Dinner on Oct 31

Gordon Mohr gojomo@usa.net
Mon, 29 Oct 2001 18:04:22 -0800


I've only heard good things about the Buca di Beppo on Howard,
although I've never been there or any of the other outlets. 
(I didn't even realize it was a national chain.) It seemed 
like a safe choice for a big group with drive-ins, train-ins, 
and locals.

If there's a reason to stick close to the airport -- which I
hadn't seen mentioned before -- I could head down the peninsula.
Hong Kong Flower Lounge sounds interesting.

Downtown, I like Umbria, too -- it'd be more upscale/less 
boisterous -- and would be curious to check out ThirstyBear.

Whatever! Consensus, I command you to emerge!

- Gordon

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeff Bone" <jbone@jump.net>
To: "Gordon Mohr" <gojomo@usa.net>
Cc: "Clay Shirky" <clay@shirky.com>; <fork@xent.com>
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2001 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: Dinner on Oct 31


> 
> You guys are in SFO and the suggestion is...  Buca di Beppo?  Jesus H.,
> with all the authentic Italian choices in North Beach and you go for an
> incredibly annoyingly cheesy franchise fake Italian place with tacky Magic
> Time Machine-like decor, plastic flowers in planters, poor wine selection,
> screaming babies at tables 14" from yours.  And there will be screaming
> babies, no question, Buca's family-style pricing structure and copious
> portions appeal to families with young 'uns.  Not to mention bad food
> overall?  And entirely too much garlic? (Understand, it's hard for me to
> say that, I *love* garlic, but jeez.)
> 
> Buca di Beppo opened a "store" in Austin a few months back;  I went a few
> weeks after it opened and it was hands-down one of the worst dining
> experiences I can remember in the last several years.  Friends up in the
> Dallas area have almost identical comments about the "store" up there.
> 
> I can't make it to the dinner, but I feel bad for you guys if you end up at
> a place like Buca di Beppo.  Perhaps I can suggest Trattoria Contadina in
> North Beach, if it's still open?  Many fond memories of dinners there over
> the years...
> 
> Wherever y'all end up, have a good time.  Bon appetite!
> 
> jb
> 
> Gordon Mohr wrote:
> 
> > How about Buca di Beppo, on Howard between 4th and 5th?
> >
> >    http://www.opentable.com/restaurant_profile.asp?ID=1260
> >
> > It can handle large parties, there's plenty of (paid) parking
> > nearby, it's easy to get to by BART and MUNI. I don't think
> > there's any excessive Halloween craziness there.
> >
> > I've made a reservation for 12+ at 7pm. (We can cancel if
> > an strong alternative emerges.)
> >
> > - Gordon
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Clay Shirky" <clay@shirky.com>
> > To: <fork@xent.com>
> > Sent: Monday, October 29, 2001 3:48 PM
> > Subject: Dinner on Oct 31
> >
> > > Sorry to do this on-list, but I want to be sure I have all the Yeses
> > > for a dinner in SF on Oct 31
> > >
> > > So far, I think the attendees list is:
> > >
> > > Bill Humphries
> > > Hussein Kanji
> > > Mike Masnick
> > > James Hong
> > > Clay Shirky
> > > Faisal Jawdat
> > > Gordon Mohr
> > > Dan Kohn
> > > Dhiren Patel
> > > Sally Khudairi
> > > Jim Whitehead
> > >
> > > Did I miss anybody?
> > >
> > > I'm happy to do the reservation, I'd suggest dinner at 7, but I don't
> > > know where in SF is both easy to get to and not near Halloween
> > > foolishment, so someone should either tell me what to do, or make the
> > > reservation themselves.
> > >
> > > -clay
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > http://xent.com/mailman/listinfo/fork
> > >
> >
> > http://xent.com/mailman/listinfo/fork
> 
> 
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