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MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

I had the pleasure of eating at a restaurant in SF when Blaine Wetzel was visiting there--if I had more time I would certainly try to get to Willows Inn. Thanks!

Jul 25, 2014
BAnders in Pacific Northwest

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

This is most helpful; thank you Christy.

Jul 25, 2014
BAnders in Pacific Northwest

Introducing New Conversation Types

I agree, that's a problem.

Jul 25, 2014
BAnders in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

The beta version layout is bulky and the icons don't really add much, to my mind--I don't really care about how a topic is categorized; I will read any with a subject line that intrigues. I agree with poster above that the more streamlined prior version is preferable.

Jul 25, 2014
BAnders in Site Talk
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French Laundry solo?

Commonwealth is great for sitting at the bar, to boot. I also enjoyed sitting at the bar at Commis but that was over a year ago and I have lost track of their counter seating policy. As others have said, definitely worth calling.

Jul 24, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

Thanks so much, christy319--much appreciated.

Jul 21, 2014
BAnders in Pacific Northwest

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

Unfortunately, we're flying to the island so will have weight limits so not really an option. But we will focus on Eastsound for resources. Thanks!

Jul 14, 2014
BAnders in Pacific Northwest

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

Christy319, I'm traveling to Orcas in August and will have access to a kitchen. Am wondering where you like to get your provisions and if there's a wine store you'd recommend. We're staying on the west side but will have a car. I'm looking forward to learning more from this thread too!

Jul 14, 2014
BAnders in Pacific Northwest

Sunday dinner dilemma, Berkeley or Oakland

At that price point, open on Sunday, Soi Four in Rockridge might fit the bill. You can avoid heat but don't have to. Also Toast (also in Rockridge) is open Sundays and in the price range more or less. Some on this board don't like the space, but I like the menu and the wine list and find it a good place to converse; plus they almost always have tables.

Jun 27, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland Area Bites - Vegetarian Friendly Visit

Burma Superstar in either Temescal or Alameda, maybe? Or Comal. A few other places come to mind (Juhu Beach Club, Plum's new incarnation as Ume) but are closed Sundays.

Jun 24, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Quiet restaurant in Oakland or Berkeley

Yes, Chez Panisse Cafe worked well with my hard-of-hearing parent. We were at a side table in the front room, so you could ask for seating there.

+1 on Comal too.

May 21, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Suggestions for a couple birthday dinners... [San Francisco]

Range should work for you from this list. A16 in Oakland would but I haven't tried A16 in SF so can't attest there. Have fun!

May 14, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Eats from San Francisco to Tomales up the coastal route to Eureka

This will probably get moved too, but Two Fish Bakery in Sea Ranch has pizza nights on Friday and Saturday. I haven't had the baked goods but have heard good things.

http://www.twofishbaking.com/

May 09, 2014
BAnders in California

Last minute advice for a Boston Chowhound visiting for 4 days

While I would not recommend the city of Napa as a destination, it can be pretty convenient on your way back out of the valley, especially around happy hour. That's often when I am making my way back and I want to eat something before driving much further.

Apr 22, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Last minute advice for a Boston Chowhound visiting for 4 days

Grace's Table in the city of Napa gets recommended on this board often for its happy hour. I would suggest that you splurge in SF rather than in Napa or Sonoma. What kind of food do you want for that option?

Apr 22, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Places to eat, second week of May?

If you are in the area on Thursdays, the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero has prepared food stalls outside from 10-2:00. There are places to eat inside the F Bldg as well, some less expensive than others. I like the sandwiches at Acme as a bargain option. Hayes Valley is an area in which you might enjoy wandering around and can find some good options for sitting at the bar, like Bar Jules (open for lunch or dinner), as well as some other casual places like Biergarten.

Apr 21, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Traveling with a 3 1/2 month old, but would love some great food! [San Francisco]

Here's a pretty recent thread that may help a bit:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8961...

Apr 09, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Parents in town, help!

Since they are from LA, this might not appeal, but Dona Tomas takes reservations for brunch and about half of it is more lunch focused.

