Resident Foodies say: Merry Christmas! We just had a feast at the Ritz-Carlton and hope to share several of the amazing creations cooked up by the chefs at the Ritz. Here’s a chocolate mousse with a wreath of raspberries that was to die for.
Resident Foodies say: Marlowe in San Francisco, right across from the Caltrain stop downtown, is a rustic restaurant known for its Marlowe burger and eclectic menu. Chef Jennifer Puccio puts together some very creative dishes (click here for menu). The crispy brussel sprout chips (shown above) are prepared with lemon zest and sea salt, and fried for 30 seconds. The texture of the brussel sprouts becomes crispy–and the result is pretty tasty!
Resident Foodies say: We tried out Pazzo! Italian Cafe in Naples, Florida (Facebook page), right in the heart of downtown Naples, Florida. The place has an extensive wine list, and a great selection of authentic Italian dishes. We were impressed.
The prices, which are not listed on the website menu, are fairly expensive, probably deserving of 3 dollar signs ($$$) on Yelp, not the 2 currently listed. But, if you go during happy hour (5 to 6), you can get 2 entrees for the price of $29 and a glass of wine is 50%. That’s a decent deal. We had the grilled chicken (pollo gusto, photo above), spaghetti with meatballs, and chicken parmagiano. All were tasty. The homemade bread was fantastic, too. We had two baskets-full!
Resident Foodies say: One of our perennial favorites in San Francisco is La Vie Vietnamese Restaurant on Geary (between 22nd and 23rd) in the Richmond. The small Vietnamese restaurant would be classified as a true “hole in the wall,” but the food is really fantastic and authentic. We are not surprised the Bay Area voted La Vie as the Best Vietnamese restaurant in all of the Bay Area for 2010. It is that good.
The signature dish at La Vie is the dungeness crab, pictured above, called the La Vie roast crab served with garlic noodles. This is one of the best dishes you will find in all of San Francisco. The dish is to die for. One of the best parts is mixing the crab meat stuffing (a dark mixture) with the garlic noodles. It’s a taste that is hard to describe–other than to say it’s heavenly!
Don’t let the hole-in-the-wall looks scare you off. This Vietnamese restaurant is a true gem in San Francisco!