I have to agree with almost everything Gavin said in his review. The food is really very good. Its a bit messy at time, but that adds to the experience.
The actual price for the food isnt too bad, around $40 a head. The wacky pricing comes when you order wine. They have a very nice wine list, but everything is marked up almost double what you would find anwhere else. Might be better to stick to the beer, which is less expensive and goes better with the food anyway.
Get one of the private rooms if you are having a birthday party or other special event. Its a really fun experience to do with friends. But probably not something you would do too oftern
PROS: Good food, really fun for special events and big groups
CONS: VERY expensive wine list, food can be too messy
Lous has been a tradition in SF for years. Many local bands have gotten their start here. Whoever books the talent has a good ear, the bands that show up are almost always good. Mostly blues, and classic rock, occasionally some other stuff. Best time to go is a Sunday afternoon. Gets a good biker crowd by around 3 or 4.
PROS: Great music, no or small cover
CONS: Location, Fisherman's Warf has lots or tourists and tough parking
This is a classic dive bar. It has all the ambience, or lack there of , of one including regulars who have been coming to there for many years, and perhaps have never left. Great kitsch on the walls and chinatown location make it a must.
PROS: Fun place to meet some neighborhhood folk
CONS: Not exactly upscale drinking experience
I used to live two blocks from Firefly and used to treat it like an extention of my dinning room. Partially because the food is so fantastic and partially because the staff is so wonderful they make you feel at home. They serve terrific upscale variations of things you might cook at home. It the fried chicken is on the menu dont tell your cardiaologist, but go for it!
Sometimes hard to get reservations, but a little secret is that you can almost always get a seat for one or two people and eat at the bar. The bonus will be a fun conversation with whoever is bartending that night.
PROS: Great place if you live in Noe, worth the trip if your not
CONS: sometimes a little noisy
I think this survives off some long ago reputation, which I never experienced. All the guide books recommend, and tourists swarm here. If you like greasy mediocre chinese food and a really long wait then come here and you wont be disapointed. Otherwise many other fine choices in Chinatown.
PROS: Good prices
CONS: Long lines of tourists, greasy food.
Family run, friendly cleaners. They do a good job on dry cleaning and go the extra mile to get stains out. Their wash and fold service is also good and a real bargain. Beats sitting by the washing machine. Nice folks, will treat you right!
Furious produces some of the best and most cutting edge theatre in the are. The actors are high energy and the productions are always thought provoking. First saw Scenes from the Big City at Furious, a real wiiner. It had a cast of over 20. No other theater company in the area would ambitious enough to pull that off. The setting in the Old Pasadena Playhouse is historic and cozy. Great value too.
John Stromwall is a really nice guy. He helped me do a renovation on my 100 year old Victorian which could have been a nightmare. I GC'd the job and he helped me find various trade people to do the work. We had many challenges because it was an old house and he came up with creative solutions. Great guy to deal with.
PROS: Creative, easy to deal with
CONS: sometmes is very busy
Very nice people. Family run. Very clean and quick. What else do you need when your trying to raise money. Try the Bombay wrap or specials. Good selection of caffeinated drinks.
CONS: Not exactly fine dinning
We use WSGR for corporate and licensing legal work. They have extremely talented, business savvy attorneys. If you have legal work that is very demanding, time critical and important you need to use a top tier firm. WSGR fits that bill.
On the corporate side you cant get any more experienced than Jeff Sapier and Allison Spinner. They are very helpful and work incredibly hard for their clients. For licensing and Intellectual Property matters, I would trust Stephanie Sharron with my companys future. She had gotten us out of more than one jam.
PROS: The most experienced, well connected firm in the valley
CONS: Top tier firm, top tier prices, but you get what you pay for