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Dinner suggestions Americas Cup Pavillion Fri 6/21/13 [San Francisco]

Thank you, Robert! That looks very good. I don't think we can eat at 5pm, they are full! Any other thoughts?

Dinner suggestions Americas Cup Pavillion Fri 6/21/13 [San Francisco]

I'm asking for recommendations for a good spot for dinner near the SF Americas Cup Pavillion Friday night. Concert seats at 6:30pm and show starts at 7:30. Looking for a good place for 2 couples to dine beforehand (5pm?). Waterfront/view would be nice, and not outrageously expensive, but it's most important that the good be good and have reasonable proximity to the concert venue. All cuisines! You guys are the best! Appreciate any ideas!

The Boat House, Bodega Bay

Thanks for the tip - will definitely try the Calamari, too, next time!

The Boat House, Bodega Bay

The Boat House at Bodega Bay

UPDATE: MAY 2012...Went to The Boat House at Bodega Bay for Lunch. Had Fish & Chips and a Clam Chowder in a bread bowl. The tab was about $19 before the tip - well worth it - huge portions (2 adults shared both items - we left stuffed). Tiny little place - very simple casual atmosphere (but had fresh tulips at every table!) and fantastic friendly service. The Fish was delicious - tasted very fresh, had a nice crispy batter, fries were probably frozen but cooked perfectly - and the clam chowder had nice pieces of clam in it and the bread used for the bowl was above average for a bread bowl. Our food was served piping hot which was really nice on a lovely windy day.

I'd definitely hit this place again for a quick casual bite - what this place lacks in fancy atmosphere is definitely balanced by the warmth and welcoming vibe of the owner a (lady) who served us, and just the good straightforward food.

Places in Petaluma

I had a disastrous service incident at Della Fattoria for lunch recently but I'll give it a shot for dinner based on the quality of food that we actually did get to sample - lunch and coffee - both of which were very good! Something is lacking in the management or owner presence there, on the floor, but there is obviously talent in the kitchen. I'll give it one more try because our service was so awful that it MUST have been a very off day - nobody stays open with service like that. Cute small place - hope that they can get their service act together.

Places in Petaluma

We recently had a very nice lunch experience at Risibisi in Petaluma - delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and impeccable service. Local, fresh food prepared with care. The lunch menu was rather limited (small) but we really liked everything we tried, the Bolognese, a trout special and a pork special. As I am finding wildly inconsistent service at places with pretty good food here in Petaluma, I was very pleased with our service the day we had lunch there. We will return here and we are looking forward to trying dinner at Risibisi.

Restaurants in Sonoma

We had a lovely lunch at Hana Japanese Restaurant in Rohnert Park and were really lucky, I guess - Excellent, super fresh sushi and Nigiri - wonderful PROFESSIONAL service, beautiful presentation ...We'll be back! Since this place is located in sort of a strip mall location I was sort of surprised at the comfortable atmosphere we found there. Since moving to Sonoma County I'm finding some really good food but also a real inconsistency in service in many places! Hana Japanese in Rohnert Park really nailed a good experience the day that we were there!

Dungeness crab prices for '11

G & G Petaluma worked out great - crabs were not big (about 1.5 lbs?) but they were delicious! Thanks again for great info, Chowhounds!

Dungeness crab prices for '11

You ChowHounds are the greatest! G & G is right across the 101 from me and that's going to be a lot more convenient on Saturday !!! Decent price - too! Thanks so much!

Dungeness crab marinade and grilling tips (Split from San Francisco board)

Although the recipe we used before for Marinated Grilled Dungeness Crab (with Fennel seed and other great spices) used cleaned cooked crab from the supermarket, to start - - - seems to me that with fresh LIVE crabs, we could kill and clean them, marinate them, then grill - avoiding twice-cooking the crab - do you agree?

Thanks for your patience. Replies from everyone are appreciated.

Dec 22, 2011
DpBluSea in Home Cooking

Dungeness crab marinade and grilling tips (Split from San Francisco board)

SteveG -
I'm going for live crabs off the boat on Saturday am - the crab we roasted before I believe was bought cooked and cleaned -

I plan to buy the crabs live, ice them till dinnertime - then.... to get to the point where we marinate and roast them on the grill - what should I do? Should I cook and clean them? Steam or boil? Or should I kill them and clean them (raw) and just marinate, then grill? Don't want to overcook - but since this is my first time with live crabs I need a little guidance on the sequence of steps.......Any help is appreciated, from all you guys!

