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When your family just has to have bread bowls...

have a Boudin bread bowl at the Boudin factory. They aren't THAT bad

about 6 hours ago
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Belcampo Meat (Russian Hill, San Francisco)

I have not dined there yet only because last i checked they still did not have a liquor license. However i did get some bacon burger ground beef and it was DELISH, tho their bacon is VERY fatty and little meat, so the burgers shrank significantly. the flavour was incredible.

1 day ago
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area
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Replacements for retired favorites?

Sourdough Leek bread from Fog City Dinner. Tho I think I can find the recipe

Jun 11, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

casual Friday night dinner place in Pacific Heights? [San Francisco]

palmers?

Jun 05, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

millennium? [San Francisco]

Are they suggestion it for a specific reason? Like being Vegan?

Jun 04, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Honeymoon splurge dinner in SF

Hi!

So a kosher meal? or just not in the same course?

First few places that come to mind are

Bix
Ozumo
Aziza
Verbena (accommodating to dietary restrictions)
Roka Akor
Gitane
Cocotte (request the table under the stairs)

Jun 01, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Dirty Habit @Hotel Palomar [San Francisco]

Yeah...Its a tad weird.
but he even said so him self " Do I want to make chicken wings every night? No. But Ill make the best damm wings you can taste"

plain and simple...5th floor was loosing money so fast...

Jun 01, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

"Old Palm Springs"

Melvins. Nothing else touches it. Also, let me know if you want the opposite recommendation as well. Something so new School

May 19, 2014
smatbrat in California

eating in SF with a kid and allergies

sf is well versed in allergies. I would simply inform the restaurant when you make your reservation. Only other recs would be to not do Thai as there are peanuts everywhere.

May 06, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Girls weekend - Friday dinner [San Francisco]

Beretta, La Mar, coquetta would be my recs

La Ciccia is great

May 05, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner suggestions-Near Larkspur Landing/Marin County

farmshop

Apr 17, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area
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Bars/Dinner before Ballgame [San Francisco]

21 A
Peete's/Pedros

Mission Rock resort
Flytrap
Tres

Apr 15, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

BacoMan,

You can intern with me anytime!
There is a difference in being successful and being open. Being open day after day is not always a measure of success in a restaurant.

One place I opened in Boston, returned investment in 3 months. They predicted one fiscal year and they were knocking it out of the park that they started making money on week 3 of being open, that rarely happens.

People who "love to cook" or "love to eat out" often have no clue what it takes to serve the paying public. Knowing what to do, how to do it, and different ways of tackling a whole slew of different problems....

There is a huge difference in owning a restaurant and running a restaurant. Smart owners hire experienced managers and do not try to do it them selves.

I can go on and on and on. I will say that SF is insane when it comes to opening and running a small business, and specifically a restaurant. As mentioned above, some landlords have a % of sales go towards them. Highest min way with zero tip credit, SFHCSO, and SF Sick time are 3 of the biggest profit killers.
Cost of items that flux. Labour that goes into prepping these items. People will judge a dish based on cost but have no idea how many man hours and prep went into the dish getting to your table.
Guests that linger way past closing time with less then 3 sips of wine in their glass....they do not realize that the server sticking around to be sure their water is filled....just went on over time and it's costing the restaurant $16.12 an hour to keep them around, but the table stopped spending money 2 hours ago...

on and on....

I do not think there is a way to direct message on here, but I am happy to answer any questions in relation to running a restaurant.

Mar 31, 2014
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Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

my fav thai in the neighborhood!

Mar 20, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

Bin 38, Verbena, Stones throw, A16, Terzo, Tipsy pig(tho can be a scene). Many options

Mar 20, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Wood Tavern-ish in SF?

Range comes to mind.

Mar 18, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

best price on Guinness Pub Draught cans?

I am exactly the same way and I find that Safeway has the best prices with the club card

Mar 16, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

best price on Guinness Pub Draught cans?

Do you need it for St patty's? Or just a general question?

Mar 15, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Bauer's incomprehensible rating logic

And in Verbena's case, they do not have "Entree's" They have "larger plates". Since the menu is meant to be treated more like a tapas/small plate/sharing. That begs the questions, If there are no entree's, how does one properly account for the $$$. 1760 is another example, other then the duck burger, nothing is a large plate.

What if a menu was all in the 6-14$ range, but you had to order 6-8 dishes for a really filling meal?

Mar 14, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

What's up with Nopa? [San Francisco]

A lot of places only reserve a certain % of tables for Opentable.com in order to allow for walk ins and phone calls.

Mar 11, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Recs for reunion dinner for 5 people? [San Francisco]

Stones Throw, Verbena, Mason Pacific, 1760

Feb 24, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

fresh local herring -- markets in SF

Real Foods on Polk and Whole foods on Cali/Franklin have them, fresh caught whole

Feb 10, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Prubechu, SF (Mission)

no But it is at the top of my list. sounds so very interesting

Feb 05, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Tosca Wait [San Francisco]

I would not recommend a group that size for any walk in establishment on a Saturday night at peak dinning time.

However, please report back on how long the wait is

Feb 04, 2014
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Best restaurant bars with a view of the kitchen? [San Francisco]

Boxing room

Dec 30, 2013
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area
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Why cooks are leaving SF?

I am so glad this was written I have been working on my own op ed about this for a few months however I just opened a restaurant, so I haven't had the time.

A few things: it is not just line cooks and the BOH. Its FOH also, Hosts and managers specifically. And commuting is just fine, however Bart does not run late enough and no one knows if they will strike again. I can speak from experience of how many employees I list during the Bart Strike. Our kitchen closes at 10:30, so my staff usually isnt done till midnight at the earliest and they have to take Muni to get to Bart. How do they make it back to Oakland?

If they drive, then they have to move their car every 2 hours, since there are no garages in this neighborhood.

I know this is chowhound, but it is not just in the restaurants. I am noticing it in retail, vet techs, customer service of any kind really.

Next year there will be an article about the the services are leaving/closing and how you can not get good customer service anymore. A vet tech can not afford to live here. A sous or AGM can not afford it. not if they move here today.

I am lucky I found my place in 2008, and even at that rent, it is half of my salary, not 1/3 and that is just fine. 1/2 I can handle.

Dec 30, 2013
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Buckeye Roadhouse [Mill Valley]

I love Buckeye. It is my go to in Marin any and every time I cross that bridge I try to eat there.

I love the bar area as well. The only time I opt for the dinning room is with a reservation for a special occasion.

I always get the oysters Casino...or are they Bingo? and the Ribs with a Pliny the elder!

Nov 25, 2013
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner for group of 8, near AT&T Park on a Saturday [San Francisco]

Coco500 is still great in my opinion. Solid.

However in that area, I would vote Flytrap.

Nov 19, 2013
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

21st Bday Dinner/Bars Recommendations

Perfect suggestion, go there!

Nov 19, 2013
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Best Restaurants for Chicken?

I love this place and their rotisserie chicken is great!
http://www.cocottesf.com/

Nov 06, 2013
smatbrat in San Francisco Bay Area