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January 9, 2008 at 11:28 PM

Big Tabs and Open Bar

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Went to a happy hour celebrating John McDermott's promotion. They had an open bar which was pretty nice, and rare given the state of things. Afterward, Jessica and I went to dinner with Mark Gabbard at MarketBar at the Ferry Building.

Every January is Dine About Town in San Francisco, the slowest restaurant month of the year. Many of the City's best restaurants have prix fixe menus all January, and its a great way to try new places. Often, however, the fixed menu is always about 2/3 ideal. As a result, you end up paying a premium for things you might actually want to eat. Tonight was no exception.

For $34, I had the soup (leek with bacon) and the roast chicken with potato gratin. The dessert was awful. Doing the math, I overpaid for the chicken and the soup. (I know this for a fact, as the ala carte soup was $10). With the appetizer and the wines by the glass, the tab came to $147. That's quite a bit for a casual dinner after happy hour, during Dine About Town in a restaurant in the Ferry Building. Oh well. The food was quite good (dessert excepted), we had a good time, and learned to do the menu math more carefully.



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