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Hotel1700 Smith St, Houston, TX(713) 739-8800
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Dave Price reviewed a year ago
Quality Very good Facilities Good Service Good - What an odd hotel. - Valet parking only. This might be normal for you; for me it was odd and off-putting to have to tip someone to be allowed access to my car every time. It also added an unpredictable delay to every departure. I should have tried calling down from the room. - Late arrival: when we got in late (at 2:00AM), the systems that make key cards were down for a "night audit." They were nice enough to let us in, and promised to slip new keys under our door overnight (but didn't.) - Facilities: our bathroom door was cracked and peeling at the bottom, and the door lock responded only sporadically to our key cards. Plusses: centrally located downtown, rooms were well-furnished. Not a bad experience - just an odd one.
Pizza Restaurant230 9th Ave, New York, NY(212) 243-1105$$
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Dave Price reviewed 2 years ago
- Outstanding pie with a gorgeous, perfectly crispy crust; creative ingredients, especially the mixture of cheese on the pie. Pricier than you expect ($15-17 for a personal size pie) but worth it. Admirable focus; if you don't want gourmet pizza go somewhere that does worse gourmet pizza.
American Restaurant501 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA(415) 241-9011$$
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Dave Price reviewed a year ago
Food Excellent Decor Very good Service Good - What can I say? The food is plentiful and delicious, the lines are often out the door at peak brunch times, and the coffee flows freely. You know that hope you are secretly holding out for every time you go into an IHOP, only to have your dreams dashed? Stacks is what that hope looks, smells, and tastes like, instantiated in the world. Update: downgrading 'service' score after a terrible experience at Sunday brunch. We showed up at around 11:15 AM, and were told we'd have a table within 15-20 minutes for a party of two. Half an hour later, we asked again, and were again told 15-20 minutes. We asked again, and were told we were next on the list for a table - then the host called three other parties, one of which was another party of two. We left at that point: it's not cool for a host to string a party along during a busy time, but a flat-out lie is beyond the pale.
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Dave Price reviewed a year ago
Quality Very good Facilities Good Service Excellent - Cute place on Moonstone Beach, arrayed in a big line of similar-looking hotels. Checkin was fast and efficient, our room was tidy, high-ceilinged, and clean, with comfortable beds. Steps to the beach, which has a great wooden boardwalk stretching a great distance, with elephant seals and sunsets. The breakfast room is small and hard-sided; inevitably there were loud children whose cries echoed off the walls and ceiling. Adding just a bit of sound-dampening to the room would go a long way. (Breakfast itself was fresh and tasty.) Also the vending machine ate my dollar. :)
American Restaurant335 Powell St, San Francisco, CA(415) 397-3003$$$$
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Dave Price reviewed a year ago
Food Very good Decor Excellent Service Good - Very nice decor - an epic, open, palace-like area off the hotel. We were surprised by a clever amuse-bouche of french fries with three (very) different sauces. Food was tolerably OK, but overpriced for what we got: solid, but not spectacular, steaks; my dining companion asked for medium well and ended up with a medium rare steak not to her taste. Service was attentive, but a bit excitable, and our food came in a big rush - we ended up with more food on the table than we could really eat, and by the end everything was a bit cold. So: not bad; would return, but not for the high price we paid.
Restaurant1301 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA(650) 589-2080$
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Dave Price reviewed a year ago
Appeal Good Facilities Good Service Very good - Very crowded and loud (no surprise on a Sunday morning), but service was quick and efficient. Food was middling - my omlette was a bit of a mess, with ingredients that hadn't blended well. Pancakes were flavorful and buttery. In retrospect should have gone to Stacks down the road in Burlingame, but this wasn't bad.
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Dave Price reviewed a year ago
- Surprisingly great facilities for a roadside Hampton.
Mexican Restaurant260 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA(408) 935-6070$$
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Dave Price reviewed 10 months ago
- We went here because we (two Texas natives) were jonesing for Tex-Mex. We knew the food would be mediocre relative to the best of what Austin and Houston have to offer - and it was, and we were fine with that. (If we wanted great Mexican, period, there are obviously about a billion options nearby.) But the service experience marred things badly. - We showed up to a near-empty restaurant and shouldn't have had to wait for a table, but there was nobody at the host stand for a long while after our arrival. - Refills to our drinks were very, very slow in coming. - We got iced tea without sweetener. We asked for sweetener and didn't get it for a long time (our waitress didn't bring it, we had to flag someone else down.) - We ordered chili con queso as an appetizer, but it came out well after our entrees. - Our fajitas were badly undercooked. We sent them back for recooking and were told it'd just take a minute - it took something more like ten. - We ordered the fajitas with refried beans but got black beans. - After we finished the meal and got the check, it took a total of ten minutes (at this point we were actually timing it) between the time we put down our credit card and the waitstaff was able to complete the process of noticing, taking the card away, running it, and bringing it back for our signature. Of course, no one of these things standing alone is particularly noteworthy; had the service involved just one or two small fumbles, that'd be a normal experience and we'd be eager to go back from time to time. But the whole meal was just a comedy of bad-service errors. Our waitress said at the beginning of our meal that she was working with a partner. There was no sign of the partner at all, and the waitress was really frazzled, working something like six or seven tables at once with very little help. The staff apparently works on a team service concept, which could work, but in this case the staff was failing badly to work together as a team and pick up each other's slack.
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Dave Price reviewed 2 years ago
Food Excellent Decor Excellent Service Excellent - Astonishingly creative, amazingly tasty food. This is *the* place to eat for a nice night out in Westminster; look no further.
Restaurant726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA(805) 543-3986$$
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Dave Price reviewed a year ago
Food Very good Decor Excellent Service Excellent - Really great, fresh, high-quality food. The back patio by the creek is lovely, the food is usually delicious. On my last trip I got the duck panang, which was *way* too spicy - I am a spicy food lover and I was in tears - but I won't let that take away from the great experiences I've had. We stop here nearly every time we pass through SLO.
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