Sunday, August 10, 2008

Brothers Restaurant

August 2008

Great Korean food in Inner Richmond.

4128 Geary Blvd (between 5th Ave & 6th Ave), San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 387-7991

21st Amendment

August 2008

Interesting watermelon wheat beer

563 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 369-0900


August 2008
Sunday brunch

Interesting Asian fusion-y menu at this cute place in Richmond (maybe? I have no idea where this really is).

Really yummy bloody mary's with an entire stick of bacon in it, pretty amazing. They had some great appetizers that we split - a corn fritatta kind of thing, fried egg rolls with risotto inside, taro chips with mango and tuna tartar, and ribs. My meal was kurobuta pork hash with roasted potatoes, kabocha pumpkin and poached eggs.

1469 18th Street (and Connecticut), San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 355-0001

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Sushi Yoshi

August 2008

Fantastic authentic Japanese place in Newark, right on the other side of the Dumbarton from the Peninsula. The restaurant is in a strip mall by Arby's and kind of a hole in a wall, but Yoshi-san and his mother have a great izakaya menu on the wall. Unfortunately for many, it is in Japanese, though they'll give you an English menu, and will answer questions from behind the bar.

Yoshi-san has a decent selection of sake and will let you taste before pouring it into a "masu", or wooden box. He also has shochu, all "imo" or potato base.

We started with edamame, ika geso (fried squid legs), and a grilled whole mackerel. I had to order ankimo (monkfish liver), which is "foie gras of the sea" per Kenneth. Yum. Off menu, they also have home made shiokara, a salty-spicy squid 'pickle.' They also make a good home made gyoza (dumpling).

For sushi, we had some ikura (salmon roe), uni (sea urchin), and really amazing toro. Also worth getting the California roll with real crab meat.

Yoshi-san gave us ice cream to finish - green tea, azuki (red bean) or vanilla are the choices.

Not the speediest so I would expect to take some time there. But worth it!

On Yelp

39261 Cedar Blvd (between Magazine & Mowry Ave), Newark, CA 94560
(510) 797-3835

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


August 2008

Great Thai place near Lizzie's on Polk between Green and Union. Their Tom Yum Gai soup was fantastic, spicy enough but not too much with chicken and mushrooms. Got quite full off the chicken and spinach with peanut sauce and even brought some home. Quite reasonably priced for dinner and bottle of wine, about $35 each.

2348 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 346-1818

Palo Alto Sol

August 2008

Popular Mexican place on California Ave with great and potent margaritas. I love the food, though I always go back to the carne asada plate or fajitas. Everyone is always happy with their choice though.

408 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 328-8840

Ristorante Parma

August 2008

Standard Italian on Steiner between Chestnut and Lombard. Gerri and I went there at 6pm the night before our half marathon for our "pasta dinner," as was the rest of the customers for the restaurant to be packed at such a geriatric hour. Good authentic, though not super exciting Italian food.

3314 Steiner Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 467-0500

La Bodequita Del Medio

August 2008

Yummy though pricey Cuban restaurant on California Ave. Great drinks and pretty amazing food.

463 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 326-7762

Maru Ichi

July 2008

Pretty good ramen place in the Asian Fast Food Mall (Ranch 99 shopping center in Milpitas). It gets super crowded at lunch time so try before 11:45pm. After that they put your name down and you wait outside. I actually like their traditional ramen (miso, shoyu, etc) rather than their specialty black ramen.

Looks like they have another location in Mountain View on Castro as well.

530 Barber Lane, Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 434-5991