What do people think of Hawthorne Lane now that Anne Gringrass (spelling?) has left? I'm curious because I just had a fabulous lunch there last week and am wondering how it would compare with its previous self.
BTW, having heard a few reservation/service horror stories on the Manhattan Board (e.g. Babbo), I'm glad that we have a place like Hawthorne Lane in SF. The service is very friendly and professional and they take great care of you.
Once I wanted to bring in a party of seven for dessert and called to ask about our chances of walking in at about 10pm. The person on the line offered to hold a table for us from 10-10:15pm even though I said that we might not show as we were having dining elsewhere and might have a timing issue (which we unfortunately did -- it was only until recently that I was only able try their excellent desserts). Haven't seen such an accomodating place in a long time.
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