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7x7 Magazine Big Eat Oakland - 50 Things to Taste Before You Die

That's not saying much. I don't know why anyone would trust any recommendations for 7 x 7. They praise anyone that pays for ad space or is related to one of the editors and ignore 90% of what is in SF both the people and food.

Oct 22, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to eat Saturday night near Castro Theater? [San Francisco]

Starbelly is extremely noisy inside, the food is so hit and miss and rather boring.

Also they add 3 percent for the SF Minimum wage ordinance (as stated on their menu) which is even douchier than restaurant who claim they are adding a fee to provide access to health care plans. So basically they don't even think they should pay their employees a minimum wage and add a fake fee for it which the servers told me the owner claims that is what the ordinance says they need to do.

Oct 22, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to eat Saturday night near Castro Theater? [San Francisco]

Fable on Castro. Solid take on new American. Duck salad and pork cheeks are good.

Canela on Market. Much less hyped place tapas and Spanish food place, I like it better than Beso or Coqueta and it's more affordable.

Oct 22, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

SF in January

The new location has the same good food but the noise is insane. It's been that way for the last 3 restaurants in the space. The menu they were serving the opening week was not a large as the one they have online. They just opened so there are some service issues with some food coming too quick and when I was there the first time, them forgetting the table next to us, this will probably improve. I'm not a big fan of the bar side as it's even noisier with the TVs and the noise carries over to the dinner. The Pulpito a la Parilla was good, the Anticuchos were disappointing with the corazon, beef hearts over cooked and only one skewer for 12 dollars. The portion of cebiche was smaller than at La Mar. The prices are less than La Mar and the food is the same quality is a more neighborhood setting.

Oct 21, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

SF in January

I would skip Zuni unless you want to go there for a specific reason like the chicken or the history. Also skip RN-74, nothing exceptional there.

If you want American and specifically Californian then Verbena is a good option, AQ is an other option that serves more refined dishes. Boulevard is very American take on French but you can get that in Sweden. Go to State Bird Provisions if you can get in, do walk-in if you can't get a reservation. Luce is very average. 1601 Bar & Kitchen is very loosely inspired by Sri Lankan cuisine but it is that happy mix up of cuisines that is so common in California.

You mention you are from Sweden so I'll give the suggestions I give to my Swedish friends and what I miss when I am there. One think I can't find a lot of in Sweden even in Malmo and Stockholm are Latin American and South American dishes. I would encourage you to do a crawl in the Mission of various Latin American cuisines trying pupusas, empanadas, cevbiches. There is more than just Mexican here.

Not sure how much Thai you want to do since there is quite a lot of it in Sweden compared to other Asian cuisines there. Kin Khao is a very unique more upscale take on it and the rabbit is excellent. Slanted Door isn't really Vietnamese.

Oct 17, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Your favorite thing at Tommy's Joynt? [San Francisco]

corned beef.

Oct 17, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Affordable, vegan friendly restaurants in SF or East Bay area?

Rangoon Super Stars in Oakland is also very good at making dishes vegan if you want. I can't recommend Souley Vegan personally although I have vegan friends who love it. I find the food rather than bland and lacking in soul.

Oct 15, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

TBD has gone way downhill [San Francisco]

I've found both AQ and TBD have lost the consistency that I've enjoyed since they both opened. The service has been a bit off at both for me in the last few months and TBD seems to still be working a developing a menu of fully realized dishes.

Oct 15, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Tommy's Joynt [San Francisco]

Tommy's is best for a meat on a plate and a beer than the sandwiches. For the portion size, the quickness and the lack of hipsterness it's so worth it. Definitively not for folks that need vegetarian food or who don't like greasy spoon places.

Oct 15, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Feedback on New SF app - Go Dish

so you are looking for people to be your product testers for free and posting here for free advertising. lovely. So let's see the gimmick you are using to sell this to restaurants in that you will get butts in seats when there are lulls of course it will be at the cost of a discount on the food and the lure for the eaters is that if they go at off times is they will get a discount. Oh and you will make things look pretty.

The only problem with this is that restaurants base operating costs on how many covers they anticipate serving and that SF Bay is filled with diners that what they want, when they want it. So you are likely to get restaurants that failing and the money that come in wouldn't be enough to cover operating at a discount. Even with letting the restaurants set the price it still is a long term viable model. But yeah maybe someone will buy you before they figure that out. Good luck.

