Josh kllled it. Totally calling these guys again. Pick up was ready at 705PM. Delivery arrived at my door at 711PM.
I got home from work just after 6PM one mid-week night.
Traffic still on the brain.
Tired. Hungry. [bordering cranky chick, sounds like switch]
Craving food from Pauline's which doesn't deliver.
Having heard about TCB Courier, I thought, 'Let's give it a shot tonight. Worst case, I get back in the car and roll-down to Pauline's myself.'
I called their number at about 610PM. Got voice mail. Left a message saying, 'Hey, I'm interested in a delivery. Hoping to try you guys tonight. How does this work? If not, will try some other time.'
Josh called back within a minute...got my voice-mail. I called him back. He said, make sure the order is ready at whatever location, tell him the name the order's under, tell him when it should be ready for pick up.
I called Pauline's. Paid by credit card. Told them that TCB Courier is picking up. They said, 'It'll be ready five after 7 o'clock.'
I called back Josh...to let him know when to pick up and my address. [i sent an extra text telling him a less vertically-insane route to my house, but I think he already knew better.]
When he arrived, he seemed to want to prepare me for any damage that might've happened to the pizza on the ride up.
We opened the pizza and salad...Everything was perfectly in tact.
Next time I'm craving something but don't want to venture out, I'm calling these guys. Show some love to the local boys on bikes.
Me, I'm a bourbon drinker. However, with die-hard tikki friends, Smuggler's Cove was going to have to be a must-go.
Context/the famous wait:
A gaggle (or crew, I dunno. About 8 of us that grew to a dozen) showed up on a Friday between 5 and 515PM. Idea: let's get our cocktails pinned before dinner, then stroll somewhere in Hayes Valley or down Gough. Very nerdy-pre-planning, but we all hate sitting out on the sidewalk -- it's JUST a bar. The place holds 49 people, and they keep to it. We had several friends who were waiting on line for about 30 minutes at 630PM (eventually slipped in at just after 7PM)...
It was EASY to find parking. There was no line when I got there a few minutes after 5PM (again on a Friday). Note, there is usually always a line. They really try to limit a crowded bar since the two bartenders can only make so many drinks at a time.
I stepped in -- Decor was amazing. Ambiance was nailed. Yes, they serve sticky rum drinks that kick your ass 10 minutes after you've finished them, but this is no Trader Sam's or dated Trader Vic's. This is SF's Smuggler's Cove, brothah , and the mega 16-ft. anchor hoisted up in the corner tells you so. We headed for the downstairs area.
Great service, though the sweet chick making drinks did look like she was chugging through her memory of what goes in what drink (outcome: good drinks, regardless). The dude helping her (the barback? nanh) seemed to be there so he could light up the volcano drinks for people -- to be fair, he was probably doing more.
Skip the Volcano. It is great as an ice-breaker for 4 or 5, but otherwise, try other things. My favorites: Rum Barrel and the Dacquari #1. I'm not a fan of TOOOO sweet a drink, and these hit the spot..
Go. Go. Just go. It's fun, the lighting is cool, downstairs you'll find a pseudo-lagoon with wet walls. The 49-capacity rule is great if you're already inside. Not too crowded -- which is why there is a line out the door after 6PM -- they preserve space. Drink prices are fair given the force of them, and the great flavors. This ain't your Don Ho's tikki bar, friends. It's a helluva lot better.
My new favorite burrito: Regular burrito, 1/2 carnitas, 1/2 grilled chicken with guacamole and extra spicy Salsa.
I really wish they'd bottle that salsa or show me their source!
Love the taco carnitas with EXTRA spicy salsa. I admit the only times I'm able to hit the truck is whenever I have to swing by Best Buy to consume electronic/accessory crap.
Bottom-line: Tasty!!! Different. Worth going to again - and I will! 3.5 stars.
Burma SuperStar has been on my list for years. I never went 'cause it was "out there" in the avenues, but finally I had a chance. Very happy for it. Still, about 15% PRICER than Chinese/Vietnamese/Indian take-out I might normally do.
SCENARIO: called in for take-out after work. Picked up food at 545PM.
