The Yelp 100 Challenge
I finally went to my first live Giants game! Though Giants lost 3-4 against the Mets, it was a seat-gripping 16 innings. Having lived in the bay for so long, I don't know why it took me until now to go to a game.
The place was so big and so open. It was actually a lot cleaner than I had anticipated. And all the food options available, even if you're not hungry, the delicious smells are so inviting. Unfortunately, being the fact that it is SF, I was freezing by the 8th inning, even with a jacket. So make sure you keep warm and stay pumped up with the crowd.
I have to say I'm probably always going to be an In n Out fan. I really wanted Five Guys to wow me but it just wasn't there. The service was great, the place is really clean, but the food was mediocre. I really love burgers, and I couldn't help but wish I had gotten In n Out instead.
I had gotten the little bacon burger. It was alright, but I only ate half. It's a pretty standard burger. Maybe if I had gotten the bacon cheeseburger I would've liked it better. I also had some cajun fries. The seasoning was good, but I don't prefer the cut of the fries. Sorry, but I love skinny fries. At least you can tell that their fries really do come from potatoes!
It's very average Chinese food. Great for large group though? Their banquet style meals are pricey but it's a lot of food. For a group of 12 people, we spent about $280, with enough leftovers for another meal.
The place is Halal so don't expect any pork here. They have great beef, duck, chicken and lamb dishes. However I was not fond of their lamb soup that was on the banquet style menu. They had added suan cai (Chinese version of sauerkraut) to the soup and it was too overpowering. The soup was intensely sour and I was very sad it didn't taste as good as it looked. Breading for their walnut shrimp was kind of thick, but at least they didn't overdo it on the mayo. I want to say my absolute favorite item here is their da bing, which looks like a very thick green onion pancake covered in sesame seeds.
Service is ok; our waitress was very helpful. The food comes out extremely fast. We ran out of space on our revolving table. I felt like we were trying to eat as fast as possible to keep up with the pace of the food coming from the kitchen. They provided complimentary fruit and red bean pancake dessert at the end!
I really wanted to like this place, because it's so hard to find a good Taiwanese restaurant. Must've been what I ordered. I've tried it before they moved their location, but their menu has changed somewhat. It's been years.
I tried their pork hock, which I assumed to be their signature dish since that's what their restaurant is named in Chinese. It was good, and I appreciated that it wasn't too fatty. I don't know why but I ordered the beef noodle soup. Don't get it. I highly advise against it. The beef was kind of tough, nothing special about the noodles, and the broth was meh. It does feed 2-3 people though.
I absolutely love oyster pancakes, but I was very unsure if I should even attempt to try it here. I should probably keep it simple next time and order items that you can't possibly mess up. Then again, I didn't think beef noodle soup was that complicated. I really wish they had stinky tofu (or did they, and I missed it?).
No reservations for lunch! So go early, or you might have to wait 20-30 minutes for a table. Seeing how packed it was, I could already tell the food was going to be good. I love Mediterranean food and DishDash did not fail to impress me.
I love lamb. I really, really, really love lamb. If there's lamb on the menu, the only thing stopping me from ordering it is the price. I had debated between the lamb shawarma and the shish kebab (cubes of lamb over rice with seasonal veggies), but in the end I went with the shish kebab. The pieces of lamb were bigger than I had anticipated. It came with the almond rice, green beans, and some type of cilantro sauce. It was all very good. The lamb cubes, done medium, were just right. I had two pieces left over, which tasted just as good for dinner.
The service was good; our waiter was very friendly. He even called me out when he saw me checking into Yelp. It takes a while for the food to come out, especially when they're very busy. I kind of wished they had something small we could nibble on when waiting for the food, but all I could do was drink water to suppress the hunger.
I would love to go back all the time. Once a week sounds good to me, maybe if I lived closer. It'll definitely be my go-to place when I want to introduce people to good Mediterranean food!
The fast food of Hawaiian cuisine, don't be surprised if you're not satisfied with what you get. I've been to various L&Ls and I had gotten tired of their dry chicken katsu or questionable kahlua pork. I gave this location a try since my friend really wanted spam musubi.
