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Chef Mark Malicki at Bodega’s Casino Bar & Grill

I did my Scherrer pick up on Sunday afternoon, made a special detour on my way back from Tahoe - always a great spread. The Pastrami tongue with Gouda and beef tartare were my favorites. There was another grilled cheese type with ham and fig or quince paste I think that was also excellent. He really mixes it up - they actually have 6 days of open house and from what I understand there is a different variety each day.

Apr 14, 2014
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Bay Area Check Please: Contigo, SF; Smoke Berkeley in Berkeley; Paradiso, San Leandro

Yeah they don't give you a choice with the Paella deal, they call it chef's choice of tapas or whatever.

Apr 11, 2014
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Bay Area Check Please: Contigo, SF; Smoke Berkeley in Berkeley; Paradiso, San Leandro

Four of us had dinner at Contigo two weeks ago Tuesday for their Paella Night, where you get paella of the day and 4 tapas, served family style (so two pans of paella for 4). This was my first time there.
Sardines on toast with avocado spread and picked onions – not enough contrast or flavor in the pickled onions or avocado, so tasted mostly just fishy – no one really liked these – C-;
Little Gem Salad – fine, but nothing special, needed more vinegar in the dressing – B-;
Asparagus – again, fine but nothing 200 other restaurants in the Bay Area aren’t doing or that you could do better at home: C+;
Croqueta with Jamon Iberico – Awesome, rich custardy in the center with ham, perfectly fried, could have eaten a dozen of these – A;
Chicken Paella with some chorizo: Pretty good, nice flavor but without any seafood it tasted kind of one note, a couple clams would have livened it up. Also, there were no crispy bits at the bottom of the pan, which is my favorite part of paella, so maybe should have been cooked a bit longer. B-.
Nice bottle of mencia from Bierzo.
I have a hard time seeing myself returning for the price.

Apr 11, 2014
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Box and Bells Eating House - Oakland

My first time at Box and bells for dinner last night. Chicken liver mousse – delicious, really smooth and silky; Grilled sand dabs – excellent with a really bright tasting chimichurri, would have been nice if they deboned it though; porchetta – awesome flavor meat, and crispy skin was perfect, whatever herbs/marinade they used really penetrated the pork and really nice sauerkraut to cut some of the richness, my only criticism is that about ½ the meat was pure unrendered fat that I took home for my dog; side of fries – nice, hand cut sort of thin and irregular with herbs, comes with mayo to dip; fried chicken – raw oyster mayo was good, tasted like fried oysters but the chicken itself (deboned thighs) was so flavorful it was kind of overkill; grilled artichokes – slathered in butter/oil and again, side of mayo to dip; strawberry rhubarb crumble baked in little cast iron pot for dessert – great tart/sweet balance, very buttery. Tequila cocktail to start – good not great. Will be back to try the burger that looked so good going by. This is a seriously cholesterol unfriendly menu, really rich and heavy stuff. Three of the dishes came with mayo on the side and even the artichoke was drenched in butter. Now it sounds like we just ordered the heavy stuff, but bear in mind that we passed on the sweetbread sausage, blood sausage poutine, osso bucco, pig plate, beef tongue, pate, biscuits and 2 different steaks that were on offer. I’ll make an effort to balance the meal with a salad next time, but very much enjoyed the restaurant. One other comment, the food came out really fast and all at once, I’d only had one sip of my cocktail before the table was full of plate.

Apr 06, 2014
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Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

Well I'm a sucker for eating outside and loved the setting so will probably give them another shot.

Mar 22, 2014
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Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

I've only been for dinner and their brisket was some of the worst I've had anywhere. Completely dry, no bark, no flavor and served with a piece of white bread that was stale on one side as if they'd laid out the pieces beforehand and plated them later. The fried chicken was good though overcooked and a seasonal peach salad came with completely grainy dried out peaches. The setting is gorgeous with the vineyards in the background and I've never been for brunch but my one dinner experience was not good.

