Let's end the weekend exploring the diversity of restaurants in San Francisco. There are so many restaurants on my bucket list and it would be great to find like-minded companions to explore them with. Each month I will choose 1 restaurant which will be posted at least 1 week in advance. I'd like to keep the dinners small (8 attendees max) to make it easier for people to talk and get to know each other.
Please observe a few simple rules—
1) Be on time. It’s awkward when someone arrives after we’ve already ordered and/or have started eating. I always allow a 15 minute grace period. Anyone who arrives after 15 minutes will be marked a no show, even if you communicate with me that you are running late. When planning your arrival, factor in traffic and parking. If you have to cross a bridge to get into the city, plan to be on the road even earlier than usual. Consider public transportation or Uber/Lyft if you don't want to fight with the traffic in the city.
2) A change in RSVP requires 48 hour advance notice. My events almost always have a wait list after the maximum spots have been filled. In order to give someone on the wait list ample notice, 48 hours is required if your plans have changed. No shows and last minute cancellations will be removed from this group, unless you communicate with me before the event with a valid reason (ie sickness, family emergency, etc.)
3) Cash is king. Some restaurants only allow 2, sometimes 3 credit cards max per table. Since I don’t know how many people will bring cash or cards, in order to simplify the paying process, I would prefer that all attendees bring cash.
4) Separate checks can sometimes be a pain in the a—- for food servers, especially if everyone at the table wants a separate check. To keep your food server happy, we will get 1 check for the table. In the past, I've calculated everyone's tab but from now on, to simplify things on my end, I will just pass around the check for everyone to see what they ordered and then add your portion of tax and tip. The exception to this rule will be if we dine family style and everyone shares all the dishes. In that case, the final bill will be divided evenly among all attendees.
So from neighborhood local spots to well known San Francisco eateries, let's explore some of the great food the city is known for. Bon Appetit!!
Vietnamese New Year is on February 5 this year so let's celebrate by lunching at Mau. During my travels in Cambodia later this year, I will also be visiting Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). So let’s tuck into some traditional Vietnamese classics like pho, imperial rolls, and rice vermicelli topped with grilled meats.
I’m scheduling this for lunch so if anyone wants to order banh mi (which they only offer at lunch), you can do so. They don’t take reservations, so we will just meet at the restaurant when they open at 12:00 so we don’t have to wait for a table.
My usual rules will still apply. I've put all the do's and don'ts on the "About" page of this group. That way I don't have to repeat myself every time I post a new event. Cheers!