Our family has seen Dr. Longwell for at least 10 years and have appreciated his thoroughness, his current knowledge, and his cooperation in referring us to specialists when needed.
When we were recarpeting our home a couple of years ago, we looked all over but ended up at Straus Carpets. Their prices were competitive with Home Depot's. They had a large variety of carpeting in terms of style, color, quality and price. The staff and owner were marvelously helpful and were very knowledgeable. When we had our carpet installed, the quality of the workmanship was excellent. I would strongly recommend Straus Carpeting. I'm sure we'll go back there when we are ready to buy carpeting in the future.
I have bought plants from Thomsen's for about 15 years. They have an interesting array of plants that are very healthy and of high quality. Some of the plants I bought 15 years ago are still thriving. When I have been concerned about the health of one of my plants, they are happy to look at the leaves and give me guidance on the most effective treatments. They have helped be select plants that will look attractive together. This is the first place I go when I need plants or accessories for my garden.
We bought a new car from this dealership in 2006. The sales process was helpful without being misleading or pressuring. The service organization is outstanding. They have done an excellent job maintaining our car, offer a comfortable place to sit and wait, and provide rides home and back to the service center when needed. I'm sure we will buy our next car from them.
We have taken our cars to Alameda Auto Care for about 15 years. Their service is excellent in terms of getting your car fixed, fixing it at the most reasonable--yet prudent--price possible, and fixing it within the time promised. On more than one occasion, I have taken one of our cars in and had them tweek it a bit, and send me on my way without charging me a penny. I have always felt safe taking my cars to them.
Genghis is an excellent family restaurant with wonderful food for a reasonable price. The buffet includes soups, a wide array of vegetable dishes, fish dishes--often including salmon, seafood--usually including shrimp and huge oysters, beef, delicious anise-flavored chicken, noodles, rice, etc. Using a Korean barbecue, they will also prepare a dish especially for you. They also have a small salad bar that includes excellent sushi. Their desserts include very tasty cookies, layered confections, and ice cream. Our dinner usually runs about $25 for 2 of us, including drinks.
Buttercup is a homey, welcoming cafe that is excellent for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At times, my husband and I have eaten there so often we had "our table" and have made good friends. It's one of those places where you always feel comfortable and know you will always get a good meal. Their breakfasts are huge and delicious--with all kinds of egg dishes, waffles with the best blueberry sauce, freshly squeezed orange juice, and addictive cafe latte's. For lunch or dinner, they have excellent salads, delicious sandwiches, and very tasty full dinners. My favorite salad is the blackened salmon Caesar salad that is served with wonderful hot homemade bread. The lunch sized salad runs about $9-$10. My husband loves their grilled reuben sandwich. It is large, full of meat, and comes with potato salad, cole slaw, and soup or salad--for about $9. On some evenings, they offer special discounts on their over-the-top desserts.
South Shore Cafe serves a wonderful breakfast with delicious fresh fruit, coffee, and excellent service. The hollandaise sauce on their salmon benedict is outstanding. Their banana walnut pancakes are sinfully delicious. Their sandwiches are excellent. My mom and I often share a grilled cheese with avocado and bacon that they make especially for us. Though their dinners are not fancy--the food is fresh, tasty and very filling. I especially like their seafood dinners and salads. All meals are very reasonable and are generally below $10--even for dinner.
Panda has been one of our favorite Chinese restaurants for years. Though it is not a fancy place, the food is consistently good, the service is excellent, and it is nice to sit and look out on Park St. Lunches are very reasonable $4-6. Our favorite dinner is crispy duck served with pancakes, hoisin sauce and scallions.
Otaez is a lovely Mexican restaurant with the expected Mexican restaurant menu as well as interesting dishes like goat meat, jicama salads, flan, etc. They always have delicious aqua frescas in flavors including mango and strawberry. Their lunches are very reasonable and can be ordered as half a lunch for those with a lighter appetite. I often order the cheese quesadilla lunch for $7 which includes 2 crispy and very cheesy quesadillas, salad, guacamole, sour cream, beans and rice. My mom and I usually share this meal. They have an extensive shrimp and fish menu that is wonderful for dinner. My husband has developed a near-addiction to their flan that is about 2 inches high, thick, and tasty. On a warm evening, their patio is one of our first choices for a relaxing dinner.