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SF hound visiting Gabriola Island & Vancouver

Cafe Medina looks tasty indeed, although it's a little bit of a haul from where we're staying.

We ate mostly local food in India, not hotel stuff, but I'm down with fusion'y/westernized, so long as it's tasty.

SF hound visiting Gabriola Island & Vancouver

Ah nuts - any suggestions for somewhere serving at ~4pm on Granville Island or very near Davie Village?

SF hound visiting Gabriola Island & Vancouver

Thanks for the Gabriola tips folks!

DiscoverGabriola, we arrive in Gabriola early afternoon this Saturday the 16th, and leave mid-morning on Friday the 22nd - I'd love a list of events, but via email, so as to not clutter CH with not-food-stuff. I'm web (at) adampaul (dot) com.

SF hound visiting Gabriola Island & Vancouver

Wow, thanks for the lengthy reply, grayelf!

I figured Japadog would be a fun bite since we're arriving 1pm'ish and are having dinner @ 6:30 so a proper meal would be too much - we'll check out the bricks & mortar one, as they're close enough to where we'll be.

I've read mixed reviews about Forte's, but I expect it'll be just fine. Indeed the prices at Bishops, Wests, Raincity, and friends are a little off-putting, especially thanks to the weak US dollar.

We're going to the Nelson farmer's market w/our friends who live in the West End, so it's more a pleasant morning out than looking to be wowed - we are indeed blessed with wonderful markets here in SF.

Given that we are planning on spending an afternoon/evening in Gastown & Chinatown, other than Phnom Penh, where would you eat in the area? I haven't seen too much in the way of recs there other than Salt Tasting Room, which looks possibly a little precious, not that we have anything at all against cheese/meat/condiment/wine dinners.

Ahh the brunch curse - few good choices, and horrendous crowds at the ones that are - yes, we're well familiar with that! We're not by any means set on Twisted Fork, and in fact on our Sunday, would much prefer an earlier breakfast so we can spend some quality time in Stanley Park - any good options downtown'ish? Greasy spoons are fine by us, so long as they're good greasy spoons.

We're actually going to La Brasserie for our Sat brunch, not dinner, so thanks for the rec on the poutine - sounds delicious!

We'll plan on arriving @ Vij's at 5 then - having just been to India earlier this year, I'm very curious to see what they're like.

I know you're a fan of Golden Ocean - it was courtesy of your extremely-helpful cart dim sum compendium posts that we found out about it!

Sounds like it's Go Fish for our Monday exit meal, as with an 8pm flight, dinner @ 5:30 is too late.

Thanks again for the info!

Rgds,
Adam

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Vij's Restaurant
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

La Brasserie
1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

Twisted Fork
1147 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1M1, CA

SF hound visiting Gabriola Island & Vancouver

Hi folks,

My wife & I are leaving this weekend for 6 days on Gabriola Island and 4 days in Vancouver, and would love any tips for local eats. We've never been to Vancouver before and are looking forward to getting to know the city a bit.

I expect we will cook in on Gabriola, but if there's anything tasty around Silva Bay, I'd certainly like to know about it.

I've been reading this board for a couple of weeks now, and so far our tentative Vancouver eating itinerary is something like:

Fri 7/22 (arrive early afternoon): JapaDog, dinner @ Joe Forte's (a friend's husband is a bartender there)

Sat: Nelson Park Farmers Market, brunch @ La Brasserie, dinner @ Phnom Penh, top off w/Chinatown Night Market

Sun: Breakfast/brunch (Twisted Fork?, but open to anywhere downtown'ish, especially if they serve earlier than 10am), dinner @ Vij's or Rangoli (any tips for minimizing wait @ Vij's? Get there @ 5?)

Mon: dim sum carts @ Golden Ocean, early dinner @ Go Fish or maybe one of the downtown Guu - flight back to SF @ 8pm.

We are staying in Davie Village and won't have a car, but are happy to take transit elsewhere so long as it's not too far away (and preferably in a 'hood with other things to do).

Cuisine-wise, we absolutely want at least one dim sum meal (strongly prefer carts over menus), and one "northwestern" meal (Forte's, I guess? The other usual recs are too pricey), and can skip Italian since that's very well-covered at home.

Thanks!
Adam

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Vij's Restaurant
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

Guu
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

La Brasserie
1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

Info Needed to Make It An All-Round Great Trip

Thank you all for the great suggestions - I'm thirsty now!

May 07, 2010
adampaul in San Diego

Info Needed to Make It An All-Round Great Trip

Sorry to jump into the OP's thread, but the wife & I are heading to SD for 4 days next week, and would definitely like specific brewpub recommendations. We'll be staying in Hotel Circle and meandering mostly between there & Encinitas.

