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Hopscotch (Eat/Drink)

HopscotchRating: Excellent
Where: Uptown, Oakland, CA (1915 Pablo Avenue cross Williams Street, 4 blocks from BART within 8 mins walk, or plenty of street parking)

Review:

If there’s a reason for people to cross the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, Hopscotch will be it.

If you are going to a concert / show at (more…)

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The Square (Eat/Drink)

TheSquareRating: Okay
Where: North Beach, San Francisco, CA (1707 Powell Street by Union Street)

Review:

Brought by the same folks who have the impressive Sons & Daughters, and Sweet Woodruff, The Square is meant to be a more casual joint for its location.

Kale salad was probably the best with its clean taste. Guinea hen and trout were just standard and nothing mind-blowing. The 30 minute prepped rhubarb and pistachio galette with whole milk ice cream was good but again, nothing to dream about afterwards.

Cocktails were too sweet and tart but wines and Calvados VSOP were good.

The space was a bit loud and tables are quite packed. Still the place was packed, making it a bit noisy. But if you like a happening place rather than eating and drinking, this will be it for its trendiness.

Unfortunately the price point was high for its quality, even North Beach is a prime location for both locals and tourists. Each person would easily run over $100 for its somewhat mediocre food and drink. It made this visit totally disappointing. The only plus point is they open until 1am for most of the days.

Keywords: Okay, NorthBeach, SanFrancisco, LateNight, Sons&Daughters, SweetWoodruff, restaurantreview

Caffe Roma (Eat/Drink)

CaffeRomaRating: Excellent
Where: North Beach, San Francisco, CA (526 Columbus Ave between Union Street and Green Street)

Review:

A coffee roastery tells you everything about a coffee place, that these are dedicated people who take coffee seriously. You will be delighted by their deliciousness. This is especially true for Caffe Roma as it’s also family owned and the people here are really friendly. They make excellent and espresso drinks from the most authentic espresso, to a cappuccino, or in a warm sunny afternoon, an affogato that will sing into your day! They also carry sandwiches, pastries and biscotti, cookies.CaffeRoma

The old fashion fans and the doors on both ends of the cafe makes refreshing crisp air flow. Brown and white photographs on walls, soccer memorabilia, oldie music, patrons who are reading a book, newspaper, or on laptops are all in this spacious but also intimate atmosphere. And TV (sound muted) is on all time with good sports games.

Caffe Roma makes North Beach a real Italian feel with a spin of true San Franciscan joy. And if drinking a cup is not enough to satisfy you, they have a great selection of beans that you can get to brew at home! My favorite is the Sicilian Gold with its dark, smooth and rich taste. You can also see the giant roasting machine by the front entrance.

Keywords: Excellent, NorthBeach, San Francisco, cafe, coffee, restaurantreview

Trou Normand (Eat/Drink)

TrouNormandRating: Excellent Where: SOMA, San Francisco, CA (140 Montgomery Street between Mission Street and Howard Street, part of the renovated AT & T Building) Review: From the same crew of Bar Agricole, here comes another excellent Trou Normand. Their cocktails are rich with a good refreshing sense. You could still order your typical Old Fashioned, but go with their signature drinks from Bar Agricole, or much better yet, get the (more…)

Linea Coffee (Eat/Drink)

LineaCaffeRating: Solid Good
Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (3417 18th Street between Mission Street and Valencia  Street)

Review: Linea redefines coffee and waffles. Their beans have (more…)

Kin Khao (Eat/Drink)

KinKhaoRating: Solid Good
Where: Union Square, San Francisco, CA (55 Cyril Magnin Street and is actually on Mason Street and Ellis Street)

Review: Not your typical inexpensive local Thai joint. It’s upscale gourmet Thai with multiple layers. The dishes were on the smaller portion.

Deep fried duck egg “salad” was fairly good with very garden fresh taste, hot wings were also good with a small spicy and sweet kick. Rabbit curry was more delicate and while not a lot of taste to the meat, the sauce was excellent! Complimentary white or brown rice.

Drink wise, it’s by the Trick Dog team. While the drinks (more…)

Lobsta Truck (Eat/Drink)

LobstaTruckRating: Good
Where: Mobile truck, SOMA, San Francisco, CA (SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street between Bryant Street and Harrison Street)

Review: Food trucks have been a hype for a few years. Generally the food is expensive for its quantity and quality and lacks restaurant style service especially at food parks where those are folding tables and chairs except the SOMA Food truck park that’s a stationary, but wows for novelty and convenience and variety.

Lobsta Truck is (more…)

Victory Hall & Parlor (Eat/Drink)

VictoryHallParlorVictoryHallParlorRating: Solid Good
Where: SOMA, San Francisco, CA (330 Ritch Street cross Townsend Street)

Review: The wait for having a table to eat Little Skillet in an alley is over. Same owner Deanna Sison Foster also has Farmer Brown (live music on Sundays and weekend brunch are buffet style on Saturdays and Sundays.)

The signature dishes of (more…)

Boba Guys (Eat/Drink)

Rating: So so
Where: Mission, San Francisco, CA (3491 19th St cross Valencia Street)

Review: $4 for the horchata boba was still too (more…)

Coffee Cultures (Eat/Drink)

CoffeeCulturesRating: Okay
Where: Financial District, San Francisco, CA (25 Bush Street cross Sansome Street)

Review: So the coffee was pretty good, and the super dim light place is artistic at best, but you must know that the coffee was somewhat steep pricey and the pastries were not cheap either. A quick stop will cost you 8 bucks with $3.25 for a cap and rest for a pastry and tax.

Keywords: Financial District, San Francisco, okay, cafe, coffee

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