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Lunch near Golden Gate Park / Cal Academy of Sciences

Inner Sunset and GG Park are safe. If you're there during the day you shouldn't have an issue. If you're really worried, park in the GG Park garage and only eat at the academy or museum.

Sep 19, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch near Golden Gate Park / Cal Academy of Sciences

9th/Irving has a very good selection of places and the N-Judah street car lets out there...and it's an easy walk to the Cal Acadamy.

Sep 18, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

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

Well... if you can get the guest of honor to Hooters, you could do it there.

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

Boca di Bepo... Too bad Ferrell's isn't around.

Bread- East Bay

Try Gaumenkitzel on San Pablo in Berkeley. If you go there, might as well drive up the street to Acme at Hopkins, just to look around since they bake/carry those kinds of bread.

Sep 13, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Mustards Grill: My Theory [Napa]

So...retro 80s California cuisine, i.e., "new" comfort food? It might be time and if it's tasty, does form matter?

FSPUCF, great phrase because it is show and not necessarily "content". On that note the mention of the Chez Panisse thread makes sense. If there is a hybrid of the CP school and the TFL school, it might be Manresa, which I'm a big fan of but that's a special occasion thing.

Any way, last ate at Mustards in 2000...don't remember it but there were other things going on.

Sep 12, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Whatever it is doesn't make it more significant or less silly.

Sep 10, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Who cares. I don't and I know it's a silly bit of polling.

Sep 10, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

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Sep 10, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Not a fan of La Taqueria but that's personal preference. They are one of the original SF taquerias and purveyor of the Mission burrito...and SF won on this. Now when you get in the LA v. Mission burrito argument (I know LA is taco land) you can say the Mission burrito is no 1 in the country with a semi-straight face.

Sep 10, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SFBA Dish of the Month (Sept 2014) - Nominations/Voting

MISSION BURRITO - AL PASTOR

Aug 29, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best one-stop supermarket?

I think Berkeley Bowl is the only true one-stop supermarket if you want good produce, organics and reasonable prices...and all the other stuff: butcher, fish, artisan, hot food, etc.

I don't think there's one easy place except perhaps maybe Whole Foods...but you'll be paying a high premium and it's a bit plastic-y and corporate. I personally dislike it so I don't go. Andronico's is local, wide variety but a bit pricey...but the only SF location is the inner Sunset.

In SF, I think it's combo shopping. Where ever you land in SF, I'd find a decent local neighborhood produce place, a butcher, fish monger, a few ethnic places and then a supermarket. The supermarket or TJs will be the easy part, or you'll figure out a combo.

Also there are a few very good small grocery stores in SF with a good combo of produce, meat, fish, etc. Good Life in Bernal Heights and Potrero Hill are good examples. Big Apple on Polk was similar but they closed.

Aug 23, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chow spots on Hesperian (San Lorenzo, Hayward)

5 Guys burgers

Aug 15, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it right for restaurants to stop seating people before closing time?

All you have to do is list: Open 5-10 p.m. Last dinner seating 9 p.m.

Aug 15, 2014
ML8000 in Not About Food

Totally Lost in Embarcadero with Co-Workers [San Francisco]

Tourist can read the interwebz too...

Aug 08, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Grand Lake Kwik Way reopened: drive-thru burgers and fries [Oakland]

Looks like Kwik Way has closed again, for good:

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

Aug 06, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

Andronico's (2 locations in Berkeley) will have what you want, enough for two and you can buy it on Thanksgiving.

Aug 05, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting Restaurant Recommendations

Thursday lunch/dinner - Chez Panisse Cafe, Berkeley. Also in Berkeley: Mexican food, Cancun Taqueria. Lunch would be good. Both are in or close to downtown Berkeley.

SF, lots and lots of choices...

Aug 05, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting Restaurant Recommendations

Recommendation for Berkeley or SF?

Aug 05, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

ethnic markets in EB (esp Afghan/Indian)

There's like half a dozen+ Afghani market in Fremont, along Fremont Blvd./Thornton, within about a 1-2 mile radius. Do a search, there's enough places to drive down and look around.

Also there's an Afro-Caribbean market at 8th/Clay in Oakland.

Aug 04, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Suggestions for lunch w/ a kid near Dolores Park? [San Francisco]

In the Mission? Get a Mission burrito. Many places within walking distance.

Egg Rolls with crispy burnt tips?

Sounds like a regional adaptation/bastardization...like Montreal vs. NYC bagels. I've never seen an egg roll like that, especially the burnt end...but why would I?

Before mass media, regional specialties or differences were more common since word of mouth didn't travel the same way. My mother's family owned/ran a Chinese take-out in Chicago. They definitely made a few dishes differently, like tomato beef. In the Bay Area and HK it's usually a catsup-y and sweet deal that's bright red. In Chicago it was made with black bean, garlic, bell pepper and no sweet stuff except the tomato (in season).

Aug 02, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where are the best Chinese restaurants in New York?

Well since this topic has popped up again - what do you consider the #1 Chinese restaurant in San Mateo County?

Aug 01, 2014
ML8000 in Food Media & News

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Value + super late hours (3 a.m.) = drunk food. I always remember the bottom of the take-out bag getting soaked with grease within minutes.

Aug 01, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

Glad to see Cancun make it. The al pastor there has been my go to since college, when it was called La Parrilla Suiza. Jesus christ I'm old. Any way, one point of contention...who puts crema on an al pastor burrito? It just dilutes the taste or dumbs it down.

Jul 31, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese Banquet Style with Karaoke? Help pls

How the heck do you reply to a question in the question format?

+1 on Dynasty in Cupertino PeterL. The food is a bit pricey and not as good as places in Millbrae but it's close. The big thing about Dynasty is they seem to set the place up for banquets of all sizes and have a bunch of private rooms, nice, modern, clean...all are hooked up for A/V. The parking lot however is a freakin' maze and bit of hell.

Jul 30, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese Banquet Style with Karaoke? Help pls

What city? There's 9 counties in the Bay Area.

How many SF 49ers football fans really want Vegan food?

That Niner Bacon will only sold in the City of Santa Clara. So it's a Santa Clara thing. The Faithful will love it however.

Jul 28, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

How many SF 49ers football fans really want Vegan food?

BFD, tofu dog, garlic fries and beer are vegan. A tofu curry is a good idea but really, it's not that difficult...but better crank up the hype machine because that's a BILLION dollar stadium and it needs to be paid for! Yup, Vegans dropping coin at a Niners game is going to save that Niner bacon!!!

Jul 27, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

to chez panisse or to not chez panisse, that is the question

You might give old Alice her due. She did change the way American restaurants prepare food, and for the better. (different from changing how people eat)

Look I'm annoyed by her hippie communication skills but the fact remains - Alice Waters had a vision of how things should be done, executed on it and it's been a HUGE influence on modern American restaurants.

I get that some people don't like CP's food. No biggie, personal preference. However to deny AW changed things, well she did. Look up the history.

Jul 26, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area