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Birthday dinner in Chicago!

Chicgail, that is exactly how I worded the dilemma to my husband and then decided on Tru. Thank you for the input!

Mar 29, 2012
meggie t in Chicago Area

Birthday dinner in Chicago!

So, North Pond is out. They aren't open for dinner on Tuesdays until May 22, the week after our visit. Maybe next visit!

So, down to Tru and Trotter's...I think.

Mar 27, 2012
meggie t in Chicago Area

Birthday dinner in Chicago!

Thanks, everyone! I am leaning towards Tru, but I can't get Charlie Trotter out of my head.

weinstein5, we did think about Topolobampo but are going to save that for another trip.

Gonzo70, thanks for the write up on Tru! Very helpful. I also considered North Pond, and still might.

Ugh! Too many great choices.

Mar 27, 2012
meggie t in Chicago Area

Birthday dinner in Chicago!

Hi all,

Looking for some advice. We will be in Chicago in May and my birthday happens to coincide with this trip. My husband and I are looking to go out to a nice dinner. We love high end dining and have done tasting menus before (The Dining Room at the Ritz in San Francisco; Cyrus in Healdsburg) and really enjoyed them, but sometimes they are just a bit too much! We tend towards mid-high end dining, and do enjoy having a few choices other than a tasting menu. On a previous trip, we went to Blackbird for a great lunch, to give some perspective as to what we like. Also for this trip, we will be doing brunch at The Publican, so that base is covered.

Thoughts we have thrown around -

Charlie Trotter's:this would be our last opportunity to dine there.
Tru: Food looks great, option of tasting or 3 course prix fixe.
Naha: haven't looked into it to much but like what I have briefly read.

We definitely want something unique and "Chicago". We live in San Francisco and we love dining out, so give me your best rec's!

Thanks!

Mar 26, 2012
meggie t in Chicago Area

Brunch for a large group

Oh my. That looks delicious!! I will definitely get that...under the guise it is for my 2 year old.

Mar 26, 2012
meggie t in Chicago Area

Brunch for a large group

Thanks, uhockey! Appreciate the input. I have done a little more research and have decided to stick with The Publican. Really looking forward to it!

Mar 26, 2012
meggie t in Chicago Area

Brunch for a large group

Hi All,

Will be heading to Chicago in May and I would like to make reservations for brunch for 10 adults and 4 kids. The hitch - it will be on Mother's Day. I know - possibly the worst day to make brunch plans! But it is what it is. I have already made a reservation at The Publican - do you think that is our best bet? My husband and I are super excited to eat there, as we loved Blackbird on a prior visit. There are a couple of picky eaters in the bunch. I know many great places don't take reso's, but that is a must with this large of a crowd. We also would like to avoid places with a prix fixe for Mother's Day. Let me know what you think.

Thanks!

Mar 23, 2012
meggie t in Chicago Area

Cheap Eats near California Pacific Medical Center?

Sorry you have had a bad chicken experience. For the price and convenience, I don't think it is that bad.

Oct 29, 2011
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheap Eats near California Pacific Medical Center?

Rigolo is very good - salads, sandwiches, etc. and it is pretty quick. Dolce and Salato, as someone mentioned, is great too - panini's, salads, soups, etc. Also in Laurel Village is Asqew Grill (on California at Laurel), which has good salads with grilled meats, and Pasta Pomodoro (on California at Spruce) isn't bad - I get a steak salad there that is pretty good. All of these options are about a 5 minute walk from CPMC. Good luck!

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Rigolo
3465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Oct 23, 2011
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Canteen for Lunch?

Canteen was open for lunch on Fridays up until a couple of months ago (the last time I went) and according to Open Table, they still are. Of course, it is definitely possible that has changed.

For what it is worth, their Friday lunches were great. Usually dinner like entrees with a salad or two as well. I had a great pasta dish with lamb.

Oct 25, 2010
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Greenlee's Cinnamon Bread

It is $6.99 at CalMart in Laurel Village.

