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SPQR or Perbacco?

“SPQR seems to me about as understated as La Ciccia”

I wouldn’t really agree with that, La Ciccia has a more of a funky neighborhood vibe with the utilitarian tile flooring. I found SPQR to be slicker, more like it was a designed space, though still pretty low key.

about 14 hours ago
sunnyside in San Francisco Bay Area

What is the best restaurant where the waitstaff does the most obnoxious birthday celebration?

At my buddy’s birthday party last year at House of Prime Rib someone anonymously (he is almost certain it was his bitter ex-girlfriend) hired a clown come in and sing happy birthday, sit on his lap and generally embarrass him. He was not amused, but had to play along to avoid ruining the evening. To me this seems really unfair to the other diners, but if it’s a super casual spot, you could do something like that.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Its been heavily discussed in SF. I don’t know statistics but in my (unscientific) experience maybe a quarter to half of mid-upper range SF restaurants list it as a separate charge, and its clearly printed on the bottom of the menu – or in some instances as a separate hand out card. Although I’ve always seen it separated out on the bill, sometimes there is vague phrasing as to what exactly the charge is and I’ve had to ask about it.

Of course since we’re all tech billionaires we don’t look at the bill – but now that you mention it I’ll have one of my personal assistants look into it. Besides aren’t all LA residents Hollywood moguls? Can’t you just factor it into your production budgets?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/887832

Sep 12, 2014
sunnyside in Los Angeles Area

Twofish Baking Company - SF

Now open on Ritch Street, SF. Only calzones and salads for lunch, but they seem to sell out on the early side. All calzones except the 3 cheese were sold out when I was in. It was good, not too bready or heavy, served with a sweetish tomato dipping sauce, but 3 cheese is a little boring. I’d like to try some of the meat calzones before rendering full judgment. Also had the sticky bun and a chocolate chip cookie – both excellent. Co-worker had a tuna salad she deemed not very good and expensive at $12

Bread on the website looks good but as they explained it to me you have to look at the online menu for the daily bread choices, then call them the day before and let them know what you want and they’ll bring it down from Sea Ranch, Monday and Fridays only. So you’re getting the bread they baked the day before (if understand it correctly). Seems like a lot of work for day old bread but it does look good, so I’d be curious to hear reports.

http://www.twofishbaking.com/pages/st...

Box and Bells Eating House - Oakland

Quite cryptic. Who are the restaurateurs you speak of?

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Lets go down this weekend and pick some fights ML8000. But then as you note, they'd throw tacos at us and we'd have to run home with our tails between our legs.

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Skinny limp burrito lovers rejoice!! Your king has been crowned.

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

What are your thoughts on the city's coffee offerings?

Yes, the only saving grace is knowing that when I get out of the house I can hit Courier – which I believe I was tipped off to by one of your posts grayelf.

What are your thoughts on the city's coffee offerings?

No, thanks I'll give it a try.

What are your thoughts on the city's coffee offerings?

Oh god, my in-laws up in Portland have one of those and not only does it not taste like coffee, you can drink 10 cups and still feel sleepy. I'm always wondering how offensive it would be for me to just show up with my french press and beans.

Lunch in Sausalito

I'll just second Fish - best fish and chips in the area and great casual atmosphere right on the water. I like their clam dip as well.

Pizzeria Delfina now open in Burlingame - any reports?

Just get on their email list for future events. The funny thing was the hostess said that people were showing up to eat lunch then walking away because they didn't want to pay the $20 pp. I don't think they realized the bounty that awaited inside.

Box and Bells Eating House - Oakland

Ahhh - thanks for confirming my ordering mistake - next time.

Pizzeria Delfina now open in Burlingame - any reports?

Stopped into Pizzeria Delfina Burlingame Sunday following my daughter’s swim class down there for their party/benefit to celebrate the re-opening of Burlingame Ave (which ironically was still being worked on and not fully open). Whole pig roast with porchetta sandwiches, servers walked around with veggie frito misto, cucumber salad with mint, gazpacho, arancini, and pizza after pizza that came out of the oven – rotation from the menu. Back patio had Unti pouring wines and 2 varieties of Anchor Steam on tap. Oh right, and a mozzarella bar upstairs with hand pulled mozz, burratta, roasted veggies and prosecco being poured. Also house made gelato and root beer floats. All for the $20 pp, kids free. Never got crowded and I might never have left but had a kiddie party to attend at 3:00, so we rolled out of there bursting at the seams. Unbelievably decadent Sunday afternoon.

Box and Bells Eating House - Oakland

Had another really good meal here Saturday. Burger on pretzel bun with caramelized onions – perfectly cooked medium rare, although they didn’t ask how we wanted it. I find the pretzel bun a bit gimmicky generally, but thought it worked here, didn’t get soggy and nice little bits of salt. Fried chicken – great as usual; sausage with sauerkraut – nice big juicy sausage, perfectly cooked, but not too interesting and just a tiny bit of kraut. Server said they replaced the porchetta with a porterhouse pork chop – should have tried that instead of the sausage. Deviled egg was good, but I’ve never been wowed by a deviled egg. Standout was a shaved cauliflower salad with capers, smoked tuna and almonds – nice way to cut the heavy stuff. Had the Charmer, a tequila based cocktail, it was good, not great – same way I felt about the last cocktail I had there. Pint of Moonlight Brewery’s IPA was great. Ate in the back patio – very nice. The menu seemed a little more pared down than last time I was there.

What are your thoughts on the city's coffee offerings?

