Mr. Swank and I were lamenting today the lack of options in our area.
For Chinese, we shuttle between Golden Garden, TaiPei Gourmet, and Sichuan's Dumpling. Lately, each place has been very off. Had ma po tofu that resembled chicken noodle soup at TG, and had a truly horrific rendition of Kung Pao Shrimp at GG (should have stuck to their specials). The shrimp were tiny and tinny.
Toraya is great for sushi, if you can manage to snag a seat. Forget takeout; it's an hour wait no matter what day you call.
Would love to see a taqueria in the area. Ixtapa is dreadful. La Posada is cute and homey, but very hit or miss. Zocalo's menu hasn't changed in about eight years.
Blue Ribbon seems to have taken a dive in quality. Retro Burger is mediocre (and portions are very small -- noted in another thread). Madrona Tree is PRICY, and their burgers are miniscule as well. Plus, no seating.
Sabzi is excellent, though it's so quiet...doesn't feel like an "experience" dining there when it's just you and the wall.
Menotomy Tavern - only had lunch here, and it was the very definition of ordinary. I had a seared tuna sandwich served on a charred, blackened bun.
Used to love Tom Yum Koong III, but they suddenly shuttered. Sweet Chili is fine but nothing mind-blowing.
Acitron "Bistro" is lovely if you want to pay $25 for two enchiladas artfully drizzled with sour cream.
Punjab is our go-to for Indian; the other Indian spot across the way on Mass seems to serve everything in puree form.
Lexx is dull. Vinebrook Tavern is noisy and average. Yangtze River is oily.
Pizza? Nothing we've truly enjoyed since Nicola shuttered.
Thanks for letting me vent. If I am missing a gem, kindly steer me there, else I shall go hungry and make my own nachos.