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Current Coffee Top 10?

i heart cafe del doge.

May 25, 2009
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch near Healdsburg?

we had lunch at barndiva in downtown healdsburg a few weeks ago and it was divine. they serve fancy american - for lunch we enjoyed perfectly cooked and rustically presented sliders, an incredible baked mac & cheese (and not just a small scoop but a heaping bowl), and some sort of soup that I can't remember - the gf hogged it and she was drunk so she didn't remember either, but it was good enough not to share. Also, one of the fanciest arnold palmers i've had anywhere.

Barndiva
231 Center St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-0100

http://www.barndiva.com/

May 05, 2009
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

BayArea Hound visiting Seattle for one day - 6/11

Good Afternoon Fellow Hounds -

Will be in Seattle for exactly 36 hours - seeking traditional japanese fare, but being that it is a sunday evening i can't expect the world.

What's the most exciting place in the city? Do I need a rsvp?

Thanks!

Aug 04, 2008
wchane in Pacific Northwest

new, fresh, upcoming restaurants in the city?

it's been awhile since i've been to a new restaurant in the city, will be there saturday night and have not done any research. i'm going to let you foodiphiles be our epicurian guides.

my criteria -

fairly new, no gimmicks, good/solid simple food, little or no wait, no rsvp needed for 2. we'll be going out into the marina afterwards so nearby locations get bonus points.

go!

Apr 25, 2008
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

One night in San Jose

If you're coming all the way from the east coast I'm suggesting you grab mexican or vietnamese.

i'm not too sure about the best tasting mexican, usually the hole in the walls do it for me - la taquria, etc.

However on vietnamese I like Tamerine in Palo Alto, or there are a variety of cafe/bistro style joints in s.san jose. Google for Broken Rice.

Apr 04, 2008
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch near Filoli?

We were just at Filoli this past weekend (the tulip arrangements are phenomenal and cherry blossoms stunning at the moment). As Ruth said, Filoli is smack dab in the middle of nowhere, however they do have a cafe and although not every epicurian's dream it is not horrible by any means. You can rsvp for proper tea or walk in to a plethora of sandwiches, quiches, baked goods and espresso drinks. We enjoyed the spinach quiche and they make a fine cup of cappuccino.

If you do take the risk of getting lost, woodside has a small downtown hubbed by Robert's grocery, but I would recommend you track down Alice's of Woodside on Skyline. Otherwise head further south and lunch in Palo Alto.

Apr 04, 2008
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Die, die must try Sunnyvale - Milpitas area

Actually Robert, I stand corrected. It's been so long since I've been to Maykadeh that I totally forgot about it. It is better, however the ~90 minute round trip is just not worth it for me.

Happy Eating. Looking forward to your update.

Aug 07, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Roli Roti - Rotissarie Chicken Truck

hah. thanks for confirming that i'm not crazy.

Aug 07, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Roli Roti - Rotissarie Chicken Truck

Am I crazy or do some of you remember these things at festivals/events as well? I know they were a regular at santana row's farmer market during the beginning then I would see them here and there from time to time.

I just did a search and I can't find anything about them. Are they still around? I have the most obscure craving right now.

Aug 07, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Palo Alto Hot Spots-What did I miss?

Is this a quiet family dinner or more of a drunk debauchery type of festivity?

If you are going to drink and have a good time there's no better then Miyake's - downside, food is borderline tolerable and they don't take rsvp's. it's first come first serve, it's also loud, and has a club like atmosphere - plus side : sake bombs. have you?

Since you did not disclose a budget here are my suggestions: Zibbibo, Ewia, Marche, Tamarine, and Lavanda. There is also Mango Caribbean, Vero, and that restaurant by whole food's on emerson.

Aug 07, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Die, die must try Sunnyvale - Milpitas area

Not the most helpful comment I'm sure, but frankly I wouldn't trust your sources. What makes this board great is also it's gimp leg. So many different palates and so many different opinions often clutter the thin line between 'out of this world' and just 'good'

I'd remove many of those restaurants from your current list, and you can't even bribe me into eating at Darda again but it's not a question about superiority but different. There are certain cuisines just done better up in the SF/Berk/Oak area due to ethnic population or chance. Same goes for the south bay. For instance I believe the Mandarin and Taiwanese cuisine is far better down here in the south bay, as opposed to Cantonese/Dim Sum being better up in the city.

