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Nopa or perbacco [San Francisco]

While it's true that the exact dishes at Perbacco, may be hard (or impossible!) to find in New York. I think it's safe to the say:

1. The atmosphere is very common in NY
2. Agnolotti pasta is far more common in NY than in SF

I haven't been in about a year and a half (and NY dinning scene changes quickly) but! I would say while there are a lot of copy cat farm to table restaurants in NY - they don't do it half as well. One yes the ingredients, but more importantly the more relaxed, playful and irreverent attitude in both the service and food.

2 days ago
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Nopa or perbacco [San Francisco]

Nopa. Perbacco Is a more formal restaurant very reminiscient of what you can find in NYC.

Apr 15, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Tipping on wine in restaurants?

I am guessing you didn't read the whole thread (who would at this length?), but as I pointed out at the beginning. We tip as a percentage (percentage based on service) on the prices of the meal (which is fixed).

I've never ever sat there and thought oh this restaurant overcharged me on the food, so I'm going to stiff the server's tip. (e.g. seek revenge on the server for a greedy restaurant owner)

I've also never thought, oh this dish was relatively easy to prepare so I'm going to tip less. (e.g. seek revenge on the server because the kitchen staff did no work)

So why would that be true for the alcohol/wine? To take money from the server because we feel the wine/alcohol prices are unfair. Seems strange.

Apr 14, 2014
goldangl95 in Wine

Just moved to San Mateo and loving the ramen joints there. I need suggestions on where to go next!

Not necessarily better just different - but if you are looking for a change, I like Maru Ichi's Kuro ramen (Mountain View). They are cash only.

Apr 12, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Shandong Mutton Restaurant in West San Jose

Tried the country style lamb soup, cumin lamb, bok choy, + rice the other day.

The country style lamb soup is a fatty lamb broth with green onions. It's hearty and tasty. I must admit once it cooled down the oily, fatty textures of the broth and the meat got a little much for me.

The cumin lamb was spicy, with good quality lamb meet - very satisfying rendition.

Bok choy was well done, right amount of oil, good texture.

It was a solid meal, but a little pricey and rather far from us, so we probably won't add it to our regular rotation.

Apr 11, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Lure + Till in The Epiphany Hotel (Palo Alto)

We went to Lure + Till for dinner the other night. The food prices are very reasonable for the portion size - you could actually fairly easily eat here for $35 pp.

This type of restaurant everywhere in SF, but we have very few down in the penninsula. If I would place it in a hierarchy on taste alone it would be from top to bottom:

Village Pub/Flea Street Cafe (though higher food price point!)
Lure + Till
Scratch
Joya/Rosewood

With Lure + Till one clear step better than Scratch. The flavor combos for the squid pasta dish were satisfying a good mix of sharp, spicy and savory with a good chew (though the proportions between ingredients was off). The steak dish had solid flavors, but the steak itself was dry. Deviled eggs and beets were strongly flavored. Nothing very out of the box.

Liquor prices (as others have noted) though are patently ridiculous. Drink sizes are small, somewhat weak, with lots of ice, and cost $12+. Your alcohol costs could easily exceed your food costs very quickly.

Verdict: Happy it came - hope it stays. We need places like this. If it was in SF, it wouldn't survive the competition.

Apr 11, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

High-end and about average restaurants in Union Square, SF

Second Farallon as a solid, choice though not unique/exemplary to SF.

Gitane or Cafe Claude are more casual but provide a solid level of service and food. Gitane is more in-step with the current feel of the SF dining scene than Farallon.

I haven't been to Campton Place or Bouche but those may be options as well.

These are all walking distance from Union Square. Are you willing to go further afield? Most of the best options are in less high-rent/touristy areas.

Apr 11, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Traveling with a 3 1/2 month old, but would love some great food! [San Francisco]

SF mid-high end restaurants are not baby friendly past 7 pm in the evening (imho), the service gets chaotic, the restaurants are super small etc.

There are some places that are open most of the afternoon. Nopa is one, Cotogna another. If you go in the middle of the day, or at the very beginning of dinner (5-5:30 pm), everything will be more relaxed. During that time, you could go anywhere except the 2-3 star Michelin places.

La Mar is also a possibility.