I've never had loco moco before and wanted to give it a try despite how artery-clogging it looked. I tried to be a little healthy and substituted the white rice with brown. Rice, covered with 2 beef patties and 3 sunnyside eggs, smothered in gravy, it was enough food for 2-3 meals. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too salty for me. Though I felt guilty for eating something covered in so much gravy, the quality of food at this L&L location is better than others.
They're always really friendly and helpful whenever I go in with problems with my car or just for an oil/filter change. I've never had a bad experience here. Even though I live a good 20 to 30 minutes away from the dealership, their shuttle service still dropped me off at home!
If you're planning to wait for your car, make sure you bring something to read or work to do. They have one TV and it plays the weirdest shows.
Go for morning showings (before 12pm)! Tickets are only $7 then.
There really isn't anything bad about the service or people that work there. Food is extremely overpriced though. A bottle of water is $4.25, and so are all snacks in the vending machines. Of course it's easy to give in to these prices, after all, they're part of the theater experience.
Floors in the theater are sticky. Seats feel a little dirty, but it could be worse. Only complaint: I think all movie theaters should have some rule about crying babies in theaters. It really ruins the movie experience I paid for.
I love their wide variety of breads and buns, from sweet to savory. They also have some cakes and sandwiches. I really like their pineapple buns, and their wheat germ bread. However, I only end up buying those because the main reason I'm there is for their egg tarts.
I love love love their Portuguese egg tarts. They are my absolute favorite. They make them fresh, and I would buy 3 or 4 of them. They're delicious hot or cold. I prefer them over the regular egg tarts; to differentiate, Portuguese ones have the brown spots on top.
Only downside is that they only accept cash.
It was formerly A&J, but the quality of the food hasn't changed. I'm giving it four stars because I had thoroughly enjoyed their beef and tendon noodle soup. I had it before, with the thick noodles, and it wasn't as good. However, this time I asked for the thin noodles, and it's exactly what I preferred. I'm not a fan of thick noodles, and even though I'm sure the tastes of the dish was the same, the chewy doughiness of the thick noodle was off-putting.
If I had to rate the quality of their side dishes, they're fairly mediocre, almost close to poor quality. I never order the side dishes though; only my parents do, if I happen to be eating with them. I think all their noodle soups are fairly good. Haven't really tried anything else, and not interested. I think I'll just stick with their beef and tendon noodle soup, with thin noodles only.
It's the closest Fedex for printing from where I live. This or the Monterey Rd. location. The print job is alright, because it is Fedex, after all. I do wish their paper types had something heavier than 80lb. However, these are all fine. What bothered me the most was the service.
Two stars for the kind, elderly woman that helped me when I picked up my order. This isn't the first time I've printed at this location, but my first experience wasn't bad at all. They were helpful and patient.
My most recent experience made my mood really sour. I showed up with all my files in PDF format on a USB. I knew exactly what type of paper I wanted to print on, because I was adding to my portfolio. I even divided the files into pages that needed to be printed double-sided and pages that only needed to be single-sided. I wanted to avoid all confusion. I stood there for a good few minutes before I was helped. The 2 women behind the counter were just chatting away, not even bothering to look like they were busy. When one of them finally approached me, I gave her the USB, explained how I had four different files to be printed and what paper I needed them to be printed on. I could not believe the amount of attitude I got when she asked me, "You have FOUR files?" Isn't me printing more allowing your business to make more money? I almost wanted to ask for my USB back and just drive all the way to Monterey Rd. She proceeded to tell me I needed to come back in 5 hours to pick up my order, because they didn't turn on the printers that print cardstock that morning.
I was really unhappy about the whole experience, because I had to drive back and forth. When I picked up my order, a file that I had asked for 5 copies, I only received one.
Maybe you'll get lucky, and get the one nice employee they have, who will pay attention to what you're requesting.
I really need to try out their hot foods and sandwiches sometime. I always walk by it and remind myself I should try it, but I haven't yet!
