Posts Tagged ‘menu’

The Food Menu of the New “Barrel Head Brewhouse” on Fulton at Masonic in the Western Addition

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

You know, burgers, fries, whatnot:

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OMG, the Five New Flavors of Ben & Jerry’s GREEK FROZEN YOGURT are Here! – Your “Indulgent Dessert,” Your “Reasonable Reward”

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Well, here they are, we in San Francisco are finally getting Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt – it’s been spreading across the country from Vermont all year:

Can you match up the flavors based upon appearance? 

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Oh, and Strawberry Shortcake in your grocer’s freezer.

There’s a bit more protein and a bit less fat in this stuff, and it takes more milk to make, which is making the dairy farmers of Vermont very happy, I’m sure.

And oh, Ben and Jerry’s kicks ass – have I said that lately? Check their mission statement, if you’re looking for an example to follow with your startup / whatever.

Try the Banana Peanut Butter even if you aren’t a fan of either.

All the deets.

 

Yelp Fraud: New Stow Lake Boathouse a Huge Success in Golden Gate Park, But Old Regime Just Can’t Let Go

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: Bagdad by the Bay just looked into things.]

Well, everything’s going great at your new and improved yet-pretty-much-the-same-except-for-the-food Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s what it looks like these days:

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Just check the Yelp for early reviews. They’re almost all highly positive.*

But what’s this? Some “brother” from Oakland, “Les. L,” is not happy, not one bit! He’s the only Yelper giving a less than positive review.

I’ll allege that Les is not some youngish dude from Oakland, but rather a wealthy, white, preservationist-minded, NIMBY-mentalitied, real-estate-obsessed, highly-opinionated woman of a certain age who lives in the West Bay.

Let’s check it out her one-star report:

“What happened to the cool local people that worked there?”

Um, this is an improbable start to a Yelp review. Gee, maybe they busy themselves with sock puppetry on Yelp these days, just like you, “Les L?”

“Everyone we saw was white, which is weird for SF. We drove over from the East Bay to rent boats with my 2 kids and my mom.”

Oh what’s that, Les? There’s not enough flava for you over here in the West Bay? That’s funny? Did you know that all the people behind the old boat house and the Save the Boat House Coalition are white, or pretty much? What were you expecting?

“The kids couldn’t reach the pedals in the boat we rented. How’s that? It’s for kids, right?”

The old boats, the ones sold off for $500, maybe they were inappropriate for adults? Maybe the kids can just come along for the ride? A paddleboat is a paddleboat, pretty much.

“After a unhappy boatride, my mom tripped on the crappy stairs in front of the boathouse. She was bleeding, the kids were crying, and no one bothered to help us.”

What were you unhappy about, Les? That Bruce lost his lease? It happens. Or you were unhappy because there were too many Whities about?

“An old man sitting on a bench helped us and said the boathouse was just taken over by a New Mexico chain. We won’t be back.”

More improbability. Oh well.

Oddly, Les L., straight outta Oak-Town, also has a big beef with Chicago Title Co. in lily-white Campbell, CA, the wealthiest(?) part of the South Bay.

And, oddly, “his” dentist, with whom “he” also has a big beef, is clear all the way in the burbs of the West Bay.

On It Goes…

*Perhaps too positive. “Ashley c.” is a another one of those Yelp fraudsters, it would appear.

Stow Lake Boathouse Update: Open for Business – New Paint, Slow Pace, Room for Old People – Photos

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Well, lots of things are pretty much the same these days at the Stow Lake Boathouse, which was reopened by the new tenant on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011.

See? 

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Check the new photo gallery – it’s quite complete.

But, here’s something new. It’s a sign in honor of boathouse founder Mr. Cal Tilden & the McLellan* Family, 1946-2011:

(Quite civil to post this sign, if you ask me.)

