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7th Annual Dine about Town 2008 - what are you going to try?

The list for DAT is up, what are you going to try? It's from Jan 15-31, 2008.
3-course lunch $21.95; Dinner $31.95

website:
http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/din...

Participating Restaurants
A16 Italian Lunch
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar French Lunch
Americano Californian Lunch and Dinner
Ana Mandara Vietnamese Lunch and Dinner
Andalu Global/International Dinner
Annabelle's Bar and Bistro Californian Lunch and Dinner
Anzu Restaurant Japanese/Sushi Dinner
Asia de Cuba Fusion/Eclectic Lunch
AsiaSF Fusion/Eclectic Dinner
Azie Fusion/Eclectic Dinner
aziza Mediterranean Dinner
B44 Latin/Spanish Lunch and Dinner
bacar restaurant and wine salon American Dinner
Big 4 Restaurant American
Bong Su Restaurant & Lounge Vietnamese Lunch and Dinner
bushi - tei French Nouvelle Dinner
Butterfly Californian Lunch and Dinner
Café Andree Global/International Lunch and Dinner
Café Bastille French Dinner
Café Claude French Dinner
Café de la Presse French Dinner
Campton Place Restaurant Californian Lunch
Cassis French Dinner
Chez Maman Union French
Chez Papa Bistro French Lunch and Dinner
Chez Papa Resto French Lunch and Dinner
Chouchou French Dinner
Chouquet's Restaurant French Lunch and Dinner
Circa Restaurant and Lounge American Dinner
Circolo Restaurant Latin/Spanish Dinner
Colibri Mexican Bistro Mexican Lunch and Dinner
Cortez Restaurant & Bar Mediterranean Dinner
The Cosmopolitan American Lunch and Dinner
Côté Sud French Dinner
Couleur Cafe French
Crustacean Vietnamese
Daffodil American Dinner
Daily Grill Steakhouses
DESTINO Latin/Spanish Dinner
Emporio Rulli Gran Caffè Italian Lunch and Dinner
Farina Focaccia Cucina Italiana Italian Lunch and Dinner
Faz Mediterranean Lunch and Dinner
1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar Mediterranean Dinner
First Crush American Dinner
Fog Harbor Fish House Seafood Lunch and Dinner
Forbes Island American
Foreign Cinema Mediterranean Dinner
Fournou's Ovens Mediterranean Lunch and Dinner
Fringale French Lunch and Dinner
Frisée Californian
Frisson Restaurant Californian Dinner
Garcon Restaurant French Dinner
Garibaldis Mediterranean Lunch and Dinner
Grandviews Restaurant & Lounge American Lunch and Dinner
Horizon American Dinner
Hornblower Cruises & Events American Lunch and Dinner
Jack Falstaff Californian Lunch and Dinner
Joe DiMaggio’s Italian Chophouse Italian Dinner
Kyo-ya Japanese/Sushi Lunch
La Provence French Dinner
Lark Creek Steak American Lunch and Dinner
Le Charm French Bistro French Dinner
Le Colonial Vietnamese Dinner
Le Zinc French Lunch and Dinner
Les Amis French Lunch and Dinner
Lingba Restaurant & Lounge Fusion/Eclectic Lunch and Dinner
luella Californian Dinner
MANGAROSA Italian Dinner
Market Street Grill Californian Lunch
Maxfield's Bar & Grill Californian Lunch
MoMo's American Lunch and Dinner
Namu Fusion/Eclectic
Nua Restaurant and Wine Bar Mediterranean Dinner
O'Reilly's Holy Grail Seafood Dinner
The Oak Room at the Westin St. Francis American Lunch and Dinner
One Market Restaurant American Lunch and Dinner
Oola Restaurant & Lounge American Dinner
Palio d'Asti Italian Dinner
Plouf French Lunch and Dinner
PlumpJack Cafe Californian
Poleng Lounge Fusion/Eclectic Dinner
Ponzu Fusion/Eclectic Dinner
Prana Global/International Dinner
Pres a Vi Global Cuisine Global/International
The Public Resto-Lounge Californian Dinner
Restaurant LuLu French Lunch and Dinner
RNM Restaurant American Dinner
Roe Fusion/Eclectic Dinner
Roots American Dinner
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine Seafood Lunch and Dinner
Rue Saint Jacques French Dinner
Sauce Californian Dinner
Scoma's Restaurant Seafood
Scott Howard Restaurant Californian Lunch and Dinner
Sens Restaurant Mediterranean Lunch and Dinner
Seven Fifty Restaurant Mediterranean Lunch and Dinner
Straits Restaurant Fusion/Eclectic Lunch and Dinner
supperclub san francisco Fusion/Eclectic Dinner
Sutro's at the Cliff House American Lunch and Dinner
Tommy Toy's Cuisine Chinoise Chinese/Fusion Lunch and Dinner
Umami Japanese/Sushi Dinner
Universal Cafe American
Vitrine - St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco American Lunch
The Waterfront Restaurant Seafood Lunch and Dinner
XYZ American Lunch and Dinner
Zazil Coastal Mexican Cuisine Mexican Lunch and Dinner
Zingari Ristorante Northern Italian Dinner

