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Nick's Cove - Marshall

Try the dungeness m&c next time (best to share!) it really is heavenly.

Admittedly, the disastrous breakfasts and few small plates we've ordered (incl chowder), coupled with scathing reviews from Bauer in recent years, have kept us away from the restaurant on all visits. The cocktails weren't much better (we now bring a flask). The complimentary BBQ oysters in room have proven decent if unexciting (and incomparable to Marshall, Saltwater, etc!) but we've gotten used to our routine of dungeness mac and cheese and garlic fries in the boathouse as an afternoon snack.

Osteria Stellina, Pt. Reyes Station

We had a disappointing dinner two years ago and haven't been back since because we didn't feel anything merited a return visit. We over ordered: several pastas, pizza to share, salads and various seasonal greens prepared different ways. It was all pretty mediocre and nothing we couldn't have whipped up better ourselves at home. Wine list was good however. I also found the space (dining room itself) uninspired, for lack of a better word. Neither my wife or myself were fond of the atmosphere.

Saltwater Oyster Depot in Inverness

My favorite BBQ oysters are at the Marshall Store; bar none. Be sure to try their homemade beef jerky too. If you're discreet (and responsible) I've never had an issue drinking on their deck. Just be stealthy and smart about it.

Nick's Cove - Marshall

It was over a weekend, Robert. We didn't order a full meal as I know better from past visits... We stick to Sir and Star for dinner and lunches at Hog Island, Marshall Store, and Saltwater strictly for shellfish and rawbar. I didn't enjoy the one dinner we had at Saltwater, which I found rather boring and uninventive. Past lunches have fared much better. We usually stock up on food at the market and Cowgirl for breakfasts and picnics. The breakfasts at Nick's are equally bad; their dungeness benedict was especially atrocious and not at all edible.

Point Reyes area restaurants

The Marshall Store is my favorite lunch spot in town. Apart from the cooked oysters which they do so well, their sandwiches and homemade beef jerky are excellent too.

Nick's Cove - Marshall

I stayed at Nick's a couple of months ago and I'm sorry to report that their chowder was one of the worst I've ever tasted. Nothing at Nick's was good (incl. the signature bbq oysters!) with the exception of their dungeness mac & cheese, which remains an indulgent yet guilty pleasure that's best shared due to the overpowering richness of the dish.

Quick walk-in near Paramount Theatre

Thanks for the endorsement... I'll see if OpenTable is accepting reservations this early!

Quick walk-in near Paramount Theatre

Thanks everyone - the missus was interested in trying Duende so we might do that. My other friend also suggested Lost and Found or Parlour which I'm told is owned by the former Bar 355 team with the previous chef from Gitane in the kitchen. Plum Bar sounds like a good choice as well. Sounds like we're well equipped afterall!

On a slightly different note, we'll be returning to the Paramount with friends in June and I'd like to plan ahead this time and make reservations. Is Picán worth trying?

Quick walk-in near Paramount Theatre

I'm going to the Paramount tonight with my wife and a friend and we're looking to grab a quick bite beforehand. I'd planned on squeezing up to the bar at Flora for 6pm but my friend tells me that's not happening... I should have made res. We'll have no more than an hour in-and-out as the show time is at 8pm and it's general admission, so we'll want to line up at the box office by 7pm to save seats and enjoy a drink on the balcony before the screening. What else is good nearby and within walking distance where we can blow in and out quickly but still enjoy a few small apps and maybe a couple of cocktails?

Suggestions for lunch only M-F restaurants

Muracci's is okay for weekday take-out but unless you work nearby, I wouldn't consider it worthy of a detour. Their curry is pretty good but the tonkatsu itself isn't noteworthy.

I like The Sentinel a lot. If I have the time, I generally prefer to just run down to the Ferry Bldg on Thursdays for lunch. Sandwiches from The Farmer's Wife are much better! Golden West on the other hand... meh. I've never had anything that lives up to the online hype (mostly yelp). I suspect it's just the freshest and best offered in the immediate area. It's definitely not worth your time unless you were right there and in a rush.

Polk St. [San Francisco]

Yemeni's used to be fantastic and my favorite restaurant in the area but they switched chefs and management earlier last year and it's gone way down hill.