New Leaf sort of reminds me of Lunardis (used to be where the new Walmart Supermarket is now in the Evergreen Plaza). They carry a lot of products that you don't get in the large chain supermarkets.
I recently bought a new dog shampoo that they carry. I have yet to try it out, but it smells really good-lavender and mint.
The main reason why I go to New Leaf is for their mini macarons. For about $0.75 each, it's $8.99 for a dozen. That's good enough for me. It's the closest location to get macarons, and I really love the chocolate ones. They don't make these onsite though. They're ordered, frozen, and shipped to this location. Frozen or not, they're pretty good.
My coworker once stopped by in the morning and bought a box of chocolate cupcakes for the office. They were deliciously chocolatey and intensely sweet.
We stopped by here after lunch one day and I felt like something sweet. I'm a sucker for scones, so I had to get their blueberry poppy scone. It wasn't as sweet as other scones I've had, or the ones I make myself; the butter and salty taste stood out more. It was a great contrast to the drizzle of sweetness on top.
They also had free samples set out. I tried their cinnamon bread and it was really delicious. Not too sweet, and the cinnamon flavor was just right. It was subtly sweet so that it didn't seem like I was eating a piece of cinnamon bun.
Service was a little meh. I felt like they were rushing me to order something even though no one else was in the bakery but me and my friends.
The service is good, and the girl at the front is very sweet. Their salads are huge. Or they give the impression that they're huge, because they're piled high on a plate.
I had a pastrami sandwich on dutch crunch with a side salad. The ingredients tasted fresh, and the sandwich was delicious. I ate everything and was extremely full. There's a wide variety of sandwiches and salads to order. They also have specials on a board. The price is decent; in fact, I think it's pretty cheap compared to a lot of places I eat at for lunch in the DTSJ area (like San Pedro).
I would love to try their breakfast burrito sometime.
I ordered a cup of chili and a southern smokehouse burger. Both tasted ok, but my burger's wheat bun completely fell apart after 2 bites. I had to resort to eating my burger with a fork and knife. My burger did not come with fries, and I hadn't even noticed until after I paid.
My friend had the southwestern mac and cheese. I tried a little and it was incredibly cheesy. At least her burger came with fries.
Service was ok, but what happened to my fries?
I really don't try many vegetarian places, because I love meat so much. The high ratings made us curious what people loved about this place.
My friends ordered the spring rolls, healthy brown rice, chow mein and pad thai. I had the bun bo hue and summer rolls. Their menu is quite extensive--they have dishes ranging from Thai to Vietnamese to Chinese to American and so on. It's pages and pages of different things you can order. They also offer a variety of drinks, like fresh coconut and kombucha. I really loved the bun bo hue. It was quite filling and deliciously spicy. The summer rolls were also yummy, especially with the dipping sauce.
This restaurant is probably the best service I have ever had. When we missed their parking lot, we turned and ended up behind the restaurant. Someone who worked there saw us, and kindly told us where we could park (in the lot and surrounding streets that don't need permits) and to "not park at KFC because your car will get towed." When my friend didn't like her healthy brown rice, she ordered another dish of curry to go with it. They seemed so genuinely concerned, thinking she didn't like the food. The owner even came by later to make sure everything was ok. For the record, she loved the brown rice, but she was habitually used to eating rice with curry.
I've had better milk tea. A lot better.
When my dad and I went in for something cold to drink, no one was in there. Apparently only 2 people were making the drinks and managing the orders and cash register. My dad had a oolong tea and I had a lavender milk tea. My drink came out first, and my dad's took at least 10 minutes. It was slow service.
My lavender milk tea was must too sweet. Too sweet for me to even be able to tell if it tasted like lavender or milk tea.
It might possibly be better for froyo.
I'm not particularly fond of Thai food. I have to be in the right mood. My friend picked this spot because I wanted to get dinner in Fremont and she heard this place was good. Honestly, I feel what I ordered was wrong.
