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jesstifer Nov 14, 2013 08:52 PM

No South Pas posts for about a decade, so...

Going to see a play Saturday night at the Fremont Center Theater between MIssion and Monterey. Party of four.

Full bar a must (because theater to come).

The Barkley is reasonably close. Is there anything else nearby, Chow-worthy, and three dollar signs or fewer? All ethnicity OK.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: jesstifer Nov 14, 2013 09:17 PM

    Mike an Ann
    The Raymond
    Shiro
    Bistro de la Gare
    Briganti
    Firefly

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      jesstifer RE: ipsedixit Nov 14, 2013 10:43 PM

      Ipse: thanks for the list, but with all due respect: Mostly too fancy. My image of "Chow-worthy" tends to involve somewhat fewer linen napkins. Because slavering Hounds make a mess of the linens.

      Bistro de la Gare and Firefly, no full bar.

      Shiro, so 1990s.

      Brigante looks like the most likely possibility of these. Perhaps I should ask specifically for $$ options?

      And again, the bigger the martini pour the better. Because theater.

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        ipsedixit RE: jesstifer Nov 15, 2013 07:47 AM

        Then just go to Carmine's.

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          mc michael RE: ipsedixit Nov 15, 2013 09:43 AM

          Or Oak Tree Inn.

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            ipsedixit RE: mc michael Nov 15, 2013 09:51 AM

            It's fucking South Pasadena.

            The money is so ossified there that the dinosaurs considered it archaeological tchotchkes to mark the passage of time.

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              mc michael RE: ipsedixit Nov 15, 2013 09:57 PM

              Wish I had that money.

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              barryc RE: mc michael Nov 15, 2013 10:12 AM

              i ate there once; you go there to eat chinese food if you don't want to leave s. pas. but it might fit the bill here.

      2. barryc RE: jesstifer Nov 15, 2013 08:41 AM

        FWIW, IIRC the original inhabitants incorporated S. pas. as a place that wouldn't serve alcohol on sundays. that standard still has an impact on local eateries IMO; any place that has a full bar in s. pas.(and bothered to get their liquor license as a consequence) expects to make money off beverage sales as the food isn't going to be all that great unless it's priced accordingly.

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          chez cherie RE: jesstifer Nov 15, 2013 09:14 AM

          gus's bbq might fit the bill. not the best bbq ever, but passable. near the theatre, full bar, zero linen napkins.
          http://www.gussbbq.com/

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            jesstifer RE: jesstifer Nov 15, 2013 12:01 PM

            Thanks for the assistance, hounds. Interesting stuff about So. Pas history. Been to Carmine's a few times and thought it was pretty mediocre. Gus's looks about right for my group.

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              ElsieDee RE: jesstifer Nov 15, 2013 04:25 PM

              Gus's burgers aren't bad at all and we've had decent salads, too. Not knowledgeable about BBQ, so cannot comment on that.

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                jerry200 RE: jesstifer Nov 15, 2013 05:58 PM

                I'll second Gus's. Not super-fancy, but not tacky either. Lots of food choices. Definite B+ on the food in my opinion. Plus I believe you could walk to the theater from there. I would make reservations though. They get pretty busy on a Saturday night.

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