu and says to sit down and someone will come take my order. I sit and decide. 5 minutes goes by and still no waiter, no water, no cuttlery. I look accross to the other side of the restaurant (owner and Gator still arguing) and see people over there who seem to be eating. 10 minutes has gone by and I'm thinking maybe I should move to the other side of the restaurant. In a couple more minutes 4 guys show up, looking like they came out of an office somewhere. The same hostess walks them over to a table near me, brings them their menu and asks whether she can get them something to drink. Another waitperson comes over immediately and brings them napkins and cutlery. I'm very irritated now. Picked up my things and left. Noticed on the way out the argument was over, but the owner was sitting right opposite Gator watching every move he made.
Disfunctional... rude..
I will go back and give them another try and hope this was just a bad day.

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The Grill
1855 S Delaware St, San Mateo, CA 94402

Fifth Floor tasting menu

Trying to reserve for my birthday dinner in 3 weeks. I'm torn between Baker and Banker (I've been there before and liked it), Spruce (sounds interesting, but reservations are limited to 5:30 at this point) and Fifth Floor (Never been, but a la carte looks good). They (FF) have a $72 tasting menu which they don't describe on their web site. Anyone been there and had the tasting menu? What do you think?

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Fifth Floor Restaurant
12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Peninsula (San Mateo) Spots for Chicken and Beef Bones

I recommend Crystal Springs Fish and Poultry off the De Anza exit from 92. The owner is a CCA graduate, and has lots of great stuff.

BEST OMAKASE FOR UNIQUE NIGIRI SUSHI IN SAN FRAN?

I'd put Wakuriya in San Mateo up against anyone. It's in a very unassuming spot in a shopping center with a Safeway, but it's quite remarkable!

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Wakuriya
115 De Anza Blvd, San Mateo, CA

Where should I send him

Thanks, fmed, especially for the lunch suggestions. They're hard to find.

Oct 30, 2010
dbrosin in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Finding Sea Beans

I've had fresh sea bean a few times at restaurants in the bay area and in Vancouver. I love them!! No success so far in locating them to buy and cook myself. Does anyone know where to find the in San Francisco, the peninsula or the South Bay. I live on the coast, where you'd think we'd find them since they're "sea" beans....

Where should I send him

My husband is in town (with work colleagues) from the SFBay area Oct 31st through Nov 4th. They're staying near the convention center. He wants me to recommend some places. so far research and past visits to the area suggest the following for dinner: Revel Room, Prestons, Market by Jean George, Mill Marine, Jules Bistro,Goldfish Pacific and Voya. What do you all think of these? They're not serious foodies, but they know a good thing. Nothing too precious, please. Also, is there anything interesting for a quick lunch near enough to the convention center to get away for break?

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Voya Restaurant (closed for renovations)
1177 Melville Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3, CA

Oct 29, 2010
dbrosin in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Secrets of Freezer Management Revealed!

Freezing lemon and lime juice in ice cubes is a good way to have a couple of "freshly squeezed" tablespoons available for quick use

Sep 30, 2010
dbrosin in Features

Saturne, 17 Rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris

Are they open for lunch? How hard to get into?

Sep 17, 2010
dbrosin in France