Although you are able to obtain one type of cuisine up in the city that is not a valid reason to pass on a south bay restaurant. Chelokabbabi for example, I am sure you can find Persian Kababs in the city, however down here in the south bay we are limited to 4 maybe 5 decent to excellent restaurants, Chelokabbabi happens to be the best. It actually is the best I've sampled in norcal, so to pass that one up is a mistake in my books. I'd also re-examine eatzalot's and melanie's list, as my list would look similar to that.

There are many good suggestions on this thread, much better then your original list in my humble opinion. As for offering suggestions, I'd take one's advice and tell us what you're and your company is in the mood for. Everyone on here is full of excellent suggestions, but if we're going to just throw darts at a donkey's rear end it's going to be a chaotic mess.

I'd definitely hit up uncle frank's bbq, ramen halu, kahoo ramen, tanto, gochi, yiassoo, chelokababbi, il postale, yume-ya, and i can, and i'm sure everyone else as well, can ramble on for hours w/o criteria.

Aug 07, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Duarte's Olallieberry Pie is all that!

is this the pie at the grand prix?

Jul 30, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

dinner suggestions near Spruce?

oh man...i DO remember this place. solid recommendation and i'd totally sell this to the group, but pasta 3 times last week and once this week is a bit much =/

thx.

Jul 25, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

dinner suggestions near Spruce?

thanks to the both of you for prompt replies. between sociale and mandalay i think we have our bases covered. however if any other ideas pop into mind, please share.

thanks again.

Jul 25, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

dinner suggestions near Spruce?

This following Tuesday (Aug 31), and I'm guessing 6ish.

Jul 25, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

dinner suggestions near Spruce?

might be going to some kind of cocktail reception at Spruce this following week. wanted to grab dinner in the area after. any suggestions? we eat anything, and don't have a set budget, however i would rather not have to wait long for a table nor have to make a reservation as i am unsure how many of us will go to dinner after. walking distance preferred.

Spruce is at 3640 Sacramento St.

please include type of cuisine, location, atmosphere, and price in your suggestions.

thank you.

Jul 24, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

best kobe beef in bay area

i believe alexander's is your only option in the bay area if you want real japanese kobe, but plenty of restaurants offer waygu, labeled as kobe, such as forbe's mill in los gatos.

Jul 19, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

383 oyster bar & grill - mountain view : report + pics

thanks for the correction eatzalot, i made a blind assumption as we dined across the street at cascal not long ago and i swore it was still a sports bar. problem was we would of rather gone to the fish handler up el camino then sundance as you go to sundance for steaks. that was my dilemma.

Jul 17, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

San Jose Saturday lunch?

How about a short drive to Los Gatos? Jump on 880 to 17 to 9 and make a left on Santa Cruz Ave. There's Restaurant James Randall, Los Gatos Cafe, Willow Street, Fleur de CaCao (sp?), and California Cafe, Steamer's, etc on University Ave.

Jul 17, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

383 oyster bar & grill - mountain view : report + pics

Across from Shiva's Indian Cuisine on Castro St in Mountain View a week old restaurant sits. It's past a weinerschnitzel (sp?) and an oddly placed sports bar. The girl wanted oysters and I was wondering 'where does one go to find oysters in the south bay?!' if I'd known a day earlier I would of consulted you guys, but it was last minute and a search brought up "3 eight 3, oyster bar and grill"

So...with that in mind we set off and arrived to a bare restaurant, it looked like they were just getting their act together, and in some respect they are, however in my opinion they don't have the usual restaurant bugs to work out. Service is excellent, and attentive in every way, even though we choose to sit outside. A quick look over the menu and wow, this is not your usual Castro St. prices, an average order is $15, and the lack of choices worried me. Instead of Bodega Bay, Blue River, Hog Island, etc oysters, you got to choose from 1. half dozen and 2. full dozen. ugh...ok. A full dozen I guess. It was later told that the chef samples the oysters fresh that morning and buys whatever is the best tasting and freshest, so you'll never know what type of oysters you'll get but they'll always be fresh and delicious. Served with fresh grated horseradish, cocktail sauce, lemon wedges and tobasco they hit the spot. I now have an oyster spot in the South Bay. One warning though, the oyster sizes are not uniform. You'll get some small ones and some average sized ones. No super large ones, but they're all fresh, cold, shucked, and delicious.

