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How much is the tasting menu at Cinq Centis?

Thanks. Was that per person? I assume that was the 8 course tasting?

May 30, 2010
lterrell in Spain/Portugal

How much is the tasting menu at Cinq Centis?

I don't see any prices on their website. Any idea?

May 27, 2010
lterrell in Spain/Portugal

Reservations needed for lunch at Ze Kitchen Bis?

Is it necessary for lunch time on a Wednesday? I don't speak French so if I call will I be able to make a res or do I need to hunt down a fluent French speaker?

May 27, 2010
lterrell in France

Ze Kitchen Gallerie VS Ze Kitchen Bis. What is the difference?

well that is good to know about the dinner prices! Lunch it will be for sure and I will be sure to make reservations. Thanks for your help.

May 13, 2010
lterrell in France

Ze Kitchen Gallerie VS Ze Kitchen Bis. What is the difference?

Thanks. Both look very good, I am really torn between the two. Ahh...decisions.
Are the prices you quoted for lunch or dinner?
Does one need to make reservations for lunch at either place?

May 13, 2010
lterrell in France

Ze Kitchen Gallerie VS Ze Kitchen Bis. What is the difference?

I have time for one lunch and dinner in Paris in early June and am intrigued by the "Ze Kitchen" restaurants. Could someone break down the difference between the two in terms of price and food? The menu for ZKG (at least the one online on their English site) sounds amazing and right up our alley (lots of fish and vegetable options) and from various blog posts sounds ilke ZKB is similar but I am confused as to the difference in food and price.
I see ZKG is open for lunch but what about ZKB? Thanks!

May 13, 2010
lterrell in France

In Praise of Ze Kitchen Galerie

Thanks. Is that because of the food or because it would be hard to book at ZKG?

May 12, 2010
lterrell in France

In Praise of Ze Kitchen Galerie

Forgot to add, we will be there on a Wednesday night and assume I should make reservations? When is the "peak" dining time in Paris these days?

May 12, 2010
lterrell in France

In Praise of Ze Kitchen Galerie

I will be in Paris in early June for about 24 hours as part of an extended layover and to see a friend's band from my hometown of Washington DC perform. We will have one dinner and leaning towards ZKG. I am a semi-vegetarian (will eat fish) and husband eats anything. We prefer lighter, fresh food vs the more traditional dishes. With that said Is ZKG a good choice? We are staying near the St. Germain des Pres metro and it appears the restaurant is walking distance.

May 12, 2010
lterrell in France

Trip to San Francisco from DC

A fellow DC-er who just got back from a trip to San Fran. I suggest Bar Tartine for a nice dinner. It is not the splurge experience that Coi would be but it is more laid back and the food is delicious with a real focus on local and seasonal. Bread is from their bakery (Tartine bakery), much of the menu items are sourced, etc. Nice casual vibe.

Jerry's Seafood in Bowie...Anyone been there yet?

As noted above the orignial owners have moved on and quality is nowhere up to par at the original locations and off-shoots. About a year ago Jerry opened a restaurant (Jerry's Place) in Prince Frederick, MD (Calvert County) that is amazing--super fresh and delicious food at great prices to boot. Staffed by many family members (some who migrated from the "original" place after being upset with how the new owners were running the place) it is a warm, friendly place. Jerry can always be found ciruclating through the dining room with a plate of "samples" of food for the kitchen. It is worth the trip (about 50 minutes from DC)

driving and eating?

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driving and eating?

Blue Duck Tavern focuses on local, seasonal foods from small purveyors. Probably the closest thing to Blue Hill/Chez Panisse we have here in DC.
http://www.blueducktavern.com/gallery...

