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Breakfasts now that Canteen is no longer offering any.

If you want to eat in Union Square, I highly recommend the brunch at Colibri. It's an upper-scale Mexican restaurant (not taqueria) with yummy moles, homemade tortillas, guac made to order and the best tortilla soup I've ever had. Great for any meal and great happy hour, too.

Aug 27, 2012
saffree in San Francisco Bay Area

O'Grady's Au Gratin chips - remake?

That is truly heartbreaking. :( Thanks for the update, chipman!

Feb 08, 2009
saffree in General Topics

O'Grady's Au Gratin chips - remake?

After reading the original post I bought the Thick Cut Ruffles and YES! YES! YES! They are totally O'Grady's Au Gratin, the only potato chip I have truly loved. Since then, I haven't been able to find the Thick Cut anywhere - not even online! I just came back from the ginormous Lucky's - which has every chip known to man - and they are sadly missing. cc84 - where do you live and where did you find them? I am going to start obsessing and stalking eBay for sightings of them - I will buy a crate if I have to! :)

Feb 04, 2009
saffree in General Topics

Need duck advice

Hello hounders! There's a restaurant in LA called Genghis Cohen (on Fairfax) and they serve the most delicious duck. I was told that the guy in the back who preps/cooks the duck somehow skims the fat off the duck skin, leaving a really crispy skin with no fat. The meat typically turns out pink/brown. Any idea what I should be looking or asking for when dining out up in SF? It's definitely not Peking duck. Your help is appreciated - thank you!

Dec 29, 2008
saffree in San Francisco Bay Area

Question re the menu at Aqua...

Yes, you can order extra apps ala carte. The only app you can order off the 7 course menu is the souffle - which is delicious. Otherwise, you can order extra apps off the 3 course menu and they will charge you accordingly.

Apr 09, 2007
saffree in San Francisco Bay Area

My meals - Aqua, Pesce, Zuni

I just moved to SF and haven't done much exploring. The parents came in town (and my brother too, a foodie and wine snob) and this was our experience:

Aqua - yes, it's expensive - $75 prix fixe plus wine plus we had to pay for our cheese plate at the end...but it was a very good experience. I'd been told it was overrated but I thought it was a wonderful experience. Our waiter was the captain - he's the guy who looks kinda like Mark Ruffalo. He was VERY knowledgeable about the menu and the wine pairings. He spent about 10 minutes just explaining the menu and specials to us, which I was really impressed with. I started with the hamachi which was really great. My brother ordered the special seared foie gras which was EXCELLENT. Mom got the souffle that's on their tasting menu but because it was so well reviewed in some magazine they will serve it individually. She won in the appetizer category hands down - wow, that souffle was great!!! Mom and bro ordered the sturgeon for entrees. I wasn't impressed but I'm not a fan of the fish - Mom (picky!) loved it. I got the veal and halibut cheeks which was nice but I'd try something else next time. Dad got the special hawaiian fish which he really liked but I wasn't all that impressed. Another thing I liked about our waiter is he wasn't afraid to tell us when something WASN'T good, which he did for one of the desserts - I think it might have been the one with lemon but I'm not sure. All in all, if you have the money, it's worth a trip...a very expensive trip.

Pesce was dinner on Saturday night. LOVED it. Christian, the manager, is very knowledgeable about their French and Italian wines which are the ones my brother and I like. He was extremely candid about the wines on the list that were good and bad and we drank something that started with an M that I'd never heard of before that was yummy (red). I love tapas so I was happy with the portions. The octopus was AMAZING - very tender. By far the best dish. My brother got the squid ink risotto which was also delicious. We probably ordered one of almost everything on the menu and everything was good (sorry, the wine started kicking in so I don't remember too many specifics after a point!).

We happened on Zuni while shopping for danish modern furniture (if anyone knows where I can find some please let me know!). It was a very starchy, very delicious lunch. That polenta that they make is to die for - I don't usually order it but would go back to Zuni for theirs. I will go back once a week for the fries. We ordered their house-made mayo for it - yum! I looooove hand made mayo. The soup was spinach and garlic - very bright and delicious. The pizza was thin crust - amazing dough - not terribly flavorful but exactly what we were looking for.

I'm looking forward to exploring this city's food! I really miss BLD, Jones and Orso in LA but hope I can find some comparable places. If you're going to LA, DO NOT miss BLD. What a great place!!!

Apr 09, 2007
saffree in San Francisco Bay Area

Bistro 110 "Potatoes L'Ami Louis"

Yes, although I'm not sure if they serve it anymore (been a long time since I've visited Chicago!). It's basically scalloped potatoes and I believe sour cream...

Dec 20, 2006
saffree in Chicago Area

Bistro 110 "Potatoes L'Ami Louis"

My friend has requested scalloped potatoes for Xmas and I thought I'd surprise him with the best scalloped potatoes I've ever had. Anyone have a recipe or know how to do what Bistro 110 does?

Thanks!

Dec 19, 2006
saffree in Chicago Area

Paris on a REAL budget

I found Au C'Amelot to be incredibly reasonable (prix fixe - maybe 30 euros?) and very, very good. Menu changes daily.

au C'AMELOT. 50, rue Amelot 75011 Paris. telephone. 01.43.55.54.04

Aug 14, 2006
saffree in France

Clarke's in Evanston

Is it still open? I live in Cali now but my best friend and I always reminisce about the tomato soup. Anyone know the recipe so I might be able to recreate it?

Thanks!

Aug 14, 2006
saffree in Chicago Area