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Are there any restaurants in the Bay Area with kid play areas?

Social Kitchen in the Inner Sunset is kid friendly. Unfortunately the beer is okay. Magnolia is the Lower Haight is great too if you go off peak hours.

Feb 19, 2014
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Are there any restaurants in the Bay Area with kid play areas?

The Inner Sunset Patxi's has a play area in their heated patio. They have a kids table and little chairs and a chalkboard.

Dec 20, 2013
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financial district sushi? [San Francisco]

I really enjoyed my experience at Akiko. Any alternate restaurants walking distance from the Westin?

Sep 25, 2013
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financial district sushi? [San Francisco]

Sep 24, 2013
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Source for canned craft beer/microbrews in Sonoma County?

Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa

Jul 02, 2013
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Bars near State Bird Provisions/itinerary query? [San Francisco]

Fat Angel is nearby. Beer and wine only, but a good place to grab a few drinks.

Jun 06, 2013
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Most Reliable Restaurant Review Site Outside of Chowhound?

Only place I can think of is Woodward Garden

Jun 04, 2013
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Most Reliable Restaurant Review Site Outside of Chowhound?

Rehashing this thread. Came across this article today in SF Gate: http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

Jun 04, 2013
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SF special occasion restaurant that will tolerate a small child

Funny you mention this, just saw this article today: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/0...

May 10, 2013
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New Shanghai Dumpling King? Less than a block from my house? [San Francisco]

Considering I live right around the corner, glad to hear the Outer Richmond location will not be permanently closed!

Apr 23, 2013
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San Francisco/Napa with Baby

Oops, just realized you posted this a few days ago. Hope you enjoyed Bar Tartine -- love the Hungarian inspired food there.

Apr 23, 2013
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Good for a group in SF

Bar Tartine does a great pre fixe for large groups. We had a birthday dinner there and had a very good time.

Apr 09, 2013
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early dinner with two kids

Some more suggestions here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896107

Apr 09, 2013
shellshock24 in San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco/Napa with Baby

I agree with absc's recs above. I'd add Little Chihuahua too. More fresh mex, but family friendly.

Yank Sing is good western styled dim sum. Many of the dim sum places in the Outer Richmond and Outer Sunset are family friendly because the restaurants are larger and in more residential parts of the city.

Mar 29, 2013
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San Francisco/Napa with Baby

We live in SF and have 1 year old twins. For the most part, the restaurants by the ballpark/SoMa tend to be fairly family/stroller friendly (largely due to the fact that the restaurants tend to be a bit bigger in that area); the Mission and the Divis Corridor, not so much.

State Bird is very small and you would have to do a walk-in and probably wait 2-3 hours (reservations are booked fully as of right now 2 months in advance).

Places we frequent w/ our kids is Nopalito (in the Inner Sunset, not the Divis one), Nopa (weekdays, early is the best with kids), Delfina Pizza (Pac Heights), Zazies (for brunch), Lers Ros Thai.

For the most part, if we stick to the early bird timings we've never really had any issues. Patrons at some of the more "hipster" restaurants in the Mission have given us the stink eye every once in awhile if the babies were acting up, but nothing too egregious.

Mar 28, 2013
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Rare Bay Area appearance by Dogfish Head 120 Minute [Petaluma]

Yes, 120 Minute. I know City Beer Store has had it on tap at least a few times. BR had it once in the last year or so.

Mar 28, 2013
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Rare Bay Area appearance by Dogfish Head 120 Minute [Petaluma]

I think rare may be a bit of an overstatement - it's frequently on tap at City Beer Store and Beer Revolution. Maybe rare for the North Bay? Just speculating.

Mar 28, 2013
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Foodie from Chicago needs to know what SFO Neighborhood to live in.

Just pointing out that OP does not mention a kid anywhere in his original post.

I would vote Noe due to its proximity to everything (especially the Mission) and easy freeway access.

Dec 14, 2011
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Help me fill in the blank: Fleur de Lys, Incanto, ________?

I would probably pick Plum.

Dec 12, 2011
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REVIEW w/ pics: Creative Cooking at Chef Michael Voltaggio's restaurant, ink.

I just got back from Ink. I just wanted to share my impressions.

Decor - Typical industrial/minimalist decor with an unfinished floor, gray walls, and interesting artwork.

Service - Very good. Pretty spot on except for a few snafus. For example, one of our "appetizer" plates came out after a "main" dish. Also we were served a plate that we didn't order and we had to track down a server to inform her of the mistake.

Drinks - I had a bourbon and fernet cocktail and a rye and lemon cocktail. Both were very good.

Food -

1. Fluke crudo, romaine hearts, fried caesar dressing, lemon oil - Not bad. I felt like it needed more citrus to brighten up the dish. Very fresh fish, but the flavors fell a bit a flat.

