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Name: Gutenberg

Location: Somewhere near the Golden Gate Bridge.

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March 9 thru 16, 2006

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

One of the many things that I love about burritos is that their middle word is “eat.”

Some insist that the tortilla be grilled and not steamed, others believe that excellence can only be achieved with freshly grilled meat or “wet” style or that the secret lies in the equal and consistent distribution of fillings. But no matter what your bean preference or salsa leanings, you have to have tasty ingredients.

My Burrito Especial ($6.39):

...with rice, black beans and hot salsa was mighty good. The process of ordering at Pancho Villa in done incrementally by ingredient choice.

They lay down the rice and ask what kind of beans, meat, etc. I got some hot-off-the-grill:

... pollo asada.

This silver torpedo:

... looks like a cylinder from a sci-fi movie that’s recovered (in a treacherous battle with a long time nemesis) along with partner rod to complete a circuit of energy when placed in some modern, yet traditional alter, and saves the planet and the inhabitants…or like a cheap and filling pack of food.

Today my burrito was on the cold side. I hadn’t had this happen to me before here so it was probably a fluke, but on a cold day, you want that radiant heat that a burrito supplies to warm your fingers up before reaching your stomach and warming you from the inside out.

Pancho Villa was as an antidote to an “Asian Wrap” ($5.75):

...that I ordered in a commissary in Nicasio earlier this week. Okay, it’s really my fault for ordering this fusion item in a workplace. They use top notch ingredients, but they were thinking rice bowl when they plopped a white baseball at one side and the chicken and Asian slaw items on the other. Their rolling technique was too loose, like someone trying to roll a cigarette for the first time. I think that the issue here was that the cooks were not burrito fans. And “eat” is the most important part of the word…

Taqueria Pancho Villa
3071 16th Street
San Francisco, CA




Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I was bummed to miss Rosamunde’s (Tuesday only) burger so I decided to order a cheeseburger ($8.70) at Memphis Minnie’s instead:

They warn you that this preparation takes longer than their other dishes (which are smoking and slow cooking in the background as you order.) If you go with a group, they will all have their ribs, and meat platters before the ten minutes of your burger cooking and assembly elapses. It was worth the wait, it had a smoky flavor and was cooked to the specified medium rare with melty, spicy pimento cheese contouring to the sautéed mushroom capped patty. The bun had the tensil strength to stand up to it’s meat supporting role without succumbing to a juice-logged disintegrated state or overcompensating with an overly robust toughness.

The meat was well seasoned and had bonus crispy bits. Ordinarily, it comes with fries, but I opted for some fresh tasting and non-mayonnaise laden, slaw instead. If I didn’t have my heart set on a burger today I would have gotten their tempting Wednesday special – a thick cut, Pastrami sandwich.

I wonder when they will reprogram their cash register to keep up with daylight saving time.

It prints out as an hour later than the actual time so if you want to rob a bank or need some sort of alibi documentation (along with a good burger) before heading over to the B of A, look no further.

You can also check out Chubby’s option of MM’s. They definitely live up to their abbreviation.

Memphis Minnie’s
576 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA

From today’s bunrab email bag:

Ellen from the California Rice Oil company writes:

I really like your restaurant reviews-very helpful with all the pictures. I also get a good chuckle at your musings. The bathroom review is also great.



Gutenberg replies:

Dear Ellen,

Thanks for the compliments and for keeping the local friolators transfat free.

Stay with the grain,





Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Went to Saha:

... with a great group of people.








It was our first Saha experience, but Sam had been there before and steered us in the right direction:

We shared a lot of small plates and some couscous. Everything was tasty, but the desserts:

... were hit and miss (although I did like the farina cake with rosewater.)

Good food, even better company.

1075 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA




Monday, March 13, 2006


Industriously Hangin’ out:

You know when Pinocchio goes to that island where they smoke and do all the bad stuff? Well that’s what it was like a H1 tonight.







Not only are they serious about their liquor, they are serious about their carding…even with rabbits. After I got a band around my wrist certifying that I was of a responsible age, it was time to kill some brain cells.

Hangar One assembled some of the Bay Area’s best mixologists to create some delish elixirs for their industry party.

Why have the hair of the dog when you can drink a “Pomeranian”? Scott Beattie from Cyrus poured Mandarin Blossom vodka, Iranian infused pomegranate juice and lime juice. This sugar rimmed beverage unleashes a nice bite.