May 06, 2010
adampaul in San Diego

The Marshall Store - Report

Yep - I was there today (for the first time). The raw oysters ($10 for 6, up $2 from the 2007 report) were unadorned, as they should be, with the aforementioned mignonette on the side. Definitely the best oysters I've had, although I cannot say that I am a connoisseur of them. Clam chowder was good, worth getting if you have a hankering for more than just oysters.

Judging by what the cashier told someone who was buying beer, oaktowngirl's information is exactly correct - no beer/wine consumption on the premises, but OK at the tables along the highway.

As I mentioned this was my first time here, but the wife & I found it very charming.

SF hound visiting Chicago

Thanks for the suggestions, folks, especially w/transit info, since we'll be taking transit for at least two days of our trip. Looks like we should eat pretty well.

Regards,
_Adam

Oct 23, 2007
adampaul in Chicago Area

Good burger in the Inner Richmond?

Q & The Richmond definitely get my vote - both have very good, simple burgers. The Richmond's at $9.95 is a real bargain too, attractively plated, and served with house-made condiments. Atmosphere-wise, Q is MUCH closer to a Burgermeister/Burger Joint, as The Richmond is mid-range and has white tablecloths.

Bill's Place isn't in the Inner Richmond, and I wouldn't recommend it unless the requirement is for a burger at exactly Clement & 24th. Although I appreciate their old-school "charm" and great shakes, the burgers I found to be average.

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The Richmond Restaurant
615 Balboa, San Francisco, CA 94118

Q
225 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Clement Street

You don't mention which section of Clement, but since Rockit is in the lower Ave's, I'll assume you mean from Arguello to ~9th. Also, you probably wanted input for last night, but oh well :)

My favorites in that area (mostly already mentioned) are:
Burma Superstar - will be horribly busy on a Sat night, tho
Mandalay - should be much less busy than Burma Superstar, and the food's comparable
Brothers - excellent Korean BBQ (don't bother w/anything else there). Be warned that you'll smell of smoke all night, and service can be brusque.
Minh's Garden - good Vietnamese dive
Mai's Kitchen - less dive'y Vietnamese, but still pretty inexpensive
Troya - great Turkish food, and underappreciated, IMO
Clementine - nice mid-range French bistro fare
Q - solid comfort food, service isn't always what one would hope, though

I agree w/Meggie - Troya would be my pick for the reasons mentioned. Since you're time-constrained, I wouldn't recommend Burma Superstar or Brothers, since AFAIK neither takes reservations and both will be very crowded on a Sat night.

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Clementine Restaurant
126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Mandalay Restaurant
4344 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Brothers 2 Restaurant
4014 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

Q
225 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant
316 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Update on Paul K, please!

I ate there about 6 months ago pre-symphony. Everything was good, and it is a fine choice if you're in the area, however, I wouldn't make a special trip just to eat at Paul K.

SPQR

Additional trivia - the manhole covers in Rome, amongst other things, are imprinted with "SPQR."

Fremont Newark area help needed

I lived in Fremont for a while - my thoughts on your list are:

Il Porcino - my fav. Italian place in Fremont, cozy & good
China Chili's - never understood why this place is so popular. Not bad, but not great
North China - better than China Chili's IMHO, but not wonderful either
Papillon - overpriced, so-so French/Continental food
East Bay Thai - very tasty
Market Broiler - OK but I wouldn't send someone from out of town there
My Thai - also very tasty. If your friend likes SPICY, they will make unbelievably hot food if asked
La Cabana - great little family-run joint, mexican seafood dishes are particularly good

Regarding the other replies:
Lee's Tofu - agree - very good tofu hot pots, especially the kimchee
Salang Pass - second-best Afghan food I've had (first goes to Kabul in Sunnyvale/San Carlos) & nice atmosphere. Definitely recommend, since there are few afghan places around
Erik's Deli - good deli fare

I would add:
Banyan Tree (Union City) - SE Asian, I always enjoyed my meals there

Too bad your friend wouldn't be into Vietnamese or Indian, as Vung Tao (Vietnamese) in Newark is very good, and good Indian food abounds in the area.

SF hound visiting Chicago

Hi folks,

My gf & I are visiting your fair city (my first time, which I'm looking forward to) and seek recommendations for casual dining. We'll be there for 4 days Oct 24-28 and are staying in the Logan Square area.

We're mostly interested in foods not well-represented in San Francisco (I hear there's lots of Greek restaurants, which are a rarity here). Price-wise we may have one nicer dinner ($50/ea?), but are on a budget for everything else.

