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A Positive Sharing Experience [moved from Not About Food]

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While I'm trying to resolve my other issue, I wanted to share a positive experience with everyone. This past Sunday, my husband, daughter, and I went to Little Henry's on Balboa Street in San Francisco. It's an Italian restaurant owned by Asians, I think. I don't know if the owners have changed hands or not, but this restaurant (name) has been around for more than 20 years. We arrived about 1:00 p.m. and was enthusiastically greeted by a gentleman, who I think is the owner. We sat down and ordered TWO entrees and NO drinks. He placed our orders and came back with THREE soups and said, "Here, I give one to you too" as he placed the soup down in front of my daughter. Our meals came with four slices of garlic bread (no, I didn't ask for more bread). He brought our chicken parmasean and linguini with clams AND an extra plate. The food was plenty and we had to ask for two small boxes. The total came to about $20, and we tipped well. He constantly refilled our water; he was enthusiastic, he acknowledged us when we left. A little girl on another table dropped a water glass, and it fell, making a big wet mess, but the other server quickly went over with a mop and cleaned it up. The mom apologized, and the server said, "No, it's okay. She's just a kid."

What a positive dining experience in which we felt we were appreciated whether we were spending $20 or $500!

This is not a romantic place, and I'm sure many/most will say it's not even real Italian food, but the linguini with clams was made exactly the way I wanted (in cream sauce and not brothy). I'm planning to return in a couple of weeks; I know my $20 a month isn't going to keep them in business, but it's better than nothing, right? Thanks for reading my ramblings.

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  1. "....I'm planning to return in a couple of weeks...."

    That says it all!

    1. I'm glad you found a good local spot you like. Service like that is irreplacable.

      1. Well that's what people like about hole in the wall places where the owner and or their family also works there. yeah it's been around for a long time, have not checked, but they used to or there is another branch located on Balboa street.

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        1. re: badbatzmaru

          This report was about the Balboa branch. There's another one on Larkin.