Get more deets via Aaron Sankin - here’s Huffington Post San Francisco going long-form on this issue: Stow Lake Boathouse Fight: A Battle For the Soul Of Golden Gate Park. Or there’s this here, if you want to click through the lengthy history over the prior months and years…

Le mise-en-scene:

If anything, the pace of life is even slower than that of the era of the prior tenant. Nobody’s hurried at all. And there’s more room, more benches for “old people” to lollygag about.

And here’s your new Boathouse Dog, which is from a better supplier and which is being sold at a cheaper price:

Yes, pink popcorn from Wright’s:

All the players:

And what’s this, new paint, finally, after all these years? These guys started working on Wednesday:

So there you have it.

*Yes, that’s a rapping raven, a confabulating corvid at the end of the first video, calling for a boycott of the boathouse.

Presenting Your Stow Lake Boathouse & Cafe “Restoration Time” Menu: $3.25 Hot Dogs, $6.95 Sustainable Tuna Salads

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

At long last, it’s here. It’s the interim menu for our Stow Lake Boathouse & Cafe.

Is this menu too foo-foo yuppie for you? Is $3.25* too much for a Let’s Be Frank grass-fed beef** hot dog?

As always, You Make The Call: 

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*Well, I’ll tell you, that’s cheaper than what the former tenant was charging. Here’s some more from the clinically-absurd SaveStowLake.org crowd:

“Seniors will no longer be able to gather freely at the boathouse. Prices will be more than doubled on all food items. Middle class and low-income families will be driven out of this spot that is designed to be for all…not just the wealthy.”

I’ll tell you, everything that the Save Stow Lake people have predicted has turned out to be shrill, alarmist bullcrap. JMO.

** These snappy dogs are loaded with flavor, not junk! Using premium cuts from cattle raised on pasture in California (naturally high in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids!) and organic spices, we’ve crafted a delicious dog that’s lower in fat, calories and sodium than conventional franks. No nitrites, nitrates, hormones, or antibiotics, ever.”

If the Line for Your FiDi Lunch at the Sentinel is Too Long, You Can Always Try Golden West Near Sutter and Montgomery

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Of course the line for sandwiches at The Sentinel these days can still be quite long, but don’t forget about the Sentinel’s little brother, highly-rated Golden West at 8 Trinity Place just up the hill from Sutter and Montgomery.

What’s happened over the past year is that Sentinel customers are now going to GW as a substitute for short rib sandwiches and whatnot.

The whole joint is just two windows, one to order and one to pick up. See?

Gold! I love goooold!

Click to expand ($79 is the price of a parking ticket on Trinity Alley and, if you don’t pay within a month, the cost goes up to $196.97, or something*)

Here’s a recent lunchtime menu:

They’re open from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Join the (small) crowd.

See you there!

*Or it’s the atomic # and weight of gold, Au

Why Not Go to Cole Valley’s Zazie Bistro for Dinner Instead of Brunch?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Cole Valley’s favorite brunch spot is open for dinner, don’t you know. Let’s take a peek.

On a late Sunday night, you can just walk right in to get a bite. That’s quite different than the crowds you’ll see on a tweekend morning.

Zazie at closing time:

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O.K., let’s get rustic. Mussels Marinieres- white wine, garlic, shallots, parsley, cream $11 – this is the half-sized prix-fixe version:

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Zazie Burger- w/white cheddar and tomatoes provençals, grilled yukon gold potatoes $12; DD’s Mac and Cheese- fresh organic casarecce pasta w/ sharp cheddar crust $6; Salmon Grillade- w/ roasted brussel sprouts and pecans, served over celery root/ parsnip puree $16

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And this is the crème brûlée and some sort of chocolate mousse, both of which are on the prix-fixe:

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Do you know who Nate Valentine is? Well Google says Zazie is one of his Favorite Places, if that makes a diff. to you:

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À ce soir,Zazie!

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Everything was great. Check it out yourself, if you want.

