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My dinner at Middle'terranea

Sounds very creative, delicious, and, as you said, very reasonably priced for the number of courses. Maybe the way to go instead of the wine pairing is to pay a corkage fee and bring ones own.
Nice report, thanks.

Commercial Drive

Hi LR, I did see Prairie Cottage Perogies on my many to and fro walks and if I thought I could get around to it I definitely would have picked up a bag to prepare where I was staying. I liked the look of the place but I would be very surprised if they were affiliated with "Old Europe" which was an old school, sitdown goulashery and not a place to pick up pre-made specialties.

Trip Report Commercial Drive (and beyond)

I forgot to include Swadasee Thai (4250 Main St, Vancouver). Papaya salad disappointing, red chicken breast curry was fine, but nothing special.
We also went to Moderne Burger. The proprietor was really a sweetheart and made up for the fact that I couldn't order my burger rare, as is my preference, because of the health code by-laws. Hand cut french fries were great and I appreciated the level jump that came from the house-made brioche bun.

Upscale lunch suggestion

Having a tablecloth or not be part of the equation is ridiculous to me, but I am trying to satisfy all the requirements.
I forgot about Bouvelard, that's a good idea.
Also remembered Zuni could work.

Upscale lunch suggestion

I've been invited to join a visiting couple for lunch that have deeper pockets than I do. It would be for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The Mister of the couple has a preference for tableclothes and she shuns the carbs.
I have thought of Perbacco, but that means only Friday for lunch. I have always wanted to eat there, but if their big attraction is pasta then the anti-carb lady will potentially be at a loss. I looked at Quince and Mons. Benjamin but neither are open for lunch. Looked at Cavalier but they don't appear to do the tablecloth thing. Since this isn't the way I dine I need some help….

Trip Report Commercial Drive (and beyond)

The first night we headed for Wishes & Luck but they are closed for personal reasons so we took advantage of Jamjar next door. Our timing was bad so we had to wait a bit but the food was very good. We had a sampler of fattoush salad, hummus and chicken skewers with garlic sauce. We had a full portion of fish pieces in savory sauce and falafel. The falafel would have been better ordered as sampler size, but no big deal. I liked watching the flat bread toasted up before our eyes. Cocktails were the house interpretation of a Moscow Mule and a Bloody Mary, and both tasty.
We had a night cap at Storm Crow. If I was visiting in winter I could easily picture spending hours there playing cards or games.
I couldn't not go to Joes Cafe Bar for a cappucino. It's a place I used to go for coffee and shooting pool back in the 90's when I lived in Seattle. The place hasn't changed, and I'm so glad.
Went to the Licorice Parlour for a handful of black beauties to enjoy on the plane. Also got a small sandwich from Grotto de Formaggio for on the plane home, but I am getting ahead of myself.
Went to Casa de Gelato and after suffering an attack of indecision faced with so many choices, decided on the subtle, unusual chantrelle ice cream.
We went to Bao Bei and had sauteed king pea tips, szechuan marinated cucumber, pork dumplings and vietnamese seafood crepe. The dumplings, credited on the menu to someone named Helen, were the weakest link. The wrapper was too chewy and the filling was one-note. Everything else was delicious.
I hadn't been to Galloways since they moved to New West years and years ago, so made the pilgrimage there. I just love it. My friend vouched for the Mexican place around the corner, Playa del Something, but I thought it was really bad and wished we had tried a very busy wonton soup place nearby. Sorry I can't be more specific on the name of that.
We got to Kishimoto for lunch one day just when they opened and it was superb. We had the fried beet salad (wow), miso soup, the salmon okinosushi (wow) and a saba, ume, shiso roll.
( I grilled dinner for us on Saturday because that is one of the perks of staying at an Airbnb and I prefer not to compete with Saturday night diners)
Sunday was my last night and we were all set to find a great Indian restaurant but I wanted something livelier for a send off so we went to Via Tevere and it was perfect for that. We had house red wine, the arugala/lemon salad, mixed antipasto plate and the Neopolatana pizza which features anchovies and basil.
I wish I had had the time and appetite to binge on oysters, that will have to be next time.
Thanks for all the suggestions and opinions to my first post.
Cheers, Saffrongold / San Francisco

Commercial Drive

I couldn't find the sausage place anywhere

Commercial Drive

Ooooh, this is shaping up nicely, thank you for all contributions.
I don't drink the beer, and I know I'm missing out on a major foodie movement, but the stomach wants what the stomach wants.
JamJar, JS&Z sausage and Tangent are of interest.
Also am going to Burlesque show at the Keefer Hotel and was thinking of Salt Tasting Room beforehand. Anyone second that?

Commercial Drive

I haven't been to Vancouver in 15 years and happy to be returning.
I used to love an Eastern European place on Commercial called "Heart of Europe", or something like that. Does anyone know what I'm talking about and if it is still there? Had great goulash and pierogis.
I like the sound of Wishes and Luck and Kishimoto since I am staying near the Drive. Anything else I shouldn't miss? I will be in the area for 4 nights. I like any cuisine as long as it is done well. Thanks.

Wishbone Restaurant in Petaluma (Humble Pie reborn!)

