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Birthday Dinner: Ame, Acquerello, or Benu [San Francisco]

B, how long does a typical meal at Benu take? How many courses are there? Did you feel full at the end? I like feeling full!

Birthday Dinner: Ame, Acquerello, or Benu [San Francisco]

G, when did you last go to Benu? Did you enjoy the meal? How long did it take? Did you feel full at the end?

Birthday Dinner: Ame, Acquerello, or Benu [San Francisco]

RL, can you comment on the tasting menu?

Very specific restaurant criteria

I wanted to report back that we had the event at Presidio Social Club. We tried to avoid this restaurant because we'd been there before, but he loved it so much and they did such a great job last time. Even better this time! Consider them for any event.

Birthday Dinner: Ame, Acquerello, or Benu [San Francisco]

My birthday is April 14 and I currently have reservations at Benu. Before I get into my request, I just want to say I use this board frequently and am familiar with the search function. I've done several searches but can't find any recent (within the last 12 months) meal reviews at any of these restaurants.

That being said, I'm trying to decide between Ame, Acquerello, and Benu for my birthday. It's very hard to decide without recent meal reviews! I realize you may have favorites outside of these three restaurants, but I'd like to keep the discussion between these 3. My goal is high end tasting menu, like Atellier Crenn, which I did last year. Which would you choose and why? Also, if you know of any recent meal reviews at these restaurants that I missed, please post a link. Thanks!

Best place for a party of 12 under $100 per person

This may not be upscale enough for you, but we're having my husband's birthday dinner at Presidio Social Club. They'll seat large parties and let you order off the menu instead of requiring a different large party menu. This is our 2nd time to do a dinner like this here! We aren't sitting in a private room though.

Chaya uni tasting menu [San Francisco]

Did anyone see this? I've never been to Chaya, so don't know the quality of their food. I LOVE uni and hope this is something to get excited about. Would you go to this?

Gyros North Beach [San Francisco]

I live a block away and we go there often. We love it! We normally do some sort of schwarma plate, dolmas, and hummus.

Very specific restaurant criteria

He's never been to either. I have though, I think he'd love them.

Very specific restaurant criteria

RL, what do you think about the food at both places?

Very specific restaurant criteria

Thanks for all the great suggestions! We'll probably skip the steak places as he's convinced no one does steak as well as they do it in the Midwest. (His favorite steak place is Manny's in Minneapolis.) And he liked Town Hall and Park Tavern when we've eaten there before, but didn't love them. I'm leaning towards Bix and Big 4. I see a lot of chatter about Bix on the boards, but I couldn't find anything about Big 4. Good food or touristy and not worth it?

Very specific restaurant criteria

Hi Hounds! I'm trying to find a restaurant for my husband's birthday that fits very specific criteria. I keep thinking I'm missing a gem! Help me out, please.

1. My husband prefers American food. His favorite restaurants in the city are Presidio Social Club, Spruce, and House of Prime Rib. So all different types of American food, but American nonetheless. We may still pick one of these restaurants, but we've done them all for parties before and want something new.
2. The restaurant needs to take large party reservations of 10-15 people on a Saturday night. We do NOT need a private space.
3. Even though we're a large party, we want to be able to order off the regular restaurant menu. We don't want a separate menu for the party.
4. The restaurant needs to have amazing old fashioned's as this is my husband's favorite drink.
5. I prefer the restaurant be in the city. That being said, we are considering Murray Circle Restaurant because it's so close to the city. And has fun fire pits. :)
6. This one's a weird one, but my husband likes large open restaurants. He doesn't like a cramped space.

Just in case these restaurants come to mind, he does NOT want Wayfare or Zuni. He can't seem to put his finger on why, but it might help you with suggestions. Thanks!

Uni Donburri

Does anyone know where to get Uni Donburri in San Francisco? I had a dream worthy version at En Japanese Brasserie in New York last year and can't stop thinking about it. I'd love to find one in the city! i searched the board and came up empty.

Odd request for a "bar & grill" [San Francisco]

FYI, I gave up and just booked Serpentine. :)

Odd request for a "bar & grill" [San Francisco]

Thanks for the replies, but I feel like these may be too fancy (an expensive) for them. I'm not sure, but I'm thinking casual might also mean cheap. Does that change any of your suggestions? I was thinking Citizens Band.....

Odd request for a "bar & grill" [San Francisco]

We have some midwestern friends that just moved to town and want us to pick out someplace for our Saturday night dinner plans. They've requested someplace casual, "like a bar & grill". I'm not against this type of food, but AM against restaurants that don't take reservations. I'm also not a fan of restaurants that turn into a bar scene later at night. Any ideas for where to go in the city? I'm stumped on this one.

Rosen Shingle Creek hotel restaurants, Orlando

Just checking in to see what you found. I'm headed to the same hotel for a 5 day conference.

Nov 02, 2014
debbie421 in Florida

The Italian Homemade Company -- Fresh Made Pastas, Piadini, and Cassoni on Columbus Avenue [San Francisco]

We live a block away, so we checked it out for dinner last night. We had the tagliatelle with bolgnese, the lasagna, and a sausage/pepper/onion/cheese cassone. The food was fresh, the customer service was amazing, and we left full and happy for $40. My only complaint is I don't like eating on a bar stools with my feet dangling.

