Grilled hanger steak, two fried eggs, pickled red onion, garlic aioli, wild arugula, chimichurri, toasted pain de mie, crispy skinny fries, and fruit. $13 Stock in Trade, San Francisco CA
This burger had a lot of great flavors, but it was super cold – EW! I think the server must have forgotten it on the counter for a long time before bringing it out. I was surprised that the skinny French fries stayed crispy and delicious though. I can only imagine how much better they would have been served warm. Kind lame, Stock in Trade!
Country Lawyer: Knob Creek bourbon, Zucca amaro, vermouth and bitters. $13 Park Tavern, San Francisco CA
Mmm, the cocktails at Park Tavern are pretty delicious! I have mixed feelings about my overall experience here though. Although the service was friendly and professional, they made some stupid mistakes that really detracted from the overall experience. Namely, they never brought us a dish even after I specifically asked if it was ever coming out. Our server ensured us it was on its way, but it never did and we were charged for it anyway! FAIL!
Alcatraz: Templeton rye, Averna amaro, and port. $13
Bulleit Manhattan: bourbon, sweet vermouth, and bitters. $10
The most important question for this BSK review: “Is the food worth the wait?” I’m gonna say No. We arrived at 8:30 on a Sunday morning and didn’t get food until 10:15. Living in SF, I’m used to the long waits for brunch but the food has to deliver. BSK fell short.
Everything here was really slow, especially our server. We were seated right after the 2-top next to us at the counter, but our order was taken 10 minutes after theirs. They actually finished their meal before we even received food (very frustrating)! When they’re busy, you can wait up to 30 minutes for waffles. While the waffles are delicious, an extra 30 minutes is excruciating when you’ve been waiting so long already and feeling jittery from all the coffee. The fried chicken was just ok so the waffles definitely carry this dish. I think there’s plenty of great chicken and waffles elsewhere that don’t come with a 2-hour+ wait (and cheaper). This place doesn’t make my cut for a “destination” brunch joint. And there is absolutely nothing else at this location so you have no other options if you come here.
Pretty small and weak for the price.
Two corn tortillas filled with beef, covered with a mild red chile sauce and cheese. Topped with guacamole and sour cream. Served with Spanish rice, refried beans, and tortilla soup. $12.95 Casa Azteca, Milpitas CA
This was a great value for only thirteen bucks and everything was pretty good, but all the textures on the enchilada plate were soft. I didn’t mind too much but I wish they would have thrown in something crunchy to balance things out. I think that’s why other places thrown in a small pile of that cheap iceberg lettuce “salad”. You all know what I’m talking about. The tortilla soup was also on the salty side.
Everyone comes to this place for the ramen soups, but they also have a couple of snacks that are worth ordering. These boiled potstickers were really tasty. I usually like my potstickers pan fried, but I really didn’t miss the crunchy texture. This version had a lot of flavor especially with the delicious broth. $2.75
Ramen Dojo, San Mateo CA
Hi everyone! Sorry for the long absence. I started a new job and my schedule has been crazy busy without much free time. I’m finally settling in at work so hopefully I can carve out time on the weekends for some much needed Vittle Monster blogging. I’ve certainly missed keeping up with all of your magnificent blogs!
Also, I’m vacationing in Vietnam and the Philippines this month so I definitely won’t be blogging during the trip. I’ll be too busy stuffing my face with all their delicious food and then lounging beachside. I’d love to get some posts queued up to publish while I’m away though.
If anyone has any food/restaurant recommendations in the Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Manila, and Boracay areas, please send them my way!
365 branch multi-seed flatbread crackers with brillat savarin and chopped olive tapenade.
Omg, I love these! I buy everything at Whole Foods and put everything together whenever I need a little snack (usually when watching tv). Every bite is packed with tons of flavor and it incorporates one of my favorite cheeses. The brillat savarin is soft and spreadable so this snack is super easy to assemble. Noms!