... I haven't set foot in there since early 1990-something. I never had any desire to return, but hey, it wasn't my birthday and I didn't choose the restaurant. So, 14 of us descended on the Stinking Rose for a Friday night dinner. These lyrics were even playing in my head: "I had no reason to be over-optimistic, But somehow, when you smiled I could brave bad weather ..."
Tommy must have heard me, because two of us decided to order a large sizzling mussel platter. We had the same some time ago during our one trip to the Dead Fish in Crockett a few years back, and this is a sister restaurant. In fact, after our dinner at the Dead Fish, we decided that we'd have been better off just skipping the main courses and order more mussels.
Between that and the bread and the couple of appetizer varieties ordered for the table, we were full, and our meal was decent. Looking at the others' food, we were quite happy with our decision, although everyone "publicly" enjoyed their respective meals.
Corkage is $0. I wish I had known!
Watching waves of happy tourists enjoy their food, taking pictures, and soaking up the "San Francisco Tourist Experience" made me feel good, as no matter how we may judge such a place, it benefits all of us when people have a great SF dining experience, and for many, it may be their best meal since their last trip to Olive Garden. Baby steps, you know, on the ladder to Perbacco.
My search showed the last TSR comments I could find were nearly a decade old. Clearly the place doesn't get any love around here. It probably doesn't even get a lot of like. But I whole-heartedly give it a "don't mind." In fact, a sizzling platter of mussels and a BYO wine could make for a nice meal.