Best Dine about Town options?
I never know which restaurants to try, any suggestions?
Helpful as it was, I'm surprised that list remained on the board. Anyway, the big thing to remember is see if any type of menu is listed on the DAT website. Next compare the prices to the regular menu.
Sometimes the DAT menu is no saving and occassionally it is more than ordering a la carte ... or the restaurant has a regular prix-fixe menu that is the same as DAT. Coco500 is no longer on the list, but when it was Bizou, the DAT menu was available as a prix-fixe year-round.
The biggest bargain I ever had was at Forbes Island that little underwater restaurant off of Pier 39. I think I saved $15 off the regular prices. If you were ever curious about Forbes Island, this is the time to check it out. For me, the food was so mediocre I never wanted to go back, but it can be interesting more for the experience. If you get sea sick, not the place to go. Not a good place if you have mobility problems either as there is lots of stairs and leaping on and off the boat.
If I was going this year, I'd go to Americano out of curiosity.
Also watch the board for reports on the good, the bad and the mediocre.
Lots of places have the DAT special ... food that isn't on the regular menu
Soup or salad
Salmon or chicken
That was the good thing about Forbes Island. You could choose almost anything off the regular menu and for the items that were more expensive, you could add a supplemental charge.
The hot ticket last year was that Hornblower Cruise ... not that the food was outstanding but the overall experience and price savings had Chowhounds foaming at the mouth.
I enjoyed Ana Mandara one year for both food and atmosphere.
I was glad I went to Seasons at the Four Seasons for the fabulous overall hotel service ... comparable to the Ritz. The food was just ok. DO have an overpriced but fabulous drink at the bar before dinner. They give you the most wonderful snacks with your drink ... much better than the dinner.
On the other hand the Terrace at the Ritz ain't worth all the good service and atmosphere in the world. They also have a regular daily special that matches the DAT special.
I hated Maya, but that was years ago.
Though I had a long ago bad experience at Fournou's Ovens, there have been some recent positive reports by a poster whose tastes match mine, so that might be an option.
Places that interest me would be Alfred's, Lark Creek Steak, Le Colonial and Scott Howard.
Places that usually get big thumbs down on Chowhound are Butterfly (but there have been a few positive recent reports), Sutro's and Crustacean.
Roy's usually gets mediocre reports. I wouldn't choose it as I wouldn't choose other chains like Palomino, Il Fornaio (tho CH has a poster who is a fan), McCormick & Kuleto's and Paragon.
re: Ruth Lafler
Not always good: here is my less than enthusiastic report from last year's DAT at Rubicon...Nothing about my experience made me want to repeat it this year, and, perhaps more importantly from the restaurant's perspective, it left me with no desire to go back to Rubicon period, wine list notwithstanding....(though yes,we did spend the money we saved on wine :-))
I ate at Lark Creek Steak tonight and had a great meal...Belgian endive salad (menu price $11) 6 oz filet ($26) with a small side of potatoes (not included with the steak on the regular menu) and blood orange cheesecake for dessert (didn't notice the menu price for dessert-sorry!) It seemed to be a good deal price wise and my steak was fantastic. I'll definitely be back to Lark Creek to try some of the other steaks on the menu.
Sorry, I should have been more specific...yes, we ordered off the DAT menu. Options were a braised beef shank soup (which sounded fantastic but we both wanted steak!) or the salad, the filet or some sort of fish (never even considered it, we both wanted meat!) and the cheesecake or chocolate napolean for dessert (we got one of each and split them)
I thought it a fantastic deal and can't rave enough about how perfect my filet was-a bit crusty on the outside but perfectly medium rare on the inside and oh so tender.
Two years ago my wife and I at at Le Colonial. I knew nothing about the place, but the prix fixe menu seemed a good deal. It was a good deal.
There were several choices for each course, all the food was interesting (fusion, I guess) and well done, and the atmosphere was great. I'd go back.