Well, we came home a couple days ago from our little vacation in San Francisco (we live in the East Bay, but needed to get away, though my back is out).
We went to:
Dottie's True Blue
Vino e Cucina
Mitchell's Ice Cream
ordered out from:
1.) First to Dottie's True Blue Cafe:
My husbands southwestern omelet was amazing, but the day's special apple and cranberry french toast I ordered I did NOT enjoy. It was very moist, too moist and tasted like a rich cake-bread rather then the toast I was aiming for. I am sure others may think this was excellent, but since I was aiming for french TOAST I was not happy. Too sweet, too moist, too rich. The cornbread with jalapeno jelly was AMAZING. I would defintely pick some of that up again, but probably just take out. It was too cowded and the servers seemed rushed.
2.) My husband, 18 month old son, family friend and myself decided to dine here on the advice of CitySearch as well as TripAdvisor. We were so pleasantly surprised.
The restaurant is gorgeous and very romantic, Christmas lights intimately light the entranceway and the entire restaurant looks beautiful. It is larger then what we expected, but still "cozy". I would say the service is above average, but not excellent.
The food. MY GOODNESS. For appertizers we ordered muscles in an amazing tomato sauce with two slices of bread with melted cheese and spices: excellent.
We also ordered the friend calamari, which boasted wonderfully tender calamari.
For dinner my husband and I both ordered the fish of the day special with aspargaus and cheese stuffed salmon, very good.
Our friend ordered a wonderful fresh pasta with chicken, of which he basically licked the plate clean.
For dessert I ordered the chocolate loaf. If you like chocalate, run to this restaurant now! I first thought the serving was small, but then realized it is incredibly filling and wonderful.
My husband ordered the affogato, to which he gave much praise and our friend chose the bread pudding, which was very good, GENEROUS portioned and heavy.
I also ordered the moscato with dessert, which was excellent.
For the two appetizers, three entrees, three desserts and one dessert wine it came to $104.
I would definitely go back again, especially for something special, such as our anniversary.
The place was very accomodating to our hyper little boy, as well.
3.) $10 bucks for my husbands chicaloate and chocalate chip two scoop sundae. He enjoyed it a lot. The bit I tasted was good. And for my two scoop cone of coconut-pineapple and ube (purple yam) ice cream. I LOVED IT. The ube was so subtle. Like vanilla, but had a sweet hint of yam and my son loved the color. The coconut pineapple was a perfect blend and the pineapple was hinted, not overpowering.
4.) $32 got a high tea for two and two petit fours. The high tea included four sandwich halves, two scones with double devon cream, and blueberry preserves, a salad, coleslaw, two sugar cookies, and tea.
The scones, were so soft and tender and amazing with the cream and jam.
We ordered the vanilla roiboos tea and were so impressed. Naturally decaf with a strong red color, but tasted like a black tea. It was great.
We also chose the salmon and cream cheese sandwich, along with turkey and dijon mustard and another fish which is escaping me. We enjoyed this very much.
5.) I will review Farallon seperately. We got the $45 lunch Prix fixe.
6.) AMICI's. SO GOOD. $36 for two medium pizza's, a side salad and one dessert.
I ordered the New York pizza with added mushrooms, fresh garlic and pepporcini (i love pepporcini on pizza).
This was a solid pizza, but the pepporcini did not taste good with the garlic and other flavors. I would not get this again.
The other pizza we ordered was the Pollo pizza, which was white sauce, chicken, sauteed garlic cloves and spinach. This was very good, the crust was wonderful. Thin, but not dry or burnt. We both REALLY enjoyed this.
The side salad was nothing special, lettuce with italian dressing and sliced rings of green pepper and red onion. It was "basic".
I would order it again, just for the veggie intake.
The cake was a wonderful tuxedo cake. My husband and I shared this. My goodness. We were really surprised. The icing is awesom, just very solid chocolate icing, very sweet and not too bitter. The cake having two vanilla layers and one chocolate layer was so complimentary. It allowed for the cake not tasting too rich or heavy. We would suggest that to all the chocolate fans.
7.) I liked in chicago for a while and would get uno's there, so I had to try this. Boy, was I dissapointed. We got a medium four cheese deep dish, breadsticks and a crab and shrimp fondue.
The pizza was not up to our standards. It was a big disappointment for me, who had been looking forward to this. It just didn't have the flavor I was looking for. The crust was good, but the cheeses didn't sit well, to me.
The breadsticks were not flavorful or especially good. i would call them "average".
The fondue consisted of what appeared to be cream cheese and possibly another creamy base like sour cream with small dices of shrimp and crab. This was good. It was not a fondue, but rather a "spread". It tasted good, but was very heavy. VERY... I wouldn't order it again, but I wouldn't tell others not to get it...
That is a very quick preview of our trip. If you have questions on pricing, facilities, etc, please feel free to inquire.