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Where should I eat my first big guilty free meal after losing 30 lbs ?

So, I made a commitment to myself starting the new year that I was going to get fit, rain or shine. I had never done something like this before but I made it.

Obviously, during this time I didn't go out and chowhound. I did eat Japanese and some low key Mediterranean food but most of the fatty and calorically dense food I love had to be cut out to attain my goal.

So now, I want to indulge in my first big meal. Where should I eat ?
I'd like to keep it under 60 dollars and in SF. I was thinking Italian or something that has alot of carbs. I'm not a big sweets guy and I dont drink alcohol anymore so this is not a consideration for me. I really just want something heavy, rich and savory.

Recommendations appreciated !

Apr 13, 2011
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Bocce-What's Good?

thank you ml. yes, it is an arranged dinner that is for a friend where i have no say in the matter unfortunately.

@ wolfe. my bad. i had no clue that starting a new thread would be better/easier. on message boards i tend to see people flame someone over starting a new thread " didn't you use the search function " !!??? that i try and just revive an old one that is relevant to that topic.

Mar 07, 2011
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Bocce-What's Good?

yes i saw that thread but there was no specific mention of any of the items. i know the place is not ch worthy so i am just looking to eat something that isn't dreadful.

Mar 07, 2011
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Bocce-What's Good?

I am going to Bocce on Thursday with friends and would like to know if there is anything I should get that I would like. What to avoid etc.

Mar 07, 2011
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

1 Day in Napa

Thanks napaeats, I decided to set Bouchon for lunch (crosses fingers) and Redd for dinner. I did space them out so as not to induce food coma.

Jun 07, 2008
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

1 Day in Napa

So I just called Terra and they are closed on Tuesday which is the day I will be in Napa. Any other recs above and beyond Bouchon ? I would be fine to go there but after hearing all the mixed reviews here about Bouchon, I'm having second thoughts.

Jun 07, 2008
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

1 Day in Napa

I'll be in Napa in mid-June to visit my girlfriend and need help on narrowing down recs.
If you had one day to eat in Napa, what would you do ? Excluding French Laundry, and any steak houses. Anything else is fair game.

We have a reservation for dinner at Bouchon but I have read many reports of indifferent or even rude service, this puts me off considering I have many fine dining options in Napa. Also, is it really that good ?

I am leaning towards Martini House or Terra. I appreciate all the help.

Jun 07, 2008
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Basque in SF ?

Price is not really an issue, I'm looking to take my girlfriend out to her first Basque restaurant and I want to wow her. I've read mixed reviews on Piperade and Lluna, also couldn't find Lluna online to look at their menu. What is the chowhound consensus ?

Jun 04, 2008
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Breakfast place in Eastbay

1) 900 Grayson
2) Eccolo
3) Bette's at 3rd.

Jun 03, 2008
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Turkish Kitchen, Berkeley

Just came back from here and had the Lamb Shish Kebab sandwich and it was delicious. The meat was flavorful, juicy and the lavash was soft and warm, there was also a slight spicy kick to the sandwich which completed the deal for me. I has been to the Mediterranean restaurant that was at the same location before and I was not a fan. I spoke with the server and indeed the chef from A La Turca is working there now which confirmed the superiority in food. Downtown Berkeley needed another place like this and I'm glad we got it.

Jun 03, 2008
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Vegetarian Options in the Mission

I am going on a date in the Mission tonight and I am taking a vegetarian out to dinner. We will be near 16th and Mission and I would love to find out what people rate the best in that area for vegetarian. It doesn't have to be strictly vegetarian but vegetarian friendly would be good. The price range would be maybe 15-20 per entree. Thanks in advance.

Apr 03, 2008
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Help Need Recs for Hip Spot with Great Food in SF

I have some friends who are coming in from LA in a couple weeks and will be staying near the Civic Center, although recs near the Civic Center are helpful but they are not necessary; we can take a taxi if needed. I am looking for 3 to 4 places to book reservations for dinner, they like Thai, Italian, Latin American/Spanish and American fusion. I want to really make this a stellar culinary experience for them, as I've kind of been hyping the SF restaurant scene ever since I moved here. The trick is, ambiance is key, these are hip professional 30 somethings who work in the arts and so they don't appreciate anything too stuffy. Mainly just great food, a lively atmosphere with great drinks if possible, but not necessary. Meals without drinks should be under 40 a person. I was thinking OOLA, Limon, maybe Absinthe but was wondering if this was too French and or stuffy, and wanted to throw in something more low key down home cooking like Inka's in the Mission. Where would you guys send people if dealing with something similar ? Thanks in advance for any comments.

Oct 03, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for a lively restaurant for dinner tonightin Berkeley/Oakland?