Dec 22, 2011
DpBluSea in Home Cooking

Dungeness crab prices for '11

Thanks, Robert - I've not bought from the boat, in fact, I've only bought cooked and cleaned from Safeway, etc, in the past, but after reading the Dungeness threads since last year, It's time to try the real fresh crab!

I'm in Petaluma - if I head out to Paisano Brothers in Bodega Bay on Saturday morning, what time should I get there? I plan to ice them and cook them Saturday evening - (any tips are appreciated!)

ROAD TRIP ...FL to LA to TX to CO to UT to to CA... Nov 2011

I appreciate the suggestions - Thank you - please keep the ideas coming!

Nov 04, 2011
DpBluSea in Mountain States

ROAD TRIP ...FL to LA to TX to CO to UT to to CA... Nov 2011

Great suggestions - - Thank you - please keep the ideas coming!

Nov 04, 2011
DpBluSea in Southwest

ROAD TRIP ...FL to LA to TX to CO to UT to to CA... Nov 2011

ROAD TRIP ...FL to LA to TX to CO to UT to to CA... Nov 2011

We're driving from FL (and stopping) through the following next week:
Marshall TX
Amarillo TX
Colorado Springs/Fountain CO
Grand Lake CO
Wendover UT
Reno NV

Traveling with animals, staying in pet friendly cheap motels, really need good recommendations for Lunch/Dinners each afternoon/evening - no fast food, (chain restaurants not preferred, but OK as a last resort) ...... would like to find decent food at reasonable prices, either dine-in or To-Go.

No fine dining (can't leave animals in motel long) or alcohol. We love good food, and ethnic foods, don't care about atmosphere, just good local food, we'll be tired from the road.

Any suggestions are very much appreciated! Thanks!

Nov 03, 2011
DpBluSea in Mountain States

ROAD TRIP ...FL to LA to TX to CO to UT to to CA... Nov 2011

ROAD TRIP ...FL to LA to TX to CO to UT to to CA... Nov 2011

We're driving from FL (and stopping) through the following next week:
Marshall TX
Amarillo TX
Colorado Springs/Fountain CO
Grand Lake CO
Wendover UT
Reno NV

Traveling with animals, staying in pet friendly cheap motels, really need good recommendations for Lunch/Dinners each afternoon/evening - no fast food, (chain restaurants not preferred, but OK as a last resort) ...... would like to find decent food at reasonable prices, either dine-in or To-Go.

No fine dining (can't leave animals in motel long) or alcohol. We love good food, and ethnic foods, don't care about atmosphere, just good local food, we'll be tired from the road.

Any suggestions are very much appreciated! Thanks!

Nov 03, 2011
DpBluSea in Southwest

Aging Beef at Home?

I'm aging my 1st cut as we speak, on day 5, plan to grill it tomorrow! I just patted it very dry with a clean cloth dishtowel, seasoned it with some coarse salt, pepper, dry seasoning, placed it on a rack, pan beneath, and placed it in the refrigerator bottom drawer, by itself, and the drawer stays closed except when i flip it and check for moisture 1x per day (so far no moisture, no drips). It looks beautiful, drying nicely! I'll let you know if I had beginners luck after we cook it tomorrow night!

Oct 01, 2011
DpBluSea in Home Cooking

Dungeness crab marinade and grilling tips (Split from San Francisco board)

Excellent - thanks, SteveG - the spice ratio in the marinade really had me stumped - I'll be mixing this up and looking forward to the upcoming Dungeness season!

I totally agree with you about not overcooking this on the grill- we really enjoyed the very slight char we got from the shells (a hot Weber fire), as we took the cracked pieces from the marinade - when served, the char on the shells and the marinade spices got on our fingers as we extracted the meat from the pieces, and was delicious! A loaf of good SF bread and a salad made this a feast!

Can you think of any other sides and a dessert you could see served with this meal, especially for a crowd of, say 10 guests? I was thinking of Key Lime Pie. Any suggestions?