Menus of Baker and Banker, the New New American Place at Octavia and Bush

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Get up to speed first.  

Now, here are the debut menus for Baker & Banker. Click to expand: 

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The neighbors, like Ashley H., seemed pleased, anyway:

“I live right around the block from Baker & Banker, and when I saw that a new restaurant was opening I was so excited to try it out, so I went for opening night, and it was great!

The inside decor is pretty nice and simple with low lighting and mirrors on the walls. To start I had a salad with goat cheese, pomegranate, persimmon, and I think pear, which was super delicious. It was a nice light way to start out the meal. For my main course, I had the scallop dish with brussel sprout leaves and sun choke puree, and it was superb! For desert I had the cheese cake apple crisp, and as a cheesecake expert, it was a great mixture of a traditional cheesecake with apple in the middle – I totally recommend it!

For me this place is a really cute neighborhood restaurant, and I definitely plan on going back. I also think it’s definitely worth a trip even if you aren’t in the neighborhood – it’s great!”

Sausage Showdown: Which McDonald’s Dollar Menu Item Makes the Best Piggy Breakfast?

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

In honor of the recession and in light of the fact that fewer people are heading out to grab a quck bit before work these days, McDonalds added some items for breakfast on their Dollar Menu. I’ve never tried these actual products before but, you know, they all cost a buck and they all use sausage as the main degredient so let’s take a look.

Three items enter, one item leaves as the Victor. Click to enlarge:

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Sausage Breakfast Burrito:

There’s not much inside this thing, excepting for molten cheese, which the Ronald crew calls “shredded” – tasted like American “cheese” to me. Could have used some spiciness, which was entirely lacking. Maybe I could have added some sauce, don’t know. They say there’s onion and peppers in there with the egg – couldn’t tell. Third place.

Sausage McMuffin:

The cheese is more solid on this one. It’s like eating a burger for breakfast. Adding in egg would make it a Sausage McMuffin with Egg, which is apparently quite a more expensive proposition. Second place.

Sausage Biscuit:

Tasty biscuit plus sausage, that’s all you get. A bit dry. In the parlance of our day, it is what it is. Doesn’t have American cheese and that’s probably a good thing. Pretty good deal for a dollar. I’d probably prefer an Egg McMuffin but the franchisees would most likely riot if corporate forced the Egg McM onto the Dollar Menu. Anyway, the Sausage Biscuit is the Dollar Menu Sausage Winner, by a nose. 

Choose wisely.

Come Have Lunch Tomorrow with “Sweet Melissa” Griffin at The City Club

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

You already know all about famous San Francisco Examiner City Hall Examiner Sweet Melissa Griffin, of course, but what know ye of the Yelp-rated City Club of San Francisco at 155 Sansome betwixt Bush and Pine Streets? See if you can get in tomorrow at 12:00 noon for lunch.

It looks nice up there, anyway, so check it out when you can. Nonmembers welcome.

MG from earlier this year.

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Here are the deets:

Jamison Roundtable Luncheon featuring Melissa Griffin

Please join us for a special roundtable luncheon at the City Club, on Thursday, July 9th for Melissa Griffin, Political Columnist for the SF Examiner. Melissa has been covering the good, the bad, and the ugly of San Francisco Politics for the last couple of years. An excerpt from one of her recent columns underlines the problem ( and humor) of dealing with the San Francisco political and bureaucratic system:

Make your reservation ($35 for City Club members – $45 for other guests), today, by calling 415-362-2480. This will be a small group to allow for questions and discussion, seating is limited. Or, E-mail your reservation to

City Club, Thursday, July 9th , 155 Sansome Street, 9th Floor, Noon to 1:30 pm.

Contact: Larissa Lorian
Email: reservations@cityclubsf.com
Phone: 415.362.2480

 

The City Club of San Francisco
155 Sansome Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco CA 94104
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Start Time: 12:00 pm   End Time: 1:30 pm