Tagged: American Restaurants

Feb 28

Good ol’ Comfort Food at Town Hall

Located in the historic Meco building, Town Hall features a warm and chic space featuring brick walls and stunning chandeliers! I’ve loved Town Hall since they opened and I think this was my 5th time dining here.  Everytime I’ve been here, I’ve enjoyed the service, the ambiance and most importantly, the comfort food.  So when we were invited to dinner here, we simply couldn’t resist!

We started off with appetizers to share, and instead of ordering what they featured as their starters, we requested to share the sides which they were happy to accommodate.  We got the jalapeño cornbread , smoked andouille jambalaya, roasted brussels sprouts and baked macaroni and cheese. I have to admit, I liked them all! The cornbread was small and tasty, the jambalaya had a perfect hint of spice, the brussels sprouts were perfectly cooked and the macaroni and cheese was creamy and cheesy.

Everyone ordered something different, from Seafood étouffée, Buttermilk fried chicken, House smoked St. Louis ribs to Natural beef short rib and grilled hangar steak.  I tried a little taste of everyone’s except the beef. I thought the seafood étouffée, which I learned is served similar as a stew, offered a smoky flavor, it was very good. The buttermilk fried chicken was definitely good, you can’t really go wrong with fried food but really, they seriously use some secret batter.  The house smoked St. Louis ribs were very flavorful and came right off the bone. I myself ordered the Beeler Farm’s pork tenderloin and belly,  served with Meyer lemon marmalade and lemon thyme jus. The pork tenderloin was wrapped with bacon and oh so tender and moist, and the pork belly melted like butter. I really enjoyed the lemon flavors and I really liked combining the chewy Meyer lemon marmalade with the pork belly!

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Dec 12

I See the Light-Dinner at Firefly

I’ve heard good reviews on Firefly in the past, but never had a chance to try this charming restaurant located in the neighborhood of Noe Valley, serving contemporary American comfort food.  I am so glad to have tried it, I loved the casual quaint ambiance and I loved the flavors of the dishes!

After we put in our orders,  they served us artisan bread with a black bean spread flavored with cumin, not the basic creamy butter spread, it was a great way to start the meal, a little unexpected surprise that showed creativity.  We ordered three appetizers to share, the Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Mixed Greens Salad with Comice Pear and the House Cured Steelhead Trout.  The salad was good, we just wanted fresh greens. The Brussels Sprouts were grilled perfectly and you can’t really go wrong with the addicting flavors of Parmesan and White Truffle Oil. And the House Cured Steelhead Trout’s combination, served with Roe, a  Crispy Potato and Meyer Lemon Creme Fraiche was just perfecto!

The four of us ordered different entrees so I had a chance to taste a little bit of everything, from the Slow Cooked Chicken Breast which was moist and completely full of flavors, the Braised Beef Brisket which was tender and oh so good, to the Bone-In Sonoma Lamb Loin which I loved.  I myself ordered the Black Cod served with Turnips, Sweet Baby Carrots, Shimeji Mushrooms and a Miso Broth. What an amazing dish, I didn’t let anything on my plate go to waste, I loved every bite of it!

And yes, we actually still had room for dessert, we shared the Mascarpone Panna Cotta with Meyer Lemon Gelee, Huckleberry Compote and Huckleberry Jam filled Shortbread AND the Caramelized Upsidedown Pink Lady Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Biscuit, Cider Caramel and Creme Fraiche Cinnamon Brittle Ice Cream.  I really enjoyed the Mascarpone Panna Cotta with Meyer Lemon Gelee and the Creme Fraiche Cinnamon Brittle Ice Cream, but I wasn’t too crazy about the Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Biscuit.

Overall, I really enjoyed this neighborhood gem!

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Aug 28

Park Chow : Fresh, Organic and Healthy

It’s been a while since I’ve had dinner at Park Chow, so when some friends wanted a place that was reasonable and good, I suggested it.  It was a Friday night and it was packed! One thing I was really impressed by was the service, it was a stressed out environment for the staff, and they all handled themselves very well from the moment we arrived and put our names down. We were seated on the Upstairs Patio, which has a top and heat lamps, it’s a very comfortable setting.  When I got my menu, I was looking for my favorite entree, the Beef Short Ribs, but as I kept looking, I realized it was no longer available! Could this be?! This is the only other reason why I would dine here, for the Beef Short Ribs and it was nowhere to be found!!! It was quite devastating quite frankly, but I moved on and ordered myself the Beef Pot Roast hoping that it would be as good as the Short Ribs.

We started off with lots of appetizers, the ½ Wood-Baked Artichoke, Golden-Fried Calamari, Steamed Mussels and Organic Summer Tomatoes on Garlic Toast. Yes, we were starving! All the appetizers were good, some were a little more salty than expected but still tasty. Again, it was a busy night, it took quite a while to get our food.  When we finally got our food, we were all happy, a few of us ordered the Beef Pot Roast hoping that it would be good like the Beef Short Ribs, I was telling them how good that dish used to be so the Beef Pot Roast should be just as good. My hubby got his favorite, the Pork Chops, he was so hungry he ordered two! When I took a bite of my Beef Pot Roast, I was extremely disappointed! What on earth is this?! It was very difficult to slice and it was the most chewy piece of meat! Oh my, I ate a few bites as my hubby was already done with his first piece of pork chop! I felt like crying but I was starving, yes, I was very sad about this piece of meat. My hubby, the sweet man he is, looked at me and traded plates with me, he gave me his other pork chop instead, which was delicious. At the end of the meal, a friend of ours asked our busy server about the Beef Pot Roast, his words “Is this supposed to be this dry?” Our server was embarrassed and said no, it’s supposed to be more tender. Due to our disappointment, she told the manager and they took 2 out of 3 of our orders of this sad dish off our check. Overall, the food here is okay, it’s not bad, just don’t expect the Beef Pot Roast to be similar to that delicious Beef Short Ribs.

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Jul 17

Delious Breakfast at Anchorage 5

Since it was nothing but fog in San Francisco, we decided to drive out to Sausalito to find some sunshine. On the drive to Sausalito, I was trying to figure out where to eat the entire time. And don’t worry, I wasn’t driving, only navigating. There are lots of restaurants along Bridgeway but they are all touristy, a bit expensive and some of the food are just mediocre since people normally go for the ambiance.   We were hungry and we wanted good food. So, I just went through Yelp and found Anchorage 5 and read about their delicious breakfasts and every review was good, so we decided to give it a try. It was definitely off the beaten path and tourists would never find this local joint. They don’t have waterfront views, but the setting was comfortable, offering a nautical atmosphere.  The lady who was the host and server was really sweet and she asked us if it was our first time here and how we found them. To her, we were newbies cause we noticed that she said hi to everyone who came in, they were all regulars. I ordered the Crab Benedict  which was seasonal and my husband ordered the Corned Beef Hash.  And wow, they were huge portions and sooo delicious, we looked like we licked our plates!

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