Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lebanese, Vietnamese, Indian, and Spanish ...

I don't usually post about food ... because so many already do.  But, my friends were very supportive of my scary 30th birthday and took me out to some old favorites and new gems and I feel a strong need here to share some quick thoughts ...

Birthday Restaurant Reviews:

1. Tarboosh, Redwood City

We've been here four or so times now, once when President Obama was speaking at the theater and we couldn't get tickets.  Instead, we sat outside, ate, drank wine, and enjoyed the crazy protesters.  So a couple days before my birthday, I knew where I wanted to go with everyone.  We rolled in nine deep.  When you go, there's no need to order entrees here- ask for a sampling of appetizers, it'll fill you up.  The lamb and hummus is a must, so is the filo dough wrapped and fried feta cheese rolls (R'aat B'Jibne.)

2. Saigon Sandwiches, San Francisco

After a fun night in the city, we woke up late and met a couple friends who had heard of this place through yelp.  It is seriously the best sandwich I've ever had- five choices, nothing over $5, fast and friendly service. I had the pork meatball on a fresh baguette topped with tons of veggies, cilantro, and jalepanos!  I loved it so much, there are a couple of untagged pictures of me devouring it on Facebook ...

3. Naan n Curry, San Francisco

Always a favorite, we usually go for the super late night Indian buffet (now starts at 11pm.) This time we came before the Saturday night concert at GAMH and had our server surprise us with three entrees and three appetizers- delicious, enough for 6 people, and $7 each! The channa masala was great.  If you're really nice, they'll let you run across the street to the liquor store and bring it in, without a corkage fee!  It's also super close to the Great American Music Hall!  Just try not to go to the bathroom here ...

4. Zambra Tapas Bar, Burlingame

This super cute place has terrific Spanish tapas, the man and I enjoyed the roasted, blue cheese-stuffed dates, beautiful cheese plate served on a cutting board with apricots, apples, honey, and marmalade, and the albondigas (Spanish meatballs.)  The house olives, however, were a miss. The decor, ambiance, and full bar makes it a great date spot.