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  1. thanks for posting this! I don't recall Aziza doing DAT before, and since there is very little I don't like on the menu, I would consider doing that, although if they only include the least expensive items in the choices savings would only be about $2....(more savings if they give free rein).

    I haven't been to One Market in a while but enjoyed it the last time I was there, and the dinner DAT would be a savings there (most entrees are in the mid to high twenties), so that might be my choice...

    ChouChou has a price fixe dinner Sunday through Thursday for $30.95; (according to their website), so this dinner price isn't even a savings (not to mention that I am not a fan of their food). I suspect there is more than one on the list that falls into the category of not really a very good deal...

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    1. re: susancinsf

      Crap. I think I am going to ChouChou with friends for DAT (not my choice -- would rather try Le Colonial, to which I've never been, or Cortez or Sens.) Can you tell me what you disliked/liked about ChouChou's food, so I can prepare myself? Thank you!

      1. re: iwantmytwodollars

        here is my report, more than two years old now. I haven't been back, hope it has improved:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37186...

        (I doubt if the DAT is a much better deal than you could get otherwise, however, even if the food is better than it was then)

        1. re: susancinsf

          Yikes. I hope it has improved! Thanks for the heads up.

    2. A couple of places I'd be interested in: Sens, Scott Howard. Oh, and Frisson and maybe PlumpJack. It really depends, though, on whether you get choices off the regular menu or whether they have a special DAT menu, which is usually not worth it and/or not terribly representative of the restaurant's cuisine. As Susan pointed out, a lot of times the DAT menu isn't a savings at all. That's where chowhound really comes in handy!

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Ditto the warning about checking the DAT price against ordering off the menu or regular prix-fix options.

        Also, as it gets closer to January, more restaurats get added to the list.

        Also, clicking on the restaurant link for the DAT site will display the sample menu ... keep in mind it is a SAMPLE menu and YMMV ... A LOT.

        In past years the Hornblower cruise was a huge savings. Not amazing food as one would expect, but good enough to make Chowhounds happy.

        Emporio Rulli for dinner, depending on price, might be a good option as the chef from Valentino's has something to do with the menu and there is a little positive buzz.

        Aziza was on there last year and people were happy. 1550 Hyde is always a good choice ... though need to check the prices.

        IIRC, there was a positive post during one DAT for Tommy Toy's. Its an opportunity to check out off places like that where I wouldn't usually spend my bucks ... like Forbes Island ... if one is compelled to go, this is the time ... however the year I went there for DAT it was a bigger bargain than last year. I was not impressed BTW with Forbes. Anyone interested in supperclub ... this might be the chance to try it on the cheap.