Oct 13, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

How often do you get a bad meal in the SF area?

Eating dinner in the FiDi every week I agree with the Dive, the level of food seems so much lower because they know the average business diner just wouldn't care. Credo is so very meh. Sens is good during the private parties but not at other times in my experience.

Oct 10, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Table of 12 Needed (Casual & Good) in SF

check out Lolinda then for sure.

Oct 08, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Pavlova, Eton Mess or other meringue-based desserts in SF or East Bay

Thanks for the info! That sounds like an interesting version.

I've never had an issue getting a table at Frances by reservation or walk-in. They only put some of their reservations on Opentable usually the 5:30 and 9pm and if you call you can often get same day or next day reservations.

Oct 07, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Affordable, vegan friendly restaurants in SF or East Bay area?

Udupi is very causal, cheap and delicious, very basic service. I prefer it to Dosa by far but if you want a more trendy atmosphere and alcohol then Dosa would be better.

Instead of Cha Ya I would go to Minako on Mission which does all vegan. Minako is all vegetarian but I think folks that eat non-vegan would also like. Service can be slow, it's mom & daughter place. Verbena is more in the Green price range although it's cheaper and they've been good with accommodating allergy and vegans when we've been there.

Saha can also accommodate vegans, it's more in the Verbena/Green range but very good food. They have vegan kibbeh and vegan shakshuka, they have small plates that are big enough to share.

Oct 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

neighborhood restaurant recommendations for November in SF?

The braised lamb shanks when they have it at Aperto is so delicious and a good deal for the portion.

Oct 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Pavlova, Eton Mess or other meringue-based desserts in SF or East Bay

Had a great Eton Mess at Hot Cakes in Seattle and some lovely Pavlovas in Vancouver and Portland recently and was wondering if folks can recommend some SF or East Bay restaurants that have them or other meringue based desserts.

Table of 12 Needed (Casual & Good) in SF

Is the 200 including drinks?

Lolinda if you want a casual more party atmosphere.

AQ in the smaller dining room below if you want something more formal (perhaps that's too stiff though if you want casual).

1601 Bar and Kitchen has a semi-private room that would work and the menu is diverse. It's in Soma.

Abbot's Cellar as has a couple of semi-private spaces/area to do larger groups.

Foreign Cinema can also probably do a table that size on Thursday in January.

Bar Tartine Fall 2014 [San Francisco]

Seriously are you kidding? You are the one that made a claim that Bar Tartine was the only restaurant doing seasoning based on herbs and that the dishes were unique and I responded with my actual experience NOT an opinion.

I personally do think it helps when talking about food to have a knowledge base and not have an uninformed opinion. Doesn't make me the CH police. There are many foods I don't give an opinion on because I know I haven't eaten enough of the cuisine to make a valid opinion.

Thank you for finally explaining that you believe that people coming to BT have a certain expectation of flavours. I agree that most people probably want dishes that have a balance of acidity rather than just one strong note that does not vary in the dishes.

I don't dislike BT, I find it subpar and the dishes knockoffs.

Oct 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Bar Tartine Fall 2014 [San Francisco]

You made the claim they are doing something unique or doing the best of something (seasoning with fresh herbs, doing rustic and bold). I disagree with with that based on my actual dining experience. The last time I checked Verbena is in no other city but San Francisco, so let's see you have same, city, same price point, same rustic and bold flavours. Not sure how that's not a fair comparison.

If a claim is to be made that a restaurant is the only one doing x in a city, it's best to have a broader knowledge base to make the claim when it can so easily be disproven.

Oct 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

How often do you get a bad meal in the SF area?

A truly bad meal, almost never, I think the last time was Wing Ho. Worst service this year was the first time we ate at Alta CA but that has improved although the menu is still hit or miss.

An average to below average place that we probably wouldn't go back to? About once a month. We try a new restaurant at least once a week when we are in SF so around 40 at least this year.

For casual food there are many Indian and Thai places that I wouldn't go back to because the food is so sub-par.

Oct 05, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Bar Tartine Fall 2014 [San Francisco]

Verbena and AQ come to mind immediately of places in the Bay Area that use herbs just as much not to mention using herbs and produce in season is kind of one of the claims to fame of California cuisine. Using herbs usually has nothing to do with a dish being acidic but the big issue isn't even just acidity it's a balance of flavours. I guess it is a matter of refinement.