Thank you very much chowhounders for all your conscientious replies. I'm leaning towards Luka's, T- Rex or Sea Salt. Pizzaiolo has been one of my favorite restaurants for a while now but I don't know if I would call it lively. Plus I may be cutting it close as we plan on dining at 630 and the concert starts at 8.

Jun 01, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for a lively restaurant for dinner tonightin Berkeley/Oakland?

Thanks Robert that's what I was thinking. Maybe I can convince them to bump up the price cap so that we can have a better meal. If the cap was more in the 20-25 range, what could be recommended?

Jun 01, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for a lively restaurant for dinner tonightin Berkeley/Oakland?

I've got my family from out of town tonight and we need recommendations for dinner at a lively place that has great drinks anywhere in Berkeley/Oakland. The kicker is that no one wants to pay over 15 dollars for a dinner entree. I was thinking of Dona Tomas or Cesar but the times I went there I don't really remember how much entrees are , I figured they were more than 15 dollars. I guess I thought of these places because I know they serve great drinks. We are going to see Arcade Fire tonight and since my family never comes to visit I really wanted to wow them with Bay Area cuisine, is this possible with this price cap? Chowhounders help needed!

Jun 01, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Late night and weekend eats near Beale/ Howard Embarcadero?

Thanks Rwo, I will definitely try these.

Mar 24, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

TOP 5 RESTAURANTS IN BERKELEY FOR UNDER 20 DOLLARS

Well, I would say most entrees on the menu would have to be under 20 dollars if not all.Olivia's dinner entrees are 20 dollars so that would be the max.The thread is meant for the person who goes out by himself or maybe one other person, so sharing with many other people doesn't qualify. If your idea of dinner is just an entree, no appetizers, then that would work. However, if every time you dine you must have appetizers and an entree well then they would both have to add up to 20, not including drinks, tax tip.So there is some room for interpretation.

Mar 24, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

TOP 5 RESTAURANTS IN BERKELEY FOR UNDER 20 DOLLARS

Haha, perhaps you are right Lex. But since there are no recent threads on the lunch/dinner
aspect I thought it might be useful to have an updated version. Breakfast you are right is a no brainer.

Mar 24, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

TOP 5 RESTAURANTS IN BERKELEY FOR UNDER 20 DOLLARS

So since the other thread proved to be so popular (thanks everyone) I would now like to propose the same at a different pricing point. Your TOP 5 RESTAURANTS IN BERKELEY FOR UNDER 20 DOLLARS, by type of meal and not including, drinks, tax, tip.
Older thread here:http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38280...

My Top 5 (in no order of hierarchy

)

Breakfast/Brunch

900 Grayson
Eccolo
Bette's Oceanview Diner
Venus
La Notte

Lunch

Cesar
Gregoire
900 Grayson
Sea Salt
Adagia

Dinner

Taste
Imperial Garden
Olivia
Cafe Rouge (depends on what you order to keep it under 20 but possible)
Ajanta

Mar 24, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Shanghai Restaurant Berkeley : Report

No the Asian Ghetto is a little strip of restaurants off of Durant near Telegraph. Steve's BBQ is in the ghetto and has received some Chowhound praise. It is right next to Gypsy's Italian.

Shanghai Restaurant
2517 Durant Ave #D
510 548 6959

Mar 24, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Late night and weekend eats near Beale/ Howard Embarcadero?

So I have a problem, actually two. Although the Financial District is not a culinary gem by any means, it gets progressively worse late night and on the weekends.I don't take my lunch until 6pm and I work Friday thru Monday, so this presents Chowhounding problems. I've taken some advice from posters, I always end up at Pancho Villa or Orale Orale, and have gone to the Korean restaurant on 2nd and Mission and these have been good, but its getting a little old. Is there any other places that are open after 6pm and on the weekends that are good and not terribly overpriced (nothing over 20 dollars) ? Please help a Chowhounder in distress!

Mar 24, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Shanghai Restaurant Berkeley : Report

Went for lunch to the new Shangha Restaurant in the Asian Ghetto in Berkeley. As has been reported by other posters language barriers are a huge issue here. I ordered XLB, and the waitress had no clue what I was talking about. She then got on the phone and called someone who I talked to and explained in English what I wanted. I finally did get the message across but not without some serious difficulties. That being said, the service was not bad, I found the waitress to be accomodating, she and I presume the others in the kitchen do not speak English, so yeah it can be a little frustrating.

The XLB was good but not outstanding.Then I got my pork/black mushroom/ green shoot soup #42 on the menu and this was very good.The broth was thick, the flavors really stood out and the pork was tender and juicy.I took some home only to have my girlfriend gleefully steal it from me that night, she also loved it.

Note of Caution: There are 3 different menus around this place. The first one that was put in front of me was on a sheet of paper that had some specials on it, the waitress must have assumed this was what I wanted but I noticed a much larger and comprehensive menu which I asked for. After looking at over 100 different options on this menu, the waitress brings out another smaller menu which had the XLB and the soup which I ordered.

