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Now B-Fresh, now Buckhorn, now B-Leaf and 'cellos!

nja | Dec 12, 200307:21 PM

On Tacos, on Tri-Tip, on Turnips and Pizza!

Several short notes from this week's eats.

Baja Fresh
Never remembered much about Baja Fresh's fish tacos, so I thought I'd try them again to see how they compared with Nick's Crispy "Batterfish" tacos. Artifical tasting tortillas. Fried snapper was skimpy and bland, grilled mahi mahi was slightly fishy. Cabbage is at least fresh and plentiful. They now appear to use liquid smoke in all their salsas. It's fast food. Fremont between Market and Mission. NAUGHTY.

Buckhorn Grill
Grabbed a quick bite before the final screening of LOTR/FOTR/EE. Tri tip was well done and jerkey-like. Chipotle sauce had a needlelike spiciness but little flavor. Pretty sure the BBQ sauce used in an attempt to improve the dish was Bull's Eye. Even the bottle of Anchor Steam smelled a little funky. Inside the Metreon. VERY NAUGHTY.

Banana Leaf
Discovered an interesting dish buried at the end of the menu: stir fried radish cake. Basically like the turnip cakes served in dim sum, chopped into square inches, and stir fried with egg, bean sprouts, onions, and a fish saucey sauce. Very delicious. Also very and densely starchy; recommended for sharing. About $7. Also make a pretty good green papaya salad, appropriately spicy if you ask for it that way. Kearny between Pine and Bush. VERY NICE.

I was very critical of this place once before for having doughy crust and super-sweet sauce. Tried again when friend had a food emergency and had to eat at literally the very nearest restaurant to where we were standing. Experience this time was more in line with what other hounds' reports. Plain cheese pizza, cheese was okay. Crispy, tasty crust. Sparse, mild sauce. Not as good as NYPie in Santa Rosa. In the same league as Arinell's. Would not satisfy a craving for real NYC pizza, but is one of the better pies of that breed in SF. Castro at Market. NICE.

...and to all a good night.

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