Out of the box? As I mentioned I've had the same dishes or variations all over the world done better. Smoked potatoes isn't ground breaking or confusing.

Oct 03, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Bar Tartine Fall 2014 [San Francisco]

I've never understand the affection that many have for Bar Tartine especially the claim that the Ballas is some kind of genius or is doing something totally different. His menu is huge on acidity without have the balance that other chefs bring to their versions of the dishes. I actually love acidity in a dish or a meal but it has to be balanced. I don't consider that genius. So many of the dishes are plays on dishes you can find in other countries and other chefs are doing in Spain, Scandinavia, Germany even NYC and Toronto. Without a doubt the chef has the technique down, he plays the local, homemade card well but the dishes aren't that complex.

The service there has also been mediocre to bad when we've been there only improving when the GM or chef knew some of my dining companions.

Oct 03, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Now Open The Hall, in Mid-Market, SF - what do hounds like?

I've stopped by a couple of times during the day. Had tacos from Fine & Rare and pork from Cassia.

Tacos were 4 dollars each and I got one fish and one pork. Lacking in seasoning but they were fresh and had a good portion of protein. They were also serving a ceviche that day. I would eat there again.

Cassia was the most expensive option at the hall when I was there and I got *Coconut & Chipotle Braised Pork Shoulder w/ quinoa & cabbage slaw ($12). I was expected a bigger portion for it being over 10 dollars. It reminded me more of a coconut curry from Malaysia than Moroccan or Peruvian although quinoa was used.Probably would skip this place.

My Indian friend tried the Indian "street" food place which was actually just northern curries when we were there and found it bland with tough meat. I would probably skip this place.

The space is large but there aren't enough tables for the lunch crowd from Zendesk across the street and any twits that come from Twitter. The service was the slowest at Fine & Rare with the other owner/operators being quick and friendly.

The prices are geared towards the tech lunch crowd.

Oct 03, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Vancouver Ramen or Sushi and a splurge

thanks for the ramen recommendations. Went to Motomachi and Kintaro on this trip. Like the broth of the Charcoal Ramen at Mototmachi but was disappointed by only one slice of pork in the BBQ Pork Charcoal Ramen. The portion at Kintaro was much better with 4 slices, more noodles and broth.

Sep 30, 2014
tjinsf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Pescatarian friendly special dinner for four

Hi Folks,
We are visiting friends in Portland and want to take them out for a special meal. Looking for an upscale but not stuffy place that has good selection including vegetarian and/or pescatarian food. We like both Roe and Castagna Restaurant but want to try a new place. Wine list not important and full bar not needed, any location is fine. A place with fine dining but casual attire is preferred. I've read the boards of course and have some idea but would love suggestions.

Sep 21, 2014
tjinsf in Metro Portland

you go away for a week, and the food you miss most is....

This time it's empanadas and pupusas, as I've been in Central Europe and Sweden.

Depends on where I go. I'm almost always overjoyed at cheap fresh local produce, not over dressed salads, vegetables without sauces and raw vegetables.

Often it's sushi if I've been to Europe.

Aug 06, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Coi moving to Alinea's ticket system & lowering some prices

Love it. Folks who want to pay less have an options. Folks who must have the best table at the best time will pay more and not have some douchey third party trying to profit off of it. They get paid even if people no-show and are more likely to have more consistant flow of diners.

Jul 27, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Saha -- Best Middle Eastern in SF?

Pera is not in the Dogpatch, it is on Potrero Hill on 18th. The food is average to good. There are always table free during the week. The servers and owners are nice. The special are usually more inspired by Greek and Turkish food than actually Greek or Turkish food. The prices are high for neighborhood Turkish food, with most entrees 18-22. The food is served quickly and the meats are never fatty or greasy.

Jul 19, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

12 days of Christmas/Meadowood and Guest Chefs in Bay Area Restaurants

The night with Grant Achatz is already at wait list. I'm doing the first night and maybe the fifth. At least at the 12 days it started out more as them guesting but now it's more a collaboration but it still in their manner and the food is excellent but yes I think it's always best to try a chef in their home kitchen.

Jul 17, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area

Replacements for retired favorites?

bummer, how did you like The Commissary. The two times I was there I liked the food a lot but they were still working out kinks in service and the menu.

Jul 16, 2014
tjinsf in San Francisco Bay Area