(Note: for the first time I went to Cotogna (during the day), and the meal was very average. I've also heard the same for others - not sure if this is just a quirk or what).

Apr 09, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Dosa Fillmore - First report! [San Francisco]

Maybe it was the "mini" aspect that made it flabby? I've found their regular size dosas to be competent (though pricey).

Apr 09, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Pre-wedding party [San Francisco]

I've read that Zero Zero does group parties, but I have no personal experience with it - but worth a call.

Apr 08, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Upscale yet delicious brunch places in San Francisco??

Ah I see I was searching around and couldn't find available brunch times on Sunday. They do take them - they just book up. Makes sense.

Mar 28, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

san jose recommendations

I will add that while Vung Tau would not be something to detour/seek out if you are coming from D.C., it is very solid and satisfying Vietnamese food at a slightly higher price point. So, if you are at a loss of where to eat, I'd absolutely go to Vung Tau.

Mar 28, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Upscale yet delicious brunch places in San Francisco??

Foreign Cinema is in the Mission and I believe (could be mistaken) they only take reservations for dinner.

Mar 27, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Any Info on Knife Sharpening Classes in SF area

Bernal Cutlery

Mar 27, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Upscale yet delicious brunch places in San Francisco??

Well, as you've probably already found out from your own research - SF is not an upscale brunch city - the modern rhythms of the city don't allow for it.

Spruce may work. Or forget about a unique to SF type experience and go to the Ritz (Parallel 37) for lunch.

Mar 27, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

Homeroom is just mac & cheese with additives - it is fun too make your own combinations I guess, but there is no culinary genius or innovativeness (you could do it at home just as well).

It's a different list from the ones we usually put together on this board - I haven't heard of most of the others. I would actually encourage you to try them and report back as it would add to the diversity.

One thing I will say is - it's not a particularly innovative/exotic list. The foods listed are mostly comforting and standards you can find across the country.

Mar 22, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Quintessential Bay Area in 4 Days

Wine Country Napa/Sonoma:
Addendum (napa) - fried chicken
Grocery Stores & Sandwich shops: Sunshine Foods, Oakville Grocery, Wild Sage Delicatessan
I would make your own picnic, sandwiches etc. Almost all wine country restaurants will break your budget.

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Bay Area

If you do a search for bakeries and ice cream - you'll get a good list for San Francisco (they are constantly recommended).

If Hog Island is back open by then, you can get chowder and oysters there.

Pizza would be another good choice. Little Star for deep dish. Zero zero, Pizzeria Delfina etc. for takes on Italian style.

If you are in the East Bay, head to Vik's for Indian. In SF, Udupi Palace is OK for South Indian food.

Lers Ros is decent Thai.

Mar 21, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheese stores in South Bay (and 680 corridor)

I have been really happy with the cheese selection at the Whole Foods in Los Altos (and am less familiar but also with Cupertino). They have a startling amount of varieties that you can ask them to cut from a round (yes they also do have pre cut wedges). Their selection is as good as many small, independently owned cheese shops.

What you don't get (depending on the hour) are necessarily the most knowledgable people behind the counter. Sometimes the experts are there - sometimes not, but this isn't the biggest deal if you know your cheeses already.

Mar 21, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Excellent tacos al pastor in San Jose: Antojitos Mexicanas on Alum Rock...

I like the al pastor at Ruby's Taqueria in Sunnyvale, also a big fan of their diabla burrito (spicy shrimp w/ guac and sour cream)

Mar 20, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

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

Locanda is fun and has a decent amount of variety. Limon Rotisserie could be another option.

Mar 19, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Asian Restaurant Ideas Requested - and How to Experience New Cuisines?

Would you be interested in South Indian? If so, there is Dosa (order a dosa, stick to vegetarian/seafood/pork/lamb dishes overall)

I have not been yet to Kin Khao but I am intrigued by maybe you can be the test subject?

I wouldn't worry about "authentic" who cares as long as it tastes good to you?

Chef favorites/boards are a good key (if it looks like they switch it up/regional specialties - not if it just looks like it's their most expensive dishes). Or looking up the Wikipedia entry for that type of regional cuisine before going and then pointing at the characters (useful for regional Chinese cuisine especially)

For example, taking Z & Y there's a "Chef favorites section" a "Special Claypot" section and "Szechuan Cuisine section" and it's a Szechuan restaurant. That's probably sufficient to draw from for a first visit. You might pick one from the Chef favorites, one from Szechuan Cuisine and then ask the waiter to recommend a third dish.