PARKING: A chore! It's on Clement between 4th and 5th. I ended up parking illegally and running in to get my order (no ticket, yay!).
Overall, the food was delicious. I've never had Burmese food, so it was a great break from my typical Vietnamese take-out.
Vegetarian Samosa Soup. 4-stars. Great flavor with the price.
Tea Leaf Salad. 3 stars. Different. Not bad. I was not a fan of the dressing. Will try the Rainbow salad next time.
Bun Kay Kauser. 4 stars. I thought the noodles were too pasta-like. Was wanting the noodles to be more like rice noodles. Also, not that much chicken. But the flavors were good. Like the coconut base.
Spicy chicken with fresh basil. 5 stars. Really good. Nice spice, perfectly cooked, moist. Snow peas were really tender. Good heat.
Btw, at 545PM, the place was already starting to get full (and this was on a MONDAY.).
Not sure if I'd eat there--at the restaurant, but I'm definitely going to do take-out again and again and again.
The 5 star were earned by Pearce Autotech for these reasons:
Star 1: Even though they were closed on the weekend, I wrote to see when I might be able to bring my ailing MINI in. Jason wrote me back (I'm guessing the owner) that weekend to schedule me in for the upcoming Tuesday. To speed up my check-in process, he asked me for some preliminary info about the car, which I happily sent. It did speed up the process.
Star 2: Location -- 4th & Brannon! Easy to get to and closer to my work than the Mini Dealership.
Star 3: When I checked in: Jason was there. He asked if I had time to ride with him in the car so that we both could hear the problem. He drove us quickly around the block. At the time, he predicted worst case scenario and pricing, but also suggested that it might be minor. Bonus points: Jason owns the same year/model as I do!
Star 4: Jason phoned and emailed me that same day to give me the diagnosis and estimate. He was realistic in terms of timing, which helped me and my schedule.
Star 5: The price was what he thought. Plus, the car runs great. They brought it back to me clean, too! I can't go back to the dealership. I won't.
5+ stars for these guys. Go if you have one of the brands they specialize in. In my case, MINI.
This is a great place to indulge yourself.
Ever have one of those weeks when you want to reward yourself for that extra workout or for getting into work before the crack of dawn?
Whenever I do, I order this for breakfast:
biscuits & gravy (sausage) or
grits with andouille & chedder
Whenever I do, I order this for lunch:
1-piece chicken & waffle or
Shrimp Po' Boy or
Fried Chicken Po' Boy or
1/2 Cobb Salad (though sometimes the meat is too fatty)
Finally: they have THE best red velvet cupcakes in SF.
(can't say the same for the pecan pie).
This is officially my new brunch spot. Excellent.
I live 3 neighborhoods over, but I find this to be 3x the quality of other places I usually go to on the weekend.
Easy to park. Interior look is incredibly comfortable with great natural light.
Food: excellent brunch. We had the lemon ricotta pancakes and biscuits and gravy with eggs. Crispy potatoes and house lemonade. Loved it. I wanna go back and try everything else! The slow-roasted pork sandwich, the trout salad, fried chicken and french toast with caramelized bananas.
I love how high-tech and 'green' this office is. Dr. Patel's office is the dentist office of modern times. . . Pictures of my teeth literal pictures were amazing to see. I could better understand why the she was focused on scraping one tooth over another.
When I first got there, I did have to fill out new patient info, but basically, I dictated while the office person typed into the computer.
I was happy to have my teeth cleaned here. This is the first dentistry I'm sure I'll return two twice/year.
Kennedy's is the place all of us go to meet up and play foosball a few times a year. We eat some Indian food, have a round of beers and play.
Parking is really hard if Bimbo's has a show that night. I look at it as a great place to hang with a huge group of people (pals from work, friends you haven't seen for a while, etc).
It's in the tourist triangle, but I like the staff and find that it's more of a group gathering place than a place to go with a date, etc.
Admittedly I arrived 15 minutes late for my appointment, but when I did, the women sitting behind a receptionist desk welcomed me in gracefully. I told her my name and she said, extending her hand, "Hi Mary, I'm Dr. Slamovich." I immediately warmed up to her.
She took a look at my eyes, and all the while tried to get an understanding of my symptoms.
I recommend her.