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Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

I'm a HUGE fan of the corned beef hash at Griddle Fresh on 24th in Noe Valley. Everything about the dish is fantastic. It comes with a large portion of corned beef hash, two poached eggs with a wasabi dill holandaise sauce, cottage fries and toast. The hash is mostly corned beef, which is succulent and flavorful after 6 hours of cooking, but also comes with potatoes and peppers. The eggs are poached perfectly. The cottage fries are very good, but overkill. I often substitute them for a side of fruit. It is hands down the best corned beef hash that I've ever had.

Griddle Fresh
4007 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

SFBA Dish of the Month (Aug 2014) - Nominations/Voting

Corned beef hash.

Almond Kringle at Trader Joes

Good intel. Thanks. They're pretty tasty, but not tasty enough to spend $18.99 + $9 shipping. That's why I like them from Trader Joe's at $6.99. I mean you could buy like 2 or maybe even 3 kouign amann's from B Patisserie for that price...

Almond Kringle at Trader Joes

Thanks. Just for clarification on my original post, I actually was able to pick up the kringle on Monday (6/23). But maybe that shipment was just a one-off.

While I would like them to be a regular item, it's probably better for my waist line if they are a once a year treat!

Almond Kringle at Trader Joes

I picked up an Almond Kringle from O&H Danish Bakery at the Trader Joe's on Masonic in San Francisco. I think I got the last one. They got a shipment of them just before the holidays too, but after that they were gone. Wondering if anyone knows if TJ's will be carrying them regularly or if this is another one time deal?

Alta, Ca. [San Francisco]

The wife and I had a very nice dinner at Alta, Ca. last night. We started out with fresh goats milk cheese toast, beet salad and english pea pierogis. The beets came with a nice rocket salad, but weren't very flavorful. The toast was very good with a smear of wonderfully fresh goat cheese on plain white bread. The pierogis were awesome! They came with a beurre blanc sauce and fresh peas then were stuffed with a pea puree. My wife had the braised beef for a main. It was nice and tender with good beef flavor. I had the pork trotter with brussel sprout salad and a soft egg. It was delicious. We also each had a cocktail that we thoroughly enjoyed (I had the negroni), but I will say a $14 price tag seemed a little steep.

The service was excellent, and the space was very nice. But I was shocked at how empty it was at 8 PM on a saturday night. At one point I counted 10 empty tables. Hopefully they do a huge business during the week when all the techies getting off work b/c I'm not sure it can last otherwise.

One dinner, four choices

Just a follow up to this post. We ended up going to NoMad, and were very happy with the choice. The food was excellent, as was the service. The Sommelier made an excellent wine rec that was also quite reasonable. He also reserved a table for us upstairs after dinner for Thursday night jazz. Truly a memorable experience. Thanks for the rec.

May 06, 2014
sheriff in Manhattan

One dinner, four choices

Good intel. Thanks for the feedback.

Apr 21, 2014
sheriff in Manhattan

One dinner, four choices

My wife and I will be in town from San Francisco and are trying to decide between four restaurants for dinner on Thursday night. The candidates are NoMad, Pearl and Ash, The Gander and Antonioni's. I realize that they are all fairly different, so the only real criteria is that it is a memorable experience. The night before, we're meeting old friends for dinner (and probably too many drinks) at The Dutch, but this night is going to be just the two of us so something a little more quiet is in order. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

Apr 21, 2014
sheriff in Manhattan

Cavalier or Tosca [San Francisco]

Thanks for the input. Was thinking about grabbing a cocktail at Tosca and then heading up to Ala Romana for dinner. Sounds like that might be a better option.

Cavalier or Tosca [San Francisco]

Hi -

I'm looking for a venue for a non-stuffy business dinner and am thinking about either Tosca or The Cavalier. We don't have reservations for either, but will likely be there early so waiting for a table and having a cocktail is fine. I've been to The Cavalier and loved the food. I'm curious about people's opinions about Tosca. Specifically the noise level. Is it too loud if you are expecting to have a conversation while eating? How about the food? Thanks for your help.

SFO - Terminal 3 - any recs for a carryon breakfast?

In the food court, you'll find a mexican spot called Andale. They have excellent breakfast burritos. I have pretty high standards when it comes to breakfast burritos and these are potentially my favorite in the Bay Area. They are of the egg and chorizo variety and come with potatoes, cheese and refried beans. If you're in a hurry, they have some premade ones that retain their heat nicely, even if you wait to eat it until after takeoff.

Solo dining on a Monday

Thanks for all the suggestions! I ended up at Estela. I got there at around 7:30 and it was still pretty empty so it was easy to get a bar seat. The place filled up by around 8:15, but the bar seats turned over fairly quickly, so there were always seats to be had. From a food standpoint, I had the mussels on toast to start and the pork shoulder for an entree. I would say the food and execution was good to very good. My one complaint (and this may have been my fault) was that the use of vinegar and pickeling was very prevalent in both my dishes. While I don't mind that flavor, it can be overwhelming if you have it in multiple courses. The mussels were lightly pickled as were the onions on the pork I believe. I'm not sure if the menu should point this out, but I might have ordered differently had I known. Other than that, not many complaints. Service was great as were the wine recommendations. Thanks again for the recs.

