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Jan 29, 2007 11:09 AM

Need Prime Rib and Brownies!

My sweetheart wants prime rib and brownies for her birthday tomorrow. We live in Sunnyvale, but are willing to travel as far as San Francisco. Is there a single restaurant that executes both really well? Or two nearby places where we could go?


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  1. Many folks on this board are fans of House of Prime Rib.

    Here's a little conversation about it:

    My last visit there, I was underwhelmed, but I have previously really enjoyed it. Besides having a selection of cuts, it comes with salad, yorkshire pudding, potato, and creamed spinach (if I recall correctly). It's a classic, and worth going to.


    I've never had dessert there and the website doesn't say anything about it. Personally, I'd buy an "adult" brownie at Andronico's and take it home. Then again, if you have room for a brownie after the prime rib plus fixings at HOPR, you're a better person than I.

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    1. re: jillyju

      maybe take her to Citizen Cake after for dessert, they have a good brownie.

      1. re: Lori SF

        That's what I was thinking as well...Citizen Cake is a classic in a way also...similar to HOPR ..just travel down Van Ness and then when you get to the Performing arts center head west...

    2. If you don't want to do the drive, Sundance in Palo Alto has decent Prime Rib in a variety of cuts:

      I don't recall their desert menu but I do recall a pretty good chocolate mudpie if that would do. If not, I would just pick up some brownies at a bakery & bring them to dinner. Palo Alto has several good bakeries (eg Prolific Oven downtown and Copenhagen? on California Avenue). The latter is just a few blocks from Sundance.

      1. Let me say this, I am a transplanted San Franciscian living in Los Angeles and as the songg goes, "You're going to miss me when I am gone!". This truly is applicable to the House of Prime Rib. I have yet to find anything that comes close.

        Sniff! Sniff!! Sniff!!

        1. where did you end up?