Mar 22, 2014
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The pizza shop (24th St., Mission) [San Francisco]

I grew up on the end of Long Island in the 70/80s and lived in Manhattan from the late 1980s-1996 and don't recall ever seeing the term Grandma Slice used during those periods. If it came about during that time it certainly wasn't ubiquitous. As Ernie notes, I only recall regular or Sicilian, with regular being the thin crust and Sicilian being the thick squares.

Mar 20, 2014
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Dressing to eat out in SF?

If you want top service at the likes of Bourbon & Branch you’re going to have to up your game with a cane, top hat and monocle. I usually include a pet monkey on my shoulder for added effect.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/06/fas...

Mar 08, 2014
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Dinner in DT Burlingame or San Mateo on someone else's expense account

There's Pizzeria Delfina in Burlingame, but that's not going to give the expense account much of a workout unless you order a bunch of antipasti, sides and pastas. I had a great baked lasagna there with some wonderfully smokey cheese in it.

Mar 06, 2014
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Long Bridge Pizza Co. - has anyone tried it? [San Francisco]

I'm debating heading out to Oakland Saturday to try The Forge or staying local and trying Long Bridge Pizza Co.

Mar 06, 2014
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Dressing to eat out in SF?

Yeah, I think it would actually take some kind of affirmative effort to get turned away from a restaurant here.

Mar 05, 2014
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One dinner in SF

The pastrami sandwich at Langers is actually $13.50

Mar 04, 2014
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One dinner in SF

Thanks for the explication Melanie I was rendered so speechless by the assertion of Langers-Tommys equality that I could not respond.

Mar 04, 2014
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One dinner in SF

Umm, sorry but the pastrami at Tommy's isn't even in the same league as Langer's.

Mar 04, 2014
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Can't Miss Dishes (Coming from LA to SF)?

I worked in a seafood shack type restaurant on the end of Long Island during my teens and the fish wasn’t frozen, though we did serve some of the frozen pre-breaded clams sometimes. Otherwise all the shellfish was fresh. However, my boss who was a real character would buy a giant fresh caught swordfish, bring it out whole and parade it around the dining room proclaiming to all the diners how he only served fresh seafood. Then he’d bring it back into the kitchen and we’d cut it up into serving size portions and freeze it for use during the next couple months.

Mar 03, 2014
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Ruth's annual birthday dinner dilemma -- 2014 edition

Second this. I had another awesome meal at Miss Ollie’s Saturday night, fried chicken, jerk chicken, bistro salad with fried oysters, great planter’s punch and bakes. I also had lunch at Pican a few weeks back for the first time and the food was hit or miss. Couple of apps with blue crab – gratin and deviled eggs if I recall, were great. Fried catfish wasn’t so good and collard greens the side were way too sweet. Burger was just OK, also had some too sweet element. But its very spacious, comfortable, quiet with high ceilings – my mom would love this space.

Mar 03, 2014
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How is SF's 38 Essential List (Eater SF)?

Yeah, I mean the only reason I ended up going was that we had friends in town that really wanted to go and got in line at 4:30 so we were able to roll up at 5:30 without waiting. I wouldn't put up the crazy wait to eat there.

Feb 28, 2014
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How is SF's 38 Essential List (Eater SF)?

I liked State Bird and don’t think its pure gimmick, but we had 4 people in our group and were able to try almost everything on the menu. Its not a traditional feeling meal, kind of felt like being at a cocktail party with a really good and interesting caterer. But having said that, I don’t feel any great desire to go back and personally I wouldn’t go with just one other person as you wouldn’t be able to try as much of the menu.

Feb 28, 2014
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Austinites traveling to SF to find the best pizza, help!

Different style I don't think you can really compare them on a better than basis.

Feb 28, 2014
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Austinites traveling to SF to find the best pizza, help!

Well no, now he has a permanent spot with ovens. I wouldn’t say its “so good”, just another place to throw in the mix of the many pizza places that have popped up in the Bay Area in the last few years – the dough has a sourdoughish flavor and texture that I like.

Feb 28, 2014
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Austinites traveling to SF to find the best pizza, help!