        Scoma's is just the regular prix-fixe lunch that they offer year-round

        I'm a little soured on DAT at this point. Too many mediocre meals and the bargains just aren't what they were the first year or two. I'm tired of having to pick through the list to find an actual bargain.

        I tire of the places with the 'DAT' special meal ... green salad, chicken or salmon, creme brule.

        Oh wait ... it doesn't start till Jan 15th this year?

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        Dine About Town
        San Francisco, Ca, San Francisco, Ca

        1. re: rworange

          1550 Hyde has a comparably priced prix fixe all year though.

          1. re: Windy

            Yup, 1550 Hyde has a $30.95 Sun-Thu prix fixe all year, so you pay $1 more with DAT. Le Charm, another place with a year round prix fixe that stood out, has a $30 prix fixe every night, so you pay $2 more with DAT. At Scott Howard, if you order the DAT menu a la carte, you'll pay $32. Or you could order whatever you want and pay about the same or even less!

            On the list, the only restaurant that I would be want to try would be One Market, as they have a good DAT menu that represents an actual saving from ordering a la carte. In past years, I always went to Rubicon instead nearby, but now that they no longer appear to participate in DAT, One Market would be tempting.

      2. I'm on a budget this year but I've decided to try Aziza because I've never been. I'd also like to go to Cortez, One Market b/c the menu looks great, and Frisson.

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        1. re: sarvey

          If you're on a budget, I would personally avoid One Market. I haven't been back in a while but I used to end up at business lunches/dinners there fairly frequently. I typically find their menu more appetizing than their food, there's an over-reliance on fats to deliver flavor and anything that can be made sweet ends up too sweet. The worst were some candy-sweet butternut squash ravioli that still haunt me -- in a bad way.

        2. One Market is perhaps the only One Star Michelin rated restaurant participating in DAT.
          Deal or No Deal (to sound like a game show).

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          1. re: boomer13

            In past years, IIRC, One Market has always been a DAT favorite ... though I don't think Michelin has a clue and this is hardly a one star restaurant given others passed by.

            1. re: rworange

              I used to work for One Market's accounting office a couple years ago, so I got to eat their food for free every day. After trying every dish they had to offer at that time, I can safely say that their food is consistently good, although yes, a bit heavy especially if you eat it every single day. Since I left though, the restaurant brought in a new chef and the food has gotten better- less rich in fats, and more flavorful. I had a duck breast there last winter that was out of this world. And the pastry chef makes the best sorbets I have ever had. If you like your sweets, definitely give the butterscotch pudding a try- it's the menu item that gets the most recipe requests- and it's on the DAT menu.

              That being said, if you like One Market, you should consider Lark Creek Steak for DAT. It's owned by the same people, and it's just as upscale (if not more) as One Market.

              1. re: Dalyte

                The DAT food was good at Lark Creek except for the radiccihio salad that came along with the steak, it was way too bitter for me to eat.
                Just a FYI - do not go to Kyo-ya for DAT lunch. First, even with a reservation, they ran out of the DAT lunches and when we got the food that was similar to the DAT lunch, the salmon was dry and cold and it wasn't enough food to be an appetizer let alone a complete lunch. Wasn't worth the wait or the money.

                Has anyone tried Waterfront DAT yet? We're planning on going tomorrow.

                1. re: lobsterlover

                  Funny. I went to DAT at Kyo-Ya twice because I loved it so much. The octopus seaweed salad was surprisingly flavorful (as soon as I got over eating whole little octopus). The hamachi and ahi sashimi was fresh and delicious. The best part was the butterfish, which was moist, full of flavor and memorable. I was so stuffed that when I returned the second time, I didn't finish my butterfish and got to enjoy it for lunch with some rice the next day.

          2. Does anyone have a recommendation for a restaurant on the list with a strong Seafood menu in addition to their DAT menu? Looking to take some friends visiting from Southern Cal. Looking for a nicer/fancier atmosphere.