Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category

7 x 7 = 100

February 21, 2009

100 good eats

100 good eats, that is… The Big Eat SF: 100 things to try before you die

From this list, these are the things I have experienced first-hand. I look forward to trying more from this list. Hopefully sooner than later.

1. Roast chicken and bread salad at Zuni
7. Shaking beef at the Slanted Door
10. Baja-style fish tacos at Nick’s Crispy Tacos
11. Pork sugo with pappardelle at Delfina
14. Beef brisket at Memphis Minnie’s
18. Salumi misti plate at Perbacco
21. Pizza margherita at Pizzeria Delfina
33. Prime rib at House of Prime Rib
40. Cheeseburger at Taylor’s Automatic Refresher
43. Mint julep at Alembic
49. Ginger snaps at Miette
87. Fresh spring rolls at Out the Door
88. Buckwheat crepe and a French cider at Ti Couz
91. Albondigas soup at Mijita
92. Bacon-wrapped hot dog from a cart in the Mission
96. Baby-coconut (Macapuno) ice cream from Mitchell’s
98. Basil gimlet at Rye

Read 7×7’s complete list |  Add your own must try’s, in SF or elsewhere

Did somebody say, “PILLOW FIGHT?”

February 14, 2009

The Great San Francisco Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight started not too many years ago with just a handful of friends who told a handful of friends. Today it’s grown into a tradition for thousands of kids of all ages from all over the SF Bay Area as an alternative to the commercial lovefest honoring St. Valentine, or “foreplay” for the romance (or debauchery) that lies ahead for many couples who want to let off some steam before a big night out (or in).

Pillow Fight for Peace 2009 will take place in San Francisco at Justin Herman Plaza  (Market St & the Embarcadero). The official whistle will blow at 6pm. There are a few rules, like BYOP. There is no official dress code. Some come out in pajamas, others dress formal, and some brave few wear next to nothing.

Just looking? You may want to head over to Sens restaurant/bar for an awesome view of all the action. After the action, head over to 83 Proof for their Valentines Schmalentines party.

Hot dawg!

August 18, 2008

Any SF natives recognize these puppies? There were three giant Doggie Diner heads in a big red wagon parked across from Java Beach over the weekend.

Corner of 45th & Judah

July 6, 2008

They painted this wall mural on the outside wall of this new restaurant opening up where vegan Feel Real used to be on the corner of 45th & Judah. It’s at least 8 or 9 feet tall.

Late night with Anita Greencard

April 27, 2008

When I lived in losAngeles, I partied like a rockstar.

Just hit it hard

July 12, 2007


Notes on a night at Cigar Bar coming soon…

Entourage @ Zebulon, then AsiaSF

April 19, 2007




Joe DiMaggio’s

August 13, 2006

Joe Dimaggio's Italian Chophouse

Flavor:  Italian country club steaks and chops
SF Neighborhood:  North Beach

When I heard that a Joe DiMaggio’s was opening at the old Fior d’Italia corner of Union and Stockton, immediately I thought—What? Another sports bar in North Beach? Fortunately I was way off base. It’s a steakhouse. But considering the restaurant’s overall design and special menu, the brand new Joe DiMaggio’s Italian Chophouse is far from your typical upscale franchised steakhouse. It’s a completely different experience. 

Let’s start with first impressions. The plush architecturally designed space features a huge bar, a lounge with a grand piano, and several dining rooms complete with tall leather booths and a variety of different sized tables, all with formal dinner settings. Throughout the restaurant, the dark mahogany walls are covered with intimate black and white photos of Joe DiMaggio’s life. It’s American nostalgia at its best. See examples below.

Joe DiMaggio's Italian Chophouse
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On to the menu. Along with fine steaks, the menu also includes Italian classics that make Joe DiMaggio’s a good place to entertain business partners and out-of-town guests, and an even better place for celebrating family and friends.

Last night 11 of us went to Joe DiMaggio’s for dinner. Can I be honest about the service? Although we made reservations well in advance, seating that large of a group on time was a bit of a challenge for the host. But that’s understandable, so we each had several martinis in the lounge. An hour later we were finally called. Okay… Are you ready for this? To make up for the long wait, when we arrived at our table, there were eight appetizer platters waiting for us. Apertifs were also set so we could immediately clink! clink! to my sister on her 32nd birthday. That kind gesture from the house was the beginning of flawless service throughout the entire dinner.

After appetizers, we placed our orders. The staff was extremely helpful in helping some of us decide. With two exceptions, the entire table ordered cuts ranging from 12 oz fillet mignon to 24 oz porterhouse. The two lightweights at the table had scampi and gnocchi. Best gnocchi I’ve ever tasted. The house had a selection of more than 200 exclusive California and Italian wines. We ordered several bottles of a nice red zin, and I was impressed that the servers decanted before pouring. Our dinners were simultaneously served by what seemed like the entire wait staff, and each steak was prepared perfect temperature. Parmesan potatoes and mixed vegetables were included. And for dessert? We all sampled three different desserts. Each one was a hit, the tiramisu being my favorite. By the end, I was definitely fat and happy.

Quick summary — The warm cozy atmosphere at Joe DiMaggio’s takes you to another place and time. Though priced like most 5-star restaurants, it’s worth the paper (or plastic) because the food is excellent. I can’t wait to go back and try other things from their menu. Most important, thank you to Jeremiah, Josh and their team for service that was like no other. You made my sister’s birthday celebration a little extra special.

Visit the Joe DiMaggio Italian Chophouse website for photos of the restaurant and their menu.

Java Beach Cafe

July 18, 2006

Java Beach Cafe

What is it?:  The start of a good day
Ocean Beach location:  Judah & La Playa (Great Highway)

The start of a good day includes—a walk down Great Highway, the sound of the ocean surf, and an extra large cup of coffee from Java Beach. The start of a great day includes—all of the above and no fog.

Today is the start of a GREAT day.