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The Bar Without Pretense

The Bar Without Pretense

Review of: Dave
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 4
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I hate reviewing Dave’s, because within two hours of arriving, I’ve really fallen for the place and I don’t want it to get more crowded. There’s a dozen beers on tap ranging from $4 (Deschutes Mirror Pond, Boont Amber, Big Daddy) to $4.50 (Guinness, Murphy’s, Trumer Pils) and the Fernet runs like water.

For a bar sitting smack between the Financial District and the Ballpark, there’s absolutely no attitude. The barstaff was friendly, and even the two women hired by J├Ągermeister to entice people to drink that swill were pleasant and unobtrusive.

It’s a bar for drinkers. If you’re nearby and in the mood to get your drink on, it feels just like home.

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Coco? So So…

Coco? So So…

Review of: Coco500
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 2
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Considering that I walk by it at least twice a day and that the cocktail menu was created by the head bartender at the Slanted Door, I really want to like Coco500. However, after three visits there, it just doesn’t deliver.

This afternoon, I went there with three other colleagues for lunch. The meal? Forgettable. I had a $13 “Coppa Salami Pizza” which was, regrettably, not a Coppa Salami Pizza, but merely a coppa pizza, the menu writer not understanding that Coppa is a Salumi, not a Salami. It was good, but $8 good. Not $13 good.

A colleague had a chicken romaine salad that had an inedible lettuce core served on the plate (and I don’t mean the white part of the lettuce, but the actual stalk of the lettuce). The service was very rough for the price – servers reaching over people, cutting off orders and generally providing minimal service.

Honestly, it’s not worth the trip. I wish it was still Bizou, a nice French bistro instead of this hipster tapas joint.

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Custom Timbuk2 Bags

Custom Timbuk2 Bags

Review of: Timbuk2
By: Avery Glasser
Rating: 4
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I’ve been a Timbuk2 fan for years – purchasing my first one over 10 years ago, and aside from a single computer bag from Crumpler that I purchased while abroad, I’ve been loyal to the brand.

In April, Timbuk2 opened their first retail location in Haves Valley, and last weekend I decided to pop in and check it out. This store focuses only on custom messenger bags, offering a selection of textured and patterned fabrics. They also have some of the accessory bags (for iPods, Treos, etc), and that’s about it.

If you’re looking to put together a truly one of a kind messenger bag, stop in and take a look.

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Perfect Place for a Special Dinner

Perfect Place for a Special Dinner

Review of: Quince Restaurant
By: Janet Glasser
Rating: 5
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Quince is the perfect place for a special occasion dinner. It feels very homey, but elegant at the same time, with low lighting and simple cream-colored decor. I had what was probably the best glass of champagne of my life to start, and the meal only got better from there. The food is excellent – all three courses were delicious, but I’ll never forget the petrale sole with mandarin sauce and white carrots (so fresh…and so rich!) Dessert (which I almost skipped and am very glad I didn’t) was also amazingly good. Service is very professional and attentive, right from the moment you step through the door.

As a special touch (and a very nice surprise), they had printed a special menu for me that read “Happy Birthday Janet” at the top (they had asked if it was a special occasion at the time the reservation was made). At the end of the evening, they presented it to me rolled up and tied with a red ribbon. These little details really make dinner extra special.

Just as a tip as far as making reservations, we called a week ahead for a Saturday reservation and got one at 10 PM, but they offered to put us on a waiting list for an earlier one. We honestly didn’t think there was any chance of that happening, so we were pleasantly surprised to get a call on the afternoon of our reservation with an offer of an earlier one at 7:30. The meal is rather pricey, especially if you indulge yourself with all four courses and a bottle of wine, but it’s definitely worth it, even if it’s not a special occasion!

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The Ultimate in Cozy Dining

The Ultimate in Cozy Dining

Review of: Canteen
By: Janet Glasser
Rating: 4
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Though I knew Canteen was small, when I got there I still had to marvel for a few minutes at just how tiny it is! It’s cute and cozy during dinner, with low lighting and plenty of candles. The books on the bookshelves at each table are a neat touch and a great conversation starter (one of my favorites that night was “Mr. Bell Invents the Telephone”). Like the restaurant, the menu itself is also small (the wine list is, too), with only four appetizers, four main courses and four desserts (plus one special dessert) to choose from on the night we were there. Service is friendly and amazingly efficient, and with a 9:15 PM reservation, we didn’t feel at all rushed. And the food? The food is excellent. Not necessarily knocks-your-socks off amazing, but very, very, VERY good. I started with a Spring Onion Soup with prawns, chose the Lamb Shoulder Confit with chickpeas, yoghurt and mint for an entree, and finished with a Tangerine Sorbet with champagne gelee and fromage blanc for dessert.

Best line of the night: “Would you like another roll? We have some just coming out of the oven.” Heaven!

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The Ultimate in Cozy Dining

The Ultimate in Cozy Dining

Review of: Canteen
By: Janet Glasser
Rating: 4
Read review on Judy’s Book.

Though I knew Canteen was small, when I got there I still had to marvel for a few minutes at just how tiny it is! It’s cute and cozy during dinner, with low lighting and plenty of candles. The books on the bookshelves at each table are a neat touch and a great conversation starter (one of my favorites that night was “Mr. Bell Invents the Telephone”). Like the restaurant, the menu itself is also small (the wine list is, too), with only four appetizers, four main courses and four desserts (plus one special dessert) to choose from on the night we were there. Service is friendly and amazingly efficient, and with a 9:15 PM reservation, we didn’t feel at all rushed. And the food? The food is excellent. Not necessarily knocks-your-socks off amazing, but very, very, VERY good. I started with a Spring Onion Soup with prawns, chose the Lamb Shoulder Confit with chickpeas, yoghurt and mint for an entree, and finished with a Tangerine Sorbet with champagne gelee and fromage blanc for dessert.

Best line of the night: “Would you like another roll? We have some just coming out of the oven.” Heaven!

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