Polk St. [San Francisco]

Their soup is extremely salty. I have admittedly gotten it to go a number of times out of convenience but it doesn't even compare to Wise Sons matzo ball soup which actually tastes like slow cooked chicken stock and not something that came out of a box.

Sir and Star at The Olema

Robert, do you mean the upstairs inn?

We were at Sir and Star about a month ago and I could've sworn they already had overnight guests. Have you called to inquire?

Polk St. [San Francisco]

I've never had anything remotely good or even competently made at Millers. I find their pastrami generic, aforementioned cabbage rolls utterly gross, knishes are inedible, matzo ball soup flavorless... I can't think of anything else I would order but if there's other Jewish deli food that I've tried at Millers, I feel confident in saying that I probably hated it too. The only deli I've been to in recent years that outcraps Millers was Sherman's in Palm Springs.

Tasty Italian Meatballs for a birthday celebration?

I would never wait more than 15 minutes max but I've also never experienced long waits at Tony's. Perhaps we've just gotten lucky or been on the right nights, but we usually get seated within 10 mins. There was one ocassion where the line dragged and we just crossed the street to Joe's instead.

I should specify that the meatballs gigante with either burrata or wild mushroom pancetta and robiola (my personal fave!) is the one to go for but they limit 25 per day. I don't think I've had better Italian style meatballs in the city, if not anywhere... and I've had my fare share!

Capp's Corner is closing. [San Francisco]

Franchino's?

Not much else...

Polk St. [San Francisco]

Millers is terrible and their stuffed cabbage is awful. Saying that Millers is better than Wise Sons is like saying that East Side Marios is better than Cotogna.

Tasty Italian Meatballs for a birthday celebration?

Tony's in North Beach are killer.

Capp's Corner is closing. [San Francisco]

It's gone :(

I'll be saying goodbye to Capp's next Wed.

Private Dining for marriage proposal

Hotel with room service worked for me! Congrats

Polk St. [San Francisco]

I take out from Spinnerie quite often so I can offer a fairly balanced review. Their chickens are in fact, perfectly cooked, moist, juicy, meaty... and completely bland. Perhaps I've been spoiled by better rotisserie having grown up in Montreal, a city known for its regional QC style "bar-b-q chicken" with distinct charbroiled smoky flavors and crispy blackened skin (the best part!) glazed with sweet hints of molasses, along with the many Portugese style rotisseries, but Spinnerie's birds are entirely flavorless. I've tried all styles offered; none impressed me. It's unfortunate because they are perfectly prepared, as mentioned, and what you get is rather unfulfilling - a plump and juicy chicken that ends up tasting dull and boring. It doesn't help that they offer at least a half dozen different types of sauces without any one of them being properly suited yo or accompanying the flavor profiles of the chicken. It's as if they couldn't nail one thing really well so they just decided to offer a bunch of different sauces that are technically supposed to pair with rotisserie chicken. None of them are good. I've tried every sauce and they range from cloyingly sweet to entirely inept (what passes as bbq sauce- both mustard based and red). I've stopped ordering chicken from Spinnerie after the second or third takeout. Now I go girl their sides, which are pretty decent for the price. Everything is exceptionally fresh and well made. Their roasted veggies are quite good, but again this is in the context of a convenient neighborhood option for a cheap takeout meal; nothing on their menu is destination worthy. I've tried just about every side from their Mac and cheese (recently redone in different style) to their couscous, calabrese cauliflower, soba noodles, etc. Most are decent to good; none will make you hunger for them the next day or week or month... Or ever. They're a safe neighborhood option for a quick and healthy take home dinner or snack (I load up on 5-6 sides when I'm not terribly hungry or in the mood for an organized dinner) at a good value. I'd say it's the slightly better equivalent to the hot counter/prepared foods at Whole Foods. Cheaper too. Not of interest unless you live within a roughly 10 block radius.

Restaurant or Bar with a TV in Oakland/East Bay.

Unfortunately, it's not difficult to find these days.

