We were not disappointed by picking Bertrand at Mister A's for a celebration of my birthday. It was our first visit to this most famous of San Diego's upscale restaurants. The twelfth floor location at Fifth and Laurel, as promised, provided stunning views of airplane landings at Lindberg Field, the bay, waterfront, downtown skyline, Balboa Park, Mission Hills and more. Arriving a little early we enjoyed sauvignon blanc at a patio table with a view of planes landing.
Patio seating was also available for dinner (three sides of the roof area) but we picked an inside-the-restaurant table with a great view of downtown. Our very distinguished waiter Marc was attentive and helpful, perfect. The service was timed to our conversation, never rushed or disruptive and the food was delivered promptly. I have never had better service in a restaurant.
Our favorite food all night was the famous truffled fries ($7) with parmigiano regiano, absolutely delicious. One order was more than enough for all three of us. Highly recommended, a bargain.
For an appetizer I had the Maine lobster strudel (fresh lobster and assorted mushrooms in filo dough with cognac lobster sauce): honestly I was a little disappointed, somewhat dry and lacked the explosion of taste expected. Not recommended. My wife had the multicolored young beet salad with goat cheese in filo served with a horseradish vinaigrette: good she said but I noticed only half was eaten. My daughter had the garden salad with baby vegetables and champagne vinaigrette: OK she said, just a salad. Presentation on all three were very nice, colorful, fresh.
For the main course I ordered the duo of Alaskan halibut and sea scallops served with saffron sauce, angel hair pasta and braised fennel: loved the scallops, halibut was just OK, nice presentation. My wife had the vegetarian entree after a discussion with our waiter: it looked like they put considerable effort into the preparation; after a taste we all thought it was, at best, just so so. My daughter ordered the winner, the pan seared beef tenderloin with gorgonzola cream sauce and gratin dauphinois: fabulous, perfect, absolutely perfection but priced to feed a family of four for a month in several parts of the world. Oh, forget price, it was my birthday and a celebration.
The two deserts and paired late harvest wines we tried were both pretty good, creme brulee and bread pudding. Coffee service was unexceptional. Total bill with tip and valet parking: $332.
Will I go back? Maybe, but we have so many great choices in San Diego... Do I recommend it? Well, yes, the views are really something and I loved the truffle fries. Minus one star for being 30 percent overpriced. Minus one star for serving food that does not taste as good as it looks.
Our daughter suggested this great "farmer family owned" restaurant near the Kennedy Center. The food is supplied by local farmers, proudly supplied "From Our Fields...to Your Table." We arrived a little early for our OpenTable reservation, got a view table, enjoyed the beautiful fountain outside. For appetizers we ordered the daily soup (tomato basil) and fried green tomatoes (pando & cornmeal crust, goat cheese flan, basil pesto), both exceptionally good. For salads we tried the caesar (white anchovies, parmesan crisp) and the baby beets salad, again wonderful and delicious. Our entrees were butternut squash ravoli (sage brown butter sauce, red onion, tomatoes) and the market fish special, sword fish. We tried and loved the sides, brussel sprouts and mushroom risotto. The lemon pie desert was just right with the coffee. Every dish was delicious and surprised us with the wonderful presentation. The manage stopped by to welcome and thank us. Our daughter was so right; Agraria is a top pick for Washington DC, an unusually pleasant and pleasing experience. Excellent service, very highly recommended.
Our best friends, Jan and Steve, are down from Montana for the winter. To celebrate we took them to Terra for Restaurant Week. I did a quick My Open Table reservation (http://www.opentable.com ) and emailed our friends a copy. The ladies were on a shopping trip so Steve picked me up and we arrived a few minutes early, just in time for a glass of wine. We had a few sips of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (Nobilo '08) when the ladies arrived. Mathew, our waiter, brought two more glasses. New on the wine list at Terra is this fine wine, Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc, Lyon Vineyard, Alexander Valley. We tried it and loved it. Highly recommended. First Course: everyone ordered something different:Salty peppery Calamari with garlic, green onion and chili flakes: Steve loved it, Jan and I had a taste, we did too.Coconut dusted Crab Cakes, hot mustard: Jan said they were the best she has ever had; I like my taste too.Pumpkin Raviolis, roasted corn cream, toasted hazelnuts: Dona enjoyed but said the edges were a little tough.House arugula, radicchio, gorgonzola cheese, candied pecans, honey walnut: I loved it, may go again just for this.Second Course: Mathew recommended the pork chop for our second course or his favorite the flat iron steak.Bone-in Pork Chop caramelized sweet potato, apple-golden raisin chutney: Excellent and amazing, three of us had it and loved every forkful. The wedge of sweet potato was fantastic. Steve substituted the roasted garlic potato mash which he said was delicious.Chef Jeff Rossman stopped by our table. We enjoyed talking about shows on the Food Network and if what happened in his kitchen came anywhere near to the TV shows. Chef Jeff said sometimes it was exactly like TV, everything was in rapid motion to meet the full dining room and their catering orders. Check out the picture of Chef Jeff I uploaded to Terra. For Dessert our orders split two and two. We had two of the Samoa Cheesecake with Dulce de Leche cookie crust cinnamon caramel and two of the Caramelized Apple Bread Pudding with butternut squash ice cream. Both were excellent.