Aside from the oysters we ordered steamed black mussels, flank steak salad, blackened scallop pasta, and of course beers. The black mussels were decent, steamed in what I believe to be a white wine shallot sauce, topped with fresh tomato's and served with baked cheese toast. I'll pass on the salad next time, it's better and cheaper at pluto's, but the blackened scallop pasta - if you're in the mood for a heavy pasta - this was good; 3 giant, tender, succulent scallops charred on either side but juicy, and just cooked on the inside was served with I believe fettuccine tossed in a tomato creme sauce along with strips of zucchini and topped with more fresh tomato and pesto. I truly did not expect this, quite the surprise and definitely a re-order.

So there you go. Oysters in the South Bay, no longer a myth.

pic of the oysters and scallop pasta here: (mods: please remove link if it violates anything)
http://www.adecadentexistence.com/?pa...

Jul 16, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Cafe Won Kee, Milpitas report (w/ pics)

thanks! but...i'm not even sure what hunan and fijian is. growing up as an taiwanese abc, i thought taiwanese food WAS chinese food. i didn't really understand the difference until i dated a mainland chinese girl who pointed out the difference between say joy in foster city, and a&j restaurant or similar taiwanese joint.

that being said, i'm unqualified. i understand the basics, but couldn't tell you how, why, or what.

Jul 10, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Thai Food in Palo Alto???

the only one that comes to mind is the small thai restaurant on lytton, across from the 7-11. i believe it's called bangkok cuisine or some really generic name.

Jul 09, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Cascal & HK Bistro, Mtn View report w/ pics

fwiw i actually like cascal, it brings a much needed, refreshing atmosphere to castro st. it is on the more expensive side, however have excellent service, good food, and a more creative menu then the cookie cutter chinese, japanese (ramen & sushi), greek, and quasi medi that line the street. (not saying they're bad, just different).

i also like xanh, ryowa, maru ichi, shabuway, amarin, spice islands, kirin, sue's indian, and amichi's in the immediate area.

Jul 09, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Saratoga breakfast/brunch spots?

funny. i've always wondered about that place, but never worked up the courage to actually go.

Jun 21, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Yoshinoya beef bowl

haha. a guilty pleasure of mine. their chicken wings are money.

Jun 21, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to Take Dad for Father's Day in the South Bay?

why not take pops out for brunch/lunch instead of dinner? if price is a concern you'll get more 'restaurant' at that price point.

brunch:

los gatos cafe - los gatos
cup & saucer - almaden
stacks - menlo park or campbell
the original pancake house - west san jose or los altos

lunch/dinner:

chelokababi - sunnyvale, persian kebabs
kan zeman - palo alto
il forniao - palo alto
that new italian joint in saratoga, next to rose market
vero - palo alto

Jun 16, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

Saratoga breakfast/brunch spots?

skip saratoga and head over to los gatos

'los gatos cafe' on santa cruz ave is solid - show up ~45-1hr prior to when you plan to eat, you can stroll around los gatos in the meantime. usual wait for 2 on sat/sun is 20-30 minutes

further into los gatos is 'southern kitchen' if you take santa cruz ave you'll pass los gatos cafe then make a left on main st. it will be on your left shortly after los gatos coffee co.

there is also stack's in campbell, country inn, bobby's coffee shop, and the original pancake house in cupertino/west san jose.

i'd go to los gatos cafe. grab an omlet, scramble or eggs flourintine.

Jun 16, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

voga italia wines

hah...wow is that guy every so annoying, but i couldn't peel my eyes and ears away. fantastic presentation. no voga in my future.

thx.

Jun 13, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

voga italia wines

not a fan of gimmicks besides screw top bottles when it comes to wines, however the voga packaging has me captivated (think voss water). whole foods has the pinot grigio for ~$11 which in my opinion is 'disposable, ' i mean it will subsitute as a great ice breaker even if the wine is poor. however i visited the voga site and it turns out they have a red called 'quattro' - whole foods does not sell this, so i wanted to know:

1. does anyone know a shop that sells 'quattro' in the south bay / peninsula

2. has anyone actually had the pinot grigio? or the quattro?

3. did voga pay off some reviewers because tasting notes and comments are all over the board from 'omgimchoking' to 'pretty decent, very sweet' on the pinot. i haven't found much for the quattro.

thanks.

Jun 12, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area

McAfee Coliseum - do they allow outside food?

update:

they're really lax about food items you can bring, people were getting in with all kinds of stuff however we left late and had to rush to make it to the opening pitch. ended up with the usual saag's polish, overpriced beers and cotten candy. not worth commenting on =/

May 30, 2007
wchane in San Francisco Bay Area