Came here with two friends and had a blast. The liquor was a bit watered down and overpriced ($7 a drink), but there were plenty of small tables and comfy chairs to sit in (we didn't elect to sit around the stage).
The whole place was pretty classy. The waitresses were very attentive, picked up our empties and came back with refills very promptly. Some of the dancers would come and sit at your table and actually strike up a conversation before offering lap dances. One woman, "Ferrari", had a very thick Italian accent, and was actually very friendly -- and if she was putting on an act, then wow, she could act. I think she was just a natural socializer. And definitely easy on the eyes.
Heck, even the bouncers were really nice and friendly.
The music was decent, loud but not deafening. They serve food, too, but we'd already eaten, so I can't vouch for it. I did see a dessert of some kind go by on a tray, and it looked pretty good...
In all, I'll definitely vouch for this place. The $15 cover seems pretty reasonable (I'm sure they make it all up in the drink sales, though I don't remember seeing anything about a drink minimum...)
PROS: Very relaxed, really nice people, very comfy chairs
CONS: Drinks too watered down to be that over priced...
Checked this place out on a recommendation, but apparently it's gone downhill quite a bit since the last time the recommender had gone; he was disappointed to.
It's a full nudity strip club, so by California law, no alcohol can be served. It's a very tiny, cramped place, with movie-theater style seating (and not the nice new kinds of movie theaters, either). You can't really get lap dances in the seats, which means your friends can't hoot and holler at you, and really -- isn't that what makes it fun?
Some of the girls were fairly hot, although that was helped by the trashy style of 'clothing' they wore (for the twenty seconds before they took it off). Dancing was negligible, there were two poles on stage, and I never saw them get used.
PROS: Some fairly hot women, trashy outfits.
CONS: Boring performances, cramped space, no booze.
Went here to see Mike Doughty play. Got there a little early, got some drinks, got great standing room in front of the stage, had a blast.
The speakers were well tuned, things were clear, loud, but not overly so (didn't wear earplugs and didn't feel awful for not wearing them). The beer was good & cold, and filled the cup really well -- almost worth the $5.
Only downside is the same issue I have with most SF spots -- zero parking. The concert was on a Sunday night, and we were still forced to drive around for about 30 minutes looking for a space, and ended up having to walk eight blocks anyway. But if someone else is driving, I'd be happy to go back!
PROS: Great, intimate venue
CONS: Zero parking, just like the rest of SF.
I've only been in here a few times, but it's always been pleasant. Quiet environment, not often busy, the owner/operator usually lurking behind a large rack of comics, taking care of business, but always available for questions or to do your checkout.
A good selection of new comics are out, with a few copies of the last issues readily available if you need to catch up. Smallish selection of back issue comics, but I don't really take advantage of those boxes. Some collectibles to be had, but not overly many. Basically just a good local shop for your new comics habit and supplies
PROS: Friendly owner, quiet shop, good comics displays
CONS: Collectible comics selection very limited
Been in here a few times, and despite the fact it looks like it hasn't been updated since the 70's, it's not a bad store. The selection is fairly good, but the store clerks are always friendly, and plenty happy to help out (like when we realized we couldn't find Collins Mix because the bottle looks like Canada Dry ginger ale...) Good selection of candies for the sweet tooth, and really little else; no major magazine section, that I recall. If a liquor store could be considered 'family friendly', this would be one.
PROS: Nice people, rarely busy, good selection
CONS: Store feels a little old
Been here a few times, always enjoyed the coffee. Even stuck around for a bit with a laptop once, and took advantage of their free DSL. The shop is fairly large, for being a tiny place in a tiny little strip mall (which also houses yummy Papa Murphy's Pizza and the delectable-though-expensive Koko Sushi), but seating is fairly limited, just a few small tables, about two chairs each. Fortunately, it's rarely really busy (well, that's probably unfortunate for the owners), except perhaps in the morning.
I sometimes wish I drank more coffee because this place is so nice, friendly and convenient to me...
PROS: Good coffee, free DSL
CONS: Limited seating & parking.
Ross, Marshall's, they're all mostly the same, really -- lots of overstock, imperfect merchandise, broken items, etc, dirt cheap. If you're in the mood, they can be quite fun to dig through.
This Ross is actually fairly well stocked, though not the biggest I've seen, it definitely had a lot of stuff. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be well maintained. Lots of aisles "stocked" by apparently just tossing things willy-nilly on the shelves, with no regard for even making good use of space. Aisles would be strewn with things people had simply dropped, or left behind.
The checkout staff seemed particularly slow. There were three tellers, and we stood there waiting for probably about ten minutes at least, maybe even fifteen, even though we were effectly next in line.
We did find a good deal, though, picking up a nice pleather bench seat with storage and reversible cushions (turned into serving trays on the other side) for about $70 -- saw a very similar design, half as large, at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $90.
PROS: Some serious bargains, if you're willing to hunt for them
CONS: Slow tellers, doesn't feel well maintained.
Rainbow Island is an interesting place. The dining room can actually handle a very large number of people, but I don't think I've ever seen more than four tables in use at any one time. They offer a mix of dishes from southeast Asia, and I can never remember what countries they are. I want to say Malaysian, Chinese, Thai... Something like that. Lots of fish dishes, curried dishes, dishes with weird names and pictures of things I'm not sure mankind was really intended to eat (but I'm told is absolutely delicious).
I stick to the beef dishes, get the thick iced coffee (like Thai, but I don't think they call it that) and I've enjoyed it. The pineapple fried rice is insane -- it comes out filling half a pineapple!
They deliver as well, I believe there's a $30 minimum order. I did that once, and the food was plenty good and hot when it arrived (and somehow they managed to shove that pineapple into a styrofoam takeout box... though they had to leave the leaves sticking out one end!)
Very tasty, and fairly reasonably priced (expect about $10 an entree, about average for a sit-down Chinese restaurant). Very good when you are looking for something just a little different in Pacifica.
PROS: Very tasty food, delivery available.
CONS: Very strange food (at least to my uncultured self)...
This is one of the few Chinese restaurants I know of that will deliver to my neighborhood in north Pacifica. It's right across Rte 1 from the Safeway Plaza (where Tam's is far superior, but doesn't deliver, and another 'from a trough' takeout place exists). I stopped ordering from here most of the time, because every dish I order seems to be bulked out with 50% celery. I *hate* celery, and I really don't want to spend $9 on an entree and find out it's 50% celery. Of course, if you love celery, maybe this isn't a problem.
That said, they do have crab rangoons, and it's hard to mess up potstickers too badly, so sometimes I order up a mess of appetizers that I know won't have celery filler in it. :)
PROS: Delivers. That's about it.
CONS: Entrees mostly celery filler.
Going past this place every night on the way home is a very dangerous thing. Where else can you (usually) find a huge pepperoni pizza that you can bake yourself, so it's piping hot out of the oven, with at least a pound or so of pepperoni stacked on top of it, for $7?
And don't get me started on their "Cowboy" combo pizza... Papa Murphy's pizza ingredients are top quality, near as I can tell, and I personally absolutely love their pizza sauce; the spices are good and tasty without being overpowering. Not to mention, one pizza can usually feed me for about four days (except thin crust, which I can scarf down in one sitting if I'm not careful...)
Keep your eyes out for coupons in your local mailers.
Oh, and don't forget the cookie dough. Yeah, you're supposed to bake it, but why bother, when it's so delicious right out of the container with a spoon and a good movie in the DVD player...
Just a good thing these guys *don't* deliver, or I'd never leave the house on weekends.
PROS: Fresh baked by you, huge pizzas, on the cheap.
CONS: They don't deliver... Not good for dieters!