A hidden gem [Roxanne Cafe, San Francisco]
You'd never believe it from the unpretentious front but a dark horse winner is a charming, small place that serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners at 700 & Bush called Roxanne's with true homemade soups and creative dining.
It is right next door to the equally neat and spotlessly clean Orchard Hotel who is into "green".
I really enjoyed reading your review, Imnopm. Lucky I didn't read it before I had a different experience. However, you obviously cannot go by me as I am probably the only person who thought Gary Danko's was only "okay" and nothing to rave about -- and pretentious service under the guise of warmth, to boot. (I hate that kind)
re: Melanie Wong
Very interesting. I read all of those (mostly poor) reviews and was astonished because I am somewhat of a food snob (not a good thing) and was astounded at the quality of the soup and salads (very decent Caesar), and the really good sandwiches they made to go in the car, and the charming and attentive service of Olga (after reading all the naysayers abiout the rotten service). I guess we just lucked in. My mate never did check the bill for that 17% service charge announcement and left a pretty hefty tip on the table.
I disliked the unfriendly logo of having the right to refuse anyone they wish -- smacked of prejudice somehow.
The next morning we left after grabbing breakfast and again, it was all very well prepared. The wait person was a bit dense but that was not really a problem.
I think we either got them on a good day or two or maybe they actually read these posts and decided to better their act.
(didn't like reading about that fresh lipstick print on a glass though -- that's a real turn-off for me)