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March 1-10, 2011


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  Thursday, March 10, 2011

I braved the dark hallway to return to Porterhouse Restaurant:

... where the dark, clubby atmosphere evaporated as I ascended the 3 steps to sunnier seating.

The "Porterhouse dip" ($10.00):

... was a sandwich stuffed with hand carved prime rib and served with a side of jus. There was a bit of gristle and it didn't gravitate towards the rare but it was a tender, tasty, horseradishy helping that was well seasoned alongside a simple side salad.

This ten buck beef bun is cheap and cheerful, but I plan to get one of their burgers next visit.

Porterhouse Restaurant
60 East 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401-4030
(650) 579-5911



  Wednesday, March 9, 2011

We sat at the "chef's seats" at Wayfare Tavern:

... where our perch provided us with an ideal steak out position for watching a steady stream of beef tartare leave the kitchen chop chop.

Poutine ($13.00):

... had the requisite base of French fries with the spin of mozzarella curds and shredded, succulent, short rib sauced with truffle gravy. This was a mean 'tine.

Mt. Tam cheese melted over the Wayfare burger ($19.00):

... with sweetly roasted onions stuffed in a brioche bun. We got our smoky circle rare and dug into this flavor flap with fervor.

Buttermilk brined fried chicken ($22.00):

... was boned up to the extremities. This greaseless, herby bird had crisp skin and moist meat that sated our tweet tooth.

Roasted broccoli ($8.00):

... was a fractal geometry formation with mustard green pesto and golden raisins which added up to reorderable.

Our lunch at Tyler Florence's tavern as a fine foray into ready for prime time chow.

Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA



  Tuesday, March 8, 2011

There was no chicken padding in a Pad Thai at Thai Satay Restaurant.

Plump prawns and tender tofu upholstered the noodle nest in the lunch special ($8.75):

... which came with slightly dry and under-seasoned BBQ pork. The decent, dente, dough denominator distracted from the meh-tacular meat during this peppy prandial period where cheap eats and good service attract a seemingly satays-fied clientele.

Thai Satay Restaurant
173 E. 4th Ave.
San Mateo, CA



  Monday, March 7, 2011

Max's Restaurant isn't part of the local Max's deli chain (where I pick up the occasional chicken liver and pastrami sandwich) this Max's is a Filipino franchise with the tag line "the house that chicken built".

This slogan conjures images of zombie fried poultry in the construction industry.

Fortunately, no zombies were conjured during my lunch:

...which actually consisted of dinner: "Max's Chicken Dinner":

...had garlic rice and sinigang soup along with the de rigueur delivery of the house-building birds. The chicken was batter-free, seasoned and fried moist and flavorful gnawing alongside satisfyingly sour soup and surprisingly un-greasy garlic rice.

Some lumpiang:

... arrived as after-tizers when these egg rolly cigars were later plucked from the fryer.

This chain churns out chompable chicken and sides that made for a likeable, lumpia laden lunch.

Max's of Manilla

1155 El Camino Real
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 872-6748




  Sunday, March 6, 2011

I actually think it's odd that "no waste or trim from boning or cutting operations" is a selling point for burgers:

I mean, isn't the point of ground meat to use up all the bits? I guess it grosses out the clientele of the Vintage Inn Restaurant:

... where they are more into "nonsense gifts" for two bucks:

... than ruminant remnants for their "build your own" burgers.

My patty came with an eggy breakfast:

... complete with unripe cantaloupe and fermented pineapple which seemed like waste and trim from a cutting operation.

I stuck with the palatable proteins before bypassing the nonsense and hitting the road.

Vintage Inn Restaurant

1590 Gateway Blvd.
Cottage Grove, OR



  Saturday, March 5, 2011

Portlandia isn't just a TV show, it's the fabled illegitimate daughter of Poseidon. She is immortalized in a copper statue in front of the Portland Building:

She isn't depicted as having a chin beard or gauged ears and isn't doing shell art (so this statue is over.)

My pals P&J took me down the street to Southpark Restaurant:

…where the waiter asked if we would care for a cocktail "A Sazerac" I replied. "We don't have any sazerac" confirmed that this was not San Francisco. Instead of launching into an explanation, I went with Scotch.

An ab-etizer of pork belly ($7.00):

…was lean, tender midsection meat with crispy edges set off by a cabbage counterpoint. The heady hog was a fine swiney start before the salmon ($28.00):

...which was prepared to a crusty-skinned, moist-middled medium rare with a pad of 'tatoes and escarole.

There were friendly faces everywhere and humble folks without temptation at Southpark where we had ourselves a time.

Southpark Seafood Restaurant
901 S.W. Salmon St.
Portland, OR




  Friday, March 4, 2011

Portland spawns a desire for seafood so I supped on steelhead at O'Connor's Cafe:

... where old pal C.P. and I peeled off some pilaf with some fresh flapper:

...which was probably plucked from peripheral pools.

My visit to this homey hut made me want to go native and ride a fixie home.

O'Connors Cafe
7850 SW Capitol Hwy
SW Portland, OR




  Thursday, March 3, 2011

I pulled off the road at Oasis Grill:

... where their wagon wheel adorned, trucker populated dining room had slow wifi and hot food.

The waitress delivered my breakfast special ($4.99):

... with sausage (instead of the bacon I ordered) and offered to take it back. I told her it was fine, but she swiped some strips from the kitchen to sate my bacon tooth (diner waitresses get things done.)

The sausages were standard issue as was the faux syrup saucing the flapjacks. The over easy eggs and bacon were the rashery rations that worked best.

I rolled out of Dunningan with an appreciation for real maple syrup, fast broadband, bonus bacon and cool waitresses.

Oasis Grill
30003 County Road 8
Dunningan, CA





Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We banked on the rive-past at the Left Bank:

... as we gauchely gobbled our cheeseburgers ($10.75) at the bar with a couple cocktails:

I got a blue cheese veined version:

... while Chubby had his emanating with Emmental:

Both were fine bovine - one with a side of frites and the other with Brussels sprouts that were nice nuggets of green goods to balance out our fries.

This unhooked brasserie is a strapping stop for a burger with beverage support.

Left Bank Brasserie

507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA




Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Our pals treated us to some vegetarian vittles at Millennium Restaurant:

... where Chef Eric Tucker's tucker filled us with a fortifying, flavorful feast.

We all dived into the tasting menu which began with a butternut squash crostini and hazelnut dotted salad:

... and a sea vegetable salad with avocado:

Their famed fried oyster mushrooms:

... were greaseless garbanzo-floured fungal-flourishes with radish and carrot slaw, while gnuggets of gnocchi:

... were gnuanced with crisp chickpeas and almonds.

Butternut squash soup with pesto warmed us up before battered and fried fennel over an Indian crepe with a bunch of beluga lentils:

... and a brik bordered "beggars purse" filled with Brussels sprouts with sweet beets:

An intermezzo of blood orange sorbet refreshed us before we moved on to tempeh with slaw and an Indonesian peanut sauce.:

Fried portobello with farro and Bolognese sauce:

... was an additional meatesque main in this meal.

A platter of chocolate torte, shortbread with candied kumquats, cookies, apple galette and ices:

... was a sweet stop to our fun, Millenni-yum, carnevoid dinner.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff created a warm, welcoming warren where we could catch up with our friends.

Millennium Restaurant
580 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA









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