My friend had the pad kee mow with chicken, and I got the red curry with chicken. Her pad kee mow looked so good. I really wished they had a brown rice option, but they only served steamed white rice. I don't understand when places serve curry, but it costs extra for rice. Do people eat curry by itself with no rice? My curry was mostly curry soup with a few pieces of chicken, some bamboo shoots and pieces of bell pepper. When I ate what was in the curry, I was still left with 2/3 bowl of curry soup. They asked if I wanted to take it to-go. No, thanks; I don't know what I'd do with the curry soup.
If I come back, I'm definitely not getting the curry.
Ah, Starbucks. You walk in and breathe in all that coffee smell goodness. My friends and I went here after Grub Shack in search of something cold and sweet to wash down that Hawaiian food.
My friends ordered drinks from their menu, and I grabbed an Evolution green drink. Full of romaine lettuce, cucumber, lime, lemon, sprouts, and more greens, it smelled and tasted like liquid salad. It did feel healthier, but next time I think I'll stick to Starbucks' iced tea lemonade.
I was kind of afraid of how hyped up this place was. I'd heard all these good things and bad things about the food. Good thing my gut choice was the right one. My friends and I all ordered the GS special with brown rice.
It's such a small location, and felt even smaller due to the construction. There was no air to breathe; it was so stuffy, and even mores due to the fact that it was at least 90 degrees outside. We took our food to-go and ate it on the steps next to City Hall.
I ate everything. The kahlua pork was a little salty for me, but I loved the shrimp and macaroni salad. They use nice, big pieces of shrimp, which tells me at least they don't skimp on the ingredients. Even though the kahlua pork wasn't my favorite thing about the dish, I did like it, because it wasn't dry at all and easy to eat. Probably would've helped a little if I had water though.
I liked the GS special so much, I don't think I'll order anything else next time I'm back.
I don't often get cheesesteaks. I really missed this cheesesteak special that would happen on Wednesdays near this location where I want to college. Sadly, I don't live in SLO anymore.
This place has so many varieties of cheesesteaks, among other things. It doesn't have too many options so that you don't know what to choose. I'm guessing it's Korean-owned due to some of the menu items they have...and the nice Korean man who took my order.
I had the Superman Deluxe--cheesesteak with provolone, tomato sauce and mushrooms. I loved it. The sandwich isn't too big, but not to small for me. I only ate half and I was full. For a normal-sized man, he might have to eat one and half though.
Burmese food? Yum. It's a cross between Chinese and Indian, with a huge influence from all other Southeast Asian countries.
Even though it was lunch, we ordered a la carte. Between three people, we ordered the paratha, spicy basil eggplant, burmese lamb curry, tea salad, and yellow pumpking chicken. My friend also had the blooming flower tea. I didn't realize how common these were; it was my first time seeing this type of tea!
The paratha was crispy on the outside, but slightly doughy on the inside. It was greasy, which scared me. But the curry sauces that went with it were so good. I didn't particularly like the eggplant dish, because it was incredibly oily. The lamb curry, yellow pumpkin chicken, and tea salad were delicious. I highly suggest the yellow pumpkin chicken and tea salad when you come here. They're different than other asian dishes I've had, and worth the experience.
Unfortunately, this place is not very big. We waited about 25 minutes for a table, and while we waited, we looked at the menu. We were ready to order once we were seated, but it took them another 10 minutes to come back to us and take our order. English isn't their strong suit, so make sure you're clear on what you want. Perhaps they felt bad for keeping us waiting for so long, but we got complimentary mango pudding when we got our check!
So many varieties of cakes, cookies, and all other baked goods. They also have cookies for dogs! It's quite overwhelming when you walk in. You have so much to look at and so many labels to read. Pricing is relatively cheap, and you're bound to find something you like in there.
The setting of the place kind of has an old feeling. It's not a new bakery, and you can tell the moment you walk in. They don't have their standard American bakery items. It is called Copenhagen Bakery and Cafe, so expect lots of European baked goods.
I really love this park. The field is so big; my dog has so much space to run around and wear herself out. The size of the field allows my dog to run around without getting too close to the playground where kids are or the basketball courts where people might be playing.