Oct 02, 2013
sheriff in Manhattan

Solo dining on a Monday

Hi - SF chowhound who will be in NYC for just one night on Monday. I'm looking for some dinner recommendations for solo dining. I'd prefer a restaurant that has bar seats (a table for one looks so lonely). I'm relatively open in terms of cuisine, but would like something that showcases the current trends in NYC food. Also, I'm staying at the Midtown Hilton, but am willing to travel to most of Manhattan. Thanks in advance for your help!

Sep 19, 2013
sheriff in Manhattan

Tres Leches Cake -- Delessio vs. Tartine? [San Francisco]

Weird. My wife told me she called Tartine and they said $64, and you needed to order 72 hrs in advance, which is part of the reason that we didn't get it. We were only ordering one day in advance. Maybe she was mistaken.

Tres Leches Cake -- Delessio vs. Tartine? [San Francisco]

Ended up getting the 8 inch cake at Delessio. The cake was good, but different then some of the descriptions. Specifically it was not a layer cake as the link that Melanie provided suggests. The cake itself was good, nice and moist, but not to the point of being a gloppy mess. It was covered by a fluffy meringuey frosting that had been browned and was very sweet. Also, there was no fruit. My ideal cake would be layered with strawberries inbetween (similar to the Market Hall cake I believe). Overall, the cake was good, but definitely on the sweet side due to the meringue. One plus was the cake was only $32, half the cost of a Tartine tres leches cake.

Tres Leches Cake -- Delessio vs. Tartine? [San Francisco]

Good intel. Sounds like Tartine is out. Delessio it is!

Tres Leches Cake -- Delessio vs. Tartine? [San Francisco]

Hi - I need to get a tres leches cake for my wife's b-day tomorrow, and I'm wondering which one to get. We've had the one from Delession before and have enjoyed it. The cake has a very nice, custardy texture but still is a cake, not a gloppy mess. My one critique is that it could have used more strawberries (we only tried the individual slice and it had one strawberry). We've also heard good things about Tartine's version, but I think it's pretty pricey. I'm wondering which the experts prefer?

PS - We've also thoroughly enjoyed the tres leches cake at Market Hall in Rockridge, but are city bound and can't make it over there to pick up.

Breakfast Sandwich - SF Dish of the Month June 2013

I like what I hear. Sounds promising.

Breakfast Sandwich - SF Dish of the Month June 2013

Nope, that's what I remember too. Now, that was a 17 years ago, so inflation has probably taken its toll, but still...I agree with hyperbowler, the hard roll is a big difference, and you just can't find those out here (I've attached a picture). But I think the fried, as opposed to scrambled, egg is just as important. Done right, the runny yoke creates a nice sauce. You can get a fried egg with some of the more high end breakfast sandos, but I refuse to pay over $10 for one.

Breakfast Sandwich - SF Dish of the Month June 2013

This is a good category. I've been in California for 17 years and haven't found a breakfast sandwich that is comprable to the simple bacon egg and cheese on a hardroll that is pretty much ubiquitous on the east coast. I don't want to turn this into an east vs west rant b/c I hate those and both places have their strengths (try getting a breakfast burrito in NYC), but this seems to be an area that is lacking. The breakfast sandwiches I've sampled fall into two categories:

1) The cheap/everyday places: These are places like you would find in the Financial District in SF. The problem with these places is that they either microwave or scramble the egg instead of frying it, so there is no potential for nice runny yoke.

2) The fancy places: The problem with these places is that they make the sandwich more elaborate than it needs to be. They don't need wilted chicories or siricha aoli. Inevitably this just ends up making them more expensive, and I have a hard time spending more than $8 for an egg sandwich. I just need a fired egg, good breakfast meat and decent bread (roll, biscut, english muffin), no need to make it any more complex.

All that said, my go to when I have a craving and am at work is Andersen Baking Company which has numerous locations in the financial district. They do microwave the egg which is sad, but they serve it on a really nice soft french roll which partially makes up for it.

PS - I suggest breakfast burritos and the dish of the month next month.

Schmidt's: Bad service. Ok food. [San Francisco]

Just want to provide another opinion to counterbalance. I've been to Schmidtt's many times (but never in a large group), and have always found the service to be pleasant, albeit casual. We've been many times with our newborn (ticking timebomb), and they always get us out of there in just about an hour.

In addition, I've always had good experiences with the food, but then again, I get the sausage and beer and probably am not expecting much. I do think it's good value though, often taking home lots of potato salad and sausage. I agree that the pork chop is too sweet, and can't remember the schnitzel at all. In general I think of Schmidtt's as a reliable place (that accepts walk-ins) for a casual dinner, and have always been quite happy with the experience.

