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Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

You're right. Greasing a palm doesn't work if the place has reservations backed up for weeks for months, especially at places that charge your CC for a no show. It does work in places where you wait in line for an hour+, the no reservations places. There's not a lot of these places, and really who has problems getting reservations anywhere?

I mean, seriously boo-f'-hoo, one has to go down their list or a list to the next nice restaurant in SF. The horror!!!

Any way, this thing is personal preference but it's also a cultural shift. I think Americans like reservations to be reasonably level in appearance even if it's not reality. At least the super rich guy still has to have his assistant call those $$$$ 3-star places just like everyone else.

$25 bucks is $25 bucks and no one is going to be grudge a place for trying to make a living. And if you want to pay it, no one is really going to get on your case. That said, seems a little bit like cuts in line and most people don't like that. I don't. I don't know if the word is fair or sporting but whatever. I can still see a use but I wouldn't want to use it on a regular basis.

about 13 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

WTFugu are you talking about?

about 16 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Nopa or perbacco [San Francisco]

If you can't decide: do Perbacco for lunch and Nopa for dinner.

about 16 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

Call me old fashion but I'd rather give money to a person who can use it, appreciate it and help me right then and there.

As for infuriating someone - again, social skill.

about 16 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

What you expect "advice neutrality"? Well forget that!

about 16 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

Yeah but the person getting the $50 in person will remember you, give you a better table and there's next time. (something an app can't do) People remember $50 bucks and can respond again. You just have to ask their name and remember to thank them on your way out. See what I mean by lack of social skills? :)

about 16 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

That was my second reaction: this got VC money and launched because in the moneyed tech world the idea makes sense, and if they want something now, they want to NOW and they wait for no one damn it!

So basically they're paying extra for not having planning skills or social skills to figure it out...like slipping someone $50 bucks, or just being nice.

about 17 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Startup Sells "Prime" Reservations (Table8)

Next up: restaurants to charge extra for; a) phone calls for reservations, b) chairs while waiting, c) chairs while dining.

Extra charges for use of a fork is currently under discussion.

Okay seriously, sounds like this will only fly at a few places that are always over booked. I'm inclined not to use it, or go to a place that does.

about 18 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best food trucks

Try Off the Grid in Fort Mason Center, where food truck convene to serve food. Every Friday at 5 p.m.

Do a search and it will tell what trucks are going to be there.

Only suggestion: get there early the wait/lines can be harsh.

about 21 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

China House Jumbo Seafood [Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco]

Thanks so it's not my imagination.

about 22 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

J-town Cherry Blossom Fest [San Francisco]

Frankly the food at the CBF has never been worth a long wait in a line. I like the CBF and like supporting community events but I'll just do so without visiting the food booths.

If there's no wait, no problem but still don't expect anything special. The booths are mainly run by non-profit and community groups who cook that stuff maybe 2-3x a year. (I've helped out in the past.)

Also, forget about driving there. Public transpo is the way to go.

1 day ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

China House Jumbo Seafood [Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco]

So is this place related to Jumbo Seafood (now New Jumbo Seafood) on Noriega, or China House that use to be on Balboa/5th? Or just recycling names?

BTW, I've driven/walked by that place, never seen anyone in there.

Apr 14, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Birthday dinner in SF for 18 year old

I was at HOPR not too long ago and the crowd was surprisingly young and diverse, during the second seating. (Got there at 7:30.) This was after walking through one dining room that was serving the senior crowd. The physical space is old and creeping towards decrepit but the crowd was modern SF. Seems more fun with a big/bigger group.

That said, Espetus could work...depends on the birthday boy, if he's into massive amounts of meat. I think you'd do fine either place but HOPR has age on its side.

Apr 13, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Mother's Day brunch - Oakland/East Bay

If it's a nice day, Bocanova's patio is very nice. Not Camino but they take reservations. They also have big tables outside.

Apr 04, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

san jose recommendations

Side note: I heard on the radio this morning (KCBS) that there's been 40 new restaurant openings in the DT SJ area in the past 12-15 months. It's supposedly booming there. That's mind boggling number. Sorry couldn't find a link.

Apr 04, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

best dimsum in oakland?

