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A San Francisco Girl's Down and Dirty Adventures in the Culinary Playground

Monday, January 09, 2006

Anyone Got Some Time I Can Borrow?

I just realized all of the restaurants I've visited (or re-visited) over the past six months and HAVEN'T ever reviewed. And now too much time has passed to actually do it. I guess I'll just have to go back. In the meantime, I figured I'd do free association with those I haven't had time to do justice to (number of visits -- ever -- in parentheses):

  • 'wichcraft in Las Vegas: The most delicious sandwich in Vegas, hands down. (1)
  • The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton: Pure heaven. Especially the spot prawn sashimi and the orange blossom marshmallows on the petit fours cart (I mean, Christ, they have a fucking PETITS FOURS cart -- could you die?) (1)
  • Manresa: More than worthy of it's reputation and freaking brilliant. Like glow in the dark brilliant. (2)
  • Scott Howard: Mostly good. I'd go back just for the truffled potato puree. (1)
  • Eccolo: Super delish. And they have the best lemonade anywhere. Considering I've had every lemonade in the state of California, that's a damn big compliment. The fish and chips was exceptional, as was the crispy, lime juice accented, mayo-absent coleslaw. And I usually really hate coleslaw. (2)
  • Sea Salt: A gem. Incredible clam chowder, and a great wine list. (1)
  • Bix: Great appetizers, great desserts, great service, ho-hum entrees. (more than 5, less than 10)
  • Bounty Hunter: Yum and fun and drinkably delicious. Enough said. (1)
  • Chez Panisse (the cafe): Virgin food. And everybody loves a virgin. (more than 5, less than 10)
  • Koi Palace: Maddening if you go for dim sum (we're talking ready-to-eviscerate-yourself-maddening), magical if you go for dinner. (2)
  • Zatar: Very good, but they run out of a LOT of shit and they only take cash. Makes it all too much work for me. (1)
My problem seems to be that I spend too much time eating at these places and not enough time writing about them. But you'll forgive me, right? Because, really, which option sounds like the more fun one to you?


"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
-- La Rochefoucauld


Blogger Sam said...

"Makes it all too much work for me."


you get resrvations at all the places I dont ever go to cos i can't be dealing with the hard work of securing reservations and organising my life and then you think carrying a bit of cash with you is too much like hard work?
Well! I am glad to see you have got your priorities right, young lady!!!

1/09/2006 11:07 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Sam -- Oh, baby, you know I'll get you a reservation any time. You name it.

Yes, visiting the ATM just seems like too much more effort than pulling out that same ATM/debit card and having the restaurant taking the money directly from me. Cut out the middle man, I say.

1/09/2006 11:15 PM  
Blogger NS said...

I'm glad to see that you enjoyed your recent visit to The Dining Room, as I'd been wondering about your assessment for the past several weeks. Incidentally, I realize that you're only doing abridged capsule comments here, but no mention of the Ritz's champagne cart?! I seem to recall you commenting at length about the one at Campton Place, and the one at TDR is much more impressive than that one!

1/10/2006 12:43 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

i have some comments about the champagne cart at Campton place but I'll leave them for thursday

1/10/2006 8:01 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

NS, you are so right. I figured that I wanted to give the Ritz their own glory moment, though. Incidentally, I had an exquisite Tattinger on my visit to the Ritz!

1/10/2006 8:16 AM  

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