It seems like the park is kept relatively clean. I went one week and there was a lot of goose poop everywhere. The following week, the whole field was clean--no poop anywhere.
I love Thrifty ice cream. I actually didn't discover it until my friend introduced it to me while we were at college. I haven't had it since I moved back home, so I was excited to have Thrifty ice cream again. So excited that I got 2 scoops, which is a large amount of ice cream.
I had the Mint n Chip and Chocolate. Both delicious. The only bad thing about Thrifty ice cream is that it seems to melt a lot faster than other brands.
The rest of Rite Aid is very clean and organized. It's probably the nicest Rite Aid I've been to.
Walking to Rite Aid from the nearby Goodyear, my friend and I passed by this tiny donut shop. It looked family-opened and slightly janky, but the donuts smelled good. They had a variety of cake donuts, glazed or sugar donuts, french donuts, filled donuts, and several other pastries.
We were saving room for Rite Aid Thrifty ice cream, so we halved a chocolate glazed donut ($.080). From the looks of the place I was anticipating it to be slightly stale. However, it was quite fluffy, but a standard donut.
By the looks of the wall menu, they also sell sandwiches and a variety of drinks.
Not only do they have creative names for their sandwiches, but their sandwich concoctions are just as interesting as their names. Despite how long the line is, it goes by pretty fast. I think the hardest part is deciding which sandwich to get.
I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter which sandwich you order. They're all going to amazing. I will be coming back to try all the sandwiches on the menu.
Grooming services are somewhat expensive. Make sure you make an appointment at least a week in advance. It's uncommon to get an appointment in the day of or week of, especially on weekends.
For my chihuahua dachshund mix, a full service groom is $67 (includes shampoo/bath, haircut, nail trim, ear cleaning, and a spritz). I had to come back over four hours later to pick up my dog though, because they had so many dogs to take care of, even though I had made a 10AM appointment.
All the employees are very helpful! They almost always know the answer to any questions I have.
My first cannoli ever, and it was amazing! It's an incredibly cute shop, walls lined with hand-drawn pictures.
I had their vanilla bean ice cream cannoli, and I was very happy. Everything about it was deliciously wonderful--the chocolate, the brittle, the vanilla bean ice cream, and the shell. It was sweet, but not too overpoweringly sweet.
I wish I could order a box of those cannolis and have them shipped to me in San Jose.
I have never had Persan/Iranian food. This being my first time, I was very excited. It's a lot like Mediterranean food, which I've had before.
I ordered the koobideh mix (ground beef and ground chicken), and it came with rice and a roasted tomato. Even though it was very good, I was only able to eat half of it; it's a lot of food. My boss ordered the cornish game hen while my coworker also had the koobideh mix. I had a piece of the cornish game hen, and it was really delicious. It was cooked well--tender, and full of flavor.
We also had complimentary flatbread with herbs and cheese. We also ordered the puréed eggplant, which wasn't bad.
The service was fairly attentive, constantly refilling our water. It seemed like they were short-staffed when we arrived, because when we arrived, even though the restaurant wasn't busy, no one was there to greet and seat us. The food is a bit of a wait, but it's totally worth it.
I had read some reviews before I tried it, so I was expecting it to be just as mediocre/bad as people described. I think it deserves a lot more praise than it's getting. I've always wanted to try a waffle sandwich but SoCal is a long drive and I never had the motivation to make my own.
I had the chicken 'n waffle (herb fried chicken with a little honey and coleslaw). It was delicious and even better with hot sauce. My friends and I shared a s'mores waffle, which was extremely sweet. I don't think I could've eaten one by myself. We also shared waffle fries. One of my friends tried the caprese waffle, and that looked really good--an a lot healthier option than the fried chicken.
The waffle wasn't soggy and I thought it was just crispy enough. It holds the sandwich together and it wasn't messy eating for me. The chicken was really good--fried well--and not bland at all (as some reviews complained; really, are you trying to kill your kidneys with increased salt intake?).