All in all, I would definitely come back in spite of the language /menu difficulties. The prices are good, the food is solid and truthfully most of the food by the CAL campus is mediocre.I wish I would have had more people with me to try alot of the other stuff on the menu, I feel that will be the key to getting some more solid chow from this place.

Mar 24, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

TOP 5 RESTAURANTS IN BERKELEY FOR UNDER TEN DOLLARS

I forgot about Top Dog, and will try Taiwan and Jayakarta. Thanks for the recs!

Mar 19, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Incanto in SF : Report

Went to Incanto last night because my new position at work has me working Sundays from now on, so I decided I'd treat myself.

Started off with the antipasto meat platter and it was delicious. Especially fond of the pate and the salami, but really everything else was good. Salty was the key here, but I love salt, so no problems there.My girlfriend and I ordered a glass of the Lagrein each and it was a nice pairing to the antipasto.

My girlfriend had the pasta with pork ragu which was great, I had to steal a bit of heres, while I opted for the pork shoulder with red beans which was also very good. I had a glass of wine which I can't remember the name of, had a German sounding name, was 10.50 a glass, but I will definitely try to get myself a bottle in the future.

For dessert we went for the pistachio gelato paired with a Dindarello wine, I believe that was the name of it, and this really shone. My girlfriend called the wine like a drink reserved for gods, it was like drinking a honey-wine. Amazing !

On the way home, the g/f and I were buzzing from such an amazing meal. The total came out to 100 dollars, not including tip.I thought this was quite reasonale considering we ordered appetizers, dessert and 4 glasses of wine.

I have not been to Oliveto's but my girlfriend says Incanto is superior. Will have to go myself to see the differences. I would recommend this culinary gem to anyone who wants Italian, or just simply a memorable dining experience.


Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar
www.incanto.biz
1550 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 641-4500

Mar 19, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

TOP 5 RESTAURANTS IN BERKELEY FOR UNDER TEN DOLLARS

Hi everyone, I am new to the board and wanted to just say how much my eating life has changed since I discovered Chowhound, thanks to all of you! With that said, I looked at older posts and found no specific thread where posters rate their top 5 restaurants by price point and type of meal in Berkeley. So now I was hoping I could get that kind of thread started to see what's on everyone else's radar, and to fill in some gaps in my eating schedule.I plan on doing more threads like this with higher pricing points.When getting to dinner, I was drawing blanks, hopefully Chowhounders will be up to the task to enlighten.
Rate your TOP 5 RESTAURANTS IN BERKELEY FOR UNDER TEN DOLLARS, not including drinks, tax and tip.
Here is mine: (in no order of hierarchy)

BREAKFAST
900 Grayson
Bette's Oceanview Diner
Homemade Cafe
Venus
Cafe Fanny

Lunch
Ryowa Ramen
Gregoire
Vik's Chaat
900 Grayson
Cheeseboard

Dinner
Naan N Curry
Brazil Cafe
Saigon Restaurant
Cha- Ya
Lucky House Thai

Mar 19, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Los Altos Tacqueria II in Concord

Went to Los Altos last week as I was in the area to buy some furniture.Had two chicken enchiladas asked for green sauce instead of the traditional red, refied beans, rice and 2 tacos, one chicken, and one carne asada.The enchiladas sauce was great, the beans were buttery and creamy, the salsa on display was also very good. Prices are also very good for what you get. Overall a very nice lunch. Agree with the earlier post, not necessarily the place to make a special trip too but if you are in the area definitely worth checking out.

Feb 05, 2007
oscarm in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for romantic restaurant for marriage proposal

All these look great, will report back !

Feb 05, 2007
oscarm in Manhattan

Looking for romantic restaurant for marriage proposal

Thanks for all your replies, they are much appreciated. I have called all of them and seems like either Monday room or Cafe Des Artistes will be the best bet. Any other restaurant suggestions that in your view will set the right mood ?

Feb 05, 2007
oscarm in Manhattan

Looking for romantic restaurant for marriage proposal

Yes, the more I thought about it the more renting a restaurant before it opens seems impractical, although I don't think the proposal will be that much of a surprise. Yeah, I am kind of stuck on the restaurant idea, I appreciate your suggestions, I will definitely call them and look into it.

Feb 05, 2007
oscarm in Manhattan

Looking for romantic restaurant for marriage proposal

I am willing to rent the whole restaurant if necessary. I was considering renting a place a couple of hours before it opens to ensure the privacy factor because I have not found many restaurants willing to rent a private room on such short notice. Although, I was thinking going this route may ruin the "surprise" but if the memory and the experience exceeds the surprise, well it may be worth it. Any thoughts?

Feb 05, 2007
oscarm in Manhattan