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Jan 16, 2013 12:44 PM

Dine About Town - January 2013

Hi all!

Does anyone have recommendations on restaurants that are a great deal / must try during Dine About Town? I was initially interested in trying 5A5 dinner ($37 for 3 courses), but the menu doesn't sound terribly interesting.

I'm also open to your opinions that DAT is a waste and I should stay away :)


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  1. I was planning on going to Alfred's but unfortunately will not be able to. Menu looks good for price.

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    1. re: ceekskat

      That's similar to Alfred's Thursday lunch menu. Personally I think the regular dinner menu's a great value and the bigger steaks cook better.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Good to know & I forgot about the Bull Market menu which is only $40.

        1. re: ceekskat

          Their Friday happy hour ("Fogged Up Fridays") looks pretty good, too:

    2. About 90 percent of DAT is a waste and not worth the bother. Alfred's looks good. One Market has been good in the past, and this year I see they're doing lunch (choice of two of three courses, with choices for each course). Unfortunately, too many places have special DAT menus that are not reflective of the restaurant's regular menu or that are no better value than their regular menu.

      My take over the years is that the best strategy is not to think of it as a chance to have an amazing dinner foodwise, but a chance to have a fancier/nicer restaurant experience than you normally would: a chance to have a fancy lunch at Campton Place. Or to check out Luce. They can skimp of the food, but not on the atmosphere!

      1. Mt list this year is Alfreds, like 2-3 times cause I love what they are offering.
        Cocette, this is a neighborhood spot I didnt even know existed: so this is a good chance for them to get a new customer.

        Other then Alfred's the menu I am most looking forward to trying is at Aurea. The menu looks perfect for me.

        I usually look at it as a chance to try places Ive never heard of OR would never go to normally, simply because SF has so many wonderful options

        1. I had a wonderful meal last night at Cocette on Hyde St.

          Loved the options available.

          I had the Goat Cheese and Spinach Souffle: PERFECTION
          My DC had the mussels to start. very nice. balanced, flavourful.

          For Mains I had the Osso Bucco and it was tender, fell off the bone, the potatoes and mushrooms were perfect with it.

          DC had the Steak Frites. It was cooked to temp requested and the flavour was good, but it was not a great cut of beef.

          Dessert was the Banana Cream Brule and the Chocolate Mouse, very nice however we will too full to finish.

          I had a nice yet sweet sencere and then a Bourdeaux that I would not order again. and DC had a beer

          114.00 after tax.

          Based on last night we will go back for a regular menu. I can not wait to try the Coq Au Van

          1. Sfeater best and worst DAT deals
            Short form:
            The Best
            Dosa on Fillmore
            Rosa Mexicano

            The Worst
            The Brixton
            Le Charm French Bistro
            Long form: