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Murray Circle has a new chef and the soft launch was not good

I was at Murry Circle, right before the 4th of July. The new chef was just starting. We could hear him beseeching the staff about something in the next room. Food was NOT good, and that's all I will say. Anyone heard any more news? Anyone been in the last week? I'm just hoping they pulled it together, as the old menu was still being served at Farley's outside, and it was outstanding. I'm guess it too has gone by now.

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Murray Circle
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965

Jul 11, 2011
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick request for tacos in Mission for Vancouver visitor

Thank you! I will take them on a food walk to Taqueria VAllata and then to La Spiga de Oro because I LOVE tamales. Then we will try Humphry Slocombe.

Jan 05, 2011
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick request for tacos in Mission for Vancouver visitor

Thank you!

Jan 02, 2011
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick request for tacos in Mission for Vancouver visitor

Thank you guys. She is coming the end of this week, so the info on La Taqueria closing is germane. Among the rest, any carnitas recommendations? Anything as good as La Grullense on Middlefield:)?

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La Taqueria
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Jan 01, 2011
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick request for tacos in Mission for Vancouver visitor

I'm hosting a visitor from the Vancouver area next week. She and I agreed that Mexican was the best option for our lunch, since they don't get that at all up in her neighborhood. The thing is, I live on the Peninsula and eat all my tacos in Redwood City. I need the 'hounds recommendation for where to take her in the Mission. I've tried to read the threads, but you guys know SO MUCH that it's hard to pick out the 'sure thing' place. Unless it's La Tacqueria:). I like carnitas, myself, and have been known to eat some sopas pollo of any sort. My guess is that she will like anything that's good. Thank you in advance for your ideas.

Dec 31, 2010
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Has anyone ever been to Restaurant Arabelle in the Plaza Athenee? Thoughts?

My adult children will be in NYC with their father for Christmas. Looking for a beautifully decorated, traditional room for Christmas late lunch. The Plaza and the Carlyle are booked, as is Norma's at the Parker Meridien. I would deeply appreciate anyone at all chiming in to tell me if Arabelle will be one of those disastrous hotel meals, and if all the other patrons will be 75 years old. Or will it be fun, festive, gracious, and good enough food?

Dec 17, 2010
LPC in Manhattan

50th birthday with my sisters in LA...dinner?

Reporting back.

Went to Spago. It was great. And, on the way in, saw LaToya Jackson. Pretty mediocre sighting but hell, we sure don't see her in San Mateo:). Really also liked the family feeling there, kids were around, grandmas, fancy Asian couples, three middle aged blondes (oh yeah that was us...), industry moguls.

Food - I had crab cakes, foie gras, and the boullion. Delicious. Crab cakes had lumps of sweet and juicy crab in a well-seasoned and not too seasoned base. Foiegras was foie gras. And that vegetable clear soup was one of the best things I have had.

Sisters had beet salad, which they loved, and quail which they thought the reduction was too salty. Then had some dessert with an Austrian name which I don't remember but it was good.

And finally, we stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel and had Sunday brunch there. I have never had such delightful service in my entire life. Also saw Chevy Chase. When you are middle-aged, that counts as a real sighting:).

Thanks all for your help!

Nov 02, 2006
LPC in Los Angeles Area

Quintessential San Francisco restaurants

What are one of the divey restos in Chinatown? One of those is necessary....Also Pearl's Oyster Bar.

Oct 27, 2006
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

50th birthday with my sisters in LA...dinner?

Nosh - ROLFMAO.

Oct 25, 2006
LPC in Los Angeles Area

50th birthday with my sisters in LA...dinner?

My goodness. I had no idea Spago even still counted. See, I told you we are NOT glamorous up here in the Bay Area....

My sister is going to see if the concierge at the BHH can get us a reservation.

Thanks.

Oct 24, 2006
LPC in Los Angeles Area

50th birthday with my sisters in LA...dinner?

Providence sounds good - is the foam ubiquitous on the menu? And I confess, do famous people eat there? Yes, I too want to see movie stars for my 50th birthday, I suppose to mark that you aren't getting older you are getting shallower...On to the festivities!

Oct 23, 2006
LPC in Los Angeles Area

50th birthday with my sisters in LA...dinner?

OK, I checked Grace. Looks like it is a lot of duck, pork, boar etc. I would say we are not in the camp of eating the more outre proteins. More a fish/vege/beef group. I know, I know, boring but I have never liked to eat innards either.

