Archive for the ‘food and drink’ Category

ILL-ADVISED Wine Cellar, 94133

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The heat, the light, and the verticality:

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Those are my three beefs.

What if You Could Enjoy DONUTS, TERIYAKI, HAMBURGERS, and CHINESE FOOD All At Just One Restaurant? The Dream is Real

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

It’s J Georgie’s en La Mision:

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A Quarter-Century of “Centerfolds,” the Former “High Class,” “Fine Dining” Strip Club at Broadway and Montgomery in North Beach

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Let’s see if I can remember from the pre-Internet days. So Centerfolds here at Broadway & Montgomery was supposed to be an “upscale dining” strip club. The cover charge was $20. IIRC, there had to be a “centerfold” stripper there on a daily basis, that was the rule. But I think it could be pretty much from any kind of publication, so a Miss January 1989 from Australian Playboy would qualify. And then the featured centerfold model would get put up at the Jack Tar / Cathedral Hill Hotel at Geary Van Ness. I bumped into a couple of them in the lobby, I’m srsly.

Anyway, it seemed like a crazy idea for Frisco, and the original concept didn’t last that long oh well. (See if you can find anybody reviewing the food on Yelp these days.) Here it is:

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The oldest reference I can find:

1993: “Centerfolds, the upscale restaurant and bar that features topless dancers and a different Penthouse centerfold model each week, is putting the talents of French-born food and beverage director Pierre Bleuse to good use. Continuing its efforts to set itself apart from the seedy topless venues on Bawdyway, Centerfolds has good food and now a pretty decent wine list.”

But that was then and this is now.

Sic transit gloria Frisco…

Speaking of which, back in 2009 my bud from school wanted me to help him break into the shut down Cathedral Hill Hotel to find whichever room was used in The Conversation film from 1974. I declined. Anyway, enjoy:

Twitterloin Update: The LAFAYETTE COFFEE SHOP Diner is Long Gone, But It’s Neon Sign is Still A-Glowing, For Some Reason

Friday, July 15th, 2016

On It Glows…

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SF Loses Yet Another McDonalds, This Time at the Base of One of the Chevron Towers Near 2nd and Market – Whither Frisco’s McDonaldses?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

First at 441 Pine

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And then at Golden Gate and Van Ness:

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And now at Market Center:

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When will the next domino fall?

CURFFL! – It’s Why Your Restaurant Doesn’t Have a Bathroom – Signs Say “PUBLIC RESTROOMS NOT AVAILABLE”

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Read it and weep, or hold it in, or move on:

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NEW REQUIREMENTS: New Buildings Any building constructed after January 1, 2004 must have restrooms for customers or guests, if; (a) It contains a food establishment that provides space for food consumption on the premises, or (b) It contains a food establishment 20,000 square feet or more in size.1 Existing Buildings Any building constructed between July 1, 1984 and January 1, 2004, that contains a food establishment more than 20,000 square feet in size must have restrooms available for customers (at least one for men and one for women). Buildings constructed before July 1, 1984 that contain a food establishment greater than 20,000 square feet in size, but do not have space for on-site food consumption, are not required, by this legislation, to provide restrooms for patrons, guests, or invitees (check local codes.) (When determining the size of a food establishment that is part of a service station, do not use the gas pump area of the property.) Any building constructed before January 1, 2004 that contains a food establishment that provides space designated for on-site food consumption must have at least one restroom for customers or guests on the property or in the food establishment with the following exception: Operators of food establishments in buildings constructed before January 1, 2004 that are less than 20,000 square feet in size and that have space designated for food consumption, but do not have restrooms for patrons, guests, or invitees, must post a sign in a public area stating that restrooms are not available. Toilet facilities constructed after January 1, 1985 that are accessible only from food preparation or storage areas shall not be used by customers (Section 114105).

Eddie’s is Forever, Timeless

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Four.something stars don’t lie:

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As seen in the Western Addition / NoPA / DivCo

TREE FIDDY! – The Cost of a Doritos LOCOS TACOS Supreme is $3.49 in the Financial District – High Cost San Francisco…

Monday, June 20th, 2016

This isn’t at the airport, this is what you can see from a sidewalk on Drumm near California Street. See? 3 Fitty!

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So, why do you have to pay like twice as much for a refreshing DsLsTs in Frisco?