I personally only find The Lime Tree OK - if it's very out of your way I wouldn't bother.

Mar 18, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

san mateo and south

Budget? Cuisine type?

Gaping holes that area does better than SF by far:
Indian, Korean, Japanese (any interest?)

In terms of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Pizza/Mexican
- Dish Dash in Sunnyvale (Mediterranean/Middle Eastern)
- Oren's Hummus shop (Mediterranean/Middle Eastern)
- Evvia (Mediterranean)
- Blueline in Mountain View (Pizza)
- Palo Alto Sol (Mexican, Margaritas + Mole sauce)
- Agave (Mexican, Margaritas + Shrimp platters)

Mar 17, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Wood Tavern-ish in SF?

1760 is small plates based and has many of the ingredients you list.

Mar 15, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Are we supposed to be tipping much less than I thought in California?

Generationally, it's edged up (people under 40 tend to tip 20%). I'm not sure why (the receipts that print tips at the bottom and include 18% as the lowest number? recession? income inequality?)

Mar 14, 2014
goldangl95 in Not About Food

Looking for moderate priced restaurants [San Francisco]

I'd definitely visit a bakery (Knead, B Patisserie, Craftsman & Wolves etc.)

Ice Cream (Bi Rite, Mr. Mrs. Miscellaneous, Humphrey Slocombe)

Coffee (Four Barrel, Blue Barrel, Ritual, Philz)

South Indian at Dosa

Cal-Italian at Cotogna, Locanda, Flour + Water, Zero Zero (this is the only category that may edge on your budget Zero Zero is a bit cheaper than the others - this category is the only one you need to make reservations way in advance)

Burmese (Burma Superstar or Mandalay)

Thai (Lers Ros or maybe Kin Khao (haven't been yet))

Maybe Skool or Bar Crudo for seafood (Skool is variable on service and Bar Crudo can be a bit variable generally)

Mar 14, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Authentic, Exquisite Dim Sum and Chinese Bakeries?

Yank Sing in the Rincon Center does really solid dim sum (it is at a pricier price point) and is well run. I am not an expert dim sum eater, but I don't notice a huge difference between Yank Sing and Koi Palce on dim sum standards, and Yank Sing is a bit more easy to deal with.

Mar 14, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Are we supposed to be tipping much less than I thought in California?

Minefield of a post - but wading in.

1. Insane hardly. States and local government can set their own minimum wage as long as it meets federal guidelines. The minimum wage in some areas of California (has it become all areas?) is yes, around $10.00. For a typical restaurant server with a 20 hr (optimistic!) shift per week it comes out to $200 a week.

2. Business owners cannot get around paying the minimum wage in California, by putting the onus on their customers to make up the difference. (which for various economic reasons makes sense - while food service is a low margin business it surely isn't the only low margin one - and why restuarants should get a special exception i've never understood)

3. As a personal thing, I never was tipping to subsidize the minimum wage! That was never the justification for tipping. It was tipping for personal serving, because personal serving is difficult and variable in ways other types of professions are not.

4. I tip somewhere from 10 - 15% for food delivery, and 15-25% at restaurants. My understanding with tips, at $10 an hr, most in the food service industry with one job make about $18,000 a year (which is why they try to take multiple but it's hard because the various jobs don't have to take into account the other schedules)

Mar 14, 2014
goldangl95 in Not About Food
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Looking for moderate priced restaurants [San Francisco]

1. Where are you coming from?
2. What type of food are you craving?
3. Anything you won't eat?
4. Specific dollar amounts are helpful "moderate" depending on the poster can range from $20 pp to $100 pp depending on whose asking.

Mar 14, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting from Washington

I'll list here again =) There's a lot more than what I listed (I would also defend our cocktail scene, but I'm a little behind the times with so many popping up every week).

Bakeries:
B Patisserie
Knead
Craftsman + Wolves
Tartine

Ice Cream:
Bi-rite
Humphrey Slocombe
Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous

Mar 13, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting from Washington

Don't forget specialty/artisan foods! (bakeries, ice cream etc.)

Mar 13, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area