When trying to find a nice meal in Guerneville, the owner of Fern Grove recommended the Village Inn. Unfortunately, we trusted her opinion.
The food was pretty expensive and not good at all. Both of our entrees came with French Onion soup that was ok, but not really anything special.
Then came my entree. I got the duck breast with a blackberry cabernet sauce. I expect that duck will be salty, but this was ridiculous. This was so salty that it was barely edible. The sauce was not good, and the seeds of the blackberries ruined the texture of the duck. It came with a potato cake-like side that was awful. The entire side was extremely dry and had no flavor whatsoever.
Finally, I got a cup of coffee after I got through some of my meal. Unfortunately, even the coffee was a disappointment. It tasted like bad diner coffee.
Our server was pretty good, which is the only reason I am giving the Village Inn two stars, instead of only one.
We rented a cottage at Fern Grove in Guerneville last weekend. I knew that the cottages were going to be a little campy in their decor, but I underestimated the degree of the kitsch factor.
Holy Flamingo! Our cottage was covered in flamingos. Flamingo wallpaper, flamingo paintings, stuffed flamingo. To complete the atmosphere, there was a large fake coconut tree in the living room. Wow.
The cottage was actually pretty nice, however. There was a hot tub and a fireplace in the suite as well as a wet bar. The woman running the lodge was friendly and they have free sherry in the evenings and free pastries in the morning.
Overall, it was a pretty good deal and definitely not boring.
Oh, 2 Lips, I am sorry that I judged you for so long based on the sketchy people that hang around outside your door.
When we went inside 2 Lips for the first time yesterday, I was shocked. Instead of the dirty dive bar I expected, it was actually a pretty decent little bar that could easily fit in in the Mission or the Haight.
They have a decent little seating area, the bartender seemed friendly and the bathrooms were clean. Works for me. I would definitely recommend it to people that work in the Civic Center neighborhood.
I went to Dell'uva yesterday for the first time for a friend's birthday. I am always less than enthusiastic to go to North Beach, but I actually really liked this bar.They reserved a section of tables and couches for our group and were vigilant about keeping the area clear for us. We had a bottle of champagne and a couple bottles of red that were all really good. I also really liked the little pizzas that they have. My favorite was the alfredo pizza with prosciutto. It was soooo good.I would definitely recommend Dell'uva to friends and will return.
Moonlight Cafe is one of the many options for coffee and a simple breakfast on Cortland. What stands out is the selection, as Moonlight offers more options than their competitors.
I had their french toast combo breakfast, which I really liked. The french toast was moist, but not soggy and the portion was the perfect size. The coffee was good, but not the best ever.
I believe that this Moonlight is family owned and operated. You can feel that in the service.
Bernal Beast is a cute little neighborhood pet store in Bernal Heights. I don't go to Bernal Beast to buy my everyday pet supplies, because its just a little too expensive and the selection is somewhat limited.
I like going to Bernal Beast when I am walking around on Cortland on the weekends. The store is appealing and has a friendly staff. They have great cat toys and natural treats that my kittens go crazy over.
As a new pet owner, I am paranoid about my cats' well being. Last night, one of my cats seemed to have an infection in his eye and I couldn't bear waiting until the morning to take him to his regular vet.
We went to All Animals Emergency Hospital and were seen almost right away. The staff was very friendly and the vet was calm and seemed to know what he was doing. He offered to run a test, but was not at all pushy about it. The tech was incredibly patient when showing us how to apply the eye medication.
The pricing was no more than going to our regular vet, which is great considering that they are open on off-hours. I would definitely recommend this to other pet owners in the city.
I like to go to Al's occasionally on the weekends when I want a big, unhealthy breakfast. The portions are large, the eggs are cooked well and the home fries are crispy.
What I really like about Al's is its personality. There is no pretension here. The food is basic breakfast food, with no fancy ingredients or garnishes. The waitresses are perfect diner stereotypes and have probably been working at Al's for 30 years. They are definitely on the slow side, so don't go to there if you are impatient.
I love Le Video. This store is a reason to go to video stores instead of only using Netflix or OnDemand.
The selection is amazing. No matter what type of movie you are looking for, they probably have the appropriate category. They have a Nunsploitation category! With a wide selection for that as well.
The staff is knowledgeable and only mildly pretentious. They usually have good recommendations, especially if you are looking to see something completely different and random.
The Hard Knox Cafe on 3rd Street is definitely the better of the two. It may be smaller than its sister store on Clement Street, but has much better food.
Before you get your food, you get corn muffins that are incredibly fluffy and moist. The ribs were good, but the fried chicken was awesome. The skin was crispy and the portion is huge. As far as side dishes, you should not leave Hard Knox without trying the mac n cheese.
It's worth driving all the way out to Dogpatch to try Hard Knox and get some good, old fashioned southern food.