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Kusina Ni Tess

237 Ellis St., San Francisco

Visit Date: March 31, 2014


Most of the time memories get better with time. This is not one of those occasions. As you know, we’re all about hole-in-the-wall joints with questionable health ratings. While the staff was friendly, Kusina Ni Tess met the criteria of “dive” and “dirty,” but it just didn’t hit the mark when it came to the food. It’s a decent place for something quick, but the heaviness of the dishes requires carving out significant nap time about an hour later.


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Rating: Dude, That’s Not Bad

Palace Steakhouse

3047 Mission St., San Francisco

Visit Date: February 12, 2014

415.666.5218


2014 is not off to a good start. This place is making us even more grumpy. Our advice to restauranteurs: No matter how good your food is, don’t let guests leave thinking they got ripped off. If you charge near-Gary Danko prices, you better be prepared to deliver. Unfortunately, Palace Steakhouse, you are no Gary Danko.


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Rating: Dude, That’s Bad

Hi-Lo BBQ

Visit date: Jan 22, 2014

Grumpy New Year! We're back and grumpier than ever. Our first review of 2014 reiterates our disdain for SF's BBQ scene. This time the food and cocktails were fine, but we are still too bothered by an artsy presentation of brisket. Plus, too much salt isn't good for our rising blood pressure. Click here to hear more of our grumpy rant.

Rating: Dude, That’s Bad


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Indian-Pakistani Round Up

Various Locations

Visit Date: May-June 2013

Shalimar Restaurant 

Darbar Restaurant

Little Delhi


Food that reflects 5000 years of cultural co-mingling is going to be complex. And that’s a good thing, because it also means it is going to be delicious. We visited five of San Francisco’s reasonably-priced Indian-Pakistani restaurants and learned a few valuable lessons: 1) don’t judge a restaurant by its location or hype; 2) chicken tikka masala isn’t the only thing on the menu; 3) very pleasant surprises may be across the street from your old habit.

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Lolinda

2518 Mission St.

415.550.6970

Mo-Th, Su 5:30p-12:00a

Fr-Sa 5:30p-1:00a

Visit Date: February 27, 2013


www.lolindasf.com


As you know by now, we love steak. So, when an Argentinian steak house opens its doors in San Francisco, we’re all over it. While this place might be a bit trendier (and pricier) than we would like, it is hard to deny the quality of its delicious meats. We have a few complaints, but overall we had a good time. But would we go back? It depends.






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Rating: Dude, That’s not Bad / Dude, That’s Good

Yamo

3406 18th St.
415-553-8911
Mo-Th, 10:30a-9:30p
Fr-Sa 10:30a-10:00p
Visit Date: February 20, 2013

Whenever possible, we eat at the bar. It’s just more entertaining. Yamo provides the epitome of a bar eating experience, because, well, it’s the only option. A long bar separates ten stools and a flurry of activity --- cooking, yelling, chopping. Before you know it, delicious dishes appear before your eyes. A true hole-in-the-wall, this place is a throwback to San Francisco dining out in the late 1800’s. And by this we mean grimy, cheap and hearty, but there’s a reason for the line out the door.







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Rating: Dude, That’s not Bad



Hot Pot Garden

1055 Taraval St., San Francisco

415.242.9388

Mo-Th, Su 5:30p-10:30p

Fr-Sa 5:30p-12:00a

Visit Date: January 23, 2013


Nothing says “winter” like hot pot. We defrosted ourselves behind the steamy windows of this Outer Sunset joint, cooking wagyu beef, lamb, seafood, vegetables and a host of other goodies in bubbling herbal and spicy broths. The menu is extensive, but the reasonable pricing has been narrowed down to two options: all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-eat-and-drink. Go hungry (and thirsty) and settle in for an evening of tasty treats.




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Rating: Dude, That’s Good

State Bird Provisions

1529 Fillmore St., San Francisco

Mo-Th, 5:30p-10:00p; Fr-Sa, 5:30p-11:00p; Closed Su

Visit Date: December 5, 2012


415.795.1272


statebirdsf.com


In general, dining experiences are fairly predictable. Menu-server-courses-dessert. State Bird Provisions, on the other hand, is an entirely different experience; one that’s so good, it’s difficult to describe. Imagine a culinary dream land where the friendliest restaurant staff you’ve experienced in years wistfully rolls hand carts filled with small, fresh, innovative dishes, each one more flavorful and unexpected than the next --- tuna crudo with quinoa, garlic bread and burrata, spicy tofu skin, sourdough pancakes with sauerkraut and pecorino! And then, the best meatball you’ve ever eaten (spoiler alert: sweetbread with quince and picked veggies). In the end, there is only one word to describe this place: magical.


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Rating: Dude, That’s Damn Good









El Mansour

3119 Clement St., San Francisco

415.751.2312

Tu-Su, 5:00p-10:00p

Visit Date: November 21, 2012


www.elmansour.com


Recreating an exotic cultural dining experience always becomes a difficult juggling act of authenticity, fun and awkwardness. How much do you tip a belly dancer anyway? And where do you put the money? El Mansour doesn’t escape the cultural juggling act, but unlike similar restaurants that rely too much experiential distractions, El Mansour pulls off a balanced level of atmosphere, service and very tasty Moroccan food. 


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Rating: Dude That's Good





House of Prime Rib

1906 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

415.885.4605

www.houseofprimerib.net

Restaurants that state what they serve right in their name are usually good because, well, their name depends on it. HOPR is as straight-forward as it gets. All you have to do is answer three questions: 1) “Olives in your martini?”, 2) “Would you like thick or thin slices of prime rib?”, and 3) “Do you want meat dessert?” (Hint: the answer to all three questions is “yes.”) Then sit back and wait for those beautiful zeppelins full of meat to hover by your table. The rest is bliss. By the way, don’t bother asking about their fish or chicken entrees. No one really believes they have them in the kitchen anyway.

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Rating: Dude That's Good

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