Where to eat in San Francisco

I’m often asked for restaurant recommendations in San Francisco. I’m compiling that list here to make it easier to share with friends. I’ll update it as a I remember more or things change.

Restaurant recommendations



  • Osha (thai, 5 locations)
  • Big Lantern (chinese including to-order Dim Sum)
  • R&G Lounge (chinese, authentic cantonese)
  • Citrus Club (cheap asian noodles, huge portions)
  • Zao closed
  • E&O Lounge (homemade spiced ginger beer; pickled mango)





Ice cream

Compliment sandwiches give me indigestion

Last month, NOI published a tip of the day called “Give a compliment sandwich.”


I think that’s bad advice, and wrote the following reply (which has since been removed from their site, along with the other comments).

I hate compliment sandwiches. They give me indigestion. As soon as I receive an email (or a phone call) that begins with an unsolicited, unrelated compliment, it immediately sets my bullshit detector to high. I know I’m about to get his with a compliment sandwich.

if you need to tell me something, have enough respect for me that you won’t waste my time by forcing me to read a bunch of nonsense designed to make you feel better about yourself.

Mark Suster wrote a great piece called “Why I’d Rather Err on the Side of Direct Feedback Than Pleasantries.”

Read his other posts:

  1. Don’t be a Grin Fucker.
  2. Don’t Sweep Feedback Under the Rug.

Lastly, read Kelly Williams Brown’s “Say what is on your mind without eight layers of filter.”

The case against MBAs

Have friends who wants to go to business school? Please save their souls (and their livers):

Iraq vet takes down robber

I enjoy a good story about a foiled robbery as much as anyone, and Zach Thome’s takedown is no exception:

A 38-year-old who attempted to rob a Grand Rapids party good store was grabbed with lightning speed and floored by a heroic Iraq vet who happened to be the in store, a local Fox affiliate reports.

Zach Thome, a mixed martial arts-trained former soldier, put gunman Brandon Slanger, 38, in a rear naked choke hold and held him until police arrived.