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Michelin SF Predictions 2016

It's not about how good a place is, it's what I'm guessing Michelin will do this year. I was surprised when it went to 2 stars. There are plenty of threads already about Michelin criteria so not opening that can of worms.

Aug 27, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Michelin SF Predictions 2016

One of the higher end sushi places gets starred while Maruya losses it's star.
Creen goes to 3 stars.
Acquerello drops a star.
Plumed Horse losses it's star.

Aug 27, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Can't-miss Bay Area cheese mongers?

The folks currently working the cheese section at Potrero Whole Foods have no idea about Cheeses and the selection is very mediorce compared to Rainbow and some cheeses are twice the price as at Rainbow. The Cheese folks at Rainbow are the highlight of the place, always willing to talk about and sample cheese and very knowledgeable.

Aug 25, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

La Ciccia [SF]

It really depends on the size of the space and the sound baffling and treatment you need; dropped panes or flush and the material used and designers can do so much with the material choices for the other surfaces. You can do it for far less than 1/2 million. Also the amount that many new restaurants are spending on fixtures and materials while ignoring completely the sound design amazes me. I've had several managers at new places in SF tell me that they purposefully didn't do a sound design because they want a "lively" feeling which seems crazy to me. I don't want to eat in a silent tomb but if you are doing a massive build out put in some quiet zones at least.

Aug 25, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

La Ciccia [SF]

I am hard of hearing and the noise there has never been to the level of not being able to understand people. It is on the louder side for sure since the tables are thisclose but I find it far better than a lot of places like Alta CA and other places where they actually had a interior designer not even take sound into account.

Aug 25, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

AL's Place Named Best New Restaurant In The U.S. By Bon Appetit; Rintaro Also Makes Top 10

I've had the reverse experience. I found the noise at Octavia to be worse and the dishes to not be as interesting or as complete as at Al's Place. I do personally prefer smaller dishes and the deceptive simplicity of Al's Place.

Aug 20, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

AL's Place Named Best New Restaurant In The U.S. By Bon Appetit; Rintaro Also Makes Top 10

Was there last night and the place is already full although it's still easy to get a reservation pre-6pm or post 9pm.

I've really been happy about how they've changed up the menu without resorting to underdeveloped dishes. Last night the standouts for us were the royal trumpets, fava mayo, green peach and pluot relish salad and clear cantaloupe + sage gazpacho, blackened melon, pickled cucumber.

Aug 20, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

umm not really. Just look at Discoll's fruits. Whole Foods are one of their major buyers. Rainbow does not buy from now the because of the ongoing labour issues. I agree that the organic label is hard to take seriously since there is so little needed to get that label but to say it's about the same is crazy. Also the bulk at Rainbow is far cheaper than at WF. Ethical sourcing is very tricky and nope Rainbow clearly doesn't get a 100% on it but WF other than touting the organic thing has horrible business practices.

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

Planet Normal? The people who work there are far more diverse than in many co-ops and health food stores or even Whole Foods. You are just as likely to be checked out by a middle aged Latina as you are by young white punk and the shoppers certainly are just as diverse. Planet Normal isn't too Frenchy right?

Aug 13, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Arsicault Bakery in San Francisco

Thanks for that. I see he's lived here 25 years and learned to bake bread and pastry here and not in France. I like he is using the high butter fat you need to make a more French croissants. Will have to make a trip with the French Spouse.

Jul 25, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Arsicault Bakery in San Francisco

That's because of the southern French accent. In Paris it's pronounced without that almost consonant sound. I've never seen anything like that in Provence-Côte d'Azur. The sizes also seem much large than what we have in France, the again so are the prices.

Is the owner French and from which region do you know?

Jul 25, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Top 5 restaurants in San Francisco...?

So you are saying you didn't see similar plating when you ate at Crenn? Also many dishes at Crenn use none of those devices or appliances which is why I used the word technique and not appliances.

Odd that your opinion based on no actual experience is totally the opposite of everyone on this board who has actually been to both restaurants. It's as if people actually eating it at a place may have greater knowledge than your rank conjecture.

How do you feel it compare to Noma since you like to compare Saison to places you've never eaten at. Is it better than Noma too?

Top 5 restaurants in San Francisco...?

Well people do tend to like places they've actually gone to more than places they've never been to. But it is hilarious reading opinions about food that people have never eaten.

I've had the same technique and plating at Saison as I have had Crenn having been to both many times. Not everything at Crenn is elaborate, not everything at Saison is simple. On a happy note I'm going to try the vegetarian menu at Saison so now non-famous vegetarians can eat there too.

Top 5 restaurants in San Francisco...?

have you been since they switched to the longer tasting menu only format? Haven't been there since then.

