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to chez panisse or to not chez panisse, that is the question

can someone who thinks chez panisse used to be really really good, but now thinks it is not elaborate on the ways it has changed?

about 3 hours ago
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Ramen Street Festival part of J-Pop Summit, SF Japantown July 19-20, 2014!

Line ahead and behind on Sunday a half hour before they are supposed to start serving. Total shit show.

Jul 20, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area
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No reservations/single dining [San Francisco]

you might try hakkasan (expensive but nice), made in china (far but good), or z&y (good, convenient).

Jul 19, 2014
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authentic chinese restaurant with good ambience for a first date?

i agree.

though overall, i really only think hakkasan would be great for a first date if you actually care about impressing the person. and i wouldn't really call that "authentic".

while i love chinese places with so-so ambiance/service, i also once took a girl to shalimar because i was into the place and thought it would be funny. she was not impressed.

Jul 16, 2014
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authentic chinese restaurant with good ambience for a first date?

san wang in japantown i like.

z&y i'm sure you know about.

Jul 16, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

authentic chinese restaurant with good ambience for a first date?

made in china wouldn't fit?

Jul 15, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Akiko sushi vs. Ino recommendations please [San Francisco]

ino uses lots of wasabi, which is definitely an acquired taste.

>> Ino doesn't even bother with acids or sauces to brighten fish like hirame.

this is a style thing. not all good sushi places use acids and sauces. i believe acids and sauces are a more recent trend in sushi.

Jul 03, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Updated Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market Recommendations [San Francisco]

I've recently become a huge fan of captain mike's smoked fish. More the stuff you take home than eat there. It is seriously expensive, which is why I avoided it for about a decade, but a friend who gets it shipped to her in hong kong convinced me it is worth it. It has recently become one of my favorite seafood things in sf.

Jul 03, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Cocktails in SF -- 7x7 "big drink"

Galapagos @ absinthe
good, a bit fruity; not too sweet; nice fruity things at the bottom.

Knife in the water @ brass tacks
good; bitter; small

also tried the amontillado drink at brass tacks. good.

I'd return for cocktails at either place. All three of these drinks had several ingredients I didn't recognize. I'm clearly a cocktail n00b.

Jun 29, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Cocktails in SF -- 7x7 "big drink"

Are you a disgruntled former employee of 7x7 or something?

some pos local magazine writes lists and sells them for $5 at the local whole foods. people buy them and discuss. who cares?

while i'm sure i will miss out on your great cocktail expertise and authority, I most certainly do not give enough of a f*** to start a new thread.

plenty of cocktail discussions have been had on this board, each not resulting in more than a few not that interesting drinks.

seriously. most useless stream of replies ever.

Jun 29, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Cocktails in SF -- 7x7 "big drink"

They also list ino, farina, house of prime rib, la taqueria, chez Panisse, manresa, taqueria cancun, and a lot of other places that are at least pretty good imo.

Throwing out the list and starting over with what? Random cocktails from random bars is fine, but this list is at least better than that.

Your opinion on tonga room is helpful. Can you name 5 more drinks on the list you would avoid? Are there any drinks on the list you have had that you like?

I'm very familiar with food lists by Michelin, zagat, 7x7, etc. I think lots of those listed places suck. But the lists are at least decent at identifying places that lots of people like ... how misguided that popular opinion is is another issue entirely.

Jun 29, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Cocktails in SF -- 7x7 "big drink"

I'm familiar with the restaurant list.

It is certainly far from perfect, but I thought it not a terrible list.

And realistically, any list like this is pretty subjective and needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

... Which is why I'm asking for suggestions for other drinks, or ones on the list to steer clear of.

Jun 29, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Cocktails in SF -- 7x7 "big drink"

Do you have an alternative source you would recommend?

Jun 29, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Cocktails in SF -- 7x7 "big drink"

Anyone tried a lot of these and have an opinion on this list?

Any favorites not listed?

I know very little about cocktails, but was going to try a bunch (ie all) of these to remedy that.

:-)

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1 - 10
Maven - hometown vixen
Bix - Bix sidecar
Fog city - fog city milk punch
1760 - The 1760
15 romolo - Brazilian
Outerlands - hot lemon
AQ - the fools wager
The square - clarified white russian
Padrecito - la copa verde
Trou normand - single barrel cognac old fashioned

11 - 20
Tommy's Mexican - Tommy's margarita
Nopa - summit cocktail
Alta ca - curious George
Buena vista cafe - Irish coffee
Star belly - pimm's cup
R bar - shot of fernet- branca with a ginger back
Holy water - after the gold rush
Tosca cafe - house cappuccino
Ice cream bar - Dublin honey
Laszlo - michelada

21-30
Tradition - surfer on acid
Third rail - mt tam
Rye - old fashioned cure all
Beretta - rattlesnake
Bergerac - banana daiquiri
Com stock saloon - pisco punch
Ziryab - Ostwald ripened
Absinthe - Galapagos
Dirty habit - chupacabra
Hideout at dalva - hideout

