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Dinner Monday night near Rohnert Park?

Hana Japanese in Rohnert Park is quite good.

about 19 hours ago
Civil Bear in San Francisco Bay Area

Help finalizing restaurants, deserts, cocktail/speakeasy, as well as opinions on SF staples

First time I went to a Chipotle I couldn't believe how bland and blah it was. A few years passes and I wondered if it could possibly be as bad as I remembered. I wont be back a third time.

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

Looks like I may have made the wrong choice with Rinconcito when Balompie was closed. La Santaneca appeared to have a few more customers but the hanging signage with missing letters made me think they weren't running on all cylinders.

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

Headed out to Balompie in Bernal Heights today but found it closed, so I thought I would try nearby Rinconcito Salvadoreno Restaurante instead. I figured that I may be in trouble when I picked up the sticky plastic menu from the counter. More encouraging though was finding the menu was entirely in Spanish except, oddly enough, for the headings (e.g. Desayuno/Breakfast).

The pupasas were decent but came with a very watery slaw and the standard hot sauce. They were also pretty flat and appeared dense but ate better than they looked. There was also the portion of grilled cheese that had spilled out to the side.

Also tried the fried yuca con chicharron. The crispy chicharrones were crunchy, moist and wonderful but the yuca was just plane bad (rubbery & tasteless).

Rohnert Park to SF --- what to eat along the way?

Marin prefers their cubanos overloaded with mustard?

Count me in as a repeat visit fan of Sol and a been there done that fan of El Chevere.

Rohnert Park to SF --- what to eat along the way?

BBQ N Curry and Della Fattoria are quite good, but I would hit up Sol Food if you have never been, just because good and fairly unique. Real Doner does not hold up to what you could get in SF, IMHO.

Phillies - A cheesesteak joint in San Francisco

Yup, that's it!

Phillies - A cheesesteak joint in San Francisco

Heh, the tots at Deli Lama were great. Fried until golden and crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, and held up well on the ride back to the office. A humongous portion for $2.50.

Sandwich (hot pastrami with Swiss on rye) was pretty good for the area. Not destination worthy though.

Help finalizing restaurants, deserts, cocktail/speakeasy, as well as opinions on SF staples

If you liked Zuni then you might want to try Nopa. Personally I would replace Foreign Cinema with it.

Ike's is about the hype and the large menu. It definitely fits quantity over quality category that you are trying to avoid. Rhea's Deli would be an excellent choice for sandwiches.

Any authentic taquaria in the mission blows away Chipotle.

Phillies - A cheesesteak joint in San Francisco

Thanks for the report. Sounds like this is in the former location of Starvin Marvins which also put out good phillie cheesestakes shaved from ribeye.

Oddly enough, I also had tots for the first time in ages today, but from the Deli Lama.

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

I thought the point was La Taquaria is too slow and therefore flawed. Even if Chipotle were an acceptable alternative (which I do not believe to be the case), La Taquaria is not slow, particularly when you consider the amount of business is gets. In fact I have marveled at its efficiency.

Now Yglesias could argue that La Taquaria is flawed because it does to much business, but that would be almost as silly.

Barbecue in Cloverdale!

Interesting enough is that because the only times I ever get out that way is to and from the Konocti contests, I've never had the urge to order more BBQ at the HR&BBQ. I understand the owner has been out of the country for awhile, so I wonder if he is back now?

Original Joe's in North Beach [San Francisco]

Agreed. The new location also has a more modern and less old school vibe than the previous location. If the OP is looking for something closer to the past then I would suggest Westlake Joe's in DC.

Good Asian/Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco?

A cool place would be Slanted Door, although it is on the pricey side for Vietnamese. Still, it is very popular with visitors:

Less expensive and less cool, but still great food would be Bodega Bistro.

Even less expensive, and more authentic than the two above recs would be Turtle Tower, where its newest location (near the Civic Center) has some vibe to it:

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

Okay <<whew!>>, I can confirm as of 9/2/14 Los Planes De Renderos is still in business. Pupusas are still the best. 'Nuff said.

What's the best Thai (or any SE Asian) in Santa Rosa? In Sonoma County?

