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Jun 6, 2010 07:02 PM

Is Stinking Rose worth a visit w/teens ?

Has anyone been to The Stinking Rose lately? I thought this would be a fun place to take our teenage daughters. Any other casual but quality food places that anyone would suggest for taking teens? Ethnic suggestions welcome!

Stinking Rose
325 Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

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  1. Possibly more attention with a different title. Here a previous thread with some suggestions for teenage chowpups. I think this board is generally down on the Stinking Rose
    Followup report for above thread.

    Stinking Rose
    325 Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. I actually did go recently (not my decision), but was surprised at how much fun I had. The service was incredibly prompt, and they kept bringing out tasty rolls to dip in the garlic, and the main dishes were all tasty, not amazing, but also not priced too extravagantly either.

      It's certainly not a destination restaurant though; although it doesnt' really seem to fit your criteria, and there is far better

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      1. re: vulber

        Its a hoppy place, but I don't think this is what teenagers are looking for.

        The food was okay. Not like I thought how the garlic would be used on the preparations of food. Good idea but execution of the food not so great.

        I had the 40 cloves of garlic roasted chicken, I thought it would be like a mash of roasted garlic encrusted chicken. Was not. I should read carefully. Was tasty. But a tad over cooked. The mash was not overly tasty either.

        The only thing I liked was the rolls with the garlic, parsley, olive oil.

        My friend had the braised short ribs. Was alright only too.

        Overall, 1.5 stars out of 5. Okay. 2 stars. The service was prompt.

      2. I think Park Chow may work better, as it is very much a "flavor of San Francisco" kind of place. I consider it New American Diner with a twist , visually stimulaing waitstaff and really great food.

        Park Chow
        1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

        American Diner
        415 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

        1. I actually do second The Stinking Rose, especially if they like garlic. I was very pleasantly surprised by my recent visit. I ordered the Sea Bass with the olive oil and asparagus preparation, and the fish was perfectly buttery and flaky. The vegetables were top-notch too. We also got the mashed garlic puree appetizer -- fun to dip the bread in. And if there's not enough garlic then they have a container of olive oil/garlic/parsley. Most ingredients are high-quality and locally sourced. Before going, I was expecting mediocre gimmicky food, but what I got was California-cuisine at its finest -- simple, fresh, and flavorful. And as the other posters have mentioned, excellent service.

          There are plenty of excellent ethnic eateries too, most of which fit your "casual but quality" requirement very well and are just fine for teenagers. SF has quite a few solid Burmese restaurant. My favorite is Burmese Kitchen in the Tenderloin; however depending on where you're coming from this location may be a bit seedy -- should be ok around lunchtime though. Further out is the (in)famous Burma Superstar; food is still pretty good, but be prepared for a long wait.

          Be sure to check out the food court in the basement of Westfield shopping center downtown. Plenty of good quality ethnic eats there at reasonable prices. Plus, you could pick up a beard papa cream puff for dessert.

          Stinking Rose
          325 Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Burma Superstar
          4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

          1. Took my teenage niece to Betelnut and she loved it. They will do non-alcoholic drinks (pineapple, orange, guava) concoctions and make it look like a cocktail. Food is fun and good for sharing a bunch of dishes. The atmosphere is lively, so I think it is worth trying.

            2030 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123