I definitely want to go back and try some of the other items. I love how simple their menu is. I don't have to stand there a long time deciding what exactly I want to get.
Every Wednesday and Sunday morning until 1pm, right in the middle of Evergreen Square, you can find stand after stand of fresh vegetables and fruits. And what's a Farmer's Market without kettle corn?
At one stand you can get a bag of oranges for $4, and at another you can get little baskets of berries for $4.50. Support your local farmers! They also have a stand for gyros and falafels if you're hungry. It's a great place to be when the weather is great. If you get tired, sit down on a bench and take in the sun.
It's that feel-good, take-you-back-to-childhood, comfort ice cream. I had just had Orenchi across the street, and craved ice cream. Good thing there was a Baskin Robbins nearby. It actually wasn't as easy to find; the plaza is set up in a weird way.
I would've gone with my mint chocolate chip, but I didn't see it. I later realized I missed another freezer past the cash register. It was alright, because I tried a scoop of their reduced fat Thin Mint flavor. It had full-flavored minty goodness and pieces of chocolate. You can tell it was low fat though, because it was a little more sorbet than ice cream.
I've been here for both dimsum and dinners. Can't say I'm a fan of either. The food is mediocre. Dishes tend to be a bit saltier than I'm used to. I do like their lobster dishes though. Their food runs a little on the pricey side.
Service is below average. I really wish that when they remove anything from the table that they don't just reach right across me, arm in front of my face. Some servers are nice, some are rude. I never drink the water they serve--always get tea. I saw little pieces of something floating in the water last time I went.
We went here for the buffet lunch. There were 2 soups, about 12 dishes, salad, different sauces, and 2 desserts. It wasn't much to pick from, and some of the food looked highly questionable.
The naan was good. There was a chocolate mousse for dessert, but looked very unappetizing. I think the top layer was custard, on top the chocolate mousse, but there was also pieces of what I think was coconut shreds. All in all questionable.
There was no wait when we went, and the service was ok overall. Friday lunch with korean food and a pineapple soju cocktail? Sounds good to me.
My friends got the chicken or tofu bibimbap. I went with the beef tofu soup, medium spicy. It was really good, but no egg. The medium spiciness was a bit spicier than some of the other tofu soup places I've been to.
The side dishes were okay. The complimentary green tea ice cream was a great way to cool down.
Their happy hour deals for beer are so worth it! Only $2 something for a glass. My coworker and I each had a blue moon, but we also ordered an appetizer.
We went with the fried calamari. It was quite a lot of calamari for $9. It came with cocktail sauce and orange sauce. Yes, the orange sauce from La Vics down the street. Orange sauce, good with burritos and quesadillas, also went deliciously well with the calamari. The batter on the calamari wasn't too thick, and the pieces were decent-sized. I would definitely get it again with beer!
It's a great place to pick up all sorts of materials for crafts. Whether you're making a blanket or pillow, or need art supplies for a class, Beverly's isn't too pricey. Or maybe you need to fix some holes in your clothes, they have needles and thread. It's just like Michael's.
Best thing I loved about Beverly's was the cheap canvases. If you're an art student at Cal Poly, or just taking the painting class there, buy the canvases at Beverly's, NOT at the bookstore! It's a lot cheaper here, which is helpful since art supplies can be pretty expensive.
I was visiting SLO this past weekend, and my friend suggested we grab breakfast here before I headed back to the bay. When I lived in SLO I had always passed it, trying to get on 101S, but never thought to try it.
I ordered the Giddy Up breakfast (toast, hash brown/potatoes, bacon (2), sausage (2), canadian bacon (2), and eggs). My friends ordered the chorizo with eggs, french toast combo, and an omelette. It was so delicious. Everything looked really good. I absolutely love breakfast food, so I was extremely happy. I really wish I had discovered this place when I still lived in SLO.
It was really busy when we went, given it was a Sunday morning. The only unfortunate part about Cowgirl Cafe is the slow service. They seem to only have 2 waitresses to take orders, which is tough when they have so many tables and people to serve. Maybe invest in another waitress or two?