Jul 05, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Extensive food advice required - let's get this party started!

spanish-avoid Aatxe, tried it again and it's stil pretty terrible, wasn't opening issues after all. overcooked prawns, over and undercooked veg and insanely loud.
Coqueta is decent if pricy and closest to the park, other good places are Beso and Canela in the Castro.

Seafood and raw- Skool 22 minutes walk from Giants, raw and cooked seafood and fish. Bar Crudo too.

Meat time-Cockscomb for sure and it's only 10 minute walk from ballpark.

Ferry Building has the closest farmer's market to the Giants and lots of other choices including Hog Island oysters.

Jul 04, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area - I need your help

I would check out State Bird, it's incredible food at a decent price, not cheap but you would disappointed and it's far less than Benu or Creen.

Bay Area - I need your help

-Pupusas-Panchita’s Restaurant No 2 in Mission
-grilled cheese-American Grilled Cheese
-oysters Anchor Oyster bar for just oysters or Hog Island if you want a view
-brunch Plow in Potrero
-mac n Cheese, Citizen's Band although it is in a square and has onion rings on top but it's damn tasty.

I understand your ex-pat cravings completely.

Jul 03, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

I would spend a day, later afternoon and into the evening in the Mission either on the Saturday or Sunday, Monday some things are closed.

If you are from NYC Mission St. at night wouldn't scare you like it seems to with people not familiar with cities. They tend to prefer the more white washed and gentrified Valencia street ignoring the fact that they are only one street away. Both streets and 24th have lots of good interesting places.

There are lots of great places on both street to eat food. Check out Dandelion Chocolate and Craftsman & Wolves for yummy modern chocolates, think Mast brothers, there are good pastries at both and ask for a sample of the drinking chocolate at Dandelion. Mission is great for Latin American and South American specialties. Ice cream at Bi-rite and Humphrey Slocums. Take the kids to the Pirate store and the Paxton Gates on Valencia too, kids (and adults love those places).

From your hotel you could take the Bart to 16th and mission, only 13 minutes or if you want to take the bus, take the 14 on mission a bit longer but above ground.

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

I've eaten at them all too and more. I think I stick to my own experience over yours.

Jul 03, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Hardly, I've had them and they are best for people that have never been to El Salvador or for whom it's a novelty item and the dough is too thick.

Suggestions without experience are rather odd, it's like someone thinking that one high end place is the best place ever because it's the only place they've eaten at or because they read an article about a restaurant they actually know how the food is.

Jul 02, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

What about pupusas or empanadas? Especially with teens those would be popular and I've never found as good pupusas in NYC as I have here (granted I haven't lived there since the 90's but do spend about month's time there every year).

I like Panchita’s Restaurant No 2 in the Mission although there are so many places to have them.

El Porteño Empanadas for more creative empanadas and chilian ones at Chile Lindo Empanadas

Jul 02, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

The dosas are better and more like what you actually get in India at Udupi Palace which is 2 blocks from the Dosa on Valencia. Definitely Dosa is better if you need to eat in a place that had an interior decorator design it and you want to drink.

Top 5 restaurants in San Francisco...?

I feel the same way, I found Saison disappointing even before the price increase. When I compare it to the meals I've had The Fat Duck, Restaurant Vendôme, 41 Grados, Noma who are all in the same price range and is clearly the upper upper end that he feel he is at, my meals at Saison have been extremely well crafted, taste good and have little actual uniqueness and actually felt derivative of dishes I've had in Copenhagen and Japan.

I would pick Quince over Coi. Quince isn't as flashy but very well prepared food. Also why no Meadowood?

Jul 02, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Top 5 restaurants in San Francisco...?

Have you been to Keiko A Nob Hill since they switched over their longer format.

Jul 02, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Top 5 restaurants in San Francisco...?

I'm a fan of EMP too, The Restaurant at Meadowood is the closest to EMP in the bay.

Jul 02, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Most underrated restaurants in San Francisco

Have had very uneven service and food at Mission Rock Resort. Friends with less far skin than my own have had even worse experience including when I have been there. Have gone for the happy hour and been told they are all out. The view is good, the food and service were poor to average for us.

Jul 01, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Most underrated restaurants in San Francisco

also try the salmon skin chips.

Skool is nothing like Raku. Only Japanese influenced in ingredients and some prep and far less busy!

Jul 01, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Most underrated restaurants in San Francisco

trouble coffee is minimal hipsters? I would have to strongly disagree with that but the coffee is good.

Most underrated restaurants in San Francisco

Skool (SOMA/Potrero border) come to mind although it has gotten love on here but it doesn't get much press in other food publications.

Gilberth’s Rotisserie & Grill (dogpatch)

Canela (castro) doing tapas that are much better than other places that get a lot more media and hype.

Jul 01, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Burma Love is pretty much the same food as BSS just for a couple of dollars more. Fine if you are on Valencia and need a meal. Not even close to Little Yangon or Burmese Kitchen.

Jul 01, 2015
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area