Of particular interest also are breakfasts, especially near Logan Square.

I'll report back on where we wind up.

Thanks in advance!
_Adam

Oct 18, 2007
adampaul in Chicago Area

SF 'hound road tripping to/from PDX

Yep, been to Duarte's once, and Pescadero many times (the artichoke & garlic bread at Archangeli's Deli is to die for), however, it's about an hour _south_ of San Francisco :)

Jul 25, 2007
adampaul in Pacific Northwest

SF 'hound road tripping to/from PDX

Those both sound great - thanks very much! I've been to Sunset's #3 (once) & #9 (many times) and both are excellent, but are expensive to very-expensive, so I'd be keen to try an affordable top-notch F&C :)

Thanks again,
_Adam

Jul 25, 2007
adampaul in Pacific Northwest

SF 'hound road tripping to/from PDX

Thanks for all of the tips, folks!

Sammy's sounds wonderful, my kind of place, but, alas, not on this trip (I rather doubt I could get a table for this Saturday anyways).

Astoria & Seaside (and anything north of Tillamook) will have to wait for another trip too, but I'll file the recs away for later retrieval.

I think I'm pretty well-covered for ideas in Ashland, Eureka, the 3 Capes, Newport & Florence, but how about farther south? Anything in Port Orford, Gold Beach, or Brookings worth checking out?

How about something low-key, funky, and interesting in Portland near'ish Milwaukee? Left to their own devices, my mother & her hubby are likely to take us to places like the Kennedy School (which I thought was only so-so, but I love the idea), McGrath's (also only so-so), and the like.

Thanks again, and I'll definitely report back.

Jul 24, 2007
adampaul in Pacific Northwest

SF 'hound road tripping to/from PDX

Hi folks,

My gf & I are road tripping from San Francisco to Portland to visit my mom next week and would appreciate any suggestions for eats along the way.

We're taking 2 days up I-5, with a stayover in Ashland, and 5 days back down, along the coast from Tillamook southward, staying in Pacific City, Florence, Gold Beach, & Eureka CA.

We enjoyed an excellent meal at Zingaro in Ashland last year, but any recs for a more moderately-priced place in Ashland would be great.

We'll probably eat one meal out in Portland. My mother lives in the Milwaukee(?sp) area, so any recs for casual, interesting eats thereabouts would be great.

I imagine we'll eat at the Pelican Brewery in Pacific City, as I'm hard-pressed to pass a brewpub, especially one that's stumbling distance from our hotel.

My mother (not a Chowhound by any means) suggested we eat at Sea Hag in Depoe Bay and Mo's (for the chowder) in Newport.

We're big fans of breakfast, so if there are any places along the way we shouldn't miss, I'd love to hear about them.

Most of our budget has gone to hotel costs, so we're interested in inexpensive, casual restaurants (entrees less than $15). Cuisine doesn't matter, as we're happy to eat any food, so long as it's prepared well.

TIA!
_Adam

Jul 21, 2007
adampaul in Pacific Northwest

Best Dining In Fremont-area?

It's been several years since my last visit, but I always enjoyed Il Porcino for Italian in Fremont when I lived there.

Ristorante Il Porcino, (510)791-7383
3339 Walnut Ave.
Fremont, CA

There are a large number of good restaurants in the greater Fremont area, but Cal-cuisine is notably absent AFAIK.

Funky,Strange, Cheap, out-of-the way

Yes, both Trad'r Sams and Zam Zam are still around, although I'd hardly compare the two, what with the former being a cheesy noisy faux tiki place with a young college crowd (at least on the weekends) and frou-frou umbrella drinks, and the latter a pretty mellow place serving good-quality traditional cocktails. Then again I'm biased, as Zam Zam is my favorite local watering hole :)

Duck Fat

I bought some recently at Molly Stone's Tower Market (Twin Peaks) - its in front of the deli counter, not the meat counter, as one might expect it to be. I'm pretty sure it was more than $4/lb, though, but neither was it $8/cup.

sweetbreads?

The Richmond (Balboa & 7th Ave) has had crispy sweetbreads every time I've been there. They were very good last time I had them there.

Big Sur/Gorda eats

Sorry, just catching up now. Like Jens, we ate poorly overall in Big Sur.

On our way in we tried to eat at the Big Sur Bakery, which wasn't serving and suggested we try Ventana, which also turned out not to be serving. For lack of other options, we lunched at Nepenthe. It was the expected tourist ripoff, a forgettable but not terrible $15 burger w/average fries, served in a basket. We might have been more charmed if it had been sunny out, but it was mostly overcast, and the hostess had a strange hostile attitude for no apparent reason.