Longtime resident at a loss for a favorite sushi place... Kusakabe a disappointment...

I LOVE sushi. I don't know a lot about it, but I do know I'm looking for the same things the OP is. Since we moved to the Bay Area in 2011, I must have tried at least 30 different places. Although it doesn't seem to be popular on this board, I seem to keep coming back to Okoze. It's in Russian Hill on Union and Hide and they DO take phone reservations. My husband and I can eat our fill and still leave with tax and tip under the $200 mark. Anyone else have good luck with it?

Post run brunches/lunches

Thanks for all the great suggestions! On Saturday, we went to Laughing Planet. Everyone loved it! On Sunday, we ended up at the Nike Employee Store, and went to New Seasons Market. What an amazing grocery store! Everyoned loved what they got at the deli. For our non healthy foods, we did Laurelhurst Market and Voodoo.

Jun 23, 2014
debbie421 in Metro Portland

Post run brunches/lunches

Hi hounds! I'm putting the finishing touches on our girls running weekend in Portland this weekend. We've all been to Portland before, but we're coming back out as a group to get some great runs in! We plan on a long distance trail run in Forest Park on Saturday, and a long distance road run around the rivers and bridges in the middle of the city on Sunday. That being said, where can 4 ravenous, sweaty girls get some grub on after our runs both days? Our preferences:

- We're morning runners, so should be getting done around brunch or lunch time.
- Someplace we can show up gross to, immediately after our runs.
- Somewhere in the vicinity of our runs, so near Forest Park and the city center on the river (does NOT have to be waterfront).
- Somewhere with healthy options so we don't ruin the benefits of our runs.
- Somewhere that doesn't require reservations or have long waits. No one wants 4 girls to get hangry!

We're from San Francisco, but don't mind copying good food we can get here. We normally do something like Whole Foods, but why not kick it up a notch on vacation! Our only other planned meal is Laurelhurst Market on Saturday night, just so you know what we have planned.


Jun 16, 2014
debbie421 in Metro Portland

State Bird Provision wait... how long on a Wed. night? [SF]

Just checking to see if all this remains true. I'd like to go tomorrow for my birthday and have no problem waiting in line. It sounds like I should get there at 4:45 if I want to eat at 5:30-ish?

Monday night sushi

Thanks for these great recs! I'm not sure where I'm staying yet, but once I figure that out I'll pick a place.

Monday night sushi

Hi Toronto hounds! I'm coming in for a business trip and have Monday night free. I LOVE sushi and read all about Kaji and Zen. Unfortuantely, neither place is open on Monday night and it's my only open dinner! Is there any other sushi place that's chow worthy and also open on Monday night? I hope so!

Best bites of 2013

A lot of mine aren't new to the board, but were new to me in 2013:

1. uni pasta at SPQR
2. scallop entree at SPQR
3. Spoonful of Happiness at Koo
4. raw beef salad at Yummy Yummy
5. cinammon roll at Devil's Teeth Bakery
6. devilled eggs at Fog City
7. Khoresht Bademjan at Maykadeh
8. BBQ oysters at The Marshall Store in Point Reyes
9. limeade at Sol Food in San Rafael

Best Pad See Ew in San Francisco?

I'm not sure how popular my answer will be, but I order Pasd See Ew at Jitlada every time I'm there. I'm not a huge Lers Ros fan, so I go here every time I have a Thai craving. Small neighborhood place, excellent flavors. I've never had a bad meal here.

Very specific New Year's Eve request

Great ideas everyone! I think we may have waited too long though, things are already booked for late night dinners. I made a reservation at Town Hall just to have something. Doesn't fit the fancy bill, but seems to fit everything else. Hopefully La Folie or other restaurants will open up.

Very specific New Year's Eve request

That sounds pretty good! Any other ideas?

Very specific New Year's Eve request

Hi all! Before I start, just want to say I promise I've done my research by searching this board AND searching other online sites for Bay Area New Year's events. That being said, I can't seem to find what I want! We are two couples, 30 somethings, and two out of the four of us do not drink at all. Also, two out of the four of us are very into food. Here's our requests;

-We're not interested in paying for an open bar, both for the environment the event tends to become, and because it's a waste of money for our party. (If that's your thing, more power to you, no judgement!)
-We don't care if it's prix fixe as long as it's good and has choices for extreme foodies and people who go along for the ride.
-We don't care about price if it has everything we want.
-I secretly love the fireworks, so bonus points for fitting that in. We'd even go outside the city for that (Marin, etc.)
-It'd be nice to go to a place where everyone is dressing up. It doesn't have to be black tie, but something fun and out of the ordinary.
-We don't want to be the oldest or youngest people there.

I intially thought about the NYE event at Epic Roasthouse, but I can't find anything on it this year. Any other ideas?

Farm to Table Dinners at THE FORK (Farmstead Cheese Co.) in Point Reyes

Did you find anything? I'm interested in this as well.