The Milk Pail is the next best thing to a farmer's market. They generally have very fresh fruits and vegetables at attractive prices. They also have the items you may not find at the large grocery stores - many fresh herbs, items like celery root, fennel/anise, plantains, etc. Whatever produce type of ingredient you need, it's probably there. The problem can be finding things. The market is cramped, crowded, and you sometimes have to look not only at what's clearly displayed, but also at items that are in boxes beneath the display. If all else fails, ask.
This place may have changed it's name to Boomers. It is a great place for kids. A lot of arcade machines, a race track, miniature golf and batting cages. If your kids are old enough to drop off, it's a great time for a few hours. If you need to go with them, remember your ear plugs.
Great quality, great variety. There are some meat, poultry and other butcher items that aren't easily found elsewhere. I just hope they don't run out of Fred's steak after people see all of these reviews.
This store is a mixed bag. Many of the items are priced well, and the selection of products is broad. However, there are often long lines to pay, and it seems that their debit card terminal is often extremely slow or not working at all.
This is close to a 5-star rating. Prolific Oven has great cakes and croissants. Many of the other baked items are also very good, but those categories really stand out. Their sandwiches at lunch are also good.
This is a toy store that does a good job of keeping up with the latest local trends. It's great for birthday parties, especially if you've run out of wrapping paper - they will wrap while you wait.
I'm done with Masa's. At our last dinner there, they must have been gunning for a record for fastest mediocre expensive dinner. They seem to be riding on the reputation that was established under a previous chef who is long gone. The food was just ok - nothing special. With each course, I was sure that a really good one was coming - but it didn't happen. On top of the mediocre food was extremely poor service. A waiter started to remove one of my courses while I was still eating it. They just could not get their timing down or they were really trying to maximize table turns. Toward the end of each course, a couple of servers would hover near our table holding the next course. We were on pace to finish a nine course dinner in a little over an hour. I've never experienced anything like it in a supposedly high-end restaurant. Most of the tables around us appeared to be business people - probably on expense accounts and from out of town. There are so many good high-end restaurants in SF, no locals ever need to eat at Masa's.
I have been to this restaurant several times and just ate there last night. This is my favorite high-end restaurant in San Francisco. Overall, the food and experience were superb. With one surprising exception, the courses that my husband and I ordered were well-conceived and well-executed. Gary Danko puts together interesting combinations of flavors and textures that work. Wines were paired with each course to enhance the food. The service was absolutely flawless. Timing between courses was perfect. Just when you thought you might need something, it appeared. I'm normally much more influenced by food than service, but I would say this restaurant does a great job of providing service that adds to the experience. The only negative was the noise level. While tables are spaced well, there were quite a few parties of four or more that were just...LOUD.
This used to be a favorite restaurant. However, the food quality has gone downhill - steak that used to be tender is now tough, duck that used to be reasonably crisp and lean is fatty, etc.. The last couple of times I've been there, the food has been at a level where, if it had been the first time, I would never have gone back. The goodwill this restaurant had built has now been used up.
This is a low-key facility with hands-on exhibits and a zoo for young kids. But, don't ignore the classes and camps that are offered for elementary and middle school kids. There are some great offerings that are fun and educational. Camp Kinetic (offered during the summer) was a favorite in my household - early exposure to physics principles while having fun!