Mar 31, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco lunch options - advice appreciated

I like Bar Jules in Hayes Valley for lunch quite a lot. It is more casual and smaller than the other places you've listed but delicious. Menu changes daily but you can get a sense of style from the posted menus.

http://www.barjules.com/

For Italian there is Chiaroscuro as a lunch option. It has a financial district feel but no more so than Perbacco at lunch; it also is smaller.

http://www.chiaroscurosf.com/

Mar 12, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Sunday night dinner: Sons and Daughters vs AQ or Commonwealth [San Francisco]

Well, I'll take the bait and chime in with a thumbs up for Commonwealth. I have had the tasting menu a few times, a la carte a few times, and always felt that the flavors are creative and the ingredients allowed to shine, a fine balance. We've brought friends there from out of state who have also enjoyed it, for what it's worth. Also love their wine list and pairings. I have only eaten at the bar once but it was comfortable and provided a good view of the kitchen. So I think you can't really go wrong with either AQ or Commonwealth given your parameters. I can't speak to S&D.

Mar 06, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Dressing to eat out in SF?

So true! When I know I'm going out after work outside of the financial district and I have to wear a suit that day, I will bring something (yes, all black) to change into and leave the suit at the office.

Mar 05, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area
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Geezers Want Great Dinner in Oaktown

Not a quiet place overall (to say the least), but at A16 the two tables in the front by the old garage door are placed so that it's quiet enough for a party of four to chat. They actually appear to have reservations available tonight, so might be worth a call to see if they can guarantee you one of those tables. If you are willing to do Berkeley instead of Oakland, Riva Cucina is fairly quiet. Anyone know if Marzano on Park is quiet? I heard a rumor once that it wasn't too loud but can't attest from personal experience. Also Soi Four often is fine on the first floor.

Mar 05, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

One dinner in SF

To offer an alternative opinion, I prefer Flour + Water's pasta to Cotogna's and have never felt like I'm in a bar when I eat there. I have done the pasta tasting menu twice, once with wine pairings, and been very happy with the quality and the range of dishes. I find their stuffed pastas in particular to be very well done and creative, and with the tasting menu there's just enough of the richer dishes without so much that I got tired of them. Their vegetable starters also are often stellar.

Feb 28, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Reservation for 8, barely 1 week notice, ideas? [San Francisco]

I have not been for a few years, but for some reason Lulu came to mind. Possibly because I was trying to think of places with lots of tables? Anyway, less popular than the more obvious choices that get recommended here regularly but I have had some good meals there in the past and it might be a good backup at least--perhaps others have more recent experience and can chime in.

http://www.restaurantlulu.com/

Feb 12, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

camino (oakland)

I stopped going a couple of years ago in large part due to service issues, too. The food isn't enough of a draw for me to make up for being ignored by staff for long periods of time as I gaze sadly at my empty wine glass. I have wondered if there is something about the size of the room and layout that means certain tables fall between servers, so to speak.

Feb 10, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich

Sounds great! I've done a version of this without tuna, with olive tapenade on the bread, then basil leaves, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, red peppers, thin slices of red onion, tomatoes in season (on the interior, away from the bread), etc. It's a nice vegetarian option and has the advantage of holding up a long time without refrigeration. But same idea--weighing down the sandwich and eating it later on.

Feb 06, 2014
BAnders in Home Cooking
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4 Nights in San Fran - Help me narrow it down!

Have to concur with your friends, FWIW. I had a decent brunch there once but my few dinners have involved dishes with muddy flavors and left me wishing I'd gone elsewhere. And I think the pizza is better at Pizzaiolo, Dopo, and any number of other restaurants in the East Bay.

Feb 05, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Suggestions for visiting mom + Best Cal-Italian [San Francisco]

I like Bar Jules for lunch better than for dinner, in fact! I hope you have a wonderful visit with her (and good food, it goes without saying).

Jan 17, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area
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Suggestions for visiting mom + Best Cal-Italian [San Francisco]

It sounds as if you want to stay in SF proper, but if you are open to the East Bay, you might consider Pizzaiolo. Your description of your mom's likes just make me think she'd really enjoy it there. Bar Jules is another option for a neighborhood feel, although perhaps not as upscale as you're seeking (?).

Jan 17, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area

Six people ... help! [San Francisco]

Zare at Fly Trap if it's not too far from transit could work; you'd need to phone for a reservation. Maybe Range? Not sure about party of six there, though. Kokkari perhaps? You've already checked off a number of my go-to places where I want to be able to hear!

Jan 09, 2014
BAnders in San Francisco Bay Area