Oct 01, 2011
DpBluSea in Home Cooking

What to do with imitation crab meat

I'm with you... I do not care for it heated - when imitation Krab is cooked, detect an off flavor and a change in texture.

Fine cold in salads, though.

Oct 01, 2011
DpBluSea in Home Cooking

Dungeness crab marinade and grilling tips (Split from San Francisco board)

I'm still looking for the recipe for this 1 hour marinade for crab, and any tips on grilling crab!

Sep 22, 2011
DpBluSea in Home Cooking

Petaluma: Real Doner (Gyro) is destination worthy ... amazing great

Melanie - I LOVE your reviews. I look for your name every time I am searching ChowHound and your input is always informative and wonderful. Thanks!

San Rafael?

Had a nice lunch at Left Bank, yesterday - beautiful weather, very nice to sit outside. Very good service, very Marin atmosphere. Good place to take visitors.

We ordered the Charcuterie Maison (Pate and Sausages Platter) They had sold out of the Smoked Garlic Sausage with Pistachio but we did have the Rustic Pate (Good), Pork and Duck Rillettes (Eh... would not order again) and the Chicken Liver Mousse (Outstanding) - This platter was served with a grainy mustard, a radish/olive/cornichon medley, and a small amount of a delicious chutney. The toasts served alongside were perfect.

Bread served on the table (2 kinds) was of very good quality.

The Steak Tartare appetizer was good, well prepared, but did not knock me out. Nor did the Lamb Sandwich (seriously overcooked), the Boudin Blanc White Pork Sausages were cooked perfectly but lacked excitement - the addition of a little of the chutney (that was served with the app) helped a lot. The Salad Nicoise with grilled Ahi was fine, just not anything special.

The French Onion Soup was the best I've had ANYWHERE. I'd return to Left Bank anytime for this soup - such a delicious stock - which may have been made with duck?

The Cappuccino, French Onion Soup and Chicken Liver mousse were all outstanding. I would return to Left Bank for these, and would also like to try their brunch.

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Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, CA 94939

Petaluma: Real Doner (Gyro) is destination worthy ... amazing great

I ate there yesterday - late afternoon, for the 1st time at this little place - thought it would be like a Gyro - seemed More like a wrap stuffed with bland pot roast and a boring incompatible sauce. $8. Large portion, but really not good at all - VERY BLAND.

It was freshly made - and the service was great. I just did not care for the texture or the mildly seasoned meat. Maybe I hit the place on an off day - I will return because the service was so friendly. But the food needs to be better, for the price.

I had a serving of house-made pistachio Baklava - 2 tiny 1-bite pieces on a plate - I think it was $3... ridiculous. I have to say, though - that the Baklava was delicious.

I will give this place another try.

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Real Doner (Gyro)
307 F St, Petaluma, CA 94952

Bay Area Banh Mi Google Map

How Delicious ...... today we had the Bahn Mi @ Little Paris.... on Irving x 24th Ave SF, right next to Sunset Music...It's the (#1 on the menu) with fresh Jalapenos (just say yes).

This little Vietnamese place appears at 1st glance to be a burger joint, but this sandwich is a fresh very crisp light Baguette roll with Mayo, thin layer of Pate, Cilantro, carrot, pickled onion and cucumber, fresh jalapeno, and a couple of types of pork/ham. Not lot of meat, but perfectly balanced, super fresh - just delicious, and great at the $3.25 price!

on Irving x 24th SF

LITTLE PARIS

Here's the Bay Area Bahn Mi roundup map
http://tinyurl.com/BayAreaBanhMi

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Little Paris Coffee Shop
939 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Seeking unique breakfast in San Francisco (see wish list)

John Cambell's Irish Bakery - 5625 Geary (between 20th x 21st) ...had a delicious scone and a Irish Sausage Pastie from the place this morning - the scone was $2 and the Pastie was $5 - this pastie is delicious, rich, and the 2 items were plenty to feed 2 people breakfast with coffee or tea.

The pastie was not all that impressive to look at - but the quality of it, perfectly seasoned and baked, was really fantastic.

Unfortunate food trend: the "cornbread" scone.