2. Charred avocado, hen of the woods, whipped fish sauce, mushroom chicharrĂ³n - Avacados were very nice, but i wasn't sure the role of the fish foam.

3. Beef tartare, horseradish, hearts of palm, sea bean chimichurri - Well doe, but not memorable

4. Berkshire pork, charcoal crust, macaroni and cheese, leeks - Hands down the best dish of the evening. The char was excellent and added a nice smokiness to the pork. The pork was tender and perfectly cooked . The "macaroni" was a rigatoni stuffed with cheese. Went very well with the pork.

5. Akushi beef dish (I forget the name) - Pretty good dish. Beef was tender and perfectly cooked.

6. Dessert - chocolate, coffee, spice - Very good dessert. Spiced ice cream, liquid nitrogen chocolate, and coffee crumbles.

Overall - I was really coming in expecting much more. In a sense, I feel like MV kind of succumbed to what people expect him to cook - foam, liquid nitrogen, sous vie. While I enjoy those techniques, it felt a bit forced and seemed like he was trying to live up to a certain persona. I'm glad I went, but it's not a restaurant i would rush back to.

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8360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Nov 09, 2011
shellshock24 in Los Angeles Area

looking for killer bar food

I third Beer Belly. The food there is just great and very good (and local) craft beer selection.

Aug 01, 2011
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Dark Lord

I agree, it's a good RIS, but way overrated. It's a bit too dry for me as well. On a blind side-by-side, I overwhelmingly preferred Stone's regular ol' RIS over DL. Go figure.

Jul 14, 2011
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Commonwealth SF Report

I completely agree. Having lived in SF for some time and now living in LA, we're really missing the quality molecular gastronomy restaurants down in LA. Commonwealth, for me, is hands down one of the best restaurants I have been to dollar-for-dollar. It's not over the top, but its not pedestrian, and very very fairly priced.

I haven't tried Bistro LQ yet, but I'm hoping that'll make me a bit more optimistic about the creativity of food in LA.

Jun 27, 2011
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Belgium Ale and Blue Cheese- WOW!

I agree, I don't care much for any of the Chimay cheeses. They all have some sort of grainy/sandy quality to them that is kind of off-putting.

Jun 18, 2011
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Belgium Ale and Blue Cheese- WOW!

Cuvee Van de Keizer Blauw is my go to BSD/Quad. I try to stock up whenever I see it anywhere.

Jun 10, 2011
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Best deep dish pizza?

For me its the Little Star crust that's the standout. I love that cornmeal texture.

Jun 09, 2011
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Belgium Ale and Blue Cheese- WOW!

Ooops, I don't know how I forgot about the sale of Anchor! Thanks for the correction. I know Fritz is on the Board for the Maytag farms, but not the sole owner.

Jun 09, 2011
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Belgium Ale and Blue Cheese- WOW!

Although not a Belgian beer, my first beer and cheese mind blowing moment many years ago was when I took a sip of Anchor's Old Fogforn barleywine and a bite of Maytag Bleu Cheese (and both the brewery and the cheese are owned by Fritz Maytag).

As for Belgian beers, I love a Caralous Van Keizer Blauw and a good cave-aged gruyere

Jun 09, 2011
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Today's Beer Drinkers and the Future of Craft Beer

I agree that if the industry as a whole reverted back to brewing beers that fit within the framework of the BJCP guidelines that it would be a huge step back for the industry. However, I think when the dust settles and those who hopped on the "trend train" move on to the next big thing, there's going to be a call for more pilsners, and more dobblebocks, and more subtle beers where flaws in the beers can't be easily hidden by the addition of a ton more hops or malts or coffee etc.

I've been on Beer Advocate for awhile and I am definitely seeing a trend among some of the "older" users towards more traditionally styled beers.

I love all beers that are brewed well, within or without the BJCP framework, but I'm just not a huge fan of beers that cover up flaws with more alcohol.

Jun 08, 2011
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Today's Beer Drinkers and the Future of Craft Beer

I feel like there will be a shift in the next few years to beers that are brewed to style (or close to the BJCP guidelines). With any explosion of an particular sub-industry, there are few variants in the consumer base. There are definitely many individuals who are just joining the craft beer "wave" and will probably drop off once they find something else that fancies them. However, I think some of us who have been in it for the long haul are going to witness more breweries aiming to brew a beer closer to the guidelines and really trying to one-up one another when it comes to the subtlties of flavor, aroma, etc. I love what Brian Hunt is doing at Moonlight or even what Mark Jilg is doing (and has been doing for many years) at Craftsman.

Jun 06, 2011
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