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$250 dollars to spend

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I'm curious as to where hounds would go if they were given $250(including booze, tax, and tip) to spend at one restaurant. I'm guessing O-Ya will be a common response.

I think I would do the Lunch Degustation with wine pairings at L'Espalier.

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  1. I think I'd go 10 times with a bunch of hounds to New Shanghai, just to make it through the whole menu.

    But if it had to be ONE meal, I'd like to go back to Uni to see how the tasting menu is holding up.

    1. First choice would be Troquet for their tasting menu with wine pairings.
      Second choice would be Jumbo for live King Crab.

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      1. re: csammy

        what is live King Crab?

        1. re: drbangha

          They present the whole living King crab table side then they take it back to the kitchen and prepare it 4 different ways. Very fresh, very delicious.

          1. re: csammy

            Fascinating. And the whole thing costs $250? How many does it feed?

            1. re: drbangha

              king crab is sold by the pound. The smallest i've ever seen is 3 lbs. Prices vary. i've seen between $25 - $45. not sure what current prices are. usually have to order at least 2 additional dishes if i go with 4 people to be full.

      2. Per person or for two?

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        1. re: markin617

          i was thinking for two but feel free to share any one person splurges!

          1. re: joth68

            If you can manage the limited dates (once a month) you could try the Chefs Table at The Dining Alternative. Only 2 spots left for Mar 27th. and April 24th is about half full. It will use up your $250, just like that! Here's a CH thread about it.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6870...

        2. You won't get very far at O-Ya with $250 unless you are going alone.

          I might have a grand old time at Toro sampling a bunch of different things.

          The Whim, Sunday night at 9 at Craigie could be fun, and there would be room left in your budget for a decent bottle of vino, although their wine list is a bit overpriced.

          Rendezvous never fails to please either (they have a great Sunday pre-fixe for $40) and there are some great values on their list.

          I guess my thesis statement is; go all out at a mid-range type of place rather than trying to pinch pennies at an expensive place, it will probably be more fun.