Scurvy is vile, that’s why you need a limey infusion with the pungent “Scurviless. “

The Fonda bartender, Tamir Ben Shalom, came up with this combo of Hangar One Kafir lime vodka, velvet falernum (a spiced, lime and almond syrup) and lime juice. Scurvilicious!

Sunny Mayer from Azul, Ryan Murff of Café Rouge and Eccolo’s Michael Adams were also on hand to shake things up.

This is my kind of ice floe:

... not the kind with an Eskimo elder that is pushed out to sea, the kind that delivers an intoxicating, ice cold, wallop.

The folks at Hangar One are designatedly driven to make some outstanding, liquid recreation.

From our bunrab email bag:

Susan writes:

Love your blog and the Yummy Chow reviews. Has anyone in your hutch thought of dating the individual restaurant reviews on the Yummy Chow page? It might give us a better frame of reference for the newer restaurants like Boca. But other than that, our household gives you four carrots.

All the best,


Gutenberg replies:

Dear Susan,

We just started the dating process with Chubby’s most recent review and will continue so that we can track the ascent (or decline) of the eateries listed.

Thanks for rooting for us.





Sunday, March 12, 2006

Bomb-bay Area:

Deplaning in Oakland is depressing.

I know that they are remodeling, but it seems that instead of demolishing, they are waiting for the building to decay on it’s own. What’s taking so long? Red tape? No tape? It’s ironic that their screeners are searching for bombs in a place that looks like it has already experienced one.

San Rafael’s 4th Street may have a wide array of restaurants, but so far, I have only found a couple that I like. My agenda today was to find somewhere warm with hearty food that was open at 2:30.

Bombay Garden serves North and South Indian food and has a lunch buffet ($9.95):

I liked the variety of foods like uthappam, the savory, sour pancakes (which fall short of the ones at Uduppi Palace in Berkeley) but are still tangy and good. They have all the usual suspects:

... tandoori chicken, lamb and fish, palak paneer (spinach and cheese), and a tasty eggplant dish, bangan bhartha. A hot basket of naan appears at your table as you return from weighing down your plate.

It was all good, not great. I’m guessing that they err on the side of caution in the spice department when making food for their buffet and some of the dishes suffer from steam table fatigue but this is a great place for hungry students who need to put on a layer of winter fat while keeping to a budget. Not trip worthy, but cost effective.

If you see chillies and a lemon hanging over the threshold of a South Indian eatery:

... it’s because they ward off the evil eye. If you want to get more extreme, folklore indicates that if you wave chillies over your head with some ash from the hearth you will create a shield against curses. I go for the aluminum foil helmet myself, (but that’s just me.)

Bombay Garden
909 4th St.
San Rafael, CA


From today’s Bunrab email-bag:

Sarah writes:


How do I get to your latest review w/o having to click on that option and then back scrolling to the latest post of that week? Hope you know what I'm talking about!

Love your reviews!



Gutenberg replies from the Bunrab help desk:

Dear Sarah,

Just click on the Yummy Chow homepage:


or go to bunrab.com and click on Chubby and the 5 lastest reviews are listed at the top of his section.

Hope that helps,






Saturday, March 11, 2006


Fast Food LA style:

Yeah, yeah, I know about the Slow Food movement, it’s great and all, but there are times when my reality dictates a need for a more accelerated calorie delivery system. At 10:00 at night, in West Hollywood it’s not difficult to find satisfaction of many varieties. I chose to sate my particular urgent need at Koo Koo Roo.

KKR is a Los Angeles chain restaurant that focuses on unfried chicken and health conscious preparations. I got a #3 combo ($6.25):

... which is a rotisserie leg and thigh, one side and a drink. The chicken was moist and tasty, the broccoli was a little past crisp tender from it’s time on the steam table, bordering on overcooked.

KKR is not a place to come in with high expectations, it’s just a place with good (and fast) chicken that leaves you feeling virtuous for eating your veggies.

Famima!! is LA’s upscale spin on the 7-11.

You wouldn’t guess from it’s name that it’s parent company is Asian. So far there are 3 stores, I’ve been to the one in Santa Monica as well as this one in West Hollywood (there’s also one in Westwood) in 3 years they plan to have 250 of them (in America, not just LA.)

The layout is airy and inviting with high end groceries lining the shelves.

The pastries look unappealing to my eye, and the refrigerated sushi and dim sum don’t look too promising either. The bottled premium teas, yogurts, ice creams, crackers, and packaged goods look to be the thing to get here. The mark ups are fair and the staff is friendly. They have a steam cabinet with buns that didn’t call out to me, but the sandwiches waiting to be placed on the panini grill held some promise, and I will probably check one out during my next visit.