Now I will look at AOC:). Thanks for the info.

Oct 23, 2006
LPC in Los Angeles Area

50th birthday with my sisters in LA...dinner?

My sisters (they are babies, only 40 and 45:)), are taking me out to dinner in LA Saturday night. I live in the Bay Area, so I get to eat pretty well most of the time. However, I don't get the big city edge feeling of LA. For all I love my home town, glamorous it just ain't..

So, I know you all get this question as often as we get the "What is the best Chinese restaurant in Chinatown (answer, it's in Daly City), so sorry to throw out the old chestnut, but it's hard to search for.

If you were a 50-year old woman described, as "pretty, but showing signs of aging", (good friend, can you believe it?), and you were going out for one night in LA, and you were staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and you were going out with your similarly featured sisters one of whom is 6 mo. pregnant, and you tended to like most kinds of food, where would you go if you wanted to get that jolt of LA caffeine, and eat well, and pay a price that was value-based, i.e. if it's expensive because it's fabulous and the restaurant is beautiful OK, but expensive just for expensive no thanks.

I lived in Manhattan in the 80's. I guess I am looking for that moment where you sit in a restaurant, and the food is really good, and the environment is killer, and you think, this is it. This is where it, whatever it is, is happening.

Thoughts?

Oct 23, 2006
LPC in Los Angeles Area

The secret is out... Chef Andy Wai's own restaurant in San Mateo

Ate there Friday for lunch.

Had, gai lan mama style, shrimp in egg batter, pan-fried noodles of some sort with scallops and shrimp, and a beef stew...

Everything except shrimp was top-notch and proclaimed so by our Hong Kong colleague as high-quality Cantonese food and showing the signs of that genre.

Shrimp was kind of like lame salt and pepper prawns.

Gai lan was amazing - simple, in a wine sauce, garlic, ginger, but the best gai lan I have ever had.

Beef stew was delicious, with potatoes and carrots and the star anise taste.

Noodles were also good, crisp and then the sauce on top with high quality scallops, juicy, tender, sweet.

Not cheap but not expensive per se, kind of like ABC Seafood in Foster City for prices. Quantity is a little low however.

We will go back.

Oct 23, 2006
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Little Bites - Downtown PA

Tamarine has one of the best bars on University IMO.

Oct 10, 2006
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Food Tourgasm Oct.5-8 Here's what I have so far...

Yes, please do. We love reviews from the out-of-towners.

Oct 05, 2006
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Has anyone been to Bistro Elan lately?

Marche and Village Pub are both good. And I wouldn't worry about the jeans. It's California. I always figure that once I sit down who cares what I am wearing on my legs:).

Oct 05, 2006
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Outdoor seating for lunch in Mid-Peninsula

I ate at Bravo Fono just the other night. I absolutely adore their butter lettuce salad, and then the sole meuniere entree with the lemon butter sauce and capers. Classic french-american food, down to the boiled potato with parsley and the perfectly cooked few spears of asparagus.

And really amazing friend hungarian garlic bread (lagnos).

Oct 04, 2006
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

New Orleanian in search of great San Francisco dinner

Gosh I would say have to go Asian or Latin American - coming from New Orleans that might be the only way we have you beat.

Mochica for Peruvian?
Mission for tacos? Or do you want fancy?

For Asian, maybe Slanted Door. But maybe you would like something Chinese? Do tell how critical the close to the meeting piece is and how upscale you want to go.

Definitely don't do seafood/American etc.

Oct 02, 2006
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Something good near Redwood City Kaiser?

Or tacos el grullense over on Middlefield next to Sigona's. Cheap enough that your friend can drown any left over sorrows in Mexican beers...

Jun 29, 2006
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Mi Pueblo Market (Mtn View) - Burrito Report

I love La Bamba - for me it's the chile colorado tacos. Delicious.

Jun 29, 2006
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Restaurant near San Carlos

And don't forget the Chinese food possibilities. These days I like Shanghai East, on 25th in San Mateo, best of all. We were there just the other day for lunch. There was this cold appetizer, greens and tofu with a sesame oil taste and something I couldn't identify? Incredible. But none of my Mandarin-speaking colleagues could tell me the English name:(. Fish with Wood Ear Braised in Wine was also good.

Jun 27, 2006
LPC in San Francisco Bay Area