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Tonight!!! Near haight. 1 late dinner 1 lunch [San Francisco]

Oh and I almost forgot we never did have that Monday lunch as we were still full from the free breakfast at the red Vic that was yummy and served by the friendliest girls you ever want to meet

Aug 12, 2013
MellyB in San Francisco Bay Area

Tonight!!! Near haight. 1 late dinner 1 lunch [San Francisco]

Ok guys thanks so much for your help. Just to follow up. We went to Alembic thurs night and had some great food and great cocktails.
Shishito peppers w/ -anchovy salt perfectly salty and addictive
Pork belly slider:perfectly delicious
Sazerac:very smooth
Pisco sour: very refreshing but unexpected taste after initial egg smell
Roasted squid was amazeballs
Special lamb marguez
Chickpea falafel, carrot, yogurt, lamb sausage. SOO good but small
Cavatelli pasta which was surprisingly delicious considering we've just returned from Italy.
The next night we went to magnolia and had the burger which was a really great late night choice especially after some drinks at the show. I'm not a big beer drinker but one sip of hubby's Working Mans Ale and I was smitten. I ordered one for myself too which is rare. May be my best beer ever.
Saturday night we headed to Cha Cha Cha. We were pretty tipsy this night so I have a feeling anything would have sufficed but we were happy with it. Hubs had a chicken mole type dish with rice that he enjoyed and I played it safe with a quesadilla. I appreciated the sides of guacamole, sour cream and salsa.
The last night we just had to return to Alembic. I had an otherworldly corn chowder. (Full disclosure: I don't think I've ever actually had corn chowder before but I'm pretty sure this one has to be the best on the planet!) hubby had a hot dog. I was like what? But then I took a bite. This is way more than your basic backyard BBQ hot dog. Really delicious!
As far as the comment that the haight is a foodie wasteland of a neighborhood, I've had plenty experience with foodie wastelands. I live in one (palm springs area) so even if the haight isn't the best San Francisco wise, its still San Francisco so I'm always going to eat better there than at home! Cha Cha Cha and magnolia were good but the Alembic was definitely on a whole other level. So thanks for all your help! We ate well, enjoyed staying at the red Victorian, saw some amazing bands and had a fantastic time all around (especially considering we were technically working!) I love San Francisco, its my favorite city in the world and I can't wait to come back! Thanks chowhounders!

Tonight!!! Near haight. 1 late dinner 1 lunch [San Francisco]

Hi Chowhounders! Hubs and I are headed (as I type!) to San Francisco for 4 nights for work. We'll be working Outdide Lands. We're staying at the Red Vic. on haight. (We'll see how that goes lol. Hippie SIL has stayed and liked it and it was the only reasonably priced accommodation so we'll see!)

We're looking for a decent dinner for tonight not too far from b&b. We may arrive on the late side so need somewhere that serves fairly late, but we have to be up early so not looking to lounge for hours over dinner.
In my quick search I came across Alembic and Magnolia. I realize they're brew pubs (makes hubs happy) but do they have any decent wines as that's what I prefer? Would these be good choices? Or do you have any other suggestions in the area? I read about Little Star in that neighborhood but not in the mood for deep dish pizza (see below)

Sorry for the last minute request. I normally would have researched more but we just returned from Rome (I will be posting the trip report in that forum and I'm STILL full from all that pasta hence not wanting deep dish pizza lol) so I just didn't have the time to research for this work trip. I appreciate your thoughts!

In addition, we'll probably spend such long hours at the festival that we'll just eat there fri-sun. But, we'd like a nice, fun, casual but good place for lunch on Monday before we head home. Any suggestions? Would prefer not to go to a too distant neighborhood as we'll be facing a loooong drive home after lunch.
I appreciate any suggestions! Thanks very much!

Aug 08, 2013
MellyB in San Francisco Bay Area

Help me decide please! Looking for a great meal before Wicked

oops! On a different computer. Must have 2 accounts. How'd that happen?! I'm the same person MelB5 and MellyB. Gotta get that sorted out.

Jan 16, 2012
MellyB in Los Angeles Area

Help me decide please! Looking for a great meal before Wicked

Wow! Excellent suggestions. Thank you very much!

I really think I'm leaning towards Cleo. Looks to be a nice mix of decent ambience and great food. The same could be said for Osteria Mozza and Katsuya.

Providence and Hatfields of course look amazing but at the top of our budget since it is a whole night outing: dinner, theater, and post-show drinks (I'm even considering the $100 bowling at the library bar in the Roosevelt. Sounds fun and different. Anyone been?) So, I'd prefer not to completely break the bank on just dinner.

Il Covo LOOKS perfect. Based on reviews, not sure if the food lives up.

Lots to think about. I appreciate all your help! Keep the ideas coming!

Jan 16, 2012
MellyB in Los Angeles Area

Braiser vs rondeau

Thank you, I will check out those other options. :)

Jan 04, 2011
MellyB in Cookware

Braiser vs rondeau

I have that same Dutch Oven and love it as well!

Jan 04, 2011
MellyB in Cookware

Braiser vs rondeau

Thanks to everyone who responded to my earlier post. Being a total newbie, I didn't realize how broad my question was until I asked. So, thank you all for your patience and insight.
With your help, I've been able to narrow down my first purchase to either a braiser or a rondeau pan. Of course, I could totally be wrong in comparing these two. If so, I'm sure someone will let me know!