I did get some of their house made parmesan lavosh to munch on as a midnight snack. They verged on stale, probably due to their signature, non-airtight packaging. I also grabbed one of their apples, they need to think beyond the choice of either granny smith or red delicious…boring….

They do have some Japanese knick knacks and snack foods that are always fun. Pocky For Men is my personal favorite.

I like that they are open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. and have an indoor and outdoor seating area. I don’t remember seeing seating when I was at the Santa Monica branch, but there are a lot of benches in that area so I guess they don’t really need them.

Chubby was also into fast food today, but not the healthful variety. Check out his review of Nation’s Hamburgers.

8525 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA

Koo Koo Roo
8520 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA

From today’s Bunrab emailbox:

Dear Bunrabs,

I love your website, especially your restaurant reviews. I waste all sorts of time relishing your reviews when I should be writing a dissertation. Your writing style is engaging, pictures are gorgeous, and some of the things you say are just so damn funny. And your reviews are actually credible, which I attribute to the transparency of your tastes and preferences. you have the brain of a food snob but don't review like one. However, I have found myself wondering about the date of each of your restaurant visits. Dates would give me a sense for when certain seasonal dishes are served by a particular restaurant during the year, and help me measure the likelihood that I will have a similar experience (given that a restaurant can go downhill in the matter of a year or even months).



Gutenberg replies:

Dear Lori,

That’s a good suggestion. We were reflecting today on Marin Sun Farm’s flood troubles and how their restaurant was closed due to all the mess. Instead of the restaurant going downhill, the hill went down on the restaurant.

Thanks for your kind words and I hope that your dissertation goes well.

Stay studious,


Steve from Boston writes:

Dear Gutenberg,

I love your food reviews! I searched for pho with tendon and tripe after eating that for the first time last night (Pho Pasteur in Harvard Square - it has quite a good reputation around here, though I think the pho is the only good Vietnamese they serve). Your photo matched what I ate, and I started looking from there. If, after I graduate, my job takes me to SF (a possibility), I will look out for some of your haunts - and maybe you!

Keep up the great work.



and again Gutenberg replies:

Dear Steve,

Glad you dug the Pho-tos and had a good tripey experience. You will love the food San Francisco has to offer and if you see a blue rabbit chowing down on a bowl of noodles, come up and say hello.

Stay pho real,




Friday, March 10, 2006

2pac flyby

Why is it that you invariably receive, not one, but two bags:

... when you are offered airline peanuts? I guess I should be happy about it. Trying to puncture two difficult to open, atmosphere puffed up, foil bags offers extra activity which keeps the thrombosis at bay during the flight. I don’t think that Southwest has our health in mind with their nutty thinking. I suspect that they give you multiples for the wrong reasons. Two implies a abundance (an abundance that is not apparent when you gaze into the shiny micro pocket.) If they gave you one, it would seem like they were offering you the minimum, that you, “who have a choice when you fly” are special, and warrant an extra legume (but no extra legroom.)

They are messing with your mind with their Stepford smiles, scripted dialogue and extra, stinking pack of peanuts. Okay, I do eat them, but just for entertainment. They are soulless food that comports no sense of care in production. They don’t even qualify as fuel for the machine because you expend so many calories trying to open the space pillow pack that you wind up burning the energy they contain in advance of their consumption. They are the anti-food food.





Thursday, March 9, 2006

In the shopping center across from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal there’s a Thai restaurant next door to the Marin Brewing Company.

My Larb Gai ($7.95):

... wasn’t served with lettuce cups, but with chopped romaine in a salad style preparation. The chicken bits, green onions, grated carrot and red onion were dressed with a pepper sauce. This was okay, but I wouldn’t order it again.

I liked the Kao Na Ped ($8.95):

... which was a tender and flavorful, grilled duck breast served with rice, a salad and a warming bowl of broth with bean sprouts, chicken and green onions.

Tha Siam sampler ($12.95):

... allows you to pick two items from a limited list of entrees to go with your soup and salad.

I chose the Kao Panang Nuer (beef with lime leaves, and coconut milk) which despite it’s submerged state, managed to create a meaty desert devoid of any moisture within it’s muscled boundaries. The skewers of barbequed pork were an improvement. They were piggy, grilled meat strips served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. The forgettable side salad of chopped romaine and grated carrots acted as plate packaging material.

Although not trip worthy, I would order the duck again but with their tasty brown rice instead of the white.

Tha Siam
1813 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur, CA


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