All posts tagged: Restaurant

Restaurant: Spice Queen

Review of Spice Queen – San Francisco 3809 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118 Price: $ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit.   Today I am going to write about the $7.95 lunch special at Spice Queen. The advertising at the restaurant is a little deceiving because it appeared that we’d be getting the hot pot for $7.95, but it’s actually a lunch special. Nonetheless, my coworker and I were in the mood for some spicy food so we ventured here. The hot pot appeared to be similar to what they serve at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot with a choice of broths and you order per item that you want. However, we wanted to save some money and got the lunch special instead.  In a darkly lit room, there was some nice Chinese decor. We sat in the main dining area and were served tea in these very nice, authentic, heavy clay tea kettles. The lunch special included a soup, which …

Restaurant: Viognier

Review of Viognier – San Mateo 222 East 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401 Price: $$$ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. Since I was there for the dining experience, we both take credit for the photos. To finish this week’s restaurant reviews, I will write about Viognier, this amazing restaurant that’s in the middle of San Mateo. However, before I write about this amazing restaurant, let me tell you a story of how we ended up at this place. O attends this amazing pre-school that encourages the parents to have date nights to foster a better family environment. How amazing is that?! One particular Friday, they arranged to watch the kids from 6-10PM at the preschool for $30. This price included not just the staff to watch the kids, but also pizza as well! The kids got to play outside, were fed pizza, got changed into their pajamas and had a sleepover/pizza party with sleeping bags! It was the cutest thing ever and all …

Restaurant: Presidio Social Club

Review of Presidio Social Club – San Francisco 563 Ruger St, San Francisco, CA 94129  Price: $$$ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit.  Today’s review is on Presidio Social Club, a restaurant and bar in Building 563 on Ruger St in the Presidio. Like most buildings in the Presidio, the restaurant takes up the belly of a nice white wooden building that looks like all the other buildings in the presidio. According to their website, “serving up a classic Northern California vibe, attentive hospitality, and a comforting seasonal menu, San Francisco’s iconic Presidio Social Club is open every day for all your social gatherings. Nestled within the beautiful Presidio National Park, PSC is at once an inviting  urban oasis and a lively destination fit for an intimate dinner for two or a celebratory venue for large groups. Erected in 1903 as a military barracks, the historical building has been converted into a modern eatery sure to put anyone “at-ease” …

Restaurant: Muguboka

Review of Muguboka – San Francisco 401 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118 Price: $-$$ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit. When walking inside, it appeared to be a small quaint, family owned store where most of the employees did not speak English. Our server was this very nice middle age’d Korean lady and took our order. They served some free tea and I decided to get the Bul Go Gee and Soft Tofy lunch special. At $15.95 for both dishes, I was able to enjoy “tender beef marinated in special sauce and soft tofu soup.” One day for lunch my co-worker and I decided to grab some Korean food. We decided to go visit Muguboka on Balboa Ave. http://muguboka.com/ Located on Balboa Ave between 5th and 6th Ave in the Inner Richmond, it was definitely within walking distance from where I worked. The dishes came with a variety of small dishes, 13 of them to be exact, ranging from kimchi …

Restaurant: China First

Review of China First – San Francisco 336 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118 Price: $ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit.    Sometimes I forget to bring my lunch to work, and on this one particular day, I had nothing to eat. My boss (the one who was with me when we went to Burma Superstar) also did not bring a lunch. So we decided to go out for lunch together. There is this one Chinese Restaurant that is a staple for us. Located conveniently in the heart of Clement Gai, this Chinese Restaurant has stood the test of time. Many restaurants have come and gone, but China First is still there. For lunch, there is always complimentary pork bone soup. There are a few chinese vegetables and herbs boiled with some beef bones to provide a nice appetizer, which was graciously given to us on the house.  My boss and I decided to eat family style. For …

Restaurant: Bambu

Review of Bambu – San Mateo 153 S. B Street, San Mateo Price: $ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit. After a good meal with Ramen at Ramen Dojo, my good friend and I decided to take a walk down B street and go to Bambu. http://www.bambusanmateo.com/ Located at 153 S. B Street, this Southeast Asian drink place is in the heart of San Mateo. Bambu is a relatively new establishment, being established in 2008 by 4 sisters in San Jose to try to bring Vietnamese drinks, espressos, etc. to the public.   This particular Bambu that we visited is located in San Mateo. There is nice decor on the walls including photos of Vietname in a very artistic fashion. There is a nice counter with a chalkboard for specials. Behind the counter is a small door into their kitchen, and past the kitchen is the bathroom. Therefore to go to the bathroom, you have to walk past the kitchen.  …

Restaurant: Urban Bistro

Review of Urban Bistro – Burlingame CA 270 Lorton Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010 Price: $$ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit. Urban Bistro, a pleasant, sit-down cafe in downtown Burlingame is where N and I visited next. Neither of us have been there before and we wanted to grab something good to eat for lunch. As you approach Urban Bistro, you can see the sign along the top side of the building with it’s “Soup” Logo. There is an outdoor seating area with some chairs and tables that are symmetrically placed. As you enter the bistro, there is a line with a counter, and all the food is ordered at the counter. The counter extends the length of the dining area with the chefs preparing the food there in the open for people to see. The ingredients all looked very fresh. There is a small water station with self serve water, cups and lemon if so desired. Behind the counter is a shelf of nice wines, which could be purchased. Decor on the …

Restaurant: PPQ Dungeness Island

Review of PPQ Dungeness Island – San Francisco 2332 Clement St San Francisco, CA 94121 Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit. Today’s review will be about PPQ Dungeness Island in San Francisco: Located at 2332 Clement St. in San Francisco, PPQ Dungeness Island is known for their crab. I last visited PPQ roughly 5 years ago, well before O was born. I was introduced to the place by my friend, and it was definitely one of the best crab experiences I’ve had. On this recent visit, I was spending some time with my parents, and since my mom has never been there before, we decided to take a visit there. We were definitely not disappointed. For both my parents and myself we ordered 2 peppercorn crabs. Each crab was$49 each and was roughly 2.5 lbs each. When we visited 5 years ago they were $40 each, but I guess they raised the prices recently.  As can be seen from the photos …

The Dallas Dining Adventure: Part 2 – Sundown at Granada’s

A restaurant review of Sundown at Granada’s – Dallas Tx 3520 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206 A guest post by The Husband Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit. The Texan adventure continues… The Texan adventure continues at Sundown at Granada’s.  As stated from part 1, I was visiting my friend from graduate school and we went to Bubba’s for lunch. After lunch we went to his house. There we picked up his wife and decided to go somewhere for afternoon drinks. She was in the mood for some kind of smoothie/health drink so we decided to go to Sundown at Granada’s. This was a beer garden/restaurant that was attached to an old theater named Granada’s. The theater reminded me of what American life would be like in the 1960’s. Very picturesque. Next to it was this nice beer garden. Under a nice bright “Sundown at Granada’s Sign” we entered into a nice air conditioned room (it was 100 degrees outside). From the outside you …