This delightful bistro combines a casual atmosphere with excellent French cuisine and reasonable prices. The tapas style small bites menu is a great way to sample several traditional French dishes. My dinner group of five enjoyed the warm hospitality of the owner, Gilles Fougeres,his terrific staff and the cozy setting. We enjoyed a variety tapas prepared by Chef Barry Coalson. Check out his cooking videos done with wife Gillian at their website "Food Done Right".
I recommend the Ferrari Carano fume blanc, the warm goat cheese crouton, a 5oz. New York beef tapas, the seared fresh scallops (best item on the menu), onion soup au gratin and for desert the vanilla lavender crme brule.
A kolache? What's that? And don't you think Texas is a strange place to look for a kolache? Actually, Texas is the perfect place to look for a kolache because Galveston is where the kolache first entered the U.S. Texas is not just big, it is diverse. Texas pulled together a very wide collection of cultures during the immigration land rush years of the mid-1800's.
Each of these cultures added a unique flavor to Texas making a truly diverse society, rich in traditions, music, dance and food. The Czech/Slovak's brought a type of pastry consisting of a fruit or cheese fillings call the kolache. In Europe it was originally only a sweet dessert. Like most things coming to the U.S. the kolache changed and now you can find fruits, meats, cheeses and/or vegetables as filling.
Mornings Kolaches has been going strong since their humble beginning in 1991. They now have seven stores. But the big news was the bold move in 2004 when they created the "California Panitos", "the beautiful sandwich." If you have not tried a California Panito, then you should. Even today our Czech cultural beginning are growing.
(Oh, if you live in California like I do and want a California Panito or even a real kolache I recommend you go home to Texas. So far there are none for sale west of Houston.)
Czech immigrants also settled in the middle of Texas. If you want to celebrate and, really who doesn't, I recommend a visit to Caldwell, Texas. Their annual Kolache Festival will be held on September 8th this year.
Last Sunday my wife and I enjoyed an exceptional buffet served with warm hospitality. We highly recommend brunch especially at the bargain price, including tip, of $25 per person. All the food was perfect! Six stations included (1) salad/fruit, (2) breakfast, (3) meat, (4) omelet, (5) waffle and (6) desert. Buffet presentation, quality and service were the best we have ever experienced.
Sunday buffet is served from 9:30am to 2:30pm. We arrived at 11:30am and got seated within 10 minutes without a reservation. Tables surrounded the performance area with the food stations at the lowest level next to the stage. The room is surrounded by display cases of memorabilia. Signed photographs cover most walls. On the way out we enjoyed a walk looking over the tasteful collection as we remembered Buck's varied career.
Everything we tried at the buffet was fresh from the kitchen, cooked perfectly and tasted great. I tried the fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, chicken friend steak, gravy with biscuits and enchiladas from the salad and breakfast stations. My wife's waffle was cooked perfectly and delicious. Service staff and cooks continuously monitored and attended to the modest size service pans of fresh warm food. Our waiter Rudolph came by frequently to keep our drinks filled.
Two meat carvers sliced ham, beef and turkey. A chef cooked omelets to order. Ice cream with toppings was included at the waffle station. The desert station offered hot apple or peach cobbler, cakes, cookies and more. My favorite was the pecan cinnamon rolls which reminded me of my grandmother's Sunday feasts.
The kids were enjoying their Sunday brunch along with their entire family. Even at twice the price, my wife and I agree, this brunch is a special treat and we will return for more.
One of two must visit restaurants in San Francisco. The spectacular view is matched by exceptional food and service. World class chefs offer seasonal menus presenting the best California cuisine. An excellent wine list and wonderful deserts round out the perfect dining experience. Worth the higher price.
Rubio's consistently delivers on all their promises of taste and freshness. The service terrific at this location near my home. We pass by at least 10 other taco shops and go to the best.
Ask to be seated at a window table second floor bar area. The views will make you fall in love with Seattle. I was fascinated with the ferries docking, undocking, coming, going. Ferries are an essential part of the Seattle water world. Lowell's is the perfect vantage point for a relaxed stop when in the market area. Good food, good drinks, GREAT views.
Microsoft invited me to their headquarters and took me out to dinner. They picked the perfect place. If you visit Seattle you just must go to Wild Ginger.
I recommend you try...
- Saigon scallop
- Lamb bumba
- Dungeness crab
- Chinese oolong tea