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Thinking of Leaving SF for Berkeley or Oakland. Crazy?

Oakland is hot, SF is not.

Just go to Art Murmur the first Friday of every month and see.

Uptown and Temescal are full of art galleries and good restaurants. Chinatown and Koreatown have dozens of good restaurants. All the authentic Mexican food in the Mission district of SF is being pushed out by the high tech yuppies. There is plenty of authentic Mexican food in Oakland.

Jan 23, 2014
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Dungeness Crab Prices 2013/2014 Season

$4.99 a lb at Costco today

Dec 22, 2013
RBCal in San Francisco Bay Area

Apparently M Bauer is not recognized everywhere in S.F.

Welcome to the real world. Bauer's reviews are worthless since the experience of real people is nothing like the dining experience he usually receives.

Dec 22, 2013
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Suggestions for X'mas day dining...

Salute e Vita in Richmond has a better view and better food than Skates

Dec 22, 2013
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Zachary's is over-rated and has been surpassed by Little Star in Albany or The Star on Grand Avenue in Oakland.

Sep 24, 2013
RBCal in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick and Easy Fresh Tomato Recipes?

We are beginning to get overwhelmed with fresh tomatoes. Can anyone recommend some easy, fast, good recipes for fresh tomatoes?


Sep 09, 2013
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Authentic Mexican food in Palm Springs and surrounding cities

Taqueria Tlaquepaque‎
650 East Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs, CA 92264-8194
(760) 325-1125‎

It's a dive but authentic Mexican. They have birria ands sesos among other exotic meats.

Taqueria Tlaquepaque
650 E Sunny Dunes Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Apr 05, 2010
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Something Unique In Palm Springs

Kinda hard to answer without more info.

Definitely unique, a cheap dive with excellent food
Taqueria Tlaquepaque
650 East Sunny Dunes Road
Palm Springs, CA 92264-8194
(760) 325-1125

Sherman's Deli & Bakery
401 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-1199

Norma's or Mister Parkers

The last is expensive but unique. The first two are cheap and unique and more for breakfast/lunch.

Mar 05, 2010
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El Paso Suggestions

Decent barbecue, the restaurant is huge so would have no problem seating your group even without a reservation.

State Line
1222 Sunland Park Drive
El Paso, TX 79922-2408
(915) 581-3371

Mar 05, 2010
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What is good in El Paso?

People always mention Chico's Tacos and L&J just because they are famous. It certainly isn't for the quality of their food. Chico's in particular is awful. L&J is okay but primarily a bar.

Besides Mexican which is everywhere
Seoul Restaurant (Korean obviously)
9549 Dyer St, El Paso, TX 79924
(915) 751-6070

Clock Family Restaurant
8409 Dyer Street
El Paso, TX 79904
Phone: (915) 751-6367

Al-Zaituna (Turkish)
4172 North Mesa Street
El Paso, TX 79902-1437
(915) 838-1260

Pho Tre Bien (Vietnamese)
6946 Gateway Boulevard East
El Paso, TX 79915
(915) 598-0166

Saigon Taste Restaurant (Vietnamese
)6940 North Mesa Street
El paso, TX 79912
(915) 760-6026

Feb 12, 2010
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Phoenix to Las Cruces, NM

St Clair Bistro
1325 De Baca Road, Deming New Mexico 88030

Irma's Mexican Restaurant
123 S Silver Ave
Deming, NM 88030
(575) 544-4580

El Charro Restaurant
209 Southern Pacifc Blvd
Lordsburg, NM 88045
(505) 542-3400

Nov 20, 2009
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Vegas- something great, not on the tourists radar

Firefly on Paradise
3900 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 369-3971

Cafe Bleu
1451 Center Crossing Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada
702 851 5322

Hash House a Go Go
6800 W Sahara Ave
702 804 4646

Nov 19, 2009
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Good beer in Vegas?

Ellis Island has buck microbrews. It's a block behind Bally's.

Nov 04, 2009
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Palm Springs - HELP!

