If you are not already a huge fan of Trader Joes then run don't walk. I personally find this location the overall best experience consistently. I am a very particular food shopper and would say that they are the best in the following categories, price/selection of wines, price/selection of good bread, price/selection for higher end but not too obscure cheeses, price/selection for fruit juices and price for interesting condements that come in jars. You can sometimes get a great meat item, but the fish selection has been a disappointment. My favorite items only at Trader Joes is the little trays of frozen chopped garlic, parsley or basil - an absolute life saver.
PROS: price-quality relationship Best in class
CONS: parking week & many items out of stock or never return
I lost my lab two years ago after having her for nearly 13 years all spend with the absolutely delightful Dr. Morris and his wonderful staff. This lab could find trouble like no ones business including swallowing a sewing needle and three fox tails up her nose as well as the usual weight problems, flea problem etc. The last six months of her life we spent fighting cancer. It would have been a totally differnt experience without this remarkable Dr Morris and his staff. If you are lucky enough to become his patient or your pet is lucky enough- grab the chance. He is the most impressive medical person I have ever met.
PROS: excellent doctoring & an obvious understanding of animals
CONS: no parking
This is one of my favorite resauranst in North Beach which has plenty of restaurants but limited on the good side of that equation in my expereince. I am a big fan of there small antipasta and grill items. We just had grilled octopus with fresh fennel salad. I know it sounds weird, but was very tasty and original. Unlike so many prentenders who try to be original and just make weird food, this is a delight. And it doesn't have to super costly if you order a number of aps or antipasta dishes and salads. I've always had a very nice meal lunch or dinner. Ask for a table near the back windows that look out on the "other street.
PROS: Food, Food & more Food
CONS: Can be too noisy if the hip croud is there
Perhaps I am being unfair as I haven't eaten at the Slanted door at their new location due to being "scarred" from previous experience. But geez what a prententious, loud, over priced unpleasant experience was that. Eating is my form of entertainment and we have so many delightful choices in San Francisco, I just don't know if I can risk it again. Do we really need a $16 item of four dumplings when we have real Vietnamese restaurants all over the place that offer the same very tasty treat for $4.50. Maybe I should give it one more try just to make sure I am not missing anything. Nahhhh
PROS: popularity, reputation
CONS: everthing else
This is one of my favorite neighborhood joints. They do a lot of take out business, but we usual eat in. Any type of rib you can imagine both pork and beef are offered. I love the short ribs, while my husband goes for the combo plate. We love the ribs so much we have never even ordered any of the other Korean food offerings which is very broad in scope. The price is also very reasonable and I always feel happy that I went.
PROS: Ribs, Ribs, Ribs
CONS: no small salads offered to lighten the carnevous meals
There really is nothing like Zuni Cafe and they tend to do what they do very well. It has over the years improved its snotty staff, but the food is still over priced. However, where else can you go for the smoky chicken and bread salas? or a real ceasar? It is still one of the most interesting bar sceens and the look of the joint is like no other. I must have my Zuni fix at least once a year.
PROS: unique classic food and decor
CONS: price and limited-sometimes- weird food offerings
This is one of the best wine shops I have ever visited. The staff is extremely down to earth and helpful. When you say I want a recommendation for under $15 dollars, the staff, rather than treat you like you are some begger off the street, provide several recommendations and help you narrow your choices. Then as a big fat bonus, I have loved the ones they recommended. For the folks who are developing their taste in wine on a budget, this is the store for you.
PROS: Selection staff
CONS: need some signs to identify product more obviously
If you need to get a fried food fix, this is one of your best bets. The batter is pretty heavy so come hungry. You can order a variety of different sizes and combos. It is said that this is the closest to Irish fish & chips, but I wouldn't get your expectations that high. It is tasty and reasonably priced and very clean looking. It offers the usual that you would expect plus chicken.
PROS: fried fish cheap
CONS: very heavy batter
This place is a well known hot spot with lines out the door in part due to its very limited seating, but it provides a rare experience that feels a lot like summers spent on the Cape. The staff even remind me of the folks in the seafood markets back East. The seafood is extremely fresh, although somewhat limited in offerings and a bit pricey, but definitely worth a try especially if you can pick a time with no lines. I would return for the bread alone. It also is a fish market where locals pick up something fresh for the bar-b-que. Closed Sundays.
PROS: fresh pure seafood
CONS: long waits and a little pricey for some items
This is a well written menu, offering the lighter side of French cuisine at reasonable prices. In addition, the staff provides a pleasant and well executed atmosphere. My personal favorite is a nicose salad with a large block of seared, but still rare, tuna as well as very nice side dished that don't break the gut or the bank. The beet salad is also a winner. The interior is Paris sidewalk perfection. The one weekness is no bread plates are provided which leaves you sort of wondering how to work your way through the appealing bread offerings.
PROS: food and staff
CONS: no bread plates