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Pacific Catch and Paul Martin- new in Mountain View- any feedback?

I've been to both for happy hour. Drink list at Paul Martin's was more interesting than Pacific Catch. Appetizer's at Paul Martin's were better in general, especially the ribs, which were overly sweet and too tough at Pacific Catch. Sushi rolls and fish tacos at Pacific Catch were unimpressive. Poke at Pacific Catch was popular. Paul Martin's is definitely a more upscale-feeling place.

Jul 02, 2014
babar in San Francisco Bay Area

Tatsuno-ya Ramen @Mitsuwa [San Jose]

We went for lunch yesterday - a steady stream of customers, but the line never seemed to be more than 3 or 4 deep, and it moved reasonably fast.

It was delicious.

Great places near San Jose Convention Center?

Check out the San Pedro Square market - lots of interesting food vendors there (make sure to check out the ice cream at Treatbot), and they have some live music and other events on the weekend. Near there is Mmoon empanadas, which is pretty tasty.

Nov 05, 2012
babar in San Francisco Bay Area

Any recs for the asian 99 ranch Plaza in Cupertino on Wolfe Road?

Tong Dumpling Pot has good handmade dumplings and a nice, solid zha jiang mien.

Joy Luck palace is good for dim sum, but not sure if you are looking for that.

Oct 31, 2012
babar in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheap Eats (Dallas)

Does anyone know if Dream Cafe still has the half-price main course with purchase of a beverage on Monday and Tuesday nights?

The taco place in the parking lot at Inwood and Maple is a good deal, too, and are open late.

Aug 21, 2009
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

Boba tea (Dallas)

Agreed, I really disliked the flavor of the powders at Fat Straws. Boba Latte is our favorite, although King's Noodle has stepped up the beverage offerings so we don't always make it across the street. The smoothies at Boba Latte are worth checking out, too, esp. since the OP's girlfriend doesn't like the pearls.

Aug 18, 2009
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

Taiwanese in Dallas

King's noodle is our favorite. Umeko and Genroku are both good for the Taiwanese dishes (I would not recommend the sushi or other Japanese dishes).

Aug 15, 2009
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

Soley! in Dallas (on Henderson)

We went last week and also had a great meal. The salads were great and I loved the fries in the steak frites. We also had the duck with sweet potato puree, which was great. The meat was tender and flavorful and was wonderful with the puree. The only downside was the mojito, which wasn't quite balanced right. Should have gone with the sangria, I guess! Definitely a great find for the price range, and very friendly service.

May 02, 2009
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

Two nights in Dallas - sushi

Nobu wasn't an Iron Chef. Iron Chef Morimoto did work at Nobu's restaurant in New York before opening his own restaurant in Philadelphia (which I enjoyed more than Nobu!)

Nobu is fine if you are looking for a fancy environment, but I have never found the servers to be particularly knowledgeable. I think you are better off visiting a place in Dallas that you can't experience somewhere else.

Apr 22, 2009
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

Two nights in Dallas - sushi

I am pretty sure Teppo and Tei Tei were sold before he started Tei An. I think the quality at Teppo has slipped a little since then, although it is still good.

I definitely second the recommendation for Tei An, although it definitely is focused on things besides sushi, so it may not be what the original poster wants.

Apr 20, 2009
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

Chocolates in Dallas

J Dorian is a great chocolatier up in Addison:

5312 Beltline Road
Dallas, Texas 75254

He varies the flavors seasonally, but usually has quite a good assortment. I've used boxes from their as gifts with a lot of success, even for chocolate snob friends.

I don't think Schakolad is strictly local, as they have locations across the US, but the hot chocolate at the location at the Shops at Legacy wasn't bad.

Nov 03, 2008
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

Looking for cha siu bao (hawaiian manapua) and noodle houses in DFW area

Not sure about manapua, but the Chinese bakery in Richardson next to First Chinese Barbecue and Boba Latte (Greenville and Polk) has char siu bao available to-go, but they are refrigerated. I haven't tried them, but the other stuff they make is really good so it should be worth a try. The ones Kirin Court has for dim sum are usually good.

Sep 14, 2008
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

First try at Chinese on Greenville in Richardson

King's Noodle - a few blocks south on Greenville at Polk, also has shaved ice with different toppings including beans. You can walk over and see the dishes with the toppings and pick what you like. They also have good food to try before dessert!

Sep 07, 2008
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

Abacus ** out of *****

Did you miss the part where lilymao said they went last year for RW and loved it? Comparing RW to RW is fair. Also, to Lewisvillehounder below, Casey was not involved with Abacus, only Tre. Obviously Kent Rathburn knows what he is doing and lilymao was venting a little, but this isn't the only post about Abacus not quite being where it once was lately, so I don't think you need to be so harsh. Also, calling someone snobbish for judging a restaurant based on a special low price meal seems exactly backwards.

For my money, I preferred Jasper's to Abacus.

Sep 03, 2008
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

[DFW] Best Tofu or Tofu Dish (vegan)

Twin's Tofu in Richardson has great Korean tofu stews. They have a veggie one, not sure if it is vegan - you might want to call ahead and make sure the broth is truly veggie, too.

Jul 18, 2008
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

MoMo Italian Specialties--Dallas

So, is this place related to the other Momo's?

The menus look quite similar. How does the food compare?

Mar 18, 2008
babar in Texas

frozen yogurt- DFW

Berry Berry in Addison at Belt Line and Midway is from that genre. I think it's pretty good, although I can't speak to other flavors beyond the original. They have a good selection of toppings, fruit usually seems reasonably fresh. Comfy chairs, too!

Feb 27, 2008
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

Nicoise salad in Dallas!!

This is very tasty! All the ingredients are tasty - it might actually be more exciting than the savory souffles.

Feb 15, 2008
babar in Texas

San Antonio Eats

I'd say that Guenther house is walkable from Riverwalk. It is about 1 mile through some nicely restored old houses. Very pleasant Saturday or Sunday morning stroll if the weather is cooperating. And we loved the food and the setting of the house. Be prepared for a wait once you get there, though.

Feb 09, 2008
babar in Texas

Hot chocolate [DFW]

The Cultured Cup has a great drinking chocolate, which they will make for you and you can take some home. La Duni has an excellent, rich, Mexican-style hot chocolate as well.

Dec 29, 2007
babar in Texas

German food near DFW

We just went there, and I remember they had about 6-8 beers on tap, and a slightly larger number by bottle. Mostly the more popular German offerings, but I also remember Stella on tap, and one "seasonal" offering. Not as comprehensive as Bavarian Grill, so if you are looking for something in particular you'd better ask ahead.

Also, for the record, my wife (who is not at all German!) preferred the schnitzel at BG to the one at Jorg's, which was slathered in sauce. I'd also say the bratwurst was not as good as BG, and I missed the option of the Nurnburger sausages. Jorg's did have much better service, and was a cozier setting without being too cramped. Probably requires further investigation :)

Nov 02, 2007
babar in Texas

Ethiopian/Korean (Dallas)

We like Lalibela on Forest for Ethiopean. Not upscale, but a great value and very tasty. I hadn't heard of Kereje, we'll have to check it out!

Oct 05, 2007
babar in Texas

Italian restaurants that make their own pasta? (Dallas)

Have you tried Momo's? I am not sure that all the pasta is homemade, though, but it is a nice more casual place and they have some good dishes. I also think Massimiliano's in Plano on 15th makes a lot of their own pastas and is a little more casual - we've only tried it once, and actually liked the Italian Wedding Soup best, but that was just after they had opened.

Aug 31, 2007
babar in Texas

Where to eat in Richardson?

We usually prefer Boba Latte for pearl tea, although it isn't quite as good as it used to be.

Aug 21, 2007
babar in Dallas - Fort Worth

TONIGHT - Birthday dinner ideas for a really special person.

I'd see if York Street is open/available. Not quite as stuffy as some of the other fancy places, but very friendly and often has some unusual options.

Aug 20, 2007
babar in Texas

I am done with restaurant week!!!

We also were at Nana for restaurant week, although it was our first visit. The service was friendly but slow, although I just let our server pick a wine.

Our disappointment was really with the food. The mango "lassi" appetizer was seriously oversalted, which really detracted from a beautifully arranged and creative idea. The shrimp cocktail, which was also indian-influenced, was quite good. Neither main course we tried was that great. The seared scallops were good in both the scallop and rib entree and the "surf and turf" with chicken, but the lentil ragout was rather bland and didn't enhance the scallops at all and the chicken was fairly ordinary. The mashed potatoes were quite good, and the ribs were tender and tasty. The worst dish of the night, though, was the passion fruit dessert, which had a supposed run meringue which turned out to be more of a froth/foam, and totally overwhelmed the passionfruit sorbet. OK, I am not always a huge rum fan, but this was not a good idea. The strawberry dessert was simple but good, and the peppercorns gave it a little more depth that was interesting. Overall, though, it didn't seem like a high enough success rate for us to want to come back. The view is quite nice, though.

We've had better restaurant week experiences elsewhere, but I think it is something you need to approach with some caution, some patience, and an understanding of the potential drawbacks. You can't get something for nothing, so you pay for the discounted food in several other ways.

Aug 19, 2007
babar in Texas

Kona coffee beans in Dallas?

The Cultured Cup is definitely the place to go to buy good coffee and get good recommendations. They carry Kona and several other high quality brews, and usually have something available for sampling in the store. We love going there for the tea and chocolates as well!

Aug 12, 2007
babar in Texas

Jorg's Cafe Vienna - Plano

How does Jorg's compare to the Bavarian Grill?

Aug 10, 2007
babar in Texas

Asian lunch in Richardson?

Genroku has good Taiwanese dishes, although I am not sure if they have clams. Their basil chicken is quite good! Jeng Chi is ok, but nothing that special IMHO.

Aug 09, 2007
babar in Texas

[DFW} Sno cones near Downtown Dallas?

Ahh, this may be part of the problem - the girl who works there is not quite as good as the main guy. Not sure what the problem was with the watermelon, I have had it and enjoyed it, similar to a watermelon juice. Pineapple, tamarind, and mango are all good too when I have tried. But hey, if its not your thing, its not your thing.

Also, you can get additional cream added, which is along the lines of the condensed milk option. He has condensed milk on the menu, but when we asked he was out.

Jul 23, 2007
babar in Texas