I'm likely to get something off in the AM, links most likely.

For the time being, I'm sitting at the bar in the Daily Grill, just off Union Square in amazing San Francisco.

As much as they try, the commies just can't seem to completely ruin it. I'm eternally charmed and count myself lucky to live a mere hour's drive away.

Next up: Morton's Steakhouse.


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  1. Walter Tallent on January 31, 2009 at 05:32

    Hey, next time you're in San Fran, try the Globe restaurant. My brother, Jason Tallent, is the chef, tell him Walter sent you and you might get the VIP treatment. I don't know what's paleo on their menu, but I'm sure you could find something, Jason's open to stuff like that, he might make you something special.

  2. TrailGrrl on January 31, 2009 at 08:04

    I ate at the Morton's in Union Square. I was staying at the hotel right across from it. Good steak, but everything is priced a la carte so it can get expensive. What can I say, I needed my red meat fix. There is a good hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant called House of Nanking as you go toward Chinatown. It's the kind of place where the owners know what is the best thing to get that day. We had some sort of spicy beef that you wrapped in lettuce leaves to eat, and also some shrimp that was great. If you see a dumpy little place with people waiting in line on the sidewalk, that's the right restaurant.


  3. Richard Nikoley on January 31, 2009 at 08:18

    Thanks for the reco. I see it's down by the Embarcadero.

  4. Richard Nikoley on January 31, 2009 at 08:25

    We're at our time share (WorldMark) just a few feet up from the entrance to Chinatown, about 5 minutes walk or so to Morton's. They had a great special we had received in the mail: two salads, two filets (good size, too), two of either shrimp, scallops, or crab cake (we did the shrimp & scallops), and vegetables (creamed spinach we did).


    Yea, if you've ever ordered al-la-carte, you know what a smokin' deal that is.

    For an extra $6 I was able to upgrade to the larger, double cut filet. Only, the kitchen forgot. As it turned out, it was plenty, and I finished my wife's steak anyway — so more than enough. But they were really apologetic about forgetting and comped our two cocktails and two glasses of wine — $30 worth. That's good business. I've been there before, and there are other steakhouses I like better, but I'll be back.

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