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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.

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.

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!

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

Breakfast Near LA Zoo

Mess Hall has a decent breakfast, Little Dom would be my first choice. Oops, just reread about not wanting to do Los Feliz, but I'll leave these suggestions since I don't know Glendale or Burbank as well.

Nov 30, 2014
macdog in Los Angeles Area

Henry's Hunan in the Excelsior Open for Thanksgiving (San Francisco)

I have a Hunan cookbook signed by Henry that I got at the Kearny location in 1978. We usually go to the Church st location now when we are in town. Amazed that Henry is still alive!

Nov 29, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

8 days near Le Marche D'Aligre

So much thanks for this report. I'm actually excited about the crepe place in Marche Des Enfants Rouges. We're staying in haut Marais and that sounds perfect for lunch one day (more casual alternative to Briezh cafe). Le Clown Bar and new Pierre Sang sound really interesting, although we will be 6 people, so places with no reservations will be problematic. Excited to check out the Aligre market.

Nov 23, 2014
macdog in France

Anyone Smoking a Thanksgiving Turkey?

That's the method we have used for years. I also cover top of turkey with foil for the first couple hours to keep it from over browning. I take it off last hour.

Hoffmann's Grill and Rotisserie on Guerrero [San Francisco]

I gues it is has just reopened as Hoffmann's. There are about 6 glowing reviews on Yelp. Have to take those with a grain of salt, but it's all I can find about the restaurant.

Nov 20, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Meat-centric in SF for large group

Lolinda's has some great grilled meat dishes. Also a nice rooftop deck for drinks before. It's on Mission in the Mission.

Hoffmann's Grill and Rotisserie on Guerrero [San Francisco]

Someone suggested this place for our monthly group business dinner. It's close to where we are staying and menu looks good. Nothing on CH about it. Anyone eaten there?

Nov 19, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Zola in Palo Alto

Chef is Robbie Wilson-he's the one who told me about Palo Alto place. Here's Mattei's Tavern menu-
http://www.matteistavern.com/p/dinner...

Nov 18, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Flesh Restaurant-interesting name (I think)

This restaurant just popped up on my Instagram feed. Located in Pigalle and featuring lots of flesh, barbecued. There is a pic of some ribs that could have been in the Flintstones. Anyone eaten there?

Nov 18, 2014
macdog in France

Zola in Palo Alto

Haven't heard of this place. May have to try it on our next visit to Bay Area. I talked to a restaurant owner in SB last week (he runs Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos) and he mentioned he is opening up a new place on Emerson soon. PA always has places coming and going. Wish someone would open a good 3rd wave coffee shop. And interesting to read your thread about Portola Kitchen. We go there a lot because we used to lived up the hill and it has gotten much better. Hope quality doesn't plummet.

Nov 17, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

A weekend near Canal Saint Martin

Happy to hear that Hai Kai was good. Really want to go there next May. Did you make reservations? Also, Holybelly looks good. I'm following them on Instagram and they've been posting some delish looking food. Burrito place also sounds tasty, but coming from Santa Barbara to get burritos in Paris just doesn't seem right (coals to Newcastle etc). Thanks for the report, great to hear back from you!

Nov 16, 2014
macdog in France

Help with the London trip that never happened...

I've really enjoyed the udon noodle dishes at Koya bar. Here's an interesting piece I read about london chefs favorite place to go.
http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014...

Nov 14, 2014
macdog in U.K./Ireland