Gosh, I like the Three Cooks sign and I think it is nice of them to honor the previous tenant that held the space for decades.
Haven't checked lately, maybe you got your wish.

Moroccan Mint Tea

If you want to drink it with a meal, they make it at Zitouna.
To make at home, I second what RL posted.

Weekend Brunch at The Doctor's Lounge in the Excelsior, San Francisco

The Panorama english muffins will spoil you against anything else by that name. You can get them at Alemany Farmers Market. 5 for $5.

Rohnert Park to SF --- what to eat along the way?

I hope you picked up some of the chili oil. It is very special. If you talk to the Strawberry Lady about how you'll use it she really lights up.

Chinese takeout - UES

I just visited NYC from San Francisco and A-Jiao was recommended on Chowhound before this thread was started. Unfortunately I blew one of my few restaurant meals eating there. What I am reading here just confirms that.

Jun 05, 2014
saffrongold in Manhattan

Trip Report on original post UES bet. 90th and 116th Str

I had the spicy sesame noodles, spinach with ginger dressing and Chefs diced fish and crispy tofu.

I forgot to add in my first report that I sampled some Van Leeuwen ice cream from a truck in the West Village and went to Harney and Sons on Broome/Crosby to shop for and drink tea. Recommended.

Jun 05, 2014
saffrongold in Manhattan

Trip Report on original post UES bet. 90th and 116th Str

I wanted to give a quick report on the welcome suggestions I was able to check out.
First night walked to Lechon del Barrio and it was good and so inexpensive. The meat portion looked really dwarfed next to the heaping rice and beans, but it was all succulent and I was not really interested in leftovers.
Now that I am home I am sorry I didn't have more quality time with some pizza slices but I did snag a couple from Patsys Pizzeria (1st and 117th) right out of the oven.
The only "miss", and it was major, was A-jiao Szechuan. The place was empty, which should have tipped me off but I thought perhaps they did a brisk delivery service. I wish I had tried Vinus and Marc which is very close by. Or anything else at all. Next trip…
I discovered Hot Bread Kitchen at 115th and Park Ave for breakfast and really liked the baked goods and the whole concept.
Went to the recommended Drunken Munkey and had a great table next to the floor to ceiling open window. Liked the whole package.
After years of yearning I finally made it to Prune with two friends so we got to try alot of menu offerings and everything was fantastic, and such a sweet space.
Also made it to Kitchen Arts and Letters Bookstore for the first time, excellent, and my usual pilgrimage to Kalustyans.
Thank you for the suggestions.

Jun 05, 2014
saffrongold in Manhattan

Suggestions for UES between 90th and 116th Streets

thank you for the local input. Nice cross section of choices. Between your list and the threads from scoopG and MacTAC I should have plenty to go on for that neighborhood. ( I am staying on 5th and 106th) Thank you.

Apr 27, 2014
saffrongold in Manhattan

Suggestions for UES between 90th and 116th Streets

I am traveling to Manhattan soon and staying in a completely different neighborhood this time and ISO meals I can get to easily.
I am very open to different cuisine, though coming from San Francisco there is no shortage of Mexican food where I live. ( More open to Spanish or Puerto Rican flavors) or anything destination worthy up that way… would like to keep the tab no higher than $50 for myself on the high end.
thanks in advance

Apr 26, 2014
saffrongold in Manhattan

Pizza for a crowd near Fairmont Hotel [San Francisco]

I can always count on you to set me straight, Robert.

Pizza for a crowd near Fairmont Hotel [San Francisco]

Tommasso's doesn't deliver but it is very nearby

neighborhood for cheap eats? [San Francisco]

A couple of my friends stayed at an AirBnB on 42nd Ave. in the outer Richmond and it was a nice, cozy in-law very close to GG Park, the Pacific Ocean and good cheap food.

Where do you purchase broccoli rabe in San Francisco?

Two vendors at Alemany Farmers Market carry it during the season and I've seen it at Andronico's.

Okra - minimizing the slime

Leave the pods whole, just trim the hard end. Cuts way down on slime in any preparation.

Jul 26, 2013
saffrongold in Home Cooking
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15 Iconic SF Greasy Spoons from EaterSF

Sorry I don't know

15 Iconic SF Greasy Spoons from EaterSF

I think Peter D's (est. 1959) at VanNess and Broadway deserves to be on the list

Single Dining/Counter near Union Square-Castro [San Francisco]

Yes, this is the one. I am sorry I am not very savvy with posting links. You will find enough alternatives to bivalve/crustacean to make it destination worthy.

Single Dining/Counter near Union Square-Castro [San Francisco]

For a splurge go to Anchor Cafe on Castro near 19th St. Wonderfully executed seafood dishes and raw bar. This is very near the Castro Theatre and has counter seating.

Duboce Triangle (SF)

I like Jasmine Garden Vietnamese
708 14th St
(between Church St & Belcher St)
San Francisco, CA 94114

the carpaccio is soooo gooood

Shanghai Dumpling King [SF] - Is it going downhill?

thanks for the giggle

Shanghai Dumpling King [SF] - Is it going downhill?

Has anyone been back to try it since they have re-opened on Balboa??