I think I hate San Francisco.

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by lefty, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. gort

    gort Senior member

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    This thread reminds me of the South Park episode titled "Smug" where everyone starts driving hybrids and become so smug that they love the smell of their own farts.
     
  2. P. Bateman

    P. Bateman Senior member

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    The lines at Swan baffle me. Their food is not that good. Now Mama's, that place is worth the wait.
     
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  3. fuzzyearlobes

    fuzzyearlobes Senior member

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    I have been walking by Swans for about 8 years, and the seafood sitting in the window disgusts me. Never been there, so who knows, but that luke warm looking shrimp in the window isnt helping...
     
  4. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    The food is not bad at all, but like most every place in SF it's just not worth lining up for. However, lining up for food is a competition sport in SF. The longer the line, the more committed you are as a foodie.

    “A line is a direct confirmation that what you’re waiting for is worth getting. And if the service isn’t as welcoming, people are more accepting because they feel like they’ve found something special.”
    Jonathan Kauffman, the restaurant critic for SF Weekly


    lefty
     
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    I've never been to Brooklyn but I suspect that you see the same phenomena.
     
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    Don't live in the city. Move to Silicon Valley, e.g. Palo Alto, Mountain View, Cupertino, etc. While people there share the politics (in general), at least the drugs, the smells and the almost overbearing unctuousness of service behavior, is kept at a minimum. I'd rather have a college student trying to earn a few bucks service me than a career waiter devoid of any physiognomic tact just going through the motions. I'm speaking from experience, but that was in the late 90s. Might be different now.
     
  7. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Expat San Franciscans who only feel comfortable in a line. Ever read a yelp review? They brag about the length of the wait.

    Someone should open up a restaurant called Möbius with a never-ending line.

    lefty
     
  8. LawrenceMD

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    Standing line for brunch at EGG for an hour already as i type this....

    Sadly I made my wife go down the street to Blue Bottle to get me a New Orleans.... If it weren't for the Bay Area I'd have to get a non-hipster approved iced coffee from a corner deli.
     
  9. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    How long is the line are Blue Bottle?:)
     
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    lefty Senior member

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    Are you the "mayor" of that line?

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  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    In Hayes Valley there is a place where three lines meet. It is the intersection of a beer garden, a hot dog stand and a ic cream truck. My wife remarked, when we first saw it, that the fact that "those people" were all rounded up in one place was not exactly inconvenient if an elimination became necessary.
     
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    Wait. . . you're local?
     
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    In other news, I had oysters the other day. No wait at all, picked them up at Berkeley Bowl. I guess I lose smug points though.
     
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    way to fucking long. But part of that reason is because every cup is "crafted" and the hipster barista's take their time. Its pretty good coffee tho:) The Oakland location is much more tolerable, but the ferry building location makes me want to punch babies
     
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    There's a line but it moves quickly. You'll get your latte in less than 5min. They do seem to have really hot female baristas... I can't same the same of the Bay Area Branches


    I was kidding about waiting 1hr for brunch at EGG... but I have waited that long for Girmaldi's (I'm not proud of that - but I like the pizza there).

    I timed it perfectly. Signed my name in... dropped off the wife at blue bottle to buy coffee... then I parallel parked right in front of EGG... as my wife walked up and they called my name... "lawrence party of two?" and I we walked right in... the hipsters were angered at my un-ironic logistical planning skills.



    sadly the only other place outside of CA that has blue bottle is in the heart of Williamsburg NY... I used to hate on blue bottle until my brother and his wife opened up a cafe in the bay area that serves blue bottle... they gave me a special blue bottle ID/voucher that makes me feel smug after using it.
     
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