Headstart on holiday party

My company in being VERY proactive and is already planning our holiday party. I need to provide some recommendations to my EXTREMELY particular boss for a venue. I'm looking for a place that has good food, is relatively contemporary, and has a private room that seats approx 40 people. Geography doesn't matter so much, as long as it's in the city. In the last few years we've been to Absinthe, Farallon, and Foreign Cinema. For some reason the only "newer" place that I can think of is Wayfare Tavern. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Recs for tomorrow eve near Kabuki in SF, please?

I would recommend Fat Angel in the Filmore Center. Great beer list and good food.

Casual business dinner near downtown

We ended up at Vernick. I was deciding between that and a.kitchen, but really wanted to go to Vernick. Really glad we did. Three of us split a half Amish chicken and the steak, along with some sides and appetizers. Everything was excellent, especially the chicken. Also got the blueberry pie which was delicious. Great beers and wine too. The place was a hit with the whole party. Thanks for the advice!

Nov 16, 2012
sheriff in Philadelphia

Casual business dinner near downtown

I can't remember the name of the hotel, but it's on Market two blocks away from city hall. Right by the BNY Mellon building.

Nov 09, 2012
sheriff in Philadelphia

Casual business dinner near downtown

Hi - San Francisco hound looking for a place to have a casual business dinner. We're staying right downtown and are willing to travel, but not too far. Last year, I went to Supper, and thoroughly enjoyed it. A place with a similar vibe and feel would be perfect (preferably some nice beers/wines and simple, local fare). Any help you can provide would be much appreciated!

Nov 09, 2012
sheriff in Philadelphia

Delivery Options in SF

thanks to everyone for the ideas, will definitely try these out!

Delivery Options in SF

My wife is 8 months pregnant and I am anticipating an increase in the volume of delivered meals eaten in our household in the not too distant future. We don't really get delivery too often (usually if we're going to pay for food, we go out), so all I have for delivery options are the standard pizza/chinese places. I'm wondering if Hounds have suggestions for some good eateries that deliver. Bonus points for options that are different than the standard delivery fare. Also, we live in Pacific Heights. Thanks for the ideas!

Trip Report - San Sebastian

On our recent trip to Spain, we sandwiched in a 2 day trip to San Sebastian in between 4 days in both Madrid and Barcelona. While the weather did not cooperate, I can see how San Sebastian is a destination for both beach and food lovers. It is truly a beautiful spot.

Day 1 - The San Sebastian leg of our trip started with an early morning flight from Madrid to Bilbao. From Bilbao we rented a car and drove to San Sebastian with a detour to Axpe for a memorable lunch at Asador Etxebarri. We opted against the tasting menu due to dietary restrictions and ordered off the a la carte menu starting with the smoked goat butter and a plate of jamon and chorizo. The smoked goat butter was very unique and highly enjoyable. From there we shared the lagostines, which were huge and delicious with the slightest hint of charcoal to add to their flavor, and the clams which again were cooked to perfection. Next we split the chuleton which is a large steak sliced thinly. We asked them to cook it on the medium side of medium rare, but it came out pretty rare. Regardless, it was delicious. Very tender, but with a perfect crust on the outside. Definitely a winner. For desert we shared the biscuit soaked with orange syrup and goats milk ice cream as well as an apple tarte which was delicious. All in all it was an exquisite meal. After such a large lunch, neither of us were hungry for dinner, so we decided to take a stroll around San Sebastian instead.

Day 2 - On day 2 we continued our glutinous ways with a delicious lunch at Bodegon Alejandro. This is an unassuming restaurant in the basement of an old town building that offers great basque fare at astonishingly reasonable prices. The menu del dia was 16 Euro and included three courses wine and bread, all of which were excellent. We started with a pumpkin soup with ravioli stuffed with mussels. For main courses we had braised veal cheeks in broth and a velvety fish stew with tuna, shrimp and potatoes, that was the highlight of the meal until desert came. For desert we had the apple crumble and the pain perdu, which I think may have been the best thing that I ate the entire trip. It was so custardy and delicious, that I may be forever ruined for regular french toast. I can't say enough about the value of this place. We left there with a bill less than our bill for 4 tapas and 3 drinks at Arzabal in Madrid. Despite still being full from lunch, we persevered through a tapas crawl in old town for dinner. It was a monday night and many of the places were closed, but that did not stop us from being wildly successful on our quest of glutony. We stopped at La Cucharra de San Telmo for a delicious risotto, with goat cheese and mushrooms and grilled rabbit. Next we stumbled over to Goiz Agurri for more pinxtos incuding the best shrimp we had on the entire trip.

San Sebastian is truly a remarkable place. There is food of outstanding quality every where you turn. I feel like we merely scratched the surface while we were there. I guess that just means we'll have to go back for another fact finding mission!

Apr 09, 2012
sheriff in Spain/Portugal