Review of Bar Tartine and A16 From Recent Trip to SF

Sugar Cafe is a coffee bar/b'fast and lunch spot by day and bar/tapas and small plates place by night. During the day it is light and very "coffee bar" like but at night the lights go down, music goes up and they light up a gas fireplace that spans the length of a wall. Nice selection of breakfast pastries (muffins, croissants, bagels) and good coffee and espresso drinks. Can't recall if they had any cooked b'fast selections (just had a bagel and latte) Nice selection of sandwiches and salads and lunch time. Just a nice, cheap place to grab a quick bite.

I had a vegetable and gruyere crepe at Crepe O Chocolate. I believe it used to be cash only but now she takes credit cards. It is owned by a woman and as far as I could tell she was the only one there. Food was cooked to order but came out pretty fast. Its a small place, only seating for maybe 8 people. Lots of interesting vegan/gluten free pastries as well (but didn't try any sweets there)

Review of Bar Tartine and A16 From Recent Trip to SF

I ate extremely well during my 4 day stay in San Francisco last week :) I wanted to say a big thanks to the this board for helping me decide on reservations for our 2 main dinners. What we chose was Bar Tartine and A16. I had originally wanted Slanted Door but couldn't get reservations. Have to save that one for next trip.

Bar Tartine was fabulous. Everything from food to service was just perfect. Both the hostess and server were warm and friendly and we were seated promptly for our 8:30 reservation. The place was full and yes it was a bit loud (you don't go there for a quiet intimate dinner) but never so loud that I couldn't hear my husband across the table from me. I started out with a salad of heirloom tomatoes and avocado on a bed of purslane with a meyer lemon/basil vinegarette and him with a cold roasted gypsy pepper soup with a touch of truffle cream and almond brittle. I was sopping up the salad dressing with the wonderful bread. For entrees we ordered a halibut in vanilla "foam" and the oonglet steak. Both were cooked perfectly so the taste of the fish/meat really came through. Dessert was incredible--a Sharffen Berger dark chocolate tarte with a dollop of espresso mouse and a fresh fig and raspberry tarte with vanilla ice cream.

Next night was A16 which was also wonderful. Reservations were at 9:30 but we got there around 8:15 hoping to get seated earlier. Hostess told us she would see what they could do. As luck had it two people were leaving the bar so we got seats up there and ordered some marinated olives and the roasted peppers with tuna (which was outstanding even according to my husband who doesn't like tuna) Also got a nice basket of great bread. We were perusing the wine list and the very friendly bartender (who resembled Jack from "Lost") overheard us discussing a few and offered us a taste. Nice touch. A table was ready around 8:45 and we were seated. I ordered the pomadoro pizza and husband had a pasta dish. The pizza was delicious--cherry tomatoes, ricotta, basil, garlic, and grana cheese. Crust was just the right consistency and slightly charred. Might have been the best pizza I have ever had. The pasta was good but nothing extraordinary. For dessert we had the chocolate burdino tarte with sea salt and olive oil. Strange combo but totally worked. We did wine by the glass so we could sample the many different, unique wines. All were winners.

Other great food experiences were the Ferry Building (where I snacked my way through) and the Saturday Farmers Mkt. Highlights include a delicious asiago cheese/sourdough roll from Acme, a dark chocolate brownie with cherry preserves and white chocolate chunks from Lulu petite, and Michael Rechutti chocolate. At the Farmers mkt we sampled lots of things and had an egg scramble from Rose Pistola and a smoked salmon sandwich on Acme bread (with heirloom tomatoes, cream cheese from one of the dairy vendors, and a touch of lavender salt) from Capt. Mikes smoked fish stand and a cup of Blue bottle coffee. Perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. Picked up some fruit and pastries to enjoy later in the day.

A few good impromptu meals around the hotel in Union Square included crepes and omellettes at Crepe O Chocolate and a salad and sandwich at Sugar Cafe. I try to eat mainly organic, seasonal, local, sustainable, etc so dining in San Fran was a real treat for me. I can't wait to go back and try more places!