If you are in the Rohnert Park area then I'm surprised you didn't mention Mai Vietnamese in Cotati. the pho tai bo vien was quite good for the area as were the Goi Cuon and Cha Gio made with lumpia wrappers. The owner was a hoot too. A bit more expensive than I am used to in SF IIRC, but all Asian food north of the GGB seems to be.

SFBA Dish of the Month (Sept 2014) - Nominations/Voting

HASH (corned beef, smoked brisket and other versions)

Shrimp and Grits - SF Dish of the Month January 2014

Had a great version at Fremont Diner yesterday. Here is a link to my review:

Fremont Diner Report (Sonoma)

Had a chance to stop by Fremont Diner on my way in to Napa this morning. I really like their morning menu of low country shrimp & grits, chiliquilies with smoked pork, biscuits & gravy (a DOM triple header), and smoked brisket hash.

Tried the shrimp & grits and they were amazing. Hands down the best version I have had outside of the Carolinas. They are made up of creamy grits with bits of ground sausage, plump & succulent shrimp,and topped with a perfectly poached egg with over-smoked bacon chunks and diced green onion for garnish. I need to get back soon to try the chiliquilies!

Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Seams like August is B&G month for me. This time it was at the Hamburger Ranch & BBQ in Cloverdale. Another excellent version with large fluffy biscuits that were slightly dense smother in a tasty sausage gravy that had a smokiness note.

Staying in Cloverdale, need some help and advice!

Just a quick update on the Hamburger Ranch and Pasta Farm in Cloverdale. A few years ago it was taken over by Bob Krucker who occasionally competes on the KCBS BBQ circuit under the team BBQ Bob and the Smokin' Banditos. Although they only do a few events each year, they have won multiple People's Choice awards.

The restaurant is now The Hamburger Ranch and BBQ and serves up some gems like house cured bacon, corned beef hash, and a wonderful smokey biscuits & gravy.

Posole - SFBA Dish of the Month April 2014


Posole - SFBA Dish of the Month April 2014

Dang, I was hoping to stop by at Los Girasoles in Cloverdale for a late breakfast on my way to Lakeport tomorrow. Any other suggestions for a good mexican breakfast off of 101 between Windsor & Hopland? I will have the trailer in tow :)

What's the best Thai (or any SE Asian) in Santa Rosa? In Sonoma County?

It's been a few years, but I found the bun at Pho Vietnam in Santa Rosa to be as good as anywhere in SF.

Top pho in the Tenderloin (SF)?

>>"I did find the broth a little on the sweet side here, too, but that's a personal thing I might say about any southern-style pho that I haven't doctored a bit with lime or chili paste."

That may be why I enjoy the pho at PPQ so much. Southern style, but not so sweet.

Top pho in the Tenderloin (SF)?

Please note that the broth at Pho 2000 is on the sweet side. For that reason I prefer the place next door at the old Turtle Tower location (sorry, cant remember the name).

Can't vouch for the pho around the corner at Vietnam House on Eddy, but their apps like bahn cuon and Banh Khot are fantastic. They also serve the largest, freshest portion of viet herbs with every order!

El Molcajete in Cloverdale, Sonoma County

Trying the dish just one time from the late El Delfin was enough to scare me off from ordering it again at other places. And I really enjoyed the other dishes from ED.

El Tomate on 24th St (SF)

Had a very nice lunch at El Tomate this afternoon. The special was Barbacoa des Res made with short ribs. Tender and and savory in a flavorful red sauce. Served with the usual rice and beans along with chopped onion and habanero. Fresh hand-made tortillas were also provided to sop up the sauce but were just a bit too thick for my preference.

Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Okay, B&G month has passed, and the location isn't exactly Bay Area, but I came across a version that was so good I just had to post it anyway.

Nancy's Airport Cafe is a hidden gem just off of I-5 in Willows. The huge portion for $5 came with two large light and fluffy biscuits cut in half and smothered with a silky smooth country gravy. The gravy was so good I had to order the chicken fried steak on the way back to the Bay Area. The CFS was crispy and tender and has wrecked me for CFS at other locations.

Salumi and Charcuteri in San Francisco

The plate from Barbacco is great. I believe the make it next door at Perbacco.