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Mar 18, 2008 04:10 PM

Bocadillos,Laiola, Incanto and The House?: RobLaur,RW,Ruth L. et al

Hello, helpful SF Chs.Still planning the other vaca dinners after aziza, foreign cinema....

What are your recent experiences at these 3 places? Wonderful food? or Used to be great but.....? Is service snotty /dreadful at Boc.? Thanks much again.

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  1. The food at Bocadillos is wonderful, but it is a very casual place with a bar, communal tables, and high bar tables and nothing else. Service is also very causal, so casual that it it stretching things to call it service, but they know the menu and are responsive to requests. I love Bocaldillos and am planning a re-visit soon.

    1. I'm also a Bocadillos fan and agree with the casual nature of the service.
      The House is one of my favorite restaurants in the city though I haven't been in a year or so.
      And I really didn't enjoy my dinner at Laiola although again, I haven't been in some time (I went right after they opened and thought it fine but nothing special)

      1. Incanto is amazing, not flashy and the type of place where chef Chris Cosentino will come to your table and ask how everything is. He is at the Farmers Market every Saturday and it shows in the daily changing menu featuring the best of what's in season.
        Oh yeah, then there's the offal...he's famous for using all parts! I tried pig trotters and lamb liver on a recent visit and could appreciate both. There's "normal" stuff too and I had an excellent pappardelle with braised pork and a polpettini soup that my Italian grandma could've was authentic.

        1. Incanto is my favorite restaurant. I've had many fabulous meals there. The lamb's neck is divine, the selection of wine by the glass is excellent, and the sommelier is great at pairing wines with each course. I love the fact that every time I'm there I get to try something I haven't had before - last time, it was a wonderful preparation of calve's brains. Cosentino is equally skilled at working with meat, seafood, and vegetables. I've been particularly impressed with his ability to make delicate and nuanced sauces, dressings, and broths. Service has been generally good in my experience and not the least bit snotty. The prices are remarkably reasonable for the quality of food and portion size. It's a neighborhood restaurant with destination worthy food.

          For future reference - it is considered a bit impolite to direct queries to specific posters. There are so many knowledgeable hounds in this community that a subject header cannot fit everyone's handle.

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          1. re: Morton the Mousse

            hmmm, no one's ever mentioned the semi insulting thing. i guess i thought , that the mention of specific posters would go to those w/ whom i felt most simpatico on a particular topic but i always mention 'et al' to include everyone.thanks for all your articulate help on this and all my other questions on this trip.

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              Sorry I have to agree with MtM. This may sound a bit harsh but: When you pose a question on chowhound you dont direct it to certain posters. That is not the nature of the beast. Is everyone else's [the wanton 'et al' you use] opinon not worth as much as those mentioned?

              Can you explain simpatico?

              What made you say the service is snotty at bocadillos?

              Get the Callos in the Basque style if you can handle offal at Bocadillos. Probably one of my favorite dishes in the bay area. Their flan is exquisite and the alberdi rioja is incredible.

              1. re: kare_raisu

                wow, for someone who is so generous wirth your posts about mex. in napa etc you sure are touchy. simpatico means simpathetic. i'm a cut-to-the-chase kind of girl and i occasionally like to pay tribute to and address the people who have either been particularly helpful on a particular type of restnt or other issue, or with whom i feel shared tastes about certain things. I include' Et Al 'because it means 'and everyone', which is an open invitation for everyone to respond. i listen to all posters; that is quite obvious by my record of posting and responding. otherwise why would i bother to post all the extensive reports and responses that i do?? Ch is a community and a great and helpful one. Everyone included. Et Al.

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  not quite clear on the connect of generosity to touchy but regardless - pay tribute by thanking those who help you regardless of who they are.

                  why mention specific people if you add at the end basically: 'oh yeah and if anyone else wants to respond i guess its alright'? seems non-sensical

                  Just keep ch a community is all I am saying.

                  1. re: kare_raisu

                    This seems like an interesting topic to discuss off the San Francisco board. I'll start a topic in site talk.

                    Kare and Opinionated, you are welcome to join me:

              2. re: opinionatedchef

                Don't worry about it. Happens all the time. We take it for granted that people will just get all the nuances of the board's culture.

            2. Incanto, for a more formal dining experience (although it's not formal ; it's just more formal than the rest) Chris Cosentino is hot, hot hot & so is his offal food; fabulous pastas. Hopefully, he'll be around, looks like his been spending a lot of time in New York lately.

              Laiola, next, for their great tapas, nice wines & neighborhood vibe.

              I'd save Bocadillos for breakfast or lunch if you're in the financial district, although the dinner menu is strong in flavor, the atmosphere is more cafeteria-like than the other two as Paul H. correctly points out.

              I haven't eaten at The House for years, it's fine if you live here I have an asian-fusion jones but otherwise forgettable.