I like a roast in between Peets and the third wave and have yet to find the perfect balance. For morning schedule reasons I make my own morning coffee with a French press. My wife mostly buys Peets because she works their system where her building gives her a pound discount, then she gets a free fancy coffee for filling her Peets card then another free coffee card for buying the lb, so I have a car full of free Peets coffee cards and the lb price is about half of any of the third wavers.

Tried Philz for a while but their roasts seem inconsistent, sometimes right on, sometimes over roasted. Had some Allegre beans from Whole Foods that seemed right on, but still cost more than Peets.

I am a big fan of the cold brews and had really good ones at Taylor Made in Sebastopol and last weekend at Artis on 4th St. in Berkeley which seems new. These slow cold brews seem to get a rich flavor and the ample caffeine I’m looking for without being too acidic. If Artis was near my office I’d stop making my own and get a cold brew every morning.

I’m in Oakland about twice a month in the mornings, so on those occasions I always hit Blue Bottle for their New Orleans iced coffee, which is the only coffee I ever drink that’s sweetened.

With regard to Wi-Fi in café’s, personally I have zero interest and/or time to for extended stays in a coffee shop, so the lack of amenities don’t bother me so much. I do understand some people use them as offices.

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

MA can have that credit jessejames, no ones going to fight you for it.

Sep 04, 2014
sunnyside in Los Angeles Area

China North Dumpling on Noriega [San Francisco]

First time here last weekend and everything exceeded my expectations. I’ve been eating at House of Pancakes a bunch, but this is a much broader menu. Salt and pepper chicken was great, super crispy (is it breaded in rice flour to make it so crispy?) dark meat chicken but not greasy at all and great flavor from the ample peppers. Ma Po tofu made with ground chicken, again not oily and great flavor, more delicate than most I've had, but I’ll ask for it a little spicier next time. Shanghai style chow mein – I love a thick hand made noodle and these are among the thickest most rustic I’ve ever encountered, so right up my alley. Pork three flavor dumpling pan fried – quite good, juicy inside and fresh tasting. Generous portions, clean spot and no crowds on a Friday night. Bonus points for the complimentary spicy cabbage and peanuts and the efficient service. Thanks everyone for tipping me off to this place.

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

I'm an NYC ex-pat (presently in San Francisco) and I could go the rest of my life without eating another Dunkin Donut. Same for their coffee, which I used to drink only out of necessity as it was often the only place open near my school. People are lining up for these things? My god.

Sep 04, 2014
sunnyside in Los Angeles Area

Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

If you can go for lunch M-F, you can get a $20 lunch with 25 cent martinis. Not much to lose if you don't like it, and quite the bargain if you do like it.

Sep 04, 2014
sunnyside in New Orleans

Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

I didn't make it to CP on my last visit and kind of regret not going. I did go to GW Fins and found the vibe pretty corporate and not very local, though the food was very good. If I had a do-over I'd swap GW Fins for CP.

Sep 03, 2014
sunnyside in New Orleans

Impressing out-of-towners in the East Bay

Miss Ollie's, Boot and Shoe Service/Pizzaiola, Box and Bells, Commis, taco crawl

Umami Burger SOMA-Seriously? (Long Review) [San Francisco]

So true. I'd take a Shake Shack burger over Umami any day. Love Nopa and Mission Bowling Club. Like but don't love Marlowe and Zuni. Not a fan of Five Guys or Super Duper, would take In-N-Out over either.

Alternative to State Bird? [San Francisco]

Highly unlikely that you would be the first in line if you get there at 5:30. I don't know how many seats they hold for walk-ins, so I can just give my experience as a data point.

Alternative to State Bird? [San Francisco]

You wont necessarily get into the first seating showing up at 5:30. I met friends there who got in line at 4:30 on a weekend and we didn't make the first seating. If its a weekday your chances are better probably.

Umami Burger SOMA-Seriously? (Long Review) [San Francisco]

Yep, ate there once and thought everything tasted too sweet and not enough beefy essence. I feel the same about Roam "Artisan" Burgers, too much focus everything but the meat, where the primary focus should be.

High End Dining with Great Wine

How's the list at Galatoires's? I just glanced through it as I wasn't drinking wine the night I was there, but it seemed pretty deep and they've gotten Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for several years.

Aug 25, 2014
sunnyside in New Orleans

Forge Pizza now open (Oakland)

Hah, well the food did come out really quickly. yes $6 and $8. Beer was nice and cold and tap was clean.

Forge Pizza now open (Oakland)

Finally made it here last night, early outdoor dinner on a beautiful warm sunny evening. Had the fried cheese curds and roasted shishito peppers apps – peppers were great, sizzling from the wood oven with lime roasted in the cast iron skillet. Cheese curds were fine, not too greasy but bland and tomato sauce with them was totally flavorless, not worth the calories for me. Well made cocktail at $9 is a bargain these days. Really good beer list and I like that you can get a 20 ounce beer. Had the mushroom pizza and pepperoni pizza, both really good, each had several other ingredients – sausage, olives, peppers. Loved the crust, slightly sour, perfectly cooked. Sauce and toppings wise I think Boot and Shoe is better, the tomato sauce lacked the piquancy of B&S/Pizzaiola, but these were very good and I’d go back for sure. Service was great, they let us order apps/kids meal first, modified their cocktail to make it less sweet, etc.
And before Robert calls out Boot and Shoe again for their loud music, know that Forge was blaring a 3 cd rotation of Styx/Boston/Foreigner at top volume on this beautiful evening, which was worse than anything I’ve ever encountered at B&S or Pizzaiola.

you go away for a week, and the food you miss most is....

Hey daisylover, did you ever make it to San Francisco? I haven't seen any reports from your numerous requests on this board?