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June 21-30, 2011


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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cupola is a neo addition to the Westfield Center. I was surprised to find this Lark Creek Restaurant Group pizzeria:

... under populated during peak lunch time while the food court was busting at the seams.

The breadsticks:

... stuck out as poke-culiarly good as I chugged garbonzo soup ($9.25):

... with sausage slices and marjoram. This beany bowl was a fine broth and 'banzo beginning.

My arrabiata pizza ($15.75):

... was singed in their wood burning oven with pancetta, chili peppers and San Marzano tomatoes which melded into this 'politan pie. It was good, but the crust didn't have the crisp and chewy consistency that I crave.

This shopping center 'za stop may be a bit off the beaten floor for to bring in the local lunchers consuming quick and peppy 'roni in the lower food court - perhaps it gets the dinner crowd.


Westfield Center
845 Market St.
4th Floor
Suite 400
San Francisco, CA




Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The invention of Scottish eggs ($6.00):

... may not be directly attributed to executives at Lipitor, but these sausage-coated, deep fried, meat-adorned, ova achievers are given a healthful angle through their diminutive dimensions at Martins West.

Quail eggs with nice runny middles, nestled in these golden nuggets as we dug into our bar based meal.

Lamb, feta and fava beans were packed in a pastie ($5.00):

... washed down by a wondrous "whisky brick" ($10.00) of rye, vermouth, amaro and absinthe and vieux carre ($10.00).

Their cheeseburger ($16.00):

... had a good cow to crust correlation in this balanced, bovine beauty bedecked with grilled onions and blue cheese (as well as house made mustard and ketchup) this solid sandwich was served with their fine, fluffy and crispy fries.

Fish and chips ($18.00):

...came with more of those spuds cushioning battered fillets to codify our contentment along with Allagash white ale.

We always meet with pleasing plates and potions at this pub grub hub.

Martins West

831 Main St.
Redwood City, CA




Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Carrot soup ($7.00):

... was cultivated with creme fraiche at Plow.

This relishable, rooty ration pulled up with fragile foliage flourishes of kale chips in a bright bowl of unearthed eats.

The buttermilk fried chicken sandwich ($12.50):

... was reminiscent of Bakesale Bette's with a jalapeno slaw and Acme torpedo roll. I plowed through this poultry portion enjoying the crunch and mild heat of the green goods mingling with the bready bits and (ever so slightly dry) meat. Overall, this was a nice nosh with a side salad tilled with tangy vinaigrette.

This popular pullover patch has quick and friendly service and good chow. I will definitely land here again to reap more of their culinary crops.

Plow Restaurant
1299 18th St
San Francisco, CA




Monday, June 27, 2011

I happened upon "Taconomics Happy Hour":

... during my tarde lunch today when Pancho Villa Taqueria was dispensing dollar tacos.

My pollo asada, carnitas and al pastor tacos ($1.00 each - normally 3 for $7.00):

... were a luscious, late lunch for the tiny tariff taking place between 3-5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Taqueria Pancho Villa
365 South B St.
San Mateo, CA




Sunday, June 26, 2011

We ari-gota a seat at Robata:

... where our hamachi hankering was handed over to sashimi ($23.75 - 10 pc.):

... before rolling on to beef asparamaki ($8.25):

... which was a little less moist and seasoned than we prefer, but this asparament gave way to a pleasing platter of nigiri and maki:

Sake ($6.25), hotate ($6.95), amaebi ($7.25), hirame ($6.50), a (caterpillar-free) caterpillar roll ($15.95) and a rock and roll ($6.75) were all solid standard selections of fish washed down with ice cold beer.

Robata isn't a fancy fishatorium, but it delivers a good, moderately priced, Mill Valley meal.

Robata Grill & Sushi
591 Redwood Highway
Mill Valley, CA





Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fish. had its usual unrelenting line reeling out the door:

... and by the time we got to the counter to place our order they were out of the bay shrimp hushpuppies appetizer so we went for some clam dip ($10.00):

... with house made potato chips.

We perched at the bar where cooks were busting their humps to pump out provisions to the Marinite masses.

Seafood was slung in a firey fury in this massive migration of meals.

The chowder ($5.00 cup):

... is standard ordering procedure with oyster crackers and chunks of potatoes protruding from this onion, celery and bacon brew.

We requested our fish "extra rare" and they arrived medium rare. The white seabass ($26.00):

... was a bit bland, while the wild Alaskan ivory salmon ($24.00):

... was the star with a fresh flair to its moist middled flesh. We chose salad base (rather than pasta). Jicama, cuke, carrot and croutons gave some crunch to the leafy layer under the seafood.

This counter service, cash only restaurant continues to lure the locals with their simple sea fare and scenic situation.

Fish. Restaurant

350 Harbor Dr.
Sausalito, CA




Friday, June 24, 2011

We bypassed the main dining room at Southern Pacific and went to the performance room bar where our favorite Novato tender, Alex Bachman:

... made us an amiable "Old Pal" with rye, dry vermouth and Gran Classico and a "Dueling Banjos":

... which played out as a harmony of whisky, Grand Marnier and Chartreuse.

Vermouth Perucchi:

... reigned in an un-named Alex'ir with white dog and house made orange bitters:

We came specifically for Alex's sensational, stirring solutions but we also enjoyed some snackage.

Dry rubbed, smoked chicken wings ($7.00):

... were fine, fleshy, flappers while the fish and chips ($18.00):

... were crisply-fried, batter bedecked filets on a bed of neat frites all of which were reorderably good.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse

224 Vintage Way
Novato, CA




Thursday, June 23, 2011

In an attempt
to keep abreast of the latest pizza parlance, I got a "Sophia Lauren" ($17.00):

... at Locanda Positano.

This Nipoli nosh was supported by a 00 dough. Buffalo mozzarella, arugula, eggplant, artichokes, zucchini and proscuitto filled out this shapely form.

We dug into this strapping 'za alongside a margherita ($13.00):

San Marzano tomato sauce gave a tangy touch to this Vesuvio wood burning oven:

... torched tucker but next time I'll request a more scorched singe-nature for a besmoke bite.

We're glad we wedged in for lunch at this Neopolitan newcomer to check out the bra-visimo chow.

Locanda Positano
617 Laurel St.
San Carlos, CA





Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Anchor Steam
has a restaurant in SFO with the expected (and ridiculous) post security amenity of plastic knives. Most of the early morning clientele didn't require any cutlery as they 'bibed their breakfasts at the bar.

I asked the server if this was the normal drinking schedule and he laughed "time doesn't exist in an airport".

Despite his continuum comment, he delivered my omelet ($15.99):

... pretty quickly. This Dungeness crab, green onion and tomato 'tatta diminished the shellfish. The delicate meat was smothered under a blanket of melted Cheddar. Scrambled eggs with crab and some green onions would have been more my thing.

The potatoes:

... were spray booth tanned with no crisp bits in a seriously saliney spud 'sembly.

I think my selection of shelled sustenance was a poor probably would have been better to have a brew...

Anchor Steam Restaurant







Tuesday, June 21, 2011

La Lanterna is an old school Italian restaurant with white tablecloths and red sauce.

My Spaghetti con Salsiccia e Funghi($15.95):

... came with Italian sausage and portobello mushrooms tumbled in tomato tonic. This garlicy 'ghetti was comfort cuisine that hit the spot after a Caesar salad ($6.95):

... with chopped chunkage of Romaine with anchovy dressing.

Dean Martin sung Italian standards over the speakers as I wound through my retro rations in the nearly empty dining room...

I'm guessing they get more guests for dinner.

La Lanterna
180 W 25th Ave
San Mateo, CA









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