Bernal Heights: Yo's Sushi thumbs-up; Argus thumbs-down!
Had yet another remarkably fantastic meal at Yo's Sushi (Mission and Virginia) last night. The otoro and unagi were both divine, Philadeliphia rolls (though sushi purists will argue that cream cheese doesn't belong in sushi) were great as always... and a lovely unfiltered cold sake.
One "what the heck?" that I wanted to share with the board, though... Amnesia has $4 Maker's Mark Manhattans on Thursday night. They make a mean Maker's Manhattan, so we've arranaged to go down there on a Thursday for them twice now... but each time the bar was empty and there was a cover charge for a band nobody had heard of. The first time, the door person was kind enough to let us in for "just one Manhattan" given that the place was empty, but the musician came on and was so not-good that we downed them quickly and left. There was nobody in there drinking- they all looked like the band's family. In fact, one mom-ly looking woman asked us if we'd paid the cover. Now, I'm not adverse to "supporting live music" (as the musician admonished us- repeatedly and loudy- to do), but isn't the point of a drink special to draw a crowd on an otherwise slow night? In a perfect world, isn't the purpose of live music to draw a crowd, too? To my knowledge, Amnesia doesn't charge a cover any other night of the week, so why have a drink special to draw traffic on a Thursday night and then slap a cover on for something people aren't coming to see? The two marketing goals didn't seem to synch up, and, darnit, I wanted a Manhattan!