Polk St. [San Francisco]

The new rotisserie spot is kind of a bust. It's serviceable and inexpensive for those of us who live in the hood but it's otherwise not worth noting. I sometimes pickup from them as a last ditch option when coming home late and there's nothing else quick and easy nearby but I wouldn't otherwise recommend. Certainly not an eat-in type of place. I'm looking forward to the new Burmese spot that's opening, I so hope it's good!

Shorty Goldstein's FiDi Jewish Deli,SF opened 3/5/13 - any reports?

I should've tried the Rachel today but I opted for the basic pastrami as a field test. I'd go to The Sentinel any day of the week over Shorty's; they're not even in the same league of sandwiches as far as I'm concerned.

Shorty Goldstein's FiDi Jewish Deli,SF opened 3/5/13 - any reports?

Finally tried their pastrami today on Sutter before my haircut appointment... Big meh! The sandwich was extremely dry. I had to ditch the rye (which was no loss) and eat the meat on its own. It was fairly crumbly and inconsistent from slice to slice; some pieces being overly dry and tasteless while others faring slightly better. Overall I found it tasted rather bland and lacked any real depth. The mustard they use adds a strong spice kick which I assume is intended or at least works to mask this to a degree. The serving itself was pretty paltry for a deli sandwich. It's been mentioned before but I received approx. 4-5 slices of meat (medium thickness) per half. I've never ordered a pastrami sandwich anywhere else before and not felt satiated at the end of the meal but after ditching the rye and eating the meat on its own, it felt like half a meal. The pickles that accompanied the sandwich were awful. Sweet pickles from a Jewish deli?? I felt it was overpriced too. A sandwich and black cherry rang up $16 and change which proved to be a poor value both in terms of quality and quantity. I won't be back.

Donato Enoteca, Redwood City

Thanks! I've been meaning to check out some of Melanie's ramen destinations in San Mateo, perhaps we'll do that!

We're having brunch at Creekside Smokehouse in HMB as soon as we roll in from Pacifica. I'll look into San Benito House as well.

Donato Enoteca, Redwood City

Thanks! I'll look into Pasta a Moon. We're actually just going to grab a couple of crab sandwiches at Nick's in Pacifica. We're there got a concert at Winter's Tavern on Friday night and decided to make a coastal weekend out of it. I was only considering Woodside/Redwood City as a destination because it's not often we have a car and I had a couple of places noted on my "to try" list. We don't mind the drive but I'll explore HMB options further. I think we'll avoid Peruvian since we'll be in Miami next week and their South American fare is unbeatable so I'd rather keep it fresh and exciting.

Donato Enoteca, Redwood City

I'd say aiming more for atmosphere and a solid meal than fancy-ish. I love The Mountain House in Woodside (especially since the closure of Bella Vista last year) and Donata has been on my radar as a place to try but not an absolute must; I was just throwing it out to weigh in the board's feedback. Sounds like it's just okay. The last time we were out in HMB we ate at Barbara's Fish Trap based on what I'd read on Choehound and found it terrible; everything was heavily fried and greasy and made us feel gross afterwards. I didn't think the fish and chips were anything to write home about. I figured we'd cut inland on the way back this time and either try some place new or just swing by The Mountain House for a solid meal amongst the redwoods. I'll look into Village Pub though, I'm not familiar with it.

Donato Enoteca, Redwood City

Thanks! Do you know if reservations are a must for Saturday evening?

Very specific restaurant criteria

Both are great. I prefer the food and ambiance at The Big 4 but don't think you could go wrong with either. Bix is livelier, different (younger) type of crowd. The Big 4 has a more genuine timewarp feel, menu is focused on game meats, jazz standards tapped out on piano by beautiful oak wood bar. It's quieter and the crowd is typically comprised of the silver haired set. Good selection of whiskies and classic mixed drinks. They're both completely different scenes.

I'd still recommend Harris' Restaurant off Van Ness over both, even if not ordering steak. I've never had less than a perfect meal and their old fashioned and Eagle Rare manhattans are exemplar. The ambiance is also unbeatable in my books. The restaurant was bought and rebranded in the 1980's but inside its 1940's dark wood and leather with waiters in dinner jackets. The food is outstanding. I sometimes drop into the bar for a salad or onion soup, oysters, manhattans, and desert. Grab a handful of chocolate caramel from the bar on your way out!