From outside, the t-shirts in this store look cool & cheap. That is, until they 'custom' print your design and force you to pay double the listed price, then threaten to take you out into the alley to fight if you want to change your mind!
I picked a nice san diego t-shirt off the rack that was listed at 9.99 and asked to pay for it. The attendant then took a blank tee in the same style up to the counter and the manager spent the next 5 minutes pressing the design (which was painstakingly slow - i just wanted to buy the original tee and leave).
After he had screen printed the tee, he charged me $18! I said that it was listed as 9.99 on the rack and wanted to have another look. At this point the manager got really irate and pointed at a little sign off to the side which -apparently- explained that the logo on the shirt costs an extra six or seven bucks. This is really devious because on the rack it is advertised that the complete package is only 9.99 and they don't tell you about it until after they have pressed the tee so that you feel committed.
I felt rushed and forced into paying the fee by the aggressive nature of the manager. After he took my money, I confirmed that the shelf did indeed state 9.99. I mentioned to him how I had felt ripped off. At this point he grabbed me by the arm and started dragging me outside to 'sort it out in the alley'. I declined and went on my way. What a joke - these guys would have to be the dodgiest business on the beach.
I wish I knew about this place before because I would have been eating there every frigging week. I got 3 fish tacos with sweet potato fries (13.75) and chose shrimp/salmon/mahi mahi. It was delicious. OMFG.
Wow! Emily is the perfect host - tonights class (appropriately for Chinese new Year) was an asian theme so she taught us how to make delicious Spicy Lemongrass Tofu, Shrimp and Chile Dumplings, Sake Glazed Salmon w. Shiitakes and Lemongrass Mint Sorbet.
What I really liked about the class was meeting a bunch of cool folk (mostly 20 something girls - hint, hint for all the eligible guys out there) and then sharing a meal in a big cool dining room with a bunch of people who helped make it!
One piece of advice - get onto the mailing list on Emily's website and then make sure you book a class immediately when she sends out her list at the beginning of the month - this months classes booked out in under 3 hours!
These guys do a tasty barbeque plate. It seemed like the business is mostly take-out and they have a pretty comprehensive menu on their website. The meat tasted loads better and more tenderer than other bay area bbq places (eg. big nates in san francisco - that place is second rate compared to the brick pig's house).
I guess if you have a fat wallet and want to impress someone (and you eat loads of meat), this might be a good place to go. Personally, I was insulted by the $20 table water fee and the $20 per bottle corkage. It's not like it's a cheap feed in the first place. To top it off, the staff gave us a lot of attitude.
We checked it out for lunch today and they were reasonably busy but the service was terrible. It took 10 minutes to get the waiters attention to make an order, then they added a fried wontons entree to our order (which we didn't ask for), then they forgot one of our meals. Definitely not a good lunch spot if you need to get back to work within a reasonable timeframe. The food was ok.
This particular restaurant is smack-bang on a kinda destitute corner that always has some interesting action going down at lunch-time (can anyone say five-o?).
There's also a green burrito in the restaurant so you can mix & match burgers/mexican but I can't go past the $6 burger (which actually came to $7.15 for the regular meal).
For the health conscious, the Terrace cafe has a good salad bar, a 'make your own sandwhich' bar, a great selection of healthy cooked vegetable salads & a grill where a chef will cook you anything from a burger to a polish sausage (however beware - he often takes quite awhile to serve his line). They also have two cooked daily special options & loads of seating.
Ummm, $26 entry fee? $20 for a parking spot? You'd expect big things yeah? I guess this place would be well-wicked if you were a kid but as an adult it wasn't exactly life-changing. The Wing Chong building and the doc's old house up the street (from Steinbecks Cannery Row book) made the trip worthwhile..
Reasonably cheap feed but not particularly memorable. It's a pretty suburban location and the staff were friendly (which is surprising for a chinese restaurant).