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New Years Eve 2014

Thanks for pointing out the costs. When I explored, all the places that sounded interesting were in the $200+ range. I pretty much bailed on the price limit. I'm surprised at the love for Campton given the relatively little chat on it.

New Years Eve 2014

Dates are filling up fast, an I've narrowed to Keiko a Nob Hill and pretty much narrowed to:

Ame
Keiko a Nob Hill
Campton Place

Placeholder reservation at Keiko.

Thoughts?

New Years Eve 2014

Just 2 of us. Thanks for the suggestions.

New Years Eve 2014

My thought was to have dinner and ring in elsewhere, but by no means stuck on that plan; consider me flexible.

Can't think of any cuisine that I would veto if it's good. If there's good wine, no liquor needed.

Fire of Brazil Churrascaria chain coming to Westfield Mall. [San Francisco]

I've eaten at the Atlanta location, mediocre Churrascaria at best.

Restaurants using induction burners

Probably not what you're looking for, but the Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot has induction burners at each table; it's very cool how they boil fast and furious while remaining cool to the touch.

New Years Eve 2014

Coming up from San Diego for NYE, staying in the Union Square vicinity and looking for a good restaurant. I've scoured the board, and don't have any clarity at this point. A few keys:

I'd appreciate suggestions at or under $125/person (pre-tax,tip,drinks)(though by no means a hard limit); not looking for the Benu,Crenn, COI, fine dining, just one level below that.
Any style/ethnicity OK. Interesting food appreciated; I can cook a good steak at home.
Ideally walking distance from our Hotel (Hotel Adagio) given the busy night, but am flexible on this, but has to be a reasonably UBER distance if not walking
I understand most will have "special" (defined as expensive) tasting menus

Thanks in advance!

What exactlly happens when you hit the Self Clean button on your oven?

I have found lots of stuff comes off the glass, but not all. If you clean the glass post self-cleaning, make sure it has cooled off. I once forgot to do that, and the glass exploded; it was pretty spectacular.

Nov 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in Cookware

Private Room/Business Dinner but with Good Food!

I'm going to be hosting a business dinner in Phoenix, and would like to take the group out to somewhere with foodie quality food in private room (15 or so attendees). Interesting/different OK with me (hopefully for them also). Not particularly price sensitive, but super fine dining probably goes over the top. I hate chains.

I'm not a local, and don't know if where I am meeting has a name, but when I Google it, it is at the intersection of 17 and W Union Hill Drive. Ideally the restaurant would be in a reasonable distance (15 minutes or so) but if not feasible, further would be considered. Good food trumps mileage.

Nov 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in Phoenix

What exactlly happens when you hit the Self Clean button on your oven?

Self clean should be safe. When you use it, the oven gets REALLY hot, and basically burns away all the dirt and grime. You are left with a bunch of grey ash that you just wipe away.

The one downside is that the process really smells; plan on opening all your windows and potentially leaving the house (but you may not want to do that if you are nervous and haven't done before).

Go for it!

Nov 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in Cookware

North County: Searching for holiday dinner resto to please the in-laws...

As a member of a certain ethnic/religious group, I can assure you all the Chinese restaurants are open

Nov 19, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

North County: Searching for holiday dinner resto to please the in-laws...

Make sure you get reservations early. It's small and frequently full.

Nov 19, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

North County: Searching for holiday dinner resto to please the in-laws...

Q'ero in Encinitas meets all your criteria. Great food, small and cute ambience, right price range.

Nov 14, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Good restos near Carlsbad

Tried Ignite. Eh.

Oct 10, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Dinner for 7 in the city tomorrow night

Little Sheep Mongolian Hotpot.... fun and delicious

Oct 10, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

Here's some choices when you take out the craft beer and also branching out into neighboring towns:

Ruby's- Oceanside Pier: Average chain burgers and fries, but at the end of a 200 yard pier with fisherman and such. Kids love it, adults endure it.

West Steak House, Reasonably good steakhouse, pricy

Priority Public House: This works for beer too, good food in a pubby atmosphere, kid friendly even if it doesn't look it.

Blue Ribbon Pizza (Encinitas): Very good pizza, and some craft beer.

