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Best food near Presidio

Hello Chowhounders,

I'm going to be in SF Friday and have time to snag an early dinner before my return flight at 7:50. My meeting is in the Presidio. Is there anything good in that neighborhood? If not, where's a good spot to hit an early dinner?

May 09, 2012
Jason_King in San Francisco Bay Area

Broccoli Rabe - alternatives to sauteing?

Grilling is great. It tastes wonderful with a nice char on it. In fact, I'm doing that tonight with some pork chops.

May 03, 2012
Jason_King in Home Cooking

Last hurrah -- where to go?

Congrats. I had a baby four months ago and had several =Last Hurrah" dinners. Here are the highlights for me: Farm Shop, Lucques, Son of a Gun, Red Medicine, Picca, MB Post, Bazaar. Each is very different from the next, all delicious.

Apr 26, 2012
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine tasting menu

I don't think they do.

Apr 26, 2012
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

In LA for work Sat - Tues.....where to eat alone?

Additional votes for Spice Table, Lazy Ox, Baco Mercat, Water Grill.

Apr 12, 2012
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Coming down from SF to LA for a week, need advice...

I second this advice. I'd add the bone marrow to the Spice Table recommendation.

Apr 09, 2012
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Looking for good restaurant near Shrine Auditorium

Go to Mo-Chica. Delicious, reasonably priced Peruvian. It's not much for atmosphere since it's basically in a food court, but man is it good.

Feb 03, 2012
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Loteria to open on 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica

That makes me happy. I love their taco sampler and don't make it to the Hollywood or Grove locations very often anymore.

Jan 19, 2012
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Solo dining options in downtown LA

Another vote for the Lazy Ox. That's one of the places I miss eating at downtown since I moved to the westside. I've never eaten at the bar at Drago, but the food was great when I was in the dining room.

If you're looking for something casual, there is always Cole's for sandwiches and good cocktails.

Jan 19, 2012
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Stop Bashing Paula Deen

I agree with the elitist arguments, but there's another reason to bash her. This cynical, opportunistic way that she's sponsoring this diabetes drug is disgusting at best. Instead of coming clean and saying, "Hey y'all, maybe tons of butter and fat and carbs ain't so great for you," she's basically saying that you can eat and do whatever you want as long as you take this drug I'm sponsoring. Now why would she say that? One, because it goes against her brand. I get that, even though it's a lost opportunity to spread a powerful message. The second reason is that the drug company she's working with doesn't want people to eat healthy. That would cut into their profits. Instead, the underlying message is that you can eat all the crap you want and it's okay because there's a great drug that you can take and everything will be fine. (This drug, by the way, has been known to cause thyroid cancer in rats. It says on their own website.) So yes, there's a really good reason to bash her.

Jan 18, 2012
Jason_King in Features

restaurants around Shutters in Santa Monica

The Wilshire - I had a great meal there recently.
Rustic Canyon - I don't love this place, but a lot of others do.
Josie Next Door is delicious - casual alternative to the more formal Josie
For casual lunch spot - Cha Cha Chicken (get the coconut fried chicken)
If you have a car, the Farm Shop in Brentwood serves great Ad Hoc style dinners.

Jan 11, 2012
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Rehearsal dinner in Santa Barbara

I don't know if they could accommodate your size, but Tupelo Junction Cafe is delicious and affordable Southern food in a nice but casual environment.

Jan 11, 2012
Jason_King in California

Palm Desert Anniversary Dinner

I'm heading to Palm Desert in March. It's my 1st anniversary and I'd like to take my wife somewhere nice since it's the first chance since having a baby that we'll be able to go out and eat like grown ups.

Where would you recommend? Price isn't really an issue. It doesn't have to be "fancy." I'd rather just have good, quality food first, a nice atmosphere second. We like all kinds of food and are not shy about trying new things. We are not, however, usually that into steakhouses, which I know are popular in the desert.

Some places I've noticed that have come up on Tripadvisor: Cuistot, Cork Tree, Jillians, BluEmber. Are any of those worth a trip?

We would be willing to drive outside of Palm Desert to Palm Springs and the surrounding areas if need be.

Thanks for your recommendations!

Jan 11, 2012
Jason_King in California

New Parents in SF - Advice on Dinner

That is correct. We'd be leaving the baby with the grandparents for the evening.

I just noticed that Atelier Crenn is closed in-between Christmas and NYE, which is when we'd probably be going out.

Dec 12, 2011
Jason_King in San Francisco Bay Area

New Parents in SF - Advice on Dinner

Hello,

My wife and I are going to be in the bay area for the holidays. It will be the first time since having a baby that we will have been able to enjoy a nice dinner together and I'm looking for any recommendations that you might have.

I'm aiming at spending between $150 - 300.

Other restaurants in SF that we've enjoyed in the past: Zuni, Chez Panisse, Cotogna, Beretta. This doesn't have to reflect those, but I thought I'd provide for reference.

Here are some options that I've considered so far: Benu, Quince, Boulevard, Canteen, Atelier Crenn, Son & Daughters and Commonwealth.

Oh, and my wife does LOVE a beautifully plated dish.

Thanks.

Dec 12, 2011
Jason_King in San Francisco Bay Area

Manhattan Beach Post...Wow!

I went last Saturday and had a wonderful experience. We ordered too much food because there was so much on the menu that sounded good. I feel like I need to go there with more people to try the rest of the menu because everything was delicious (butterscotch carrots, asparagus with egg, veal ribs, chicken pot pie).

Nov 29, 2011
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

MB Post

I want to go this Saturday but there are no reservations. I was thinking of heading down there for an early dinner, getting there around the time they open to score a communal table.

Has anyone else tried to do the same? How's the wait if you're there around 5?

Nov 17, 2011
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Manhattan Beach Post...Wow!

I want to go this Saturday but there are no reservations. I was thinking of heading down there for an early dinner, getting there around the time they open to score a communal table.

Has anyone else tried to do the same? How's the wait if you're there around 5?

Nov 17, 2011
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Ad Hoc fried chicken at FarmStand that joint in the Brentwood Country Mart???

The Farm Shop fried chicken is the best I've ever had. What surprised me about the meal, however, was how good the salad, sides and dessert were as well.

Nov 03, 2011
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Farm Shop - Brentwood Country Mart

My wife and I really enjoyed the feel of the room as well. It felt appropriate for a special occasion (which ours was) as well as something more informal. There were a bunch of families there, and I couldn't help but notice how the kids seemed to be devouring all the vegetables.

Nov 03, 2011
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Best fried chicken in LA? where is it?

For upscale, definitely try the Farm Shop on Sunday nights. It's from the chef that used to run Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc, where the fried chicken is famous. We went a few weeks back and had a great 3 course prixe fixe meal.

Nov 03, 2011
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Drago Centro..anyone been there lately?

Water Grill is a classic for downtown. You can't go wrong if you want seafood. Rivera has received great reviews, but my friends seem pretty so-so about it. I haven't been.

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Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Nov 03, 2011
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area

Farm Shop - Brentwood Country Mart

I had the friend chicken dinner there and everyone at the table loved it. I knew the fried chicken was going to be good, but what surprised me was how great the sides were (warm potato and beet salad, stuffed peppers). The entire experience was very warm and homey, although I know other people feel differently.

It's not cheap, but the quality of the ingredients and execution was well worth it in my opinion.

Nov 03, 2011
Jason_King in Los Angeles Area