Mission Street Food – Fred Sassen

It’s back to MSF once again this week to sample the cuisine of Farallon’s Fred Sassen. Before I get into it, though, I need to atone for an omission from my last MSF review: Lung Shan, the Chinese restaurant that hosts MSF, has a very limited amount of glassware suitable for the proper enjoyment of wine (i.e. the kind where you can get your nose into the bowl of the glass when you sip.) So you have three options: Continue reading

Slanted Door

Finally, finally, finally. I’ve wanted to dine at Slanted Door for literally years, but somehow, the opportunity never presented itself. (And yet, Tracey’s eaten there at least three times in a little more than a year since we’ve moved back. Doubleyouteeeff?) Today, though, with just an hour and a half until showtime at the Embarcadero Center, we took a chance and scurried over to the Ferry Building sans reservations.

And our gamble paid off, but just barely… Continue reading

Mission Street Food – Cuisine Of The Ottoman Empire

Tonight I finally made good on a long-standing promise to myself and ate at Mission Street Food. MSF is an organization that rents out a Chinese restaurant on Mission street every Thursday and Saturday in order to host a different guest chef every week.  The extremely reasonable prices(i.e. most plates less than $10, and everything less than $15) and the $5 corkage fee make this a relatively cheap way to experience great food. Continue reading

Regent Thai

Regent Thai is located right in Noe Valley’s “Gourmet Ghetto”, a 5 or 10 minute walk from our house. Despite its proximity, we had never eaten there before today.  This was due to a misremembered cleanliness score from the SF Department of Public Health; a situation resolved today by a quick, serendipitous visit to SFScores.com. Turns out that Regent most recently scored a stellar 98 out of 100; so as of this writing, there’s no need to worry about their food safety. Continue reading


At the height of the dot-com boom, I worked for a (very) hip web consultancy at the corner of 8th and Folsom.  Every once in a while, a project manager might notice all of the hard work that we developers were doing and take us out to lunch–and Basil was a very popular choice with both the benefactors and the beneficiaries.  Managers liked it because Continue reading

Dear San Francisco

Yes.  That IS what you think it is.

Hey!  I just wanted to let you know that I found the present that you got for me.  And also to say “Thank you”.  How thoughtful!  But how did you know that I would be walking up Polk Street today?  I thought it was a little strange that you would leave a present like this perched atop a decapitated parking meter, in full view of all passersby.  Weren’t you a little worried that someone might steal it before I found it?  Not that I’m one to look a gift horse in the mouth.  Or a gift bud, as the case may be.

I have to say that this is a major improvement on your past gifts. I mean those parking tickets that you left under my windshield–those were a real pain to deal with. And pretty darn expensive, too!  And the occasional nasty note because you didn’t like the way I parked?  Well, those were pretty mean.   Really, those could barely be considered presents at all!  So maybe this is your way of making up for all of that.  I appreciate the gesture.

But uhhhh… next time you want to give me a gift, how about something a little more… pedestrian?  And by “pedestrian”, I do not mean leaving it on the sidewalk.

Bar Tartine

Tracey and I dined at Bar Tartine last night–excellent night out. The space is one of those really narrow ones that you often see in San Francisco, but rather than pushing the kitchen all the way to the back, Usability they’ve divided the back half of the restaurant lengthwise with the eponymous bar and used it to divide the diners from the chefs. The place Disposables is fairly romantic, with a very beautiful chandelier made of… antlers. Sounds bizarre, but it works. Continue reading