GD is very good for the price and smaller size, i.e., if it's not crowded it very easy to do. Solid dim sum if not exceptional.

Apr 03, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

New Food Critic Chronicle

Well at least the Tower of Bauer had enough sense to hire for his lacking. Decent writing and hole-in-the-wall are things that MB can't or won't do.

Hmm...so it sounds like the Tower reads CH.

Apr 02, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area
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San Francisco Chronicle Plans to End Its Prized Food Section

That's hilarious.

Apr 02, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Thoughts about dinner (not dimsum) at Koi Palace? [Daly City]

The name dropping is interesting, so you have to ask why.

Cynically it's there for a bit of cover, i.e., "hey I brought Secret Weapon and I still got a crappy meal," or, "we brought a Secret Weapon who knows how to order."

I've never read a local review where the critic brings a secret ethnic weapon/critic to guide or verify a meal. I've seen it on food TV shows but it's usually within the travel genre, expose type TV, visiting a far away place.

Seriously, MB has been at the Chron and in SF for over 25 years. He's the editor of the Food section and the big cheese critic...and he needs help with Chinese food? I'd be curious if P Unterman or someone like Jonathan Gold brings help?

Nothing wrong with that, I can see bringing someone who speaks Cantonese, but again...why drop names?

Mar 26, 2014
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Thoughts about dinner (not dimsum) at Koi Palace? [Daly City]

I guess Bauer's money wasn't green enough

Mar 25, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland - Sinaloa Taco Trucks and Taqueria?

I get the carnitas torta. They fry it/re-heat it into almost a patty..very tasty. Avoid crema and queso on it...buries the flavor of the carnitas.

Mar 25, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Thoughts about dinner (not dimsum) at Koi Palace? [Daly City]

Excellent point about the size of the dining party. A good Chinese meal really should be 8-10 people, so you taste many things. Two people is 3 dishes at most.

Mar 25, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Thoughts about dinner (not dimsum) at Koi Palace? [Daly City]

It's not just Chinese or Canto restaurants but it is an old school thing, i.e., you take care of me, I'll take care of you...and it's becoming far less prevalent.

I don't know why anyone is surprised. Same exact thing happens with VIPs at non-Chinese restaurant but perhaps not in the same way. Regardless, this type of service does cost more. I don't imagine the Olsen twins private dinner at Marlowe was free...although maybe they didn't eat much! (that's a joke)

My uncle does the "bribe" thing well and he's ABC. He knows a couple of waiters at R&G and yes, they do treat you better...but you have to drop coin after the talking and demand for good service. No gifts or talking to the owner, just tip the waiters well and remember their name, something a former waiter knows.

As for not treating MB and CC well...BFD. Now he understands how most people eat in SF, instead of a recognizable critics. Seriously, talk about a two tier system. Maybe that's why MB doesn't review ethnic places...because they just don't suck up, or care who he is. Oh well.

Mar 25, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

What did you order? My experience has been Indus has a pretty light touch for Indian and Pakistani cuisine.

Mar 22, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

best cheap eats in the Berkeley / Oakland area

Indus Village should be in there. Top Dog too, given dogs are still $3 bucks.

Mar 21, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

What are we missing? [San Francisco]

From IN..you're missing Mexican food. A nice Mexican breakfast could be a nice change up...and burritos and tacos.

Do a search for chilaquiles, there's a bunch of threads, including dish of the month for Jan 2014.

Mar 20, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Cant find Pepperoni sticks anywhere (Livermore Area)

I think they were .75¢ ea x 20. I didn't buy them, just looked.

BTW, Costco says they have them, another brand:
http://www2.costco.com/Browse/Product...

Mar 20, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Cant find Pepperoni sticks anywhere (Livermore Area)

Try Costco as well.

Mar 20, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Cant find Pepperoni sticks anywhere (Livermore Area)

Smart and Final sells them by the jar (couple of dozen), Tillamook brand.

Mar 20, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to take a 16 year old for dinner in the Mission [SF]?

+1 Limon and St. Francis Fountain

Blue Plate in the Outer Mission might work as well, especially for the non-adventurous eater.

Mar 19, 2014
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area