Craftsman Tavern (Encinitas: Good food, good beers too,

Fish 101 (Encinitas)

Agree with above post for Fish House Veracruz, vehemently disagree with Casa Bandini

Oct 06, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

Substitute "lots of" for good/great and Tip Top meat and it's accurate (or you can substitute mediocre too)

Oct 06, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

Great Food + Craft Beer + Carlsbad + Young Kids = (9+3*47*+3)/(9*2-18)

Oct 05, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

So what was the final choice?

Oct 03, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

When my son was 3, we were proud foodies as he ate a variety of interesting and different foods. We always offered him a variety of interesting and different foods. Somewhere around 5 it changed and we are pretty sure he would have starved if not for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Just now at 11 the adventurousness is just coming back. Fasten your seatbelt.

Oct 01, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Good restos near Carlsbad

Had dinner this weekend at Chandler's at the Carlsbad Hilton. Going in it had two strikes against it; hotel food is usually mediocre at best (and Chandler's is the usual house brand of Hilton and meets that criteria) and also it is right across from the ocean and I have the rule "Good View Bad Food" generally holds up. It was actually quite good. I had a wood-fired pizza that had a nice crust and toppings; my wife had a crab-crusted sea bass that she though quite good (couldn't taste; I'm crablergic). Apps were good, and drinks were served water glass sized rather than mini cocktail glass sized and were good and intoxicating.

The food, while well above typical hotel and quite good and excellent for Carlsbad (not saying much) doesn't rank with the best of San Diego by any means, but when you pull together the whole package, it's pretty great.

It is right across from Carlsbad/Ponto Beach, with an excellent sunset view. They have a great outdoor patio with fire pits and (on the weekends) and nice three piece Latin group playing soft music. The effect, with the good food was quite pleasing and worth a trip.

Oct 01, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

There's the answer, make the kids read the first chapter of Modernist Cuisine, then take them to Tender Greens and order the Thai Grilled Octopus!

Just curious, honkman, what's your kid status?

Oct 01, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

Young Kids + Craft Beer + Carlsbad = Pizza Port
Great Food + Craft Beer + Carlsbad ≠ Pizza Port

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

While at LEGOLAND, you are right next to Karl Strauss Brewery which I think will meet your needs while in Carlsbad. A fun place with kids in the general Carlsbad area is Bull Taco in Cardiff. The food is pretty good, but it is right on the ocean in a campground snack bar and kids love it. Pizza Port in Carlsbad and Solana Beach has decent (though not exceptional) but an incredible beer selection, as well as brewing their own.

Sep 30, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Bread yeast and flour in SD

Sep 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

On the go near the airport

Challenge... accepted.

Sep 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

I didn't say good, but it is clearly edible and if you stick to bar basics and fried stuff, it reaches decent. If you order the salmon at an arcade, then you deserve what you get.

Sep 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

On the go near the airport

As a frequent traveler I often land back in San Diego in the early evening, hungry and ready to eat. The food in Terminal 1 is pitiful (Terminal 2 a bit better)and I am looking for a place near the airport (or en-route to Carlsbad) where I can pick up a good dinner. A few criteria:

Needs to be quick (though call ahead works)
Ideally, though not absolutely, can be eaten in the car while driving
Easy/free parking, or even drive through
No standard fast food restaurants
Needs to be good, fancy not necessary
Ethnic food great, the ethnicer the better!

When I lived in Atlanta, I had Grecian Gyro (known to all in Atlanta as Nick's) a hole in the wall gyro place, a gas station (really) with excellent bbq sausage, or an occasional stop at Abdullah the Butcher House Ribs, believe it or not a Chinese food place owned by a retired professional wrestler; if Abudllah was there he'd give you an autographed picture.

Thanks in advance.

Sep 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

What about one of those Murder Mystery Dinners, (www.thedinnerdetective.com), around $50 dinner and a show.

You can rent a room at Dave and Busters, decent food and fun for that age crowd. This is probably your best option.

Lot's of the boat companies in the harbor have dinner cruises, hornblower.com

Sep 24, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego

Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

Two suggestions.... Benihana or one of that Japanese Grill ilk; perfect for non-foodies who will love the food (and they'll think they are being adventurous eating Japanese food) and you should be able to choke it down.

Also, the Shout House, basic bar food with dueling pianos and singing and such.

Have fun!

Sep 23, 2014
RdBchAndy in San Diego