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Sep 22, 2000 02:54 AM

Avoiding Burnout

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How do you avoid Burnout at a Fav Place?

This seems like a stupid topic. I was going to post it on the SF board to be specific to some places in SF that I liked, and can hardly eat at anymore. I was wondering if anyone had the same experience, and, more importantly, knew of a way to avoid getting burned out on a great place?

Some examples:

* Gooden Star Vietnamese: What to do when three people walk into a place and they point at you--#3, #5 and #42. That's how well they know us. OK the pho is perfect, but still, this is a bland dish to have all the time, unless you are sick often. If you get it to go they pack everything up real nice. The boyfriend is stuck on the lemongrass shrimp, but I like the fresh shrimp rolls and don't miss the shrimp on sugarcane appetizer with lettuce and the full out herbal experience. I am so sick of eating here, I have cut it down to once a week.

* Busters: They took care of this for me by changing the cheesesteaks from good greasy, jalapeno fun on a bun to crap. Who cares about them. I don't have to eat two a week anymore.

* Burma's House: OHMYGAWDTHEGINGERSALAD! Ok a friend says she copycated the recipe, but I have not tried it yet because everytime I think of this dish I run, like Pavlov's dog, to this stupid place. The samosa with meat are good, the black, bean catfish is good, the satay is always fine, but I must have this salad as often as possible.GETITGETITGETIT. Oh, and some things are not good, like forget the catfish soup and yuck I had Burmese fried beef which sucked, and the chicken was good.

* Shalimar - - Oh my, I have only found this recently, but I am afraid of burning out. I am limiting myself to once a month. I have not found anywhere with such fresh flavors. Good thing it is a nasty dive with nasty mean men running it. Maybe no one will come. In the meanwhile I will have one of everything at the price.

* Can everyone please stop going to Dotties?

Anyway, how do you limit burnout-I am sick of some of my favorite places.

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    Jessica Shatan

    I can't really help with your problem but I *loved* your post... hope you continue to post outside of the SF board more!
    I don't have restaurant burn-out so much as take-out burn-out and things-cooked-at-home burn-out. When I go out is when I usually escape burn-out. But the problem is when you get a diff't dish then you are always longing for the original dish that you burnt out on. I learned this at an early age when I strayed from my much-beloved vanilla ice cream. But slowly, eventually, I did discover fudge ripple, van choc chip, coffee and mint-choc chip........................but not with out some serious mistakes along the way!!

    1. Make sure to read "Bread and Jam for Frances"! :o) Even our favorites don't taste so hot after eating them 2x a week. Just ask any 3-year-old.

      1. I am a chef so what i do is only order things i will not cook at home (i generally go to ethnic places or places that serve very unique items oh and also PRIME BEEF!) and I will order something different any time i go to the same place. This infuriated my ex-wife (notice ex). She would order the same thing at our fav. places and I always got something different even if i loved other things. I will work my way down each item on the entire menu ( and some are huge) and then choose different things after I had tried them all( this is also good if you bring people to these places because you know the dishes). You might try some of the daily specials after that. Plus if you are going there all the time it would be good if the owner/chef/matrdee' noticed you and would offer you different dishes. When i had my place i would get to know my regulars and buy and cook them all different types of things.


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          Jefferson Scher

          Yes, I eat at some places every week, so I have had this problem. The worst part is driving around from familiar place to familiar place not really wanting to go to any of them, but just stuck in some kind of gustatory inertia. I can do this for 20 minutes! Sometimes, though, it leads to finding new and better places nearby.

          Solution? I try new things on the menu, but it's amazing how often initial instincts are the best. Things that tend to break me of a habit are: (1) they seem to smirk at you about always ordering the same thing; (2) they raise the prices 20%; (3) they install new carpeting and don't air the place out (for months); (4) my friend hates the place (you forget: you always order the two things they do exactly right and the rest isn't special), so we start going somewhere else for that particular cuisine; (5) I fall in love with something new; (6) I decide to change my diet (that rarely lasts, of course).

          I'm not sure we should search for a solution. This falling in love and falling out of love cycle is just normal human behavior, isn't it?!