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March 11-20, 2011


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  Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bar Bocce is the latest Sausal-eatery to enter in the Marin market.

A fire pit warmed spectators at their bocce ball court while diners watched from the deck.

We ducked inside for a wood fired pizza.

The mushroom 'za ($15.00):

... sprung from a sourdough crust with caramelized onions and garlic. This blistery disk was on target with a chewy, crisp crust that was a departure from the Neapolitans that have bloomed across the Bay Area. This sour circle sated us after a crisp, bright, shaved salad ($9.00) of artichoke, fennel, celery and pecorino:

The calamari a la plancha appetizer ($11.00):

... was an olive and celery bolstered, tentacled treat with tender squid in this fennel-frawned aquari-yum.

They have a wine and beer license and make cocktails with low alcohol liquids. We sipped on 2009 Basket Press Barbera and Big Daddy IPA with our casual, well executed chow.

This neo-noshery will offer full menu takeaway and frozen take and bake pizzas in the coming weeks.

We will return soon to check out more of their spin on Italian eats.

Bar Bocce

1250 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA




  Saturday, March 19, 2011

It was a dark and stormy we ordered one at the Plate Shop. This washed away gloom with the raining spirit of Gosling's Black Seal rum with lime in a ginger beer bubbled 'bibe ($9.00):

We consider Chris Burgeson:

... Marin's most notable barman. His stirring solutions shake us up with combos like his Skyline Manhattan ($11.00):

... with a dry bite of Buliet Rye rounded out with Lillet Rougue and orange bitters in a smoked glass. His quality quaffs are worth sliding into the plate.

The Plate Shop
39 Caledonia
Sausalito, CA





  Friday, March 18, 2011

I had the 3 course lunch special ($9.99) at Patio Filipino:

... where the bulalo broth:

... had a nice fish sauce flavor to this light liquid of vegetable studded, beef bone brew.

The fried fowl:

... wasn't as seasoned or moist as I prefer, but the shrimp and vegetable sides was fine next to a scoop of rice.

The third course turned out to be the bill, as the harried server juggled a large party.


... might be one of those regional desserts that leave the uninitiated culinarily confused. To my buds this compressed rice sweet looked and tasted like an eraser.

Patio Filipino
1770 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA




  Thursday, March 17, 2011

The stellar signage at Menlo BBQ got me in the door of this Korean mom and pop shop.

I sat at the counter where I viewed the construction of my 2-item combo ($13.95) of short ribs and spicy pork:

Rice and a kicky kimchee boosted the tender, moist and flavorful beef and peppery pig.

Friendly owners sealed the deal on this mellow Menlo place to park. I'll be bim bopping back to check out more.

Menlo BBQ
555 Willow Rd.
Menlo Park, CA
650, 321.6188



  Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The friendly staff at Passion Cafe
served up a tasty tomato and mozzarella salad ($5.50):

... laced with reduced balsamic and a cheeseburger ($9.50):

... that was a nicely seasoned, high quality patty (although a little over-passionately cooked for my bloody biases.) Crisp fries pomme-itted me freedom from complaint as I spud through this starch stack.

I'm guessing they're not a lunch lingering location since it was not crowded at 1 today, but their rooftop must attract midday munchers during sunnier seasons.

Passion is a little oasis in this bolt-it-down neighborhood. I'll have to return to check out the nosh at night.

Passion Cafe

28 Sixth St.
San Francisco, CA




  Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I got le-unch at Le Truc:

... where I parked for one of their bleu cheesesteak sandwiches ($9.00):

... with a shroomy interior of portobellas and a grill of onions. Tender tri tip reved up this bleu-cheese sauced 'wich rolled out with pepperocini and provolone on a soft roll.

A kale caesar ($3.00):

... was a dino-bite side with my beefed up meal enjoyed in their dinky dining area.

They drive a good bargain at this friendly filling station that is worth hopping aboard.

Le Truc
470 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA




  Monday, March 14, 2011

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen was oozing with hungry hipsters lining up for a lactosey lunch.

I sprung for a "Mousetrap" ($6.00 plus $1.50 for bacon):

...which trapped me in its Cheddar, Havarti and Jacked-up, whey good, crisply toasted sourdough. Smoky strips of pork perfected this molten marvel.

A cute clementine was gratuitously given as a diminutive, delicious dessert.

This fromage feast frontier is worth wheeling to for their toasty takes on simple and satisfying servings.

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
1 South Park Ave.
Suite 103A
San Francisco, CA





  Sunday, March 13, 2011

There was one ton of wonton in my soup at Silver House Restaurant:

... where rotations of families spun lazy Susans laden with gobs of grub.

My chicken won ton soup ($9.00):

... had a canopy of chicken over the porky pasta parcels and buoyant broccoli to prime my palate for "special deep fried beef" ($9.50):

Lightly battered cow strips were crisped in a slick solution and served with a hot and sweet sauce that satisfyingly saturated my rice.

Quick and peppy service had me crossing their Silver House hands with cash shortly after this massive meal that was fine belly ballast.

Silver House Restaurant
2224 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA




  Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Breakfast House in San Carlos:

... is right down the street from my pastrami house - The Refuge. Although it was difficult to pass up pastrami, I went down the road to this morning mealatorium for their home made corned beef hash ($8.99):

... topped with two perfectly poached eggs. Sauteed onions and peppers infiltrated hash browned potatoes in this well seasoned, beefed up breakfast.

An English muffin aided in sandwiching and sopping of this meat, veg and potato profusion in a family friendly setting with swell service.

My Breakfast House
1137 Laurel St.
San Carlos, CA




  Friday, March 11, 2011

I returned to the Deli-Q-tessen, Emergency BBQ, where bunches of businessmen (yes, all dudes) were muscling their way out the door with sacks of snacks.

I went with a tri-tip sandwich ($7.50):

This Scotch ale-soaked sirloin was sliced into juicy, rare rations of peppery, beef bundled in sourdough.

A side of mac and cheese:

...elbowed in with creamy crooks of lactose likeability.

This urgent care ward for grilled goods was a fine out patient experience, I will complete my treatment with a burger during on a follow up appointment.

Emergency BBQ

765 Old Country Road
San Carlos, CA









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