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First Smoke’s Poutinerie in the USA Opens in Berkeley

Interesting. I ate at Smoke's when I was in Toronto and was underwhelmed. But that was my first experience with poutine and I have not yet visited Quebec, so I was curious how it compared. Most of my Canadian friends who rave about it are from Quebec.

Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

Only if you send the Ramen and Vietnamese places up here. :)

Mela Tandoori Kitchen on Golden Gate (SF)

From reading other reviews of this place after the fact, I see that they automatically add a 20% gratuity. I didn't handle the bill at the table and thought it was rather high for what we ate, so check the bill carefully! I suspect we double tipped. Annoying.

Mela Tandoori Kitchen on Golden Gate (SF)

I was invited to dinner here tonight. We shared:

1) Reshmi tikka - I thought this chicken was very dry, although the spices were nice.
2) Pasanda beef - Fairly good flavor, but slightly overcooked.
3) Lamb Vindaloo - Fantastic flavor and somewhat spicy. I would return for this dish alone
4) Daal Makhni (yellow lentils)- another unpopular dish at the table. Quite bland.
5) Garlic Naan - very bland, could barely taste any garlic or butter.

I wanted to order the Seekh Kebab as mentioned by the OP, but it is listed as beef not lamb now.

Needless to say the Lamb Vindaloo got all the love at our table.
With drinks and tip it was $28 per person.


establishments that barter for meyer lemons

Perhaps I was confusing "extra sugar content" with "less acid". Either way, they don't really seem like lemons to me. But they are in everyone's yards.

On fish, using a "lot more" is really not an option. I need that concentrated acid.

establishments that barter for meyer lemons

Off topic I know, but I have always been so disappointed that Meyer lemons are so popular out here. The sugar content is so high, I just can't consider them "lemons", at least for how I use them.

I buy tons of lemons througout the year and it always disappoints me that my friends are always offering lemons to me but they are always Meyer. Do people really have such a massive sweet tooth that they had to hybridize away that which makes a lemon a lemon?

Jardiniere not just downhill but rock bottom [San Francisco]

You don't have to attend with Bauer to email him and have him use his perch to contact the restaurant and get their side of it. He posts it in his blog.

Slow Cooker Hot Wings

Yeah this is a preposterous recipe. Just stick the wings in the oven after marinating in the fridge and be done with it. No slow cooker needed or wanted.

Nov 29, 2014
sfchris in Features

Dinner in SF for 6 tonight, 2 kids, not too pricey, not Asian, pizza, or Mexican

Slightly pedestrian, but I might try McCormick and Kuletos (seafood with a view). Parking was free for 2 hours last time I checked and the kids can get ice cream at Ghirdelli's next door afterwards.

Edit: Hmm, it has gotten horrendous reviews on Yelp since I was there last. Maybe not...

Easy Beef Stew

I find that adding raw potatoes to soups or stews sucks all the flavor of the salt and spices out of them. I always have to cook the potatoes separately and add them at the very end or even put them in the bowls and pour the soup over them to avoid this.

Does anyone have a comment on this?

Nov 12, 2014
sfchris in Recipes

Jardiniere not just downhill but rock bottom [San Francisco]

Thanks. I just meant that he often posts reader complaints on his blog and then contacts the restaurant to get their side of it. If this really happened I think he'd be interested.

Jardiniere not just downhill but rock bottom [San Francisco]

Try sending an email to Michael Bauer with this story. He likes stuff like this.

Corned beef in the Mission [San Francisco]

I would suck it up and go to Roberts. You can also make your own if you are willing to wait 2 weeks: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

If you aren't too picky you can buy it from Safeway usually and Whole Foods and Mollie Stone's is likely to have it.

Wing Wings (Lower Haight, San Francisco)

I agree. The Korean wings are fantastic! Nice and spicy, tangy, and sweet.

Tommy's Joynt [San Francisco]

I probably go there 2-3 times a week, but I don't think it is worth a special trip. The DDD spot made them look a lot more appealing than it is.

I will say that if you go there between 5-7pm the food is much much better than "off times" especially late at night. They let food sit around in a warmer for hours after that and it is just not the same.

The Corned Beef dish on St. Pats day is to die for (and of course with the load of people they do then it is very very fresh)

Feedback on New SF app - Go Dish

Ryan, since SF is full of day drinkers, you should expand this app to cover bars and pubs with off hour drink specials. I'm only half joking - if my phone vibrated at 4pm with a notification of $3 pints a block away, I might just stop by. I'm another android user so I can't actually try your app.

3rd and Townsend (SF)?

A block and a half away is Alexander's Steakhouse.

SF: What's Left to Do?

If I had to leave SF in two weeks, my farewell meals would more be dictated by romantic memories of good times in the city. I'd get a slice of sausage pizza at Golden Boy and a pint of beer. I'd get a latte at Trieste. I'd have a beer at Giordano Brothers. And a bowl of Minestrone and a glass of wine at the bar at Kuletos.

Then I'd plan out how I was going to eat NYC out of sushi for the first couple months I was there :)

Late night dining in SF -3am-?

SF is not known for decent late night dining (this isn't LA). And "late night" begins at 10pm.

Pretty much the only place I would eat at at that time of night is Cafe Mason, which is a decent quality diner, open 24 hours.


Hatch Green Chiles 2014

Are Hatch Chilis still available in SF? If so please let me know where.

Best one-stop supermarket?

Yes, they sure do. I just called them to check. Call 415 751-3516 to order.

Best one-stop supermarket?

The nice thing about that area of town that I mentioned (Laurel Village) is that if you end up needing to multistore shop, it isn't very painful. For example, a couple doors down from that Calmart you also have a Walgreens and a Ace hardware, then within 6 blocks theres a TJ, a Target, a Lucky Foods and within a half mile the Clement Street asian mega store May Wah Market. Aside from May Wah and TJ (where parking can be a pain), the others have large dedicated parking lots.

Best one-stop supermarket?

Calmart in Laurel Village is where I go (and it is close to the Richmond District). Fantastic produce, great butcher (Antonelli’s Meat Fish & Poultry), great deli, great desserts (Sweet Things Bakery), decent toiletries...

3585 California Street, SF

The best San Francisco sourdough?

For what it is worth, I noticed that the sour dinner rolls at Tommy's Joynt were mighty tasty lately. So good in fact that I was ordering extra ones. When I inquired who made them, they said Bordenave. On the other hand the rolls that they use for the sandwiches are just so so.

So I would give them another shot anyway.

Oyster Happy Hour at The Elite Cafe in San Francisco

For what it is worth, I tried those biscuits at Elite several (5?) years ago and was disappointed that they were not similar to what I remember from the Meetinghouse itself. They seemed too dense and not as flavorful.

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

I suppose, but it is not in ever single hole in the wall bar like it is in SF, and it never seems to be at whatever bar I visit when I am on the road, so I do miss it. (It's the SF bartenders' drink of choice since it contains stimulants).

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

A shot of Fernet. Outside of Argentina and San Francisco, hard to find.

When do you send a drink back?

I may be outing myself as someone who spends far too much time at bars, but I have been to lots and lots of very nice bars in San Francisco that do not have blenders. I generally assume they do not have one unless they say otherwise (or I see blended drinks on the menu).

Jul 28, 2014
sfchris in Spirits

Ramen Street Festival part of J-Pop Summit, SF Japantown July 19-20, 2014!

Thank you!

Ramen Street Festival part of J-Pop Summit, SF Japantown July 19-20, 2014!

If the lines die down in the later afternoon, I would appreciate a heads up from anyone. I'm not willing to wait in a long line.