Restaurant review from my trip to SF last week

I ate extremely well during my 4 day stay in San Francisco last week :) I wanted to say a big thanks to the this board for helping me decide on reservations for our 2 main dinners. What we chose was Bar Tartine and A16. I had originally wanted Slanted Door but couldn't get reservations. Have to save that one for next trip.

Bar Tartine was fabulous. Everything from food to service was just perfect. Both the hostess and server were warm and friendly and we were seated promptly for our 8:30 reservation. The place was full and yes it was a bit loud (you don't go there for a quiet intimate dinner) but never so loud that I couldn't hear my husband across the table from me. I started out with a salad of heirloom tomatoes and avocado on a bed of purslane with a meyer lemon/basil vinegarette and him with a cold roasted gypsy pepper soup with a touch of truffle cream and almond brittle. I was sopping up the salad dressing with the wonderful bread. For entrees we ordered a halibut in vanilla "foam" and the oonglet steak. Both were cooked perfectly so the taste of the fish/meat really came through. Dessert was incredible--a Sharffen Berger dark chocolate tarte with a dollop of espresso mouse and a fresh fig and raspberry tarte with vanilla ice cream.

Next night was A16 which was also wonderful. Reservations were at 9:30 but we got there around 8:15 hoping to get seated earlier. Hostess told us she would see what they could do. As luck had it two people were leaving the bar so we got seats up there and ordered some marinated olives and the roasted peppers with tuna (which was outstanding even according to my husband who doesn't like tuna) Also got a nice basket of great bread. We were perusing the wine list and the very friendly bartender (who resembled Jack from "Lost") overheard us discussing a few and offered us a taste. Nice touch. A table was ready around 8:45 and we were seated. I ordered the pomadoro pizza and husband had a pasta dish. The pizza was delicious--cherry tomatoes, ricotta, basil, garlic, and grana cheese. Crust was just the right consistency and slightly charred. Might have been the best pizza I have ever had. The pasta was good but nothing extraordinary. For dessert we had the chocolate burdino tarte with sea salt and olive oil. Strange combo but totally worked. We did wine by the glass so we could sample the many different, unique wines. All were winners.

Other great food experiences were the Ferry Building (where I snacked my way through) and the Saturday Farmers Mkt. Highlights include a delicious asiago cheese/sourdough roll from Acme, a dark chocolate brownie with cherry preserves and white chocolate chunks from Lulu petite, and Michael Rechutti chocolate. At the Farmers mkt we sampled lots of things and had an egg scramble from Rose Pistola and a smoked salmon sandwich on Acme bread (with heirloom tomatoes, cream cheese from one of the dairy vendors, and a touch of lavender salt) from Capt. Mikes smoked fish stand and a cup of Blue bottle coffee. Perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. Picked up some fruit and pastries to enjoy later in the day.

A few good impromptu meals around the hotel in Union Square included crepes and omellettes at Crepe O Chocolate and a salad and sandwich at Sugar Cafe. I try to eat mainly organic, seasonal, local, sustainable, etc so dining in San Fran was a real treat for me. I can't wait to go back and try more places!

NYC Hound Seeking Late Dinner Recommendation

I just returned from San Fran myself. Don't have recs for late night dining but as far as other suggestions I recommend Bar Tartine and A16. I haven't written my formal review yet but we loved both of these places (which I found out about here!)

A16 or Delfina's Pizzeria for Pizza?

Thanks for the feedback and I will be heading to A16 on Friday night. Could only get a 9:30 PM reservation. Do they serve any food/nibbles at the bar?

A16 or Delfina's Pizzeria for Pizza?

Which do people like better?

Good eats near Moscone Convention Center?

I will be in SF for a few days attending a conference at the convention center. Any recommendations for that general area?

Also, I have a good idea of the major "fine dining" places in the city (thanks to all of you on this board) but would love to hear about some of the local favorites (in all areas of the city) Looking for lower to moderate priced but great places that a "tourist" wouldn't normally hear about. Thanks!