Originally, I had my heart set on the LC 5 qt braiser for about $250 (on amazon...I do have an outlet store nearby so could possibly get a seconds for less) I love the look of LC, it inspires me, but after reading MANY posts here (I think its safe to say, I've taken this research to an unhealthy level =0) I'm thinking SS might be a better material for my purposes. But, not sure. So far I've found the Sitram rondeau $180 (thanks to E_M), AC braiser (seconds) $150, and the LC braiser $250, and AC rondeau $240 (this was just the 1st price I found, could probably shop around for better)

Assuming these two are comparable, which of these pans do you think is the most versatile?

Thank you!

Jan 03, 2011
MellyB in Cookware

Which pots/pans should I buy in cast iron, which in stainless steel, and which in copper?

Thank you so much everyone! I have narrowed it down. I will ask in a new post. Thanks!

Jan 03, 2011
MellyB in Cookware

Which pots/pans should I buy in cast iron, which in stainless steel, and which in copper?

That is a great website thank you!

Jan 03, 2011
MellyB in Cookware

Which pots/pans should I buy in cast iron, which in stainless steel, and which in copper?

Thank you everyone! I appreciate your time!
Thank you Sueatmo! Yes, I really am trying to create new traditions with my own family. This is one of the reasons I am looking at the most expensive cookware I can afford. I'd really like to pass my cookware down to my kids someday.
@E_M Great question! I would say I use my skillets, fry, and saute pans the most. I wish they had slightly higher sides and/or were bigger. I also wish they were oven safe and had lids. I guess this is why I most wanted the braiser.
My DO is 7 qt. Perfect for my family of 5. I also use this quite a bit and wouldn't change anything about it.
I am fighting the urge to buy a set. I only have $500 to spend so with the Braiser and the sauciers I'm looking at, my $$ would be gone and I'd just have 2 new pieces. Whereas the 7 piece (really 4 pots)All Clad set would only be $319 from Amazon although, admittedly, I don't really need all those sizes/shapes.

After reading all your responses, I think I need to decide between the big All Clad saute, LC Braiser, and that Rondeau pan that E_M provided the link for(is there a lid I could get wtih it?). Any thoughts?
I would love to get a copper saucier but I think its out of my price range. btw thank you ChemicalKinetics. I knew that about SS but didn't realize the same went for copper.
I also think I'll need a stockpot and appreciate the suggestion to not go too expensive on that as you're just essentially boiling water in it.
Henny Penny-I will look into those other options. I admit I'm a bit skeptical as I generally abide by the "you get what you pay for" but I'm not a millionaire so if I can get good quality for less. I will.
Thanks again everyone!

Jan 02, 2011
MellyB in Cookware

Which pots/pans should I buy in cast iron, which in stainless steel, and which in copper?

Thank you sueatmo and suigeneris. We must've been posting at the same time. You both have confirmed the braiser for me. Thank you!

Jan 02, 2011
MellyB in Cookware

Which pots/pans should I buy in cast iron, which in stainless steel, and which in copper?

Thank you for your replies.
I'm new to cooking. I was raised in a family where we were always told that the women in our family didn't know how to cook (and they really didn't lol) so I was raised on packaged food and was never taught how to cook anything else. There are no real family recipes that have been passed down. I only recently discovered that I really enjoy cooking. That being as it is, I don't yet have a real sense of "what kinds of things I cook"
I do enjoy making my own sauces. There is almost always some type of meat in our dinners (this is probably where I have branched out the least, I was a vegetarian for many years) lasagna, enchiladas, beans, vegetables, stir-frys, soups, curries, etc. Just the basics so far but made with all fresh ingredients and spices instead of from a box.

E_M I don't know why I thought I would need a fry pan. I think I read a post that everyone should have a SS fry pan. I figured there must a reason one would need something other than cast iron.

SanityRemoved-reaction time of my pans is something new to me. I've been cooking with my non-stick and cast iron and have never noticed anything about different reaction times. I only read about this once I started researching. (told ya I was new to all this :-)

So, based on your comments, I need a couple different sizes of saucepans to start. Should I get Stainless Steel, Cast Iron, Copper? One of each?
Thank you!

Jan 02, 2011
MellyB in Cookware

Which pots/pans should I buy in cast iron, which in stainless steel, and which in copper?

Hi All!
I am brand new to this forum! I found it while researching cookware. I am looking to replace my Teflon Kirkland pots and pans with some quality cookware. I keep reading that different materials are best for different dishes but can't find which are better for what.
I'd like to know if I should get my saucier, for example, in All-Clad stainless steel, Le Creuset cast iron, or copper. What about the fry pan? I am looking to just buy a few key pieces right now and add to my collection piece by piece. I already own a Le Creuset D.O and LOVE it! I also have 3 cast iron skillets from my grandmother 12 in, 9 in, and 6 in.
I am really leaning towards the 3 or 5 qt LC braiser as one of the pans as I do a lot of this type of cooking.
So, what pieces do you all suggest I get to start off with? And in which material?
Thank you in advance!

Jan 01, 2011
MellyB in Cookware