• 250 Cambridge Ave
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    5.0 étoiles

    An easy five-star review. I've been going to see Dr. Threldkeld for almost 8 years.  He's a talented and comprehensive optometrist, always taking the time to answer questions and provide a detailed assessment of your eye health.  He is thoughtful and pragmatic, providing candid advice about insurance benefits.  

    His staff is super friendly and accommodating.  On a recent trip, they expedited shipping of my new contacts at no charge, which was unnecessary, but really appreciated.

    HIghly recommended.

  • 742 Valencia St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    2.0 étoiles

    I think this place was a victim of my heightened expectations.  

    I am a big fan of MK, but not the sardine-in-a-can feel of the place during most reasonable drinking hours.  When I learned that the MK team was taking up new residence in a beautifully converted auto repair garage, I was stoked.

    Went for late-night dinner about one month after opening.  Easy to get a late-night four top, and the hostess was quite nice.  The space is beautiful.

    For me, the problem at AC is the concept.  As best as I can tell, this is trying to be a high-end restaurant that happens to have amazing beer.  The food is quite ambitious and  more expensive than you'd expect.  All in all, the group was lukewarn on the dishes, which included a smattering of small plates and mains.    Honestly, nothing was particular memorable, and I'd rather have a burger at MK.  Portion sizes are small, as others have mentioned.

    I like beer.  But, I am not a beer aficionado.  That said, the beer list is overwhelming.  I'm sure it's meticulously  curated, but it comes off as pretentious and unaccessible to all but the slimmest segment of the population.  And, again, the prices are quite high.

    It all left me wondering:  Who is the audience for this place?  Not foodies, because there are much better places nearby for a pork chop at this price point (see Range).  And, while beer aficionados will flock, I don't think there's a demand for expensive bar food to compliment my $18 Belgian ale.

    If I had gone in cold, without visions of a more spacious Monk's Kettle in my head, iI would have had a better experience.

  • 1529 Fillmore St
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    4.0 étoiles

    Any place south of Geary on Fillmore takes some doing for me, but this place is worth the trip.  Consistent with other reviews, the food carries the day here: interesting, delicious bites to share, passed around dim-sum style.  The food pricing is appropriate, leaving enough flexibility to really sample what the kitchen is up to that day.

    Highlights for me were the lightly fried eggplant and the mashed potatoes.  The mains we had (pork ribs, signature quail) were strong, but I think I enjoyed the novelty of the sampling more.  Save room for desert too.  Some real thought went into this place top to bottom.

    Two knocks.  First, the space, which is far too narrow upfront to accommodate the consistant traffic and bar-style seating. Second, the wine list, which on our visit lacked both sub-$40 options and local representation.  To be fair, I'm touchy about SF restaurants that local source everything from their beef to their butter, but utterly fail to sample from the rich, local viniculture.   Harumph!

  • 2864 California St
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    3.0 étoiles

    (Note:  This is a review of Can Can as a business; not the health impacts of doing a Can Can juice cleanse, which I imagine vary from person to person)

    Can Can is a well-run, and effectively marketed local business.  As other reviewers have noted, it's a good setup for busy people that want to be handed a giant bag of liquid with pretty fool-proof instructions. Delivery was on-time and the materials and juices were well-made and professional in every regard.  It was all super easy.  

    My main knock on Can Can is the price.  I realize juice cleanses are expensive.  So is Dr. Watson's Snake Tonic and other panaceas.  And, at under $200, Can Can is more competitively priced than other packages.  That said, I had trouble swallowing the price when fully half of the liquids are either (1) herbal tea, (2) grapefruit juice or (3) lemon water with cayenne pepper.  

    Simply put, I didn't think it was worth it.  If, unlike me, you had the time and the inclination, you could quite easily put together a comparable package at, quite literally, a quarter of the cost.

    Just my $0.02.

  • 270 7th St
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    5.0 étoiles

    A glorious temple to the caffeine gods.

    Outstanding coffee in a beautifully redone restored warehouse.  Coffee is subjective, of course, but I think Sightglass's espresso roast trumps other more established SF institutions (Four Barrel, Blue Bottle, Ritual, etc.).  The decision to offer only soy and whole milk is a bold one, but I'm fine with it.

    No WiFi or noticeable outlets, but a nice scene of urbanites spread across an immense space.   No real food to speak of, the focus is really on the drinks.  If this place was closer to home, I'd be there every day.

    (Note: Discount all pre-2011 reviews, the place did a massive renovation last year)

  • 176 Lee Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94112
    3.0 étoiles

    Aaron is a friendly, helpful resource for iPhone screen repairs.  Solid work, quickly done.  He deserves the quality reviews others have given him.

    That said, I have to be honest.  Aaron's a good option, but not a five-star option, IMHO.  Minus one-half star for location, which is not at all convenient, particular during commuter hours.  Minus one-half star for service: Aaron wasn't available when I first called, then still wasn't available at the time he indicated he'd be back.  That said, the whole repair experience took two hours door-to-door.

    Final star lost is on price.  I expect someone working out of his house to be much less expensive that the Apple Store.  But, Aaron charged me $20 more than the same repair would have cost at the Stonetown iPhone repair kiosk.  That didn't seem to make sense.

  • 1032 Irving St
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    1.0 étoiles

    Sadly, I have to give a one-star review. After securing an appointment for a house cleaning three weeks in advance, this company was a no-show. My confirmation call the evening before went unanswered and I couldn't get them on the phone on the appointment date.   These folks need to get back to the basics...

  • 3885A Ceasar Chavez St
    San Francisco, CA 94131
    5.0 étoiles

    Omnivore is a well curated collection of new and vintage culinary treats and treasures.  One of those special bookshops that thrives in a post-Amazon world. Lovely, knowledgable staff and interesting in-store events.   One of those places that makes SF unique.

  • 4027 24th St
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    4.0 étoiles

    A nice, independent video store with a good selection and helpful staff.   Free popcorn is a nice touch.  Probably not worth a long trip if you're coming from other parts of the city, but you couldn't ask for more in a neighborhood rental spot.

  • $$$ Hôtel
    112 Matheson St
    Healdsburg, CA 95448
    2.0 étoiles

    i'm lukewarm on this place.

    great location, right on the square in healdsburg, and a nice enough inn.  but, quite honestly,  i've experienced more charm at a best western.  the rooms could use some updating, and the breakfast and wine reception were really the minimum effort.  

    i'd rather stay at in or around santa rosa and spend the $200 i'd save on wine and food.