31-40
Coqueta - tonic de Cortez
Bourbon & branch - imperial eagle
Trick dog - baby turtle
Bar Agricole - hallelujah
Twin peaks tavern - brandy stinger
The coachman - antique sour
Clock bar - chartreuse swizzle
Novella - billy pilgrim
La Urbana - Acapulco Manila
Empress of china - gin and tonic

41-50
Cliff house - Ramos fizz
Smuggler's cove - smuggler's rum barrel
The slanted door - piña colada
Chino - boba colada
Spruce - spruce goose
Butter - latch key tea
Zeitgeist - Bloody Mary
Brass tacks - knife in the water
Tonga room - tonga Mai tai
Reed & greenough - pisco brûlée

Jun 29, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area
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One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

I have not. I'll add it to my list though.

Jun 29, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

If price and location were truly not factors, I'd probably buy about a pound of caviar, several bottles of very nice champagne, and uber-x it to Dolores park and consume. But that is mostly just because I like class warfare and obnoxiousness in general.

but if this doesn't interest the op, I'd recommend one of these:

saison
if you really don't care about price and menu length

jai yun
if you have never been to china

chez panisse downstairs
if you are sick of tasting menus

atelier crenn
if you want really good french technique applied in a modernist way

maybe coi or benu
if their menu / style "speaks" to you somehow

maybe sawa
if you are obsessed with raw fish

maybe keiko's nob hill
if you want good french technique that is less modern than atelier crenn, or like the japanese approach to classic french food.

maybe gary danko if all these other places feel "over your head."

Jun 29, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area
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One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

http://www.gastromondiale.com/2014/02...

A nice write-up of saison by a blogger I like (and like to link to)

Jun 29, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

to chez panisse or to not chez panisse, that is the question

it's really great, go.

preferably downstairs, preferably on a friday or saturday when the menu is a bit more elaborate.

http://www.gastromondiale.com/2010/01...

is my favorite blog post re: chez panisse.

and if you go to chinatown, ideally eat at jai yun.

Jun 25, 2014
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One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

Jai Yun. It is interesting.

Jun 21, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

French Laundry and Meadowood on the SAME day?!?! [Napa Valley]

I think you should just do it, and if you hate it, make sure not to do it again.

don't eat breakfast, and if you can, skip dinner the night before, and don't drink too much alcohol with either meal. and obviously, don't fill up on bread.

i think it will be less of an appetite challenge, and more a challenge to your attention span. maybe consider taking a notepad to make notes or drawing little pictures if you start getting bored.

you might also ask the waiter at either place if you can take a 15-20 minute break now and then and wander around outside. a friend does this when he eats at 3 stars in europe, and they are more than happy to accommodate.

there are far worse places to hang out all day than at super-nice restaurants being brought fancy little snacks all day long.

Jun 20, 2014
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French Laundry and Meadowood on the SAME day?!?! [Napa Valley]

I think that is great advice, and you should try.

I have doubts whether they will accommodate, as i'm sure Meadowwood doesn't want to cement in the reputation as receiving all the sloppy seconds from TFL.

Jun 20, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Honeymoon splurge dinner in SF

Gary danko or baker and banker

Not ozumo nor Roka akor

Jun 13, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

fraises des bois before Saturday SF or East Bay

any idea what the best way to prepare / serve them is?

i had them raw and raw with cream; i strongly preferred the later.

i'd like to get them again, but do more ambitious preparations.

i've seen pictures of elaborate preparations served at ducasse and l'ambroisie in paris... but don't remember ever seeing a recipe with them that sounded 'authoritative'.

Jun 10, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Cigar Bar [San Francisco]

funny thing about cigar bar & grill is you can't smoke cigars indoors there.

Jun 04, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

fraises des bois before Saturday SF or East Bay

they had them at the ferry building saturday farmer's market last weekend. little stand in front (happy quail farms or something like that)

not cheap at $15 / little basket.

Jun 04, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

millennium? [San Francisco]

it's good not great, as of a couple years ago.

Jun 03, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Request for your Best of the Best in SF to WOW my Fiance!!

porterhouse at harris'
ribeye at alfreds

is probably the way to go. i did not like alfred's porterhouse, nor their smaller ribeye.

May 27, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

Request for your Best of the Best in SF to WOW my Fiance!!

jai yun for chinese.

kappa and/or ino for japanese.

cotogna for steak (if they have it on the menu; it is a sometimes thing). if not cotogna, then harris', bobo's or alfred's. but at alfred's i wouldn't go for anything other than their big ribeye.

at tadich, sand dabs, halibut, crab+lobster thermidor are good dishes. swan's and hayes st. grill are also good for old school / american style seafood.

May 27, 2014
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2014 regional Chinese roundup

awesome list. awesome project.

May 09, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area

restaurant advice - mother in law in town...

Hayes Street Grill would be perfect for this.

May 06, 2014
Dustin_E in San Francisco Bay Area