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Peking Garden x 2:
We've hunted for a while for a slightly left of western chinese restaurant in the NW.
Have been twice and enjoyed (take out) both times. It looks a little cramped for dine in but fun with a big group.
Closer to Silver Dragon then to Gee Gong - but is our new lock for take out.

Murrietas:
Staff party of eight. Brought our own bottles and endured corkage. Service was great. Room is loud / vertical.
Tables in a row not so condusive to dialogue. Appetizers were good.
Table had mostly steaks which were deeply underseasoned and low on flavour - looked good though and temp was correct.
Would go again but order less beef.

New Knifewear:
In the past - knifewear was inside bite - and if there was a kitchen fanboy already at Kevin's feet - you kinda just had to try again later.
Now the selection is much deeper and there is an entire staff willing to help. Great move in all the right ways.

Tenshi Sushi:
Tiny sushi place in Kensington - gave it a try on a weeknight.
Enjoyed tako yaki and mango ebi mayo very much. nigiri was par.
Service minimal but that's okay.
Inexplicably has several 4 top tables (rather than the bistro 2 pushed together).
Lost 3 seatings because of couples sat at a 4 person table (2 empty chairs).
I swear he would make his money back in a night if they just switched all the tables to 2 person.

Kensington Natural Foods:
Has entirely replaced the farmer's market for me.
Love this place. Love the produce.

Montgomery Second to None:
The bastard, orphan store compared to the other two. I've given up after too many visits to an empty display.
If you didn't watch carefully, they'd either sell you the biggest or the ugliest just to clear product.
Considering the price point, that's a little out of line.
If you can catch Eric at the 4th street store you are set, but I've given up on the rest.
Though I am a fan of the nitrate free bacon when they have it, other house smoked items have fallen a bit flat.
Smoked Turkey? like dessicated human flesh.

Master Meats:
Surly doods with knives cut things up for you.
The best prices and product I've come across (beef).
Sirloin cap, prime rib bones, tenderloin, craazzzzyyy ribeyes, whole beef shank.
They don't butcher pigs, just sell parts. Chickens have been okay. But the beef is worth the trip.

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