Doritos Locos Tacos (Nacho Cheese) Regular $1.39
Doritos Locos Tacos (Nacho Cheese) Supreme $1.79
Doritos Locos Tacos (Cool Ranch) Regular $1.39
Doritos Locos Tacos (Cool Ranch) Supreme $1.79

IDK, because you’re a stupid tourist who doesn’t know any better?

Which is not to say that there’s a nearby TB what charges locals normal prices, cause I don’t think there is one.

La Raza are NOT happy, but oh well.

Welcome to Frisco…

UPDATE: Ferry Building Taco Parlour Charges a SECRET 15% Surcharge – Tourists Outraged

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Get up to speed here:

“Celebrity Chef” Traci Des Jardins Goes Beyond the Pale with a 15% “Surcharge”

So here’s the old sign, from three months ago…

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And here’s how things stand today:

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See that? The notice about the 15% surcharge is gone.

So what’s up with that? Oh, our poor tourists are supposed to find out when and if they scrutineer their receipt after they’ve already been charged?

WTF to that. I mean, is this kosher, Bouboule?

So that’s my beef.

I’ll note that the printed receipts now just say “15% surcharge,” which is a big improvement over any reference to taxes, which could get you in big big twubble with our big big CA State BOE.

Let’s see, what else… oh, our tourists fucking hate this BS. Take a look:

Stale food. Added 15% surcharge over the posted prices. Rude staff.

Dishonest pricing with a bogus 15% surcharge. They should add this to the stated price of food instead of adding this to the bill.

Fundamentally dishonest. Their menu quotes a price, then sales tax, and then a surcharge of 15% – and no tip worthy service. Plus, why 15% of the sales tax?

Mucho rippo offo!!! Food was mediocre at best. And to add insult to injury they add an extra 15% surcharge?!?! Six tiny Tacos, a small basket of nachos, a kids quesadilla and a carne sandwich for over $80 is obscene!!!

Are some street tacos for happy hour! They seem to nickel and dime you, on top of adding a 15% surcharge to every order (they don’t accept tips), which it thought was interesting.

Food was decent, disappointed with the customer service. There was no explanation about the 15% surcharge until after she swiped our card, a heads up would have been nice.

If you’re willing to spend $40+ for chips and salsa, tacos and a bean burrito, this is the place for you.

Illegal labeling practice and should be shut down! The restaurant illegally labels “tips” as part of taxes on the receipt and enforces customers to pay tips. When I asked the staff why the taxes are so high (23%) out of the total bill, her answer was ” we consolidate city, state and surcharge taxes into one and it shows as taxes on the receipt”. I replied:” the surcharge is tips in this case?” She said yes. The question is how could tips be labeled as taxes? Absolutely sneaky! Absolutely illegal!

Mijita – San Francisco, CA, United States. Illegal labeling practice and should be shut down! The restaurant illegally labels “tips” as part of taxes on the receipt.

The 15% surcharge is absolutely absurd. Almost an entire extra $5 for tax and bs fees. Future patrons beware.

We just wanted to sit out in the sun and enjoy some kind of food. I didn’t know about the 15% surcharge tax they tack on, in addition to the regular tax till I looked at my bill! My tortilla soup for $8.50 turned out to be $10.83. I wouldn’t bitch so much if the soup was good. Which it wasn’t. Lukewarm and more like a stew. There were carrots in there. yuck. I won’t be back. Plus all those damn pigeons outside picking at leftovers. Can people please read the fricken signs to bus your own dishes? Jesus! Not Mjjita’s fault but still .. I am just irritated.

Beware!! A 15% Surcharge?? when asked about what the charge was for the cashier said it was their tip. TIP?? really!? Yeah it’s already over priced and not that great; and they’re charging this ridiculous 15% charge? yeah, straight bananas. I didn’t even realize the charge since the cashier didn’t give me the receipt until my friend noticed it on her order. (He was too busy trying to fix the paper on the machine). Fool me once and that’s enough, not worth coming back.

Pretty bad food (bland and tiny portions) for about 2x the cost of the fantastic Mexican food found elsewhere in the city. Then again, this restaurant probably gets enough business from tourists that accountability for their bad food doesn’t matter because repeat business is not common. Oh, and LOL: 15% surcharge “to help with employer’s rising costs”? That is just embarrassing for so many reasons. Go elsewhere.

So IDK, man.

Hey, are there any other businesses at the Ferry Building with a low low 2.5 star Yelp rating? 

The Third Largest Brand of Alcoholic Spirits in the World is CRAFTED WITH LOVE in a Village? Absolutely Not!

Friday, May 20th, 2016

I think they’re in it for the money is what I think

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