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Going to be in DFW for a few days, having trouble deciding where I should eat:

The Honey Badger and the Honey Bastard are actually two different pizzas.

1 day ago
sass in Dallas - Fort Worth

Latin Food in Garland

Latin Deli at Northwest Highway and Abrams!

Sep 01, 2015
sass in Dallas - Fort Worth

Going to be in DFW for a few days, having trouble deciding where I should eat:

-Pecan Lodge - BBQ
-Cane Rosso (Deep Ellum or White Rock locations) - Order the Honey Badger (This is my most emphatic suggestion)

Other stuff:
-Babe's is about as Texas as it gets if you're looking for chicken fried steak in a kitschy atmosphere
-Smoke in Oak Cliff for brunch
-If you like beer, Lakewood Brewing or Peticolas Brewing are worth a visit
-Kalachandji's is one of my favorite lunch spots in the city (Vegetarian Indian-esque food in a Buddhist temple)

Aug 10, 2015
sass in Dallas - Fort Worth

Lobster rolls in DFW?

I like the 20 Feet version, as well. And since you're a New Englander, if you're a fan of fried ipswich clams, definitely try theirs. I grew up on the east coast and theirs are the best I've had anywhere outside of New England.

Aug 10, 2015
sass in Dallas - Fort Worth

Narrowing down Yountville/Healdsburg

We did lunch at Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar in Healdsburg (right there in the square) last time we were in the area, and it was great. There's something to be said for being able to park on the square and do lunch and a handful of wine tastings without ever getting behind the wheel.

As far as wineries go, I hesitate to recommend any specific ones in Healdsburg because while I love great wine, one of my favorite things about that particular area is how un-Napa it is and how personal and friendly the tasting experiences can be (and how affordable some of the wine can be). We've sought out specific wineries but also wandered into a handful downtown and ended up having really great experience, larger pours at better prices, and wine that was surprisingly enjoyable. My favorite days are when we start out by visiting one or two that are on our must-see list (usually the types that require a reservation) and then, after lunch, we wander around and pick at random.

Don't stress too much: there are lots of great places in the area.

Aug 10, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Biryani in Sunnyvale/Milipitas area

Biryani - Aachi Aappakadai in Sunnyvale.

Aug 04, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Great thread, thanks for starting it! I moved to Sunnyvale from Dallas almost a year ago and am still trying to find a grocery store I love. I currently splitthe bulk of my shopping between Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, with a few things from smaller specialty stores. The Sunnyvale and Mountain View farmers markets are both fantastic. Not the most affordable option, but excellent quality. I like Milk Pail Market in Mountain View for some things; their frozen croissants are unbeatable. Just found out about Zanatto's last week, so I'm really looking forward to checking that out.

Jul 29, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Two new indian in Mountain View and Sunnyvale

Zareen's has a couple of outdoor picnic tables under a tent located maybe 10-20 feet from their front door. I've never had trouble getting seating there.

Jul 19, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Sunnyvale or within a 15 minute drive // Best restaurants

As far as Sunnyvale is concerned, DishDash was the first place I thought of; while it isn't exactly adventurous or high-end, it IS the most reliably good food town.

Agree on Scratch. I know some people like it, but I wouldn't recommend taking guests there unless you've been and enjoy it.

Jul 16, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Good spots for Nitro Cold Brewed coffee in SF, especially near or in Hayes Valley

The best coffee I've ever had is Stumptown Cold Brew Nitro, which I've had in both Austin, TX and Portland, OR. Have looked and looked, but haven't found anything even remotely close in SF.

Jul 16, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Grating onions (without bawling your eyes out...)

I tried this a month or so ago as a bit of a joke to make my husband laugh. It ended up working like a charm. Total gamechanger. Nothing else has helped in the past, including wearing contacts. From here on out, I keep the swim goggles in the kitchen.

Jun 29, 2015
sass in Home Cooking

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

I think brunch at Bar Tartine is pretty great. If I only had a weekend in SF, that'd be on my list. Make a reservation.

Jun 04, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Japanese Whiskey Shops: Tokyo or Kyoto

We just returned from 2 weeks in Japan; you are not going to find Hibiki 30 - it simply doesn't exist right now. We saw a bottle of Hibiki 21 very early in our trip, and it was gone the next day. The only place we saw it was at the Narita airport in Duty Free. It was a special airport-version bottle and was, if I remember correctly, 50,000 yen. Not worth it. My husband is still kicking himself for not buying that first bottle, which was way more affordable.

Jun 03, 2015
sass in Japan

Okonomiyaki in South Bay/Peninsula

I suppose I can reply to my own thread. We had okonomiyaki at Katana Sushi & Sake in Sunnyvale and it was pretty good. Better overall than Bushido's version, which was a bit mushy.

May 18, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Franklin BBQ pop up mid-May?

Went last night (Sunday) and it was a great event. I'm terrible at judging numbers, but there were maybe 100-125 people there. Perfect amount of people for the space. The price of $70 got you two Magnolia beers, snacks/appetizers, a giant plate of BBQ cut and served by Aaron Franklin, and dessert, plus the opportunity to buy a book and have it signed.

