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Sushi Sam's - My First Time, But Not My Last [San Mateo]

I probably have somewhat pedestrian tastes when it comes to sushi, but I LOVE escolar nigiri. For me, eating 2 or even 4 pieces does not lead to the Olestra effect ;)

about 6 hours ago
sfchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Sicilian Pizza anywhere?

Funny that you mention Village Pizzeria - I discovered the one on Van Ness shortly after moving to SF in the 1994 timeframe and ate there quite a bit until I eventually basically forgot about it when I relocated near where Golden Boy is.

about 17 hours ago
sfchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Sicilian Pizza anywhere?

The Grandma slice at Presidio Pizza was way too sweet when I had it (granted, I had never had a grandma slice on the east coast so maybe it is supposed to be that way). I basically stopped going to that pizza place even though it is only a few blocks from my place because I was so unimpressed.

Edit: Just noticed your "no pesto" rec. Maybe the pesto was what was making it too sweet?

about 21 hours ago
sfchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Sicilian Pizza anywhere?

You've said that before and if you notice I had included a disclaimer but FYI Sicilian style is described as "foccaccia-like". I do think that someone looking for Sicilian style could be quite happy with it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicilia...

about 21 hours ago
sfchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Sicilian Pizza anywhere?

Did you try Golden Boy? I don't think it is Sicilian by strict definition but it might scratch that itch. I'm partial to that style and it is one of my favorite slices in the bay area.

about 24 hours ago
sfchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Franklin BBQ pop up mid-May?

ATX? This isn't Flyertalk.

places for loners Berkeley area

Not to get all touchy feely on you, but try googling "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy". It's a line of psychology which takes the belief that "you are what you think", eg that depression is caused by negative thinking rather than the other way around. Try not to think such negative thoughts. Most of them are not true and just serve to make you depressed.

People in restaurants are there to have fun and enjoy their meal. They are not there to ridicule the guy eating by himself at the bar. If anything, they may be new to town for work and may wish they had someone to talk to.

I met a very nice doctor at the bar at Kuletos a decade ago back when I used to eat dinner there every other Friday night. Turns out she was in town for work and her dad had recommended the place. And being by herself, she sat at the bar. And there I was, a knowledgeable regular, doing something that Dad recommended. Gold star for me. She moved to SF for me, and the rest was history (at least for a couple years).

places for loners Berkeley area

It is very common here in the bay area. Lots of visitors dining alone. Try not to overthink things - people are not judging you, they are enjoying their meal.

Good food and beer for a visitor and new residents?

Mikkeller Bar tends to get slammed during conventions due to it's location. Tried to take someone there at dinnertime during a convention in December and we gave up.

places for loners Berkeley area

I eat dinner alone alot in SF. I dislike sitting at a table by myself, but I always enjoy sitting at the bar. You can make small talk with the bartender, possibly watch the kitchen, etc.... and I even met a girlfriend that way. I have no experience with dining options over there, but I would suggest looking into bartop dining.

Duke's Mayonnaise - where to find it in the Bay Area?

I have to watch my saturated fats. Has anyone tried Duke's light mayo? Is it superior to Hellman's light?

Dollar oysters at Sotto Mare [San Francisco]

Thanks. FYI- when I said "they got slammed", it meant that Yelp discovered how yummy there were and they earned a rare 4.5 stars with 1000+ reviews. They went from the kind of place you can just walk into in 2008 to constant lines by 2011.

Dollar oysters at Sotto Mare [San Francisco]

When did this happen? I missed that. I lived in the neighborhood when they opened and it sure was a delight through 2008 before Yelp became a thing and they got slammed. I hope their sand dabs are still delicious.

Decent-quality-not-expensive sushi in SF that's pretty good?

Can't find a menu for them. Was the Nigiri reasonably priced?

$1 oysters

Dollar oysters at Sotto Mare [San Francisco]

Also note that Waterbar is down the street and is from 11:30am-5:30pm daily.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6116...

Jeremiah Tower v. Michael Bauer on FB

Make sure to read his multiple comments on the Facebook post. Hilarious!

https://www.facebook.com/jeremiah.tow...

Candyfreak - where to find obscure candy bars?

Did you realize that you replied to a 11 year old thread?

Shorty Goldstein's FiDi Jewish Deli,SF opened 3/5/13 - any reports?

How are the lines? When I go to the Ferry Building Farmers Market I just can't abide the long lines for most of the hot food options and usually end up in the back for the smoked salmon on toast which usually has next to no line.

Very tentative tourist plans, open to suggestions!

Good point Robert. The downtown BART stations often have long lines of (almost exclusively) tourists waiting to buy tickets. And having $2.25 cash for buses is a royal pain. Clipper is very convenient. She will need to get two Clipper cards, as you cannot share them.

Din tai Fung comes to Bay Area

FWIW, this thread is linked to on an SFGate blog....

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

Corned Beef for St. Patrick's Day

Does it make any difference if you buy in Roberts storefront vs. their distribution to places like Molly Stones?

Gyros North Beach [San Francisco]

Wow. That wasn't anything like any of my experiences and I probably ate there 25 times. Maybe they had a rocky start. I remember wonderful felafel, fresh veggies, generous amounts of fresh parsley, etc.

Gyros North Beach [San Francisco]

No. It was called "Al-Fanoose" and it came after your place. It was mainly a kebab shop.

I was wrong, it is not a "chinese food place". It is EMPTY. Boarded up. Noone there. The owners are playing games with real estate that is on the Google Bus line and we are deprived our shwerma. Disgusting fact of life in this city where the real estate owners run things. I feel like letting loose a whole string of swear words. But I won't.

Gyros North Beach [San Francisco]

Kebab places are the kind of places that are really sensitive to rents being raised by the tech bubble. The one I used to go to on Lower Haight (forget the name now) got the rent raised on them and turned into another half empty chinese food restaurant. Darn shame. That was an awesome shwerma.

Why are they standing in line ?

Exactly. I don't know if they still do it, but Zazie used to come get you inside of Finnegan's Wake (pub) so you didn't have to stand around uselessly.

It's just a fad. They just want to be part of something, and that something, unfortunately for the rest of us, is a line.

Why are they standing in line ?

It's a trend.. fashionable with the younger crowd. I don't really remember this in the 90s except for a few brunch places (that weren't worth it, btw).

Why are they standing in line ?

Sorry, but no.

Good Chinese grocery in SF Chinatown?

Have you explored Clement St also? For example, New May Wah?

Franklin BBQ pop up mid-May?

Yeah, even though Franklin himself will be there, won't they have to use someone elses equipment? (Smokestack? 4505?). Also I'm just not going to wait in a line. Didn't do it in Austin last time I was there either.