I had a delicious scone this morning at John Campbell's Irish Bakery in the Richmond, on Geary between 20th and 21st. Very fresh and seemed perfect. (no cornmeal).

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John Campbell's Irish Bakery
5625 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

Lers Ros Thai restaurant (Tenderloin)

Had a delicious early (6pm) dinner at Lers Ros Thai last night. So thankful to the ChowHound board for all the great details on this place. Very quiet when we arrived, and quite busy when we left. Very clean, plain interior, we were greeted warmly, never rushed, and our service was really nice - helpful, but unobtrusive.

If you're a visitor or unfamiliar with the area (like the gringos that my party were), make sure you note the exact street address 730 Larkin Street (between O'Farrell and Ellis) or you could wander into the wrong place.

The menu is HUGE, I was very glad I had predetermined some things we would order. We were only a party of 3, but tried to fit a lot in! We had 1 adventurous diner (myself), and 2 less so, but open. We asked for "medium" heat.

We had:

#1 Fried Tofu (not greasy at all - such a simple, plain dish but perfectly prepared)
# 6 Sun Dried Beef (very good - not tough, but not too exciting, either)
#13 Green Papaya Salad with Grilled Prawns (Really great, nice heat, delicious!)
#20 Calamari Salad (Beautiful but bland, would pass on this, next time)
#27 Tom Kha Soup (Wonderful - full of seafood, piping hot, perfectly seasoned)
# 77 Chicken Pad Thai (my guest said that this was probably the best version she had ever had, I thought it was delicious, also, even though I am often bored with this dish elsewhere)
#113 Trout with Mango Sauce (Outstanding, incredibly fresh, not a sweet sauce)
2 sides of Jasmine Rice (I've had better)
Thai Iced Tea (Excellent, sweet, rich, lovely)
Dessert: Sticky Rice with Toasted Almond Ice Cream (Delicious - a noticeably rich, quality Ice Cream)

Portions were maybe a little smaller than some places, but only slightly - and it was more than plenty. I felt that the food at Lers Ros was prepared and served with care, and was also a wonderful value for quality ingredients. This would be a great place for any party of 6 to try a lot of dishes. I personally am overwhelmed with such a large menu, and my companions were happy to sit back and be surprised (except the Pad Thai eater had to have THAT) Some research and a little list made ordering (by item #) fast and easy (on the server, too) and allowed us to spend more time enjoying each other's company.

I can't wait to return and try some other dishes - some pork, the chicken with spinach and peanut sauce, the curries, etc. Any ideas on the best rice or some more exciting dishes?

Thanks for everyone for sharing this restaurant - a really great place!

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Lers Ros Thai
730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

Maxie's Fried Green Tomatoes

We only eat these once or twice a year, because they are fried, but I'm eyeing the green tomatoes in the garden, now...waiting for them to be ready. I'm in the south, and a couple of things I've learned about making this dish: 1) If possible, pick your green tomatoes the very day they get the tiniest spot of pink on them - those are prime 2) Whistlestop makes a fry mix for fried green tomatoes that's better than most recipes I've tried (The one above looks good to try, though!)
3) Use good quality coarse or flaked salt sprinkled on these - the quality of this simple ingredient makes a difference, here.

May 26, 2011
DpBluSea in Recipes

Just have to share this recipe for Cowboy Candy...

My disaster wit the Habaneros was I was prepping lovely colorful Habanero "Flowers" (cutting, soaking in ice water, for them to open" for garnish/display on a party buffet. Also making green onion garnish for the centers, carrot curls, etc. Everything went fine, in the ice water, but when I dunked my bare hands in the bowl to retrieve the garnishes, a surface film of invisible Habenero oil must have been floating all on the top of the water. Not immediately hot, but after a few minutes... heat escalation...It was like having gloves of Habeneo oil on. No amount of washing, soaking, etc....quite uncomfortable the whole evening and part of the next day. Very glad for your tip about the fresh lemon.

May 06, 2011
DpBluSea in Home Cooking

Just have to share this recipe for Cowboy Candy...

Cover bith your hands in sandwich bags, if nothing else, in a pinch. Awkward, but it'll do.

May 06, 2011
DpBluSea in Home Cooking