Each plate consisted of two big slices of lean brisket, one large slice of fatty brisket, a rib, sausage, and sides (potato salad and cole slaw). My husband and I both thought it was the perfect amount of food: more than enough to be quite filling but not so much that we fell into a meat coma. There were a handful of leftovers at the end, which people quickly gobbled up.

Aaron spent the entire night talking to attendees; he's always so good at working a room and making people feel heard and special. A Texas-inspired soundtrack played throughout the evening. As for the food, he cooked the brisket in ATX, vacuum sealed it, flew it to SF, and then very slowly reheated it. I've had brisket at Franklin in ATX many times, and this did not disappoint. He made the ribs in SF, and said he thought they turned out better Sunday night than Saturday night, as he'd had time to adjust to their smoker. They fell right off the bone, so no complaints from us. Can't speak to which BBQ sauces he brought with him as I didn't use any.

All in all, it was a great event. Definitely worth the money. He has one planned for Chicago in the future, but will not be doing this in SF again.

Attic San Mateo: solid Filipino

How funny; we picked a couple friends up at the airport on Friday night and ended up wandering into Attic, as well. Four of us shared the sisig, adobo wing lollipops, red quinoa and kale salad, salpicau, long life garlic noodles with dungeness crab, and pea sprout stirfry. Everything was excellent, but the unanimous favorites were the sisig and garlic noodles with crab.

Apr 28, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Franklin BBQ pop up mid-May?

May be different for me than others. My husband and I just moved here from Texas. We've been to Franklin's many times and are really missing brisket of that quality. The thing I'm most curious to see is how the quality compares as I'm assuming he's using a different smoker in SF.

$70 per person is obviously a bit high, but honestly, it's not that insane. Franklin's isn't exactly cheap, and when you factor in beer and the ability to enjoy it without having to get on a plane or spend an entire morning waiting in line, I'm ok with paying this price once. But again, there's a homesickness factor definitely at work here.

Franklin BBQ pop up mid-May?

I got 2 for Sunday.

Apr 24, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Franklin BBQ pop up mid-May?

I saw this today! I just moved from Texas to the Bay area and the one thing I've really been missing is great BBQ. I am so hoping I'm in town for this. That brisket....

Feb 19, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Okonomiyaki in South Bay/Peninsula

Anyone know where I can find good Okonomiyaki in the South Bay or Peninsula areas? I've already tried Bushido on Castro in MV.

Thanks!

Jan 17, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Growler fills 'this side' of SF?

What are CA laws regarding growler fills? Can an establishment only fill growlers with beer brewed on site? Or would a growler filling bar be legal here? I just moved here and am trying to understand why there are so few.

Jan 12, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Growler fills 'this side' of SF?

Bumping this. Any updates on places to get growlers filled in South Bay? Ideally, looking for places that don't just fill with their own beer, but a variety or brands.

Jan 11, 2015
sass in San Francisco Bay Area

Needed - dinner in Lima and Cuzco

Oh yeah, the market in Cuzco is great. I still think about the lunch I had there: a giant plate of rice, fried potatoes, fresh cucumber, tomato, and onion, and a fried easy egg. I think it ended up costing around 70 cents.

Needed - dinner in Lima and Cuzco

La Mar is my favorite in Lima, though it is lunch only. But it is SO worth the trip, if you can get there. Pescados Capitales was also quite good. I regret not getting to Astrid y Gaston, so that's another option.

Cuzco: Pachapappa and Granja Heidi were solid choices. If you're burned out on Peruvian and need something different, Jack's Cafe is good. Unfortunately, my trip was several years ago and that's about all I can remember.

The highest quality of meat in Buenos Aires

I just got back from Argentina last week. The steak at Las Lilas was mediocre - far from our favorite. Don Julio ranked way, way ahead. (Other things at Las Lilas were nice, but the steak wasn't as great as we found it to be at other places.)

Good breakfast in Uptown

Dream Cafe is probably one of the best options.

I think Breadwinners has gone completely downhill and is barely edible, at this point.

Nov 19, 2012
sass in Dallas - Fort Worth

2 Days in Dallas

Brunch at Oddfellows and Smoke are tough to beat.

Brunch, lunch, dinner at Cane Rosso. Amazing pizza and shockingly awesome meatball sub.

Aug 03, 2012
sass in Dallas - Fort Worth

Rehersal dinner ; casual/Italian

Bugatti on Northwest Highway in Dallas (by Love Field). Best customer service in the city. Zee and his staff will treat you like family. Can't recommend them highly enough.

Aug 03, 2012
sass in Dallas - Fort Worth

Lima on Sunday

I'll second Pescados Capitales. We had a great lunch there on a Sunday afternoon.

In town for a few days and need an assist.

Definitely hit Smoke for brunch. I love the brisket cornbread hash.

Jul 10, 2012
sass in Dallas - Fort Worth