Our first night we had dinner at Treebones and I too had the salmon, while Sarah had a pork chop. Both were of the "feed the troops lots of food" variety, although we did really enjoy our stay and the DIY waffles in the morning.

Breakfast at the Whale Watch Cafe in Gorda was barely passable. The place had a weird vibe to it, which wasn't helped when a woman came in to buy a beer for her husband "to get him in a good mood before we go out on the boat" (this being at 8am, mind you). Very cutesy decor. $3 for horrible coffee and $12'ish for greasy eggs and potatoes.

Dinner at the Lucia Lodge was one of the worst we've had in memory, despite the nice views (well, probably because of them!). Sarah's fettucine alfredo was bizarrely devoid of flavor, swimming in a tepid pool of goo. I've had frozen diet-food versions of alfredo that were better than this! My beef hash w/potatoes and cabbage (it was St. Patrick's Day) was a huge portion, and extremely fatty. The vegetables were all cooked to death, but at least the hash was flavorful. Our app of coconut shrimp was carboninzed and bitter. Total was $65 before tip, with only 1 glass of wine.

Things improved on Sunday when we finally made it to the Big Sur Bakery on our way home - this place is great, and singlehandedly redeemed the Big Sur dining scene :) We had a fantastic breakfast pizza with, I think, bacon, eggs and chives on it, easily a meal for two, and also a delicious burger, the same $15 as Nepenthe's, but world's better.

Next time we'll either stay in Big Sur proper where there seem to be some good options (for horrific prices), or just pack our own, as Matt suggested.

Despite the food we had a great trip, but the staggering food prices and low quality did detract from our enjoyment. Not just restaurants - a box of crackers and a bottle of Coke at the Ragged Point Inn set us back nearly $8! It's telling that a more recent trip to Mendocino felt comparatively affordable and we ate well.

Apr 30, 2007
adampaul in California

Seeking burr grinder for paper filter coffee-making

Hmmm, that does sound like it'd be worth a try, as it's 1/10th (or less) the price of most of the well-reviewed burr grinders. Thanks for the link!

Apr 27, 2007
adampaul in Cookware

Seeking burr grinder for paper filter coffee-making

Hi folks,

Sebby & I aren't happy with ground-at-the-store beans, let alone pre-ground ones, and our few forays into grinding at home with our bladed grinder (purchased for spices, not coffee) have been predictably unsatisfactory (loud, slow, powdery and chunky all at once, you know the drill). Since we don't seek espresso enlightenment, I'm hoping we can get away with one of the sub-$200 burred units that don't weigh a ton or take a lot of counter space.

I have done the obligatory board searches, and nearly all posts deal with espresso uses - we use a manual paper filter holder dripping into a carafe 98% of the time, and a french press once in a blue moon.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
_Adam

Apr 26, 2007
adampaul in Cookware

Troya

Hmm, Sebby & I have had perhaps a half-dozen meals at Troya, and don't have anything bad to say about them. I'm not sure what service issues folks would have other than that they're not formal, and I find the atmosphere to be pleasant.

We spent a week in Istanbul last year, and both think that Troya is a good example of what we ate, and overall of similar quality. The appetizers (mezes) in particular are strong across the board. We like the ezme (roasted red pepper spread) and mucver (zucchini fritters) very much.

Too bad we have classes on Tuesdays - music sounds nice.

Buck's in Woodside

Buck's is a fun place, but more for the decor & writings than the food (which isn't bad, but isn't spectacular either). I like the nachos best there.

Mendocino eats?

We're staying in Mendocino, so at least 2 of the 3 breakfasts will be there. We do plan on going to Ft. Bragg on day, though, so I'll definitely add Eggheads to my list.

Thanks for the rec!

Rgds,
_Adam

Apr 10, 2007
adampaul in California

Mendocino eats?

Hi folks,

GF & I are heading to Mendocino on Friday, staying through Monday, and would love some restaurant tips. The CH search doesn't let me sort by date, and the first results are all pretty old :(

We have reservations at Cafe Beaujolias for dinner on Saturday, and will probably have lunch or dinner at the North Coast Brewing Co in Fort Bragg one day, but we're otherwise wide open. Beaujolais will be our expensive meal, and the rest we would like to be reasonably priced (<$20 for entrees). This looks like it might pose a problem for dinners in Mendocino proper, as all of the menus I've looked at online are pretty pricey.

In particular, good breakfast recs would be welcome.

Thanks!
_Adam

Apr 10, 2007
adampaul in California