Everyone repeats the same old places. Following is a list of the best new restaurants in PSP.
I agree with most of them but think Dink's is overpriced for what you get.


Sep 15, 2009
RBCal in California

Looking for recommendations in or near El Paso (menudo, tamales, fine dining, and anything else!)

Pho Tre Bien has excellent Pho and other Vietnamese food
915.598.01666946 GATEWAY EAST
EL PASO, TX 79915

Avila's Mexican Food Restaurant has good Mexican (obviously
)6232 N Mesa St
El Paso, TX 79912-4520
(915) 584-3621‎

Aug 13, 2009
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TNFNS #8 (spoiler)

Unfortunately Melissa will win since she is a mindless airhead cheerleader and a blonde clone of Rachel Ray.

Aug 02, 2009
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Palm Springs Restaurants?

Sherman's is a better deli than Manhattan in the Desert.

Jul 10, 2009
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Yummy Dinners in El Paso

Chico's is awful, soupy salsa and small deep fried taquitos made only with beef.

Jul 08, 2009
RBCal in Texas

Sunday brunch near Redlands (moved from L.A. board)

Martha Green's is The Eating Room

The Farm on State Street is decent.

Jun 19, 2009
RBCal in California

San Diego is for Breakfast

Tractor Room

3687 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103-4218
(619) 543-1007

Jun 19, 2009
RBCal in San Diego

Anyone been to Dink's in Palm Springs?

It's okay but overpriced. Avoid the small plates (tapas), they are a complete ripoff.

Apr 02, 2009
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Palm Springs: Bachelorette Party Dinner for 11

Mister Parker's
4200 East Palm Canyon Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 770-5000

Mar 27, 2009
RBCal in California

Real Challenge - Southeast New Mexico

In Santa Rosai, Joseph's is decent
Joseph's Bar & Grill
865 Will Rogers Dr
Santa Rosa, NM 88435

(505) 472-1234

Mar 24, 2009
RBCal in Southwest

Cheap and good in Palm Springs?

I like El Gallito but not Pomme Frite.

Pomme Frite may be okay for mussels and Belgian beer but I felt ripped off there, over $20 for 4 medium sized scallops and crappy service is too much.

Another Mexican dive with good food is
Taqueria Tlaquepaque
650 E Sunny Dunes Rd # 5
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 325-1125

Mar 24, 2009
RBCal in California

Cheap and good in Palm Springs?

Rick's is good for breakfast. It is on Palm Canyon on the north end of town.

Sherman's deli is good for lunch.

Some people like the Rock Garden. It is very cheap and has a breakfast buffet. I think its just okay.

Mar 19, 2009
RBCal in California

San Bernardino

Rent a car, about 5 miles away is downtown Redlands which is a charming small town with excellent restaurants along State Street and Orange Street.

Mar 13, 2009
RBCal in California

Lunch Options Palm Springs/I-10 area?

If you can continue on another 40 minutes, downtown Redlands has half a dozen very good restaurants. The main street, State Street is only six blocks from the I-10

Mar 12, 2009
RBCal in California

San Bernardino

Downtown SB is pretty dicy and I personally would not want to go there by bus. Around the Hilton there are a lot of chain restaurants. There's a Japanese place adjacent to the Hilton that isn't bad.

Mar 10, 2009
RBCal in California

Driving from Palm Springs to Santa Clara

The suggestions above are convenient only if you are staying in Palm Desert or Rancho Mirage.

In Palm Springs for breakfast Rick's is good and cheap (Norma's is good and expensive).

There is very little to choose from once you get past LA which is only an hour and a half from Palm Springs. About the only decent place is Harris Ranch in Coalinga.

Mar 09, 2009
RBCal in California

L.A. to El Paso

1) I-10 but take the Phoenix bypass to avoid the traffic. This goes down to the I-8 just west of Phoenix and over to Tucson. Are you driving it in a single day? Its 12 hours.

2) Not much past Palm Springs until Phoenix or Tucson. Post on the Southwest boards for suggestions there.

Mar 03, 2009
RBCal in California