Half the stuff she recommends you can't get unless you got a Blackboard Eats code, but she says, "beg for them."
Birdsall Calls The Brixton ‘Fake, and Sad’; Matthews Is Mixed About Thermidor; Unterman Calls Irish Bank ‘Soulful’
Patti U. does recommend the corned beef and cabbage at the Irish Bank, if not the evening crowds.
She calls it "eccentric" and "proudly unprofessional."
She says she took it easy on subsequent visits.
She sure does love that Asian food, that Patti!
She says that Glaze and Falkner have a light hand that "always leaves room for dessert."
Station 1 gets a deuce and a half.
Two around-the-corner neighbors get formal reviews.
"One of the delights of Turkish cooking is that so many deeply satisfying dishes are based on legumes and vegetables," says Patricia Unterman, and she calls the hummus at Tuba "perfect-pitch" and says she likes to eat their walnut spread...
Patti seems impressed by the "complex mise-en-place" of Comstock's bar.
Modern China Cafe: two stars.
Bauer Loves the New Mina, Kind of Likes Five in Berkeley; Matthews Wants to Love Zut!; Patti U. Rounds Up Her Faves of the Year
The new Michael Mina gets three and a half stars, and is probably on the road back to four.
Patti U. Burns Up at Pot Sticker; Bauer Revisits Flora for the Second Time This Year, Demotes It Further
Bauer takes Flora down another notch, just five months later, to two stars.
Ms. Unterman joins the growing legion of dedicated fans of Anthony Mangieri's Una Pizza Napoletana. She begins by describing a scene in Italy, in which she had an amazing margherita pizza in Naples and writes, "I had never tasted any...
Mr. Bauer did not get his fill of Vietnamese food while in Vietnam a few weeks ago, so he returns this week to update his original 2002 review of Tamarine in Palo Alto, from the same owners as the former...
Ms. Unterman makes it around to six-month-old Upper Haight Puerto Rican restaurant Parada 22 this week, and she makes it sound like she's been palling around with Giants players Andres Torres, Javier Lopez and Jonathan Sanchez, who all eat there...
Unterman reviews San Dong House just days after Kauffman.
Also, Jennifer Graue visits Wayfare Tavern, mostly digs it.
He says the kitchen "hasn't mastered the basics."