I’d agree that one of the reasons I like Pizzaiola/Boot and Shoe so much is that I can get a pizza as an app., get an excellent cocktail and then also get a good pasta, side or other entrée such as the fried rabbit that appears every so often. I have a 6 year old so always go right when they open and haven’t experienced the loud music, maybe they crank it up after the sun sets. Need to try Forge and Dopo (but every time I get out to the East Bay I seem to end up at Pizzaiola or Miss Ollie’s).

Feb 28, 2014
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Austinites traveling to SF to find the best pizza, help!

I live close Gialina and have been there a lot, but prefer Ragazza's crust, it slightly different and more consistent for some reason.

As to the OP I'd throw in Pizzahacker and in the East Bay Pizzaiola/Boot and Shoe are worth a BART ride.

Feb 28, 2014
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How is SF's 38 Essential List (Eater SF)?

Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous is my favorite ice cream is SF. Bi-Rite is great for pure flavors like toasted coconut, roasted banana, etc. and Humphry has interesting combinations, but they don't always work and I agree with Greyelf about the texture being not so great. But I do like their Vietnamese coffee and Secret Breakfast.

Mr. & Mrs. Excels at both pure simple flavors and they also do interesting combinations – but these always seem more thought out and work more consistently than Humphry. The only problem is that they are only open until 6:00, so it’s a daytime treat unless you pick up some pints to take home.

Feb 28, 2014
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How is SF's 38 Essential List (Eater SF)?

I don't think anyone with any kind of real interest in food is going to solely use the the Eater Top 38 as a resource, but will do additional research the Chowhound etc. I get down to LA about once a year and of the current LA list I've been to and had good-excellent meals at Parks, Gjelina, Pizzeria Mozza, Langers and Baco. I wasn't so impressed with Bay Cities. So I'm not sure that the Eater top 38 lists are quite the travesty you're making them out to be.

Feb 28, 2014
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State Bird Provisions Timing? [San Francisco]

The one time I went was a Sunday night on a Holiday weekend and we had friends up from LA who got in line at 4:30. We just missed getting in the first seating but they gave us a 7:30 reso, so we just went down the block for drinks at Dosa to kill time until dinner.

Feb 27, 2014
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CA Olive Oil recommendations

I really liked the olive oil from Napa Valley Olive Oil Mfg Company in St. Helena. Prices were reasonable and cute little shop.

Feb 26, 2014
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Cotogna review [San Francisco]

I was there a few weeks ago for lunch on a weekday and it was packed at first but seemed to clear out by the time we left around 2:00. So I think if you went for a latish lunch - 1:30 or so you'd might be OK.

Feb 16, 2014
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PizzaHacker First Try [San Francisco]

Tried it for the first time tonight – we arrived at 6:00 and it was kiddie hour. We have a 6 year old so fine with us but almost all the tables are shared picnic tables so if that’s not your scene you may want to go later. Crust was excellent, perfect chewiness to char to crisp ratio and nice sourdoughish flavor, but quite salty. Tastes like they are sprinkling salt on the rim right before baking. We had the Top Shelf Margherita and the Nettle with lamb sausage and lemon. Supposedly they only make 20 Top Shelf margs per day per the menu – this was excellent, no complaints. The nettle was good, lots of nettles, but the lamb sausage was flavorless – even when I picked a piece off I couldn’t detect any real lamb or even meaty flavor and no hint of lemon. Gialiana’s nettle, pancetta and aged provolone is the nettle gold standard for me flavorcombo-wise, but I prefer Pizzahacker’s crust. The two different draft beers seemed slightly low on the carbonation level so could be a tap issue. Very simple menu just pizzas and one salad plus 4 beers and a couple wines. Overall a great addition to the neighborhood and I’ll certainly be back.

Feb 15, 2014
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Tonight, Valentines day (worst night on earth!) near the Ritz. Dinner for 1![San Francisco]

Easiest would be to eat at Parallel 37 at the Ritz. Unfortunately I've never been so cannot attest to its awesomeness or lack thereof.

Feb 14, 2014
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Is it just me or does this list sound very upmarket and possibly not really reflective of what's great to eat in SF ?

You forgot pizza.

But I also don't know what a Gilpin is.

Feb 06, 2014
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