Feb 01, 2010
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Delarosa on Chestnut - review

Well, if very charred is Roman, then that it is!

Nov 30, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Delarosa on Chestnut - review

My husband and I dined at the new Delarosa restaurant on Chestnut in the Marina last night. It is the new venture by the owners of Beretta and Starbelly. Their schtick is "rustic Italian specialty dishes, eclectic beers, and craft cocktails". While I didn't imbibe in the beers or cocktails, they certainly had a nice list and they looked delicious. The space is on the industrial side, but didn't feel too cold. It was pretty full at 6:30 last night but wasn't too noisy - might have been the crowd or the acoustics. Not sure but it was pleasant. Another item of note - I called ahead to see what the wait is (it only opened on Saturday) and she offered to put our name on the wait list, where it would remain for 1/2 hour or so. I thought that was very nice. The bar has seating for about 12 (open seating), there is one long communal bar height table (which is where we sat) and the rest of the restaurant is tables for 4 in various configurations (some separate, some put together as communal/bigger tables).

The menu is comprised of appetizers (fritti and antipasti), salads, pizza, pastas and spiedini (skewers). We were there for the pizza (touted as Roman style), but we did try one appetizer as well - the patatine fritti: homemade potato chips with a gorgonzola dipping sauce. The chips were very good, crisp but not too overdone. The gorgonzola sauce was good but not great. We did see some other items that looked good like some of the salads and the mozzarella in carozza - mozzarella sticks. They also came with the gorgonzola sauce.

As for the pizza, we really liked it! It was a thin crust with a nice chew and well seasoned. We got the margherita ($11) with burrata (+$3) and sausage (+$3). I loved the tomato sauce! It was on the thicker side, with nice bits of tomato and you could see the spices. The burrata was nice and creamy - a great item on the pizza. The sausage was pretty spicy, which we loved. Our only complaint about the pizza was that the crust was a bit more charred than we would have liked. There weren't any accoutrements on the tables (salt, red pepper, parm) but since I saw them on another table, I assume they are available if you ask. We didn't and really didn't find we needed anything but it would be nice if they asked you when they brought out the pizza.

My husband had a nice glass of Sangiovese wine ($8). The list was nice and reasonable. I had lemonade ($4) which I wouldn't get again - it is homemade but it was very watery, with little taste and hardly any sweetening, if any.

We will definitely be returning. I think it will do very well in that neighborhood. I believe they start lunch service/regular hours (listed below) next week. Here is the info (no link available):

Delarosa

Location:
2175 Chestnut Street (at Pierce)
San Francisco, CA, 94123
Phone:
415.673.7100
Mon - Sun:
11:30 am - 1:00 am

Nov 30, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Everything Thanksgiving 2009

Presidio Social Club is now doing Thanksgiving. $42 three course prix fixe. Menu is not posted online yet (received via email):

First Course:
Autumn Greens, Cranberries, Hazelnut, Maple Sherry Dressing, Goat Cheese
Warm Fingerling Potato Salad
Frisee, Endive, Lardons, Bacon, Red Wine Vinaigrette, Hard Boiled Egg

Second Course:
Roast Turkey Yams, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Gravy
Prime RibMash Potatoes, Brown Sugar Carrots, Horseradish Creme
Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash Dino Kale, Autumn Vegetables

Third Course:
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Cupcakes

Hours: 1pm-8pm; reso's must be made via phone

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Presidio Social Club
563 Ruger St., San Francisco, CA 94129

Nov 13, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Lobster rolls in Sonoma County

Not sure why rolls is in quotes. It is not an authentic NE style roll but I believe it was like a hotdog roll. The sandwich was o.k. I didn't think the amount of lobster was very generous but it is good to fix a craving.

Nov 13, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

What happened to breakfast at Salt House?

I did hear they let their breakfast staff go so from that I assume breakfast is done too.

Nov 04, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Cupcakes or Pastries to Send to Vendor

Very glad you had success with Kara's! I have used them several times for work functions. Always prompt and everything in order.

Nov 02, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Fake wedding cake trend?

I think you are right alkapal! In doing a search, the term in the dictionary is Viennese Table. I did find Venetian Table at one bakery in CT. So, I guess the term Venetian Table is out there but most likely made up.

Oct 30, 2009
meggie t in Not About Food

Fake wedding cake trend?

Very interesting. I had never heard the term "Venetian Table". I am from NY and when I was getting married (5 years ago), I was offered the Viennese Table. That is the only term I have ever come across to describe the "extra" desserts table at a wedding/function. Learn a new thing every day!

Oct 29, 2009
meggie t in Not About Food

Cupcakes or Pastries to Send to Vendor

Just an FYI, Kara's delivers. Great choice!

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Kara's Cupcakes
900 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Kara's Cupcakes
3249 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Oct 28, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

williams sonoma sale?

I believe the sale you are referring to was a first time for WS. It was everything in the store, including electronics (that rarely, if ever, go on sale). I would think if the economy remains as it is for the foreseeable future, they will have the sale again.

Oct 27, 2009
meggie t in Cookware

Need feedback on Piperade, Canteen, RNM, Pesce, Mission Beach Cafe, Bar Tartine

I am glad you double checked! Enjoy your dinner.

Oct 21, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Need feedback on Piperade, Canteen, RNM, Pesce, Mission Beach Cafe, Bar Tartine

Well, then maybe they are changing things up! FYI, there are fixed seatings every night (6, 7:30 and 9:15, unless a theme night where there might only be 2 seatings). Enjoy!

Oct 19, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Need feedback on Piperade, Canteen, RNM, Pesce, Mission Beach Cafe, Bar Tartine

At Canteen, "special dinner" and the Tuesday prix fixe are two different things. Generally Tuesday's are prix fixe but without a theme - just whatever looks good to the chef that evening. His special dinners have a theme (corn and lobster, game night, etc.), are prix fixe and usually take place on a night other than Tuesday (at least all the theme dinners I have been to there). The dates are known in advance and usually book very quickly. I would be very surprised if your Tuesday dinner isn't a prix fixe. You might want to call and make sure.

Oct 19, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Cyrus or Meadowood?

I didn't even think of the point they are not in Healdsburg! I agree that Meadowood is definitely a better choice if you are staying in Calistoga.

Oct 01, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Cyrus or Meadowood?

Cyrus is an excellent choice! We definitely had our best meal to date there. Service was impeccable without being stuffy and the food was amazing. I have never dined at Meadowood, although I have been there for a wedding and the grounds are lovely.

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Cyrus Restaurant
29 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Sep 28, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

My All-Clad pan's interior isn't flat and things are getting crispy....

It is interesting that you say the French skillet moat is less defined. My 3-qt saute (the one you refer to and that Chez Buttons is referring to) is my go-to pan. We use it several times a week. I think that the moat on it is less defined than the French skillet, enough for me to question whether there was something wrong. Either way, they are all great pans!

Sep 25, 2009
meggie t in Cookware

My All-Clad pan's interior isn't flat and things are getting crispy....

Just curious - is it the 11" French saute/fry pan? I have the same one and it is raised in the middle too. I have many All-Clad SS pieces and they aren't like this. I went to Williams-Sonoma (where I bought it) to see if it was a defect and they are all like that. I figured they were supposed to be that way. It is slightly annoying but it isn't my "go to" pan so I just deal when I have to.

Sep 24, 2009
meggie t in Cookware

Cucumber cocktail?

I know Bourbon & Branch had a Cucumber Gimlet on the menu a whlie back. It was delish!

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Bourbon & Branch
501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

Sep 24, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area

Frascati or Boulevard?

I agree with vulber - Spruce is excellent. The food, the vibe, etc. Very different from Frasacati, though. Very hip, very sceney, hard to get a reso, whereas Frascati is a little more homey. Both are great!

Sep 18, 2009
meggie t in San Francisco Bay Area