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92-y-o ex-pat uncle, back from Europe!

ChewChewChew Sep 12, 2013 07:24 PM

Harris' is too $$$$ for welcome dinner for 10 (don't rec. House/PrimeRib -yuck!) Need: not loud + cushy seating for geezers; 4 local foodies, + 2 cousins from the hinterlands...Maybe Dixie? Whaddaya think?

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    Dustin_E RE: ChewChewChew Sep 12, 2013 08:06 PM

    alfred's?
    north beach restaurant?

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      Robert Lauriston RE: Dustin_E Sep 13, 2013 09:21 AM

      Alfred's is a good call.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8117...

    2. RWCFoodie RE: ChewChewChew Sep 13, 2013 09:11 AM

      Looked at Y__P, some real horror stories @ Dixie....

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        gumbolox RE: ChewChewChew Sep 13, 2013 10:08 AM

        Not in the City, but not far, Buckeye Roadhouse, just off 101 in Mill Valley, fits your culinary, cultural, and comfort parameters.
        Reservations are essential as it is a bustling place.

        http://buckeyeroadhouse.com

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          Dustin_E RE: ChewChewChew Sep 13, 2013 02:20 PM

          i've heard a number of people do not like house of prime rib. not for the atmosphere / price / etc, but for the meat.

          can someone who knows much more about prime rib than myself explain why?

          thanks.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: Dustin_E Sep 13, 2013 02:52 PM

            It's as good prime rib as I've had in a restaurant. I can make better at home but I can't imagine what a restaurant would have to charge.

            It's not grass-finished and it's roasted in rock salt, some people probably object to those.

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              OliverB RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 14, 2013 08:59 PM

              I live across the street (to my detriment) and love everything about the place from the food and drinks (a single martini is like ordering three!) to the atmosphere. How can anyone who enjoys prime rib not enjoy the meat? Their salad is a guilty pleasure too and one of my favorites in the city. Even the sides are a winner in my books. Can't understand how anyone wouldn't like HoPR, unless they were vegetarian maybe.

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                Dustin_E RE: OliverB Sep 17, 2013 11:03 AM

                i agree with all of this. i personally love the place, live a few blocks away, and go several times a year. but have heard several people who supposedly know prime rib dislike it, and i've never understood why.

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                Dustin_E RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 17, 2013 11:05 AM

                what makes your home-cooked version better? (and cost prohibitive for a restaurant?)

                i've been meaning to try making it at home.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: Dustin_E Sep 17, 2013 12:27 PM

                  I buy Niman, which is probably better to start with, dry-age it longer than HOPR, and have the butcher tie the fat cap back on after they take out the chine bone, so it's self-basting.

                  A restaurant could sell it, but they'd have to charge a lot more than HOPR.

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                    Dustin_E RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 17, 2013 01:01 PM

                    interesting, thanks.

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              pauliface RE: ChewChewChew Sep 15, 2013 03:26 PM

              Gold Mirror!

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                Shibi RE: pauliface Sep 16, 2013 03:00 PM

                Woo. I haven't been there since they remodeled a couple (few?) years ago. Is it still tasty? (I am daydreaming about their manicotti, lasagna, and cannelloni now... thx!)

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                  pauliface RE: Shibi Sep 16, 2013 04:29 PM

                  Well I've only discovered it since the remodel so I can't compare to before -- but I'm liking it!

                  Full bar, good food, old-style vibe, I love it.

                  And they are definitely good for accomodating large groups.

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                ML8000 RE: ChewChewChew Sep 16, 2013 03:37 PM

                Hayes Street Grill...maybe Original Joe's. He might remember OJ's when it was in the Tenderloin.

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