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San Francisco report - January 2015

Wow, that sounds delicious. Need to get to State Bird soon. We have been in SF for the last few days (weather has been wonderful) and also had some great meals. Henry Hunan's in Noe Valley, wonderful Tapas meal at Contigo in Noe Valley, carne asada burritos and crispy taco's at La Taqueria, Kin Khao thai food extravaganza that was delicious and ended up with BLT with avo Bi Rite sandwiches eaten at Dolores park.

If it's any consolation, we walked by Tartine this morning and the line went down the block. I really prefer Ritual, Sightglass, reveille or 4 barrel for coffee and pastries, but I know it's a famous spot. If you have time, getting sandwiches at Bi Rite market and picnicking at Dolores Park is a very SF experience. Great people watching!

about 17 hours ago
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Query - Quick SF visit for the end of January, 2015

La Taqueria was closed the first week of January for remodeling. Hopefully they have reopened. We went to El Farolito instead and I think La Taqueria has a better burrito. More flavorful and juicy. Also went to Yank Sing for brunch on NY day and our biggest mistake was ordering all the things they brought first instead of figuring out what we wanted. I don't know if they have a menu, but I defintely would order differently on our next visit.

Tartine is good, but has been inundated with tourists. You can get much better coffee at Ritual, 4 Barrel or sightglass and maybe as good pastries at Craftsman and Wolves. Haven't been to any of the Burmese restaurants but want to try Kin Khao on our next trip to SF. Also, maybe if you're willing to go to dinner at 5 at Nopa, instead get in line at State Bird Provisions to try SF's hottest restaurant.

Jan 15, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch on the way to Santa Barbara tomorrow

Sly's in Carpenteria is a great spot. There's a hamburger place that is well know-maybe the Nugget?

Jan 14, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

Just so sad and heartbreaking. I heard that parts of the Marais were shut down in fears of some sort of attack against Jewish businesses. I hope that life can return to normal for people in that quarter and they stay safe and protected.

Jan 09, 2015
macdog in France

Emerging foodie regions in California

My husband grew up in Santa Paula and we always drive through on 126 when we go to LA these days. We will have to check out Hozy's. I always say that Santa Paula is the town that time forgot. It's so unspoiled.

Jan 09, 2015
macdog in California
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Anniversary celebration in the 5th or 6th?

Here's a list of restaurants by arrondissement (you can check out what they reccomend in the 5th). Usually get more feedback if you ask about specific restaurants.

http://parisbymouth.com/our-guide-to-...

Jan 08, 2015
macdog in France

April in Paris w/teenagers

A couple places close to your apt would be Terroir Parisien in the 5th (modern take on classics) and Breizh Cafe in the Marais (delicious crepes). I'm going to probably take my 6 person family group to A Noste in the 2nd for basque tapas and what sounds like a very lively atmosphere.

Parisbymouth.com has a good list of restaurants by arrondissement and will give some feedback on whether they would be good teen dining spots. The girls might like Merci on boulevard Beaumarchais in the 3rd. A fun stores that combines clothing, housewares and a cafe.

Jan 08, 2015
macdog in France

New Years Eve and Nob Hill [San Francisco]

We enjoyed our NYE dinner at 1760 very much. Walked down from our nob hill hotel around 8:40 for a 9:00pm reservation. It was last seating of the evening and we ended up waiting quite awhile to be seated. It was a very lively scene inside and a great cross section of SF's diversity. Tried and enjoyed a lot of dishes (plus they brought out extras because of our wait). Favorites were lobster ceviche, cavetelli with pork sugo, crispy octopus and mushroom tempura. There was a deconstructed Samore for desert that was good. Great spot for the occasion and thanks so much for the recommendation and I really appreciated that they didn't try to rip us off with a special NYE menu. Great to have all the choices.

The next morning we met friends at Yank Sing for brunch. It was enjoyable, but I realized I am much more of an egg person for my brunch meal. That night we ate around the corner at Nob Hill cafe. Really nice wait staff and very satisfying pasta carbonara. I was in the beginning stages of getting the worse flu bug of my life, so I'm thankful I got a good NYE dining experience under my belt before I collasped.

Thanks again for all the good advice. Love Chowhound!

Looking for special occasion place in Paris on a Sunday

This is a good list of restaurants open on Sunday. Probably get more response if you ask about some specific spots-

http://parisbymouth.com/paris-restaur...

Jan 06, 2015
macdog in France

Recs for Culinary Tour of Puglia

We took a cab from our hotel in the Stassi and it was fine. It's the modern part of town, and my memory was that is was safe and clean. A family ran the rental company and I think their pre teen son was the only one who spoke any english. Everything worked out well.

Dec 27, 2014
macdog in Italy

Restaurants open Dec 25?

Thanks everyone for the help. I did check opentable and it looks like the Ace hotel will be serving brunch that day. It's also on the list from LA Weekly. So I think that fits the bill in terms of location and great atmosphere.

Dec 21, 2014
macdog in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants open Dec 25?

We will be staying in DTLA and would love to find a good brunch/lunch spot. Is anything open on Christmas or does someone know where I could find a list of places that are open? Maybe just hotels...

Dec 20, 2014
macdog in Los Angeles Area

New Years Eve and Nob Hill [San Francisco]

Looks like Original Joes and Park Tavern are closed on New Year's Day. Will have to check with Mama's and The Square by phone.

Dec 18, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

New Years Eve and Nob Hill [San Francisco]

Will do. Now looking at places for brunch on New Year's Day. Just saw a rave review from Bauer for Park Tavern. We spend a lot of time in the Mission and Noe Valley when we are in SF, so I may try to explore North Beach/Russian Hill options. Maybe try to queue up at Mama's early. Is Mama's still good? Haven't eaten there in a long time.

Dec 18, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

New Years Eve and Nob Hill [San Francisco]

Decided that Kin Khao might not be a great fit for NYE although I defintely want to try it. So I looked up the 3 restaurants you suggested and got a reservation at 1760 for 9PM on NYE. Verbena looked interesting, I don't think they had availability. I think we can walk there and probably a little safer walk than going downtown towards Kin Khao. Thanks so much for the suggestions!

Dec 18, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

New Years Eve and Nob Hill [San Francisco]

Just saw Kin Khao has availability and reviews sounds really good. Looks like we could walk from Nob Hill.

Dec 17, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

New Years Eve and Nob Hill [San Francisco]

Also love Range. My dream is to go somewhere without a 3 course fixed price deal, but that will have to be my own research.

Dec 17, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

New Years Eve and Nob Hill [San Francisco]

Thanks, yes we all love Dosa. I think we even walked back to nob hill hotel in October when we eat at Fillmore location. Any recommendations for Japanese or Chinese? We usually eat at hunan on church st. when we come up, but probably want a little more ambience for NYE.

Dec 17, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

New Years Eve and Nob Hill [San Francisco]

We're staying on Nob Hill on NYE and even though I know that it's not a good idea to go out NYE, we are going to venture forth. I've done some opentable checking and Dosa on Fillmore and Range in the Mission has availability. Also saw Hayes St. Grill but don't hear much about that place. Any ideas? There will be 4 of us and we can cab or Uber around town since Nob Hill doesn't seem to have much in the way of good eating.

Dec 17, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Luncheon in the 8th in May

The vow renewal couple are very devoted plus the wife is beautiful and charming, so no worries. Sounds like some restaurants I have been in Malibu and LA. I was dragged to a restaurant in Beverly Hills that is owned by one of the Real Housewives of BH (maybe they are not known in France which would be a good thing). It had that same clientele and every waiter/waitress was a wanna be actor.

Dec 11, 2014
macdog in France

Luncheon in the 8th in May

Well, that sounds good. Love me some spicy. Is the view of other diners or geographical?

Dec 11, 2014
macdog in France

Luncheon in the 8th in May

I think my friend probably wants something fairly close, atmospheric and not too formal. There will be 4 or 5 twenty something's and I like the idea of a nice terrace (or nice interior) and good food, but not too expensive. Mini Palais sounds like it might be a good fit.

Dec 11, 2014
macdog in France

Luncheon in the 8th in May

Thanks. Looks like an interesting place. Similar to Mini-Palais in terms of food?

Dec 10, 2014
macdog in France

Luncheon in the 8th in May

I have read about Mini Palais on these boards and the space and terrace look lovely. I think that may be the perfect place. Merci!

Dec 10, 2014
macdog in France

Luncheon in the 8th in May

I'll let them know that alternative :-)

Dec 10, 2014
macdog in France

Luncheon in the 8th in May

Thank you, looks very stylish. When I googled there was a pic of Kim Kardashian coming out. I guess my friend is a fellow Armenian...

Dec 10, 2014
macdog in France

Luncheon in the 8th in May

I am researching lunch spots that are near the Eglise Armenienne on 15 Rue Jean Goujon 75008 for next May. Friends will be in Paris during our visit and the husband is surprising his wife with a vow renewal ceremony at the church where his grandfather was married in 1929. He has asked me to find a place to have lunch after the very short ceremony. There will probably be 7-9 of us. My husband had an enjoyable meal at Le Stella, but that looks like a bit of a hike. Thanks for any suggestions!

Dec 09, 2014
macdog in France

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

Have you been to Central Kitchen? I think run by the same people who do Flour and Water. Had a really good dinner last night at Range. Uni appetizer that tasted like the sea and hangar steak with avocado and wasabi potatoes.

Dec 05, 2014
macdog in France

Les Chouettes in the 3rd; a fine fine place to eat 7/7

Very happy to add to my list for our May visit. I need to find places near our rental apartment in haut Marais and this place sounds great. How does it rate with Les Enfants Rouges? Similar quality?

Dec 04, 2014
macdog in France

L.A-Santa Ynez-Cambria -Big Sur Thanksgiving Turkey Trot (Long)

Great TR. I'll send to my son who is bringing his girlfriend down to Big Sur next month from Bay Area. We also enjoyed Big Sur Bakery. Had a very tasty lunch last spring. On your way home sometimes you should check out Cold Spring Tavern grilled tri tips